Toss up between Major Matt Mason and Hot Wheels for me.
What were your favorite toys of the 1960s and 70s?
|by Anonymous||reply 104||November 18, 2023 3:14 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 1||November 12, 2023 8:28 AM|
Easy Bake Oven. I made killer cakes.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||November 12, 2023 8:53 AM|
Lite Brite, dear, and yeah that was a good toy.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||November 12, 2023 9:41 AM|
I had a lot of fun with this until the chemical smell from melting plastic started to make me feel lightheaded. Then I'd have to put it away for a while.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||November 12, 2023 9:50 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 5||November 12, 2023 1:33 PM|
my sisters 'easy bake oven'. My horrible father quickly put an end to that- gave me a football instead. Bastard!
|by Anonymous||reply 6||November 12, 2023 2:23 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 7||November 12, 2023 2:36 PM|
Of course, I'm a lesbian.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||November 12, 2023 2:38 PM|
Mego Batcave - and most things Mego.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||November 12, 2023 2:51 PM|
Barbie Perfume Factory
|by Anonymous||reply 10||November 12, 2023 3:09 PM|
Monopoly, Battleship, Operation, Masterpiece, Clue
Slinky, frisbee, hula hoop, super-ball
|by Anonymous||reply 11||November 12, 2023 3:26 PM|
With some of the neighborhood boys, we'd always say "wanna play 'cars' or 'guys'?"
Cars: bring all your cars (matchbox or other brands) to someone's house, bring all your cool car accessories like playsets, racetracks, some new thing you got. Then you'd set up the tracks & playsets, one of my friends had a huge roll-out playset mat that was a bunch of streets and some rural area, then you'd decide what the scene or whatever was, like a road heist. This was the 70s so we made up like drug transport routes and one of us would start out driving the sheriff's vehicles and would confront the transporters. Then they'd cut the deputies in in exchange for cover 😆
Guys: essentially the same idea as Cars. Usually it was GI Joes and other battle-adjacent dolls, like there might be a team-up of several GI Joe's, a couple Star Wars characters, some other characters. One of our friends had every GI Joe playset, and we always wanted to go over to his house. He also had a cool backyard with a small pond & one day his parents let us set up the playsets outside in the fish pond area because there was some new boat toy thing that came out, and we had this big scene where we infiltrated some castle on an island, it was a lot of fun.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||November 12, 2023 6:45 PM|
My Barbie Dream House, the cardboard one.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||November 12, 2023 7:06 PM|
My Mom worked for Mattel Toys in the 70s, at their Hawthorne headquarters…when many/most toys were made at the adjacent factory.
My brothers and sisters, and I, were toy testers. My Mom had access to the employee store.
If Mattel made it, we had it! It was a glorious time at Christmas ;)
|by Anonymous||reply 14||November 12, 2023 7:40 PM|
Shrunken Head Apple Sculpture. Unfortunately, my brother had attached the plastic "kiln" to the lamp and it caught fire and almost burned our house down.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||November 12, 2023 7:47 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 16||November 12, 2023 8:01 PM|
Incredible Edibles was bizarre. We had one.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||November 12, 2023 9:01 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 18||November 12, 2023 9:14 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 19||November 12, 2023 9:21 PM|
Rude Ralph — although it was the 80s.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||November 12, 2023 10:24 PM|
R14, that’s so cool! And I thought I had it good because my mom worked at K Mart.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||November 12, 2023 10:25 PM|
R21 where I grew up, most everyone’s parents worked for an aerospace company or a military contractor. Having a Mattel parent was considered *cool*—I had Sizzlers months before any of my friends…and my sisters had a Malibu Dream House before any girl saw the first tv ad.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||November 12, 2023 10:32 PM|
The Strange Change Machine
Shaker Maker mold kits
King Arthur’s castle with and knights and a working drawbridge (Marx toys, I think)
All cars, trucks, motorcycles and racetracks
|by Anonymous||reply 23||November 12, 2023 10:40 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 24||November 12, 2023 10:44 PM|
The Green Machine!
|by Anonymous||reply 25||November 12, 2023 10:49 PM|
From the Popular Mechanics list, I had Legos, the Tonka Dump Truck, G.I. Joe ('Secret of the Mummy's Tomb' set), Spirograph, ViewMaster, and Lincoln Logs.
One of my favorite toys was the Marx Krazy Kar.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||November 12, 2023 11:03 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 27||November 12, 2023 11:22 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 28||November 12, 2023 11:25 PM|
R24 = Wednesday Addams
|by Anonymous||reply 29||November 12, 2023 11:29 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 30||November 12, 2023 11:36 PM|
Little Miss No Name wasn't macabre, r29, she was beyond pathos.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||November 12, 2023 11:38 PM|
The Big Jim/Big Josh family of gay stereotypical male action figures.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||November 13, 2023 12:27 AM|
The “Outer Space Men” by Colorforms. The were bendy like Mattel’s Major Matt Mason, and came out around the same time in the late 60s.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||November 13, 2023 6:12 AM|
I don’t remember the name of it, but we had this kit that essentially an electric hot plate that you could put lead molds in & then squirt plastic goopy stuff in the molds & make bugs & things.
It would never be allowed to be sold to children now - we were always burning our fingers on it - but we loved that fucker.
Also - monster models (complete with nasty glue & little bottles of paint.)
|by Anonymous||reply 34||November 13, 2023 6:21 AM|
That was the Thingmaker by Mattel, R34
|by Anonymous||reply 35||November 13, 2023 6:24 AM|
Stretch Armstrong, but I had the 70s version that was filled with a liquid gel, so when he tore (or got stabbed as mine did), he bled out and died. ☹️
Lord knows what toxic substance was inside him back then but I think the later ones had a solid gel that stretched but wouldn’t ooze out if he got punctured.
I was somewhere under 10 years old but I was already thinking I wanted to have sex with that Stretch Armstrong even if I didn’t know what sex was yet or if two men could even have sex. I just knew I wanted a life size Stretch Armstrong and that I wanted to do bad things with him.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||November 13, 2023 6:32 AM|
Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots
|by Anonymous||reply 37||November 13, 2023 6:39 AM|
I loved the Thing Machine/Creepy Crawlers, Spirograph and Lite Brite.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||November 13, 2023 6:45 AM|
R30 i’ll bet all parents hated those things! They made such a racket!
|by Anonymous||reply 39||November 13, 2023 6:46 AM|
Someone was throwing away one of those Pitchback nets used to play catch by yourself. I took it home and fixed the netting and used it for years. I could amuse myself for hours with that thing!
|by Anonymous||reply 40||November 13, 2023 6:51 AM|
R34 R35 there was also Creepy Crawlers. I seem to remember there was even glow in the dark goop.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||November 13, 2023 7:06 AM|
I like all the spooky, monster-themed toys and games of that era, especially the 3D board games like Voice of the Mummy, Green Ghost, and Which Witch.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||November 13, 2023 7:15 AM|
Flesglight for men
|by Anonymous||reply 43||November 13, 2023 9:50 AM|
I loved that thing, as did all my siblings, that was rubber and you put one end, a loop around one leg, and then you would spin the rest which was attached to a plastic lemon, that was kind of a maraca, and you'd jump the lemon. I wish I knew what it was called. I'm probably fucking up the description but how to you describe something like that? LOL. We all loved Spirograph and Etch -a- Sketch too.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||November 13, 2023 11:01 AM|
OMG I found it. A lemon twist. All five of us kids were fucking OBSESSED with these. Kids were just easier to please back than.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||November 13, 2023 11:03 AM|
R44 Lemon Twist?
|by Anonymous||reply 46||November 13, 2023 11:06 AM|
You beat me to it, R45. Jinx!
|by Anonymous||reply 47||November 13, 2023 11:06 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 48||November 13, 2023 11:07 AM|
Kenner Give-a-Show Projector.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||November 13, 2023 11:16 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 50||November 13, 2023 11:27 AM|
A doll made from a hot water bottle.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||November 13, 2023 12:10 PM|
My Easy Fuck Dildo
|by Anonymous||reply 52||November 13, 2023 12:11 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 53||November 13, 2023 3:09 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 54||November 13, 2023 3:32 PM|
I LOVED my Matchbox and Corgi cars- I guess I was gender appropriate in that regard
The fact that I like to strip my GI Joe doll completely naked and popped a boner over him was NOT gender appropriate.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||November 13, 2023 3:35 PM|
Matchbox was lame, compared to Hot Wheels.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||November 13, 2023 3:38 PM|
[quote]The fact that I like to strip my GI Joe doll completely naked and popped a boner over him was NOT gender appropriate.
GI Joe with the Kung Fu grip… ah the memories.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||November 13, 2023 4:39 PM|
As a very young boy circa 1970, I loved the Fisher Pricel Little People and their accessories (farm, bus, etc). Then, moved on to all things Mego action figures, from the original Action Jackson, to the DC and Marvel superheroes, and then the Planet of the Apes. Guess I loved the equivalent of boys’ dolls.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||November 13, 2023 4:58 PM|
Lie Detector game
|by Anonymous||reply 59||November 13, 2023 6:48 PM|
The blond boy in that ad played Walter Cunningham in TKAM.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||November 13, 2023 7:34 PM|
The King and Me?
|by Anonymous||reply 61||November 13, 2023 8:18 PM|
Yes, rocket scientist 61
|by Anonymous||reply 62||November 13, 2023 8:24 PM|
You're always the smartest one in the room, aren't you, r62?
|by Anonymous||reply 63||November 13, 2023 8:32 PM|
When I’m with you—yes, of course.
|by Anonymous||reply 64||November 13, 2023 9:20 PM|
We were really into board games. Which is why I'm thrilled that someone else remembers Masterpiece. We were big on Clue and Yahtzee too.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||November 13, 2023 10:36 PM|
Jesus Fuck. I went to Amazon to see if they still made Masterpiece. You can buy it for $199.00. And it sells. I should check out eBay.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||November 13, 2023 10:38 PM|
The version of Masterpiece that we played with featured paintings that were all in the collection of Chicago’s Art Institute.
Did that change depending on where you lived? Or did every version featured those paintings?
|by Anonymous||reply 67||November 14, 2023 3:10 AM|
These are my FAVORITE toys for little girls and boys- from the 1960's
|by Anonymous||reply 68||November 14, 2023 3:20 AM|
Yes in Biloxi you could get the version with Cionfederate Art.
In Mendocino you could only get the version in macrame.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||November 14, 2023 3:22 AM|
I liked Cootie.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||November 14, 2023 3:26 AM|
In 1967 my parents took me with them to go visit my aunt ,uncle and cousins that lived on a farm in rural Florida. It was right after Christmas and my cousins had just gotten lawn darts as a gift. At the time I was 8 years old and my cousins were 6 and 7. We were left ALONE to play in the yard which had chickens running about. To this day I cannot eat shish kabob or anything skewered after that visit....
|by Anonymous||reply 71||November 14, 2023 3:37 AM|
[quote]I liked Cootie.
People tend to like what they're familiar with.
|by Anonymous||reply 72||November 14, 2023 3:39 AM|
R66 Masterpiece is no longer manufactured. Prices are for old games, used or not. So prices vary widely.
|by Anonymous||reply 73||November 14, 2023 1:43 PM|
I got a lot of my Girl cousin's hand-me-down toys. My favorite was the TXL learning robot that played eight tracks. And the Inchworm.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||November 14, 2023 3:30 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 75||November 14, 2023 6:23 PM|
Pirate and Traveler
|by Anonymous||reply 76||November 14, 2023 8:49 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 77||November 14, 2023 9:03 PM|
Farm set! My brother had this fancy one.
|by Anonymous||reply 78||November 14, 2023 9:51 PM|
R77 After P&T, my other favorite board game.
|by Anonymous||reply 79||November 14, 2023 10:09 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 80||November 16, 2023 5:29 AM|
I am dating myself. One of my favorite toys were: Weeble Wobbles (but they don’t fall down). I used to love their song, too.
|by Anonymous||reply 81||November 16, 2023 5:41 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 82||November 16, 2023 5:43 AM|
I posted this before but my Farrah Fawcett Barbie doll.
|by Anonymous||reply 83||November 16, 2023 5:44 AM|
The Play Dough Fun Factory. In my mind it was way more complex than it is in the pictures I found when Googling it. I think of it as a very tall, multistory factory that produces a wide variety of Play Dough shapes. My mother got it for me at a department store called The Bargain Center, because it's not like we were going to pay full price for anything.
|by Anonymous||reply 84||November 16, 2023 5:50 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 85||November 16, 2023 5:52 AM|
the playdough barber shop was the best.
|by Anonymous||reply 86||November 16, 2023 5:53 AM|
The Play Dough Mop Top Hair Shop
|by Anonymous||reply 87||November 16, 2023 6:19 AM|
G.I. Joe and MEGO Marvel and DC action figures.
Not that you asked about the 1980s but the Kenner Super Powers action figure line was and is the best.
|by Anonymous||reply 88||November 16, 2023 6:22 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 89||November 16, 2023 8:57 AM|
King of the Hill
|by Anonymous||reply 90||November 16, 2023 11:42 PM|
I see Weebles walking all over the place now.
|by Anonymous||reply 91||November 17, 2023 12:35 AM|
I not only undressed my G.I. Joes, I made cocks and balls for them out of Silly Putty and penciled in large patches of pubic hair with my colored pencils, hair color correct, of course.
|by Anonymous||reply 92||November 17, 2023 12:37 AM|
Bartender, you need to cut r91 off.
|by Anonymous||reply 93||November 17, 2023 12:38 AM|
Plastic horses about 10" high. We had a bunch of them and I would make corrals for them and invent stories. Sometimes I'd sneak my sister's Barbies to ride them.
|by Anonymous||reply 94||November 17, 2023 12:52 AM|
Wow R90 - that awakened a very dim memory - I think we visited someone who’s kid had that game when I was very young.
And that box art! - the photomontage creates a space with absolutely no depth - somewhere between Cubism and Giotto.
|by Anonymous||reply 95||November 17, 2023 2:27 AM|
Exactly, r95. I remember seeing it at someone's house and never played it. I thought the box made it look like it was fun.
|by Anonymous||reply 96||November 17, 2023 2:38 AM|
Clay…from the river!
|by Anonymous||reply 97||November 17, 2023 2:43 AM|
[quote]I see Weebles walking all over the place now.
Walking without legs? How does that work?
|by Anonymous||reply 98||November 17, 2023 3:25 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 99||November 17, 2023 6:17 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 100||November 17, 2023 6:06 PM|
R97 if it's any compensation, I grew up in a wealthy leafy 60's built suburb that had a huge clay deposit left undeveloped. It provided years of free activities and fun, even though we had every pricy kid commodity in our homes.
|by Anonymous||reply 101||November 18, 2023 10:48 AM|
Fisher Price castle set with the knight, horse, pink dragon, and princess. I played with that for hours!
Weebles! I had the submarine which ended up getting the figures wet and the paper that was inside the egg part would start to come off.|
Electronic Battleship game.
Stop! Thief! electronic game.
ANY Star Wars toys.
I always wanted the Six Million Dollar Man action figure with the skin that pulled back revealing the bionics in his forearm but my parents wouldn't get it for me. I'm a girl so they probably thought it was for boys. Not sure why they let me get into Star Wars. I still have all my vintage Star Wars toys.
|by Anonymous||reply 102||November 18, 2023 11:20 AM|
Pick Up Stix
|by Anonymous||reply 103||November 18, 2023 1:30 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 104||November 18, 2023 3:14 PM|