Childhood Toys

Discussion in 'The Barracks' started by Gage, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    The action man thread got me thinking (merge if need be mods, please).
    What other childhood toys did you have? What really sticks out for you?
    My brother and I never got anything (except for birthdays) throughout the year and then at Christmas my dad went mad.
    I remember 'Astro Wars' wish I still had it.
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  2. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Adam, Paul & I were chatting last nigth about, amongst other things, Tank Battle, Tank Command and the Airfix toy SLR.
    We then started on about Weebles but paul went to bed...:)
     
  3. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique MOD

    I found those catalogues I was on about, Owen. Will post some later this week.
     
  4. marcus69x

    marcus69x I love WW2 meah!!!

    Anybody remember Tomytronic 3D?

    Used to spend hours on it even if the graphics were a somewhat dated compared to todays games.
     

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  5. marcus69x

    marcus69x I love WW2 meah!!!

    Also one of the best board games ever. Just bought this off ebay for £15.

    Had many hours of fun with this.
     

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  6. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    How bout this classic?
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    Still got mine.
     
  7. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    It's obviously 20th century toy nostalgia week on WW2 Talk.
    I do indeed remember 'Astro wars', though mine was in a flatter casing, that yellow handheld pacman came out around the same time, marvels of electronic jiggery pokery from when 'colour screen' meant a piece of coloured film stuck onto the display :) - yet another thing I'd completely forgotten about, like those action man books (which I now must replace, 68p a shot on Abebooks).

    Some inspiration & memory joggers:
    TimeWarp Vintage Toys 1950s 1960s 1970s Old Toys For Sale
    Old Board Games and Toys: Visit The 'Toy Monger'
     
  8. David Layne

    David Layne Well-Known Member

    This money bank tank was my father's toy when he was a boy and my toy when I was a child.

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  9. David Layne

    David Layne Well-Known Member

    Another view.

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  10. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    What a lovely old thing David, it's either very solidly made or you were both careful players for it to have survived so well.
     
  11. David Layne

    David Layne Well-Known Member

    What a lovely old thing David, it's either very solidly made or you were both careful players for it to have survived so well.


    It is a lovely old thing and I am fortunate that it has stayed intact.

    My father was born in 1916 and family folk law has it that it is trench art, possibly made by German P.O.W.'s but I have nothing to substantiate that claim. I would be interested to know more.
     
  12. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    I had a Steiff black cat. A photo survives of me holding it. Sadly the cat is long gone.

    David, super toy, wonderful to have such a memento both of your father and of your own childhood.

    D
     
  13. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    David,

    A super piece of history, also a piece of family memorabillia to treasure forever as it passes down from generation to generation.

    Regards
    Tom
     
  14. Kieron Hill

    Kieron Hill Senior Member

    My first computer was a ZX81 had loads of games that
    had to be loaded via a tape recorder which made a
    terrible screaching noise when loading, I then upgraded
    it to ZX Spectum with rubber keys and a slot in the
    back that took a memory upgrade...16 ram wwooowww.
    Not really toy I know, Tin can ally...real Dr Pepper cans,
    got board when I found out you could shine a tourch
    at it and all the cans would fall over and Evil Kenievel...
    that was cool!!!
     
  15. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    It is a lovely old thing and I am fortunate that it has stayed intact.

    My father was born in 1916 and family folk law has it that it is trench art, possibly made by German P.O.W.'s but I have nothing to substantiate that claim. I would be interested to know more.

    What a great thing to still have.
     
  16. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    My first computer was a ZX81 had loads of games that
    had to be loaded via a tape recorder which made a
    terrible screaching noise when loading, I then upgraded
    it to ZX Spectum with rubber keys and a slot in the
    back that took a memory upgrade...16 ram wwooowww.
    Not really toy I know, Tin can ally...real Dr Pepper cans,
    got board when I found out you could shine a tourch
    at it and all the cans would fall over and Evil Kenievel...
    that was cool!!!

    The family had a Vic20 and my dad spent hours programming in games from magazines.
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  17. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Anyone remember the Corgi cars carry case, it was blue & folded out to releave a petrol station & car park, the cars were stored under the carpark.
    Still got it in the loft.
    I took mine into daughters school a few years ago with my Action Men , they were learning about old toys in history.
    Made me feel very old.
     
  18. ken griffin

    ken griffin Senior Member

    ZX81,
    Just retrieved from loft, bought it for my daughters in the early 80's, see photos taken a few minutes ago, will have to see if still works later.

    Ken.
     

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  19. David Layne

    David Layne Well-Known Member

    You made me do it! Amazing what neat stuff we have up in the loft.
     

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  20. Kieron Hill

    Kieron Hill Senior Member

    Thats the one Ken! :D phew I am feeling my
    age, you even have the manuals. I feel Like
    getting on my space hopper and going down
    the shop for a screw ball and a bazuka,
    chewing gum not the gun :D
     

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