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Throwback Thursday: What toy memories do you have from the past? #TBT

It's Thursday!
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I grew up in the 70s and 80s. I remember going to watch "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope" back in 1977. Then in 1978, my family and I visited the Unites States. I believe it was there that my parents bought me some of the plastic figures from Star Wars.
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Horrible, out of focus picture here. I remember lining them up and practicing how I would show my friends at my upcoming birthday party. I didn´t want them to play with them and loose the small pieces so I was just going to show them and then pack away and continue the birthday party :)
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So, what toy memories do you have from the past?
Let’s make it a great Thursday!
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I was all about action figures. Growing up in the late 80s and throughout the 90s, I started out with some DC characters, namely the Flash, and then, Batman. But then it grew into the Terminator 2 figures, and then, when X-Men cartoon came out, there was tons of Marvel action figures that kept getting better and better over the years. As time went on, whether it was McFarlane toys or Toybiz, Kenner (before they were acquired by Hasbro), or even references to Mego toys, I had a real affinity for all that. And it was all about the 5 inch toys, rather than the 12 inch ones. I spent so much time playing with toys, or reading about them in Toyfare magazine, that this throwback Thursday has been a nice walk down memory lane.

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John Funk
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Feb 23, 2023

Oh wow, this is gonna bring back a ton of memories! I will leave it with just one. I was our kicker for our middle school and high school football team, but even as a kid, wanted to be a kicker. So I got a Super Toe for Christmas one year. I loved that thing and wore it out.   :-)

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Never heard about the Super Toe :-D 

For me, Barbie - and everything Barbie. I was so lucky I got a campervan or something, complete with kitchen and beds

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Feb 23, 2023

@Kristján Geir Mathiesen yet another classic post! 

Our family was the Star Wars crazed family in our neighborhood. (I believe I have written in the community that my brothers and I watched the entire trilogy IV-VI straight at least 150+ times growing up) Every penny of allowance, every birthday gift, was Star Wars figures, sets or vehicles. We had a room in our house that until today we call the Star Wars Room where all of the figures and sets lived. AT-AT, Millennium Falcon, X-Wing, B-Wing, A-Wing, Star Destroyer, Hoth, Jabba's Palace - I could go on and on. Weekends were spent setting up elaborate schemes of how the Rebellion would once again  narrowly escape and defeat the Empire. Would the Falcon outrun the Tie Fighter? Could Luke use the force to overcome an onslaught from the Emperor's Red Guard? 

We enjoyed PLAYING with the toys. None are left - but our memory banks are fuller that R2D2's with the Death Star plans. I find it disturbing that so few kids today know how to play imaginatively with their toys and that some parents keep them in their packaging hoping they become valuable collector's items. I am sure that the thousands we spent on the toys would be worth millions today, but the memories are truly priceless.

One day I need to raid my parents house and find some pictures of us playing in our Star Wars Universe.

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Kristján Geir Mathiesen
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Feb 23, 2023

Awe thank you @Andy Gladstone  @Trine Larsen @Joseph Hansbrough and @John Funk for your nice comments. Thank you for sharing your memories and I am glad you enjoyed this trip down memory lane. I am a bit sad my picture is all out of focus but still, it brings back great memories.

And very welcome @Trine Larsen to the Community!

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90s for me so the big toys were Legos, Pokemon figurines, Pokemon cards, Pogs, Hot wheels, Transformers, and Beanie Babies when those were all the craze.

Also loved (and still do) my Gameboy if that counts as a toy :)

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Feb 23, 2023

There was a toy called Guts that me and my brother loved.  They were like better versions of the cheap plastic bucket figures you would buy.  We used to play with them in the house, yard, etc.  They required you to use your imagination.

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Feb 23, 2023

I loved my Cabbage Patch dolls - especially the one that you could "curl" the hair! Mine had lighter hair and it's still floating around my house somewhere from my own girls playing with it.

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Feb 24, 2023

The original Star Wars Lightsaber toys.  They were blow up plastic tubes that you put on the end of a flashlight.  You had to furnish your own sound effects and hope you don't hit something too hard that it pops.

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Feb 26, 2023

I really was a spoiled single kid when it came to toys. 

Besides Playmobil and LEGO, I was a diecast car addict. I've had so many Matchbox cars and I also collected Bburago 1/24 and 1/18.

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Feb 27, 2023

For me it was Lego, and it still is :) One of my favorite purchases last year was the new Lego knights castle as it reminded me so much of the old one I got long ago :)

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Feb 27, 2023

Yes @Dan Breyen ! I also had the flash light version of the lightsaber :)

Thanks all for great memories.

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Feb 28, 2023

Transformers and Voltron were my favorite toys when growing up. Something about robots and turning into something else always caught my attention. 

 

With all the new engineering advancements in those toy lines, I'm enjoying them even more. Definitely treating them with more care. haha. Most of the toys I had did not survive for too long. 

 

-Ben

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I had the original Barbie doll until my parents traded it in for a Malibu Barbie as a surprise for my birthday. UGH! It's worth a couple hundred now!

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PS: Yes, I am old. lol

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Mar 02, 2023

I owned a lot of toys when I was young ... but my favourite one was toy car track :)

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@Fabio Racobaldo _Herzum_ I used to own the Carrera Targa Florio 124 race track, this started my love for Porsche.

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Mar 06, 2023

Boxed Kenner Star Wars Light Saber,circa 1977, 35 inches long ...

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I grew up in the 80s and The Thundercat's were my favorite toys. 

Johnny West toys were one of my favorites growing up. I had a pretty good collection with Geronimo, Sam Cobra, Bill Buck, several horses and covered wagon. I wish I still had them.

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The 90´s kids know what i mean. My first and only pet i ever had. 

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Thanks ALL for sharing. @Dan Breyen , I had exactly that light sabre :) Thanks for the picture.

Ah @Dave Mathijs , I also had a car track that I got for my 8th Christmas, I believe. Those were so much fun. We had to make sure the little wires were bent down so they would contact the track (they seemed to sometimes get bent up and stopped connecting with the track. Fun days!

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