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What was your favorite childhood toy?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on December 10, 2007

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Photo of Mick Wick

“I used to have a Fanner 50 cowboy pistol just like Steve McQueen’s in ‘The Magnificent Seven.’”

Photo of Angie Varney

“Lite-Brite, no doubt. It was all the pretty bright colors.”

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“I had all types of horse figurines, from My Little Pony to the more realistic ones, and I would set them all up in herds around my room.”

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“Legos. I liked to build and have the ability to be constructively creative.”


Kam_Fong_as_Chin_Ho 10 years, 4 months ago

AFX slot car race set, endorsed by Jackie Stewart.

idarastar 10 years, 4 months ago

I loved that square yellow box that had different shapes cut out and the multi-colored shapes that fit in the holes. Is there a name to that? I also really liked my glow-worm.

Linda Aikins 10 years, 4 months ago

My Chatty Cathy, Lincoln Logs, and most board games.

Harley got censored and then had to drive K-10. What a start to a week!

jayhawk1234 10 years, 4 months ago

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Flap Doodle 10 years, 4 months ago

I had a rock to wind a piece of string around.

Bone777 10 years, 4 months ago

Screamin' Deamons, Stretch Armstrong, and cap guns that looked so real you could get shot by a cop.....

jonas 10 years, 4 months ago

Man, pink all over the boards today. What gives?

salad 10 years, 4 months ago

Lawn Darts! ....ahh, the days when a toy could kill a kid. Good times....

gphawk89 10 years, 4 months ago

Tyco model train set. Spent countless hours causing head-on collisions and derailments, running over pedestrians, crashing into auto traffic, tumbling off damaged bridges, and an occasionally making a successful run around the track. I hate to think what that set would be worth now if I hadn't destroyed most of it...

Fishman 10 years, 4 months ago

Lincoln Logs. They were fun. Such an innocent time.

trinity 10 years, 4 months ago

geeeeesh, blue&jayhawk-whose toes did ya's step on this morning, already??? it's a TOY question fer cryin' out loud! ;)

hmmm lemme see...i loved my crissy doll, she had this gawdawful orange-ish hair that you could yank out of the top of her head to make longer-then a knob in her tummy that you twisted to make the hair shorter! she was pretty hip...her predecessor was thumbelina, awww she was so cute!

acg 10 years, 4 months ago

I had this toy that was a chick's head, with really long hair and it sat on this pedestal thing. You were supposed to do her hair and makeup. The stand had all of these little places where the hair styling stuff and the make up went and I just loved that thing. You could cut her hair and then more would come out when you turned the dial (I think we got like 10 cuts out of it before it ran out of hair) and the rollers would really make her hair curl. I loved that thing. My sister, that hateful B, melted half of her face with a curling iron, but still, scarred and sporting a pixie I loved that toy.

Jonathan Allison 10 years, 4 months ago

I loved my GI Joes. I also liked making Lego cities. Was pretty fond of Micro-Machines as well. I definitely loved my cap guns too.

My brother and I had these double barrell shotguns and the cartridges were shaped like real shotgun shells, of course they were much much smaller being for little kids. But it was emphasized that they were not to be treated like toys. We had to watch all the Eddie Eagle NRA Gun Safety videos and such. Our dad actually got us lots of "replica" weaponry/military stuff and we enjoyed playing war games and the like. We had these Air 17 BBguns that looked like mini assault rifles. They are still cool. But I remember the days my brother and I climbed into the attic in the shed and found Dad's old Daisy BB gun, I must have been in around 6th grade but we killed a bird that day and I felt awful because I never thought we'd actually hit it. The only guns we were allowed to shoot at eachother were the nerf rockets and those kind of guns.

mom_of_three 10 years, 4 months ago

My favorite toys were the "Best of the West" family. There were cowboy and cowgirl action figures with horses and wagons and my sister and I would play with those all day. We also had a sack of toy horses.. All our horses were realistic (no pretty ponies), and we would have our barbies ride them. A few had a broken leg but would still stand. We probably had about 30 in total. I wish I knew what happened to them.

rocketmom67 10 years, 4 months ago

baby dolls--the more bodily functions the better! also Barbies. My best friend and I spent hours "playing Barbie". We had these two particle board boxes and those were our seats, our condo, our mall. It was the 70's--there was no A/C, nothing on TV, no video games so we had to be creative--those are some of my best memories!

Logan5 10 years, 4 months ago

This question kind of dates everyone. I had a hoop that I rolled up and down our dirt road with a stick. At night we'd catch lightening bugs and pull their tails off to smear on the hoop. We also had fun catching grasshoppers to feed to the garden spiders that made webs over the hog pen.

Bassetlover 10 years, 4 months ago

The games Mousetrap, Operation, Chutes & Ladders, plus Sorry. Also Barbie/Midge/Ken/Alan/Scooter and Skipper dolls.

coolmom 10 years, 4 months ago

my bycycle and a bb gun. we had six kids and would take our "harmless" bb guns to the woods down the street and run around shooting each other and having a great time. i think one of my brothers still has a bb inbedded in his rear. we would also raid their g.i joe dolls and hang them in the basement from the rafters in response to damage done to our barbies lol. good times....our parents mad us quit the hanging stuff in the basement as it creeped them out. but they did continue to buy us bb's lol go figure.

Julie Craig 10 years, 4 months ago

We had dart guns which were fun until my older cousins pulled the rubber tips off and shot us with the plastic stick things. We played a lot with dolls, Lincoln Logs, roller skates, the record player and Monopoly.

BorderRat 10 years, 4 months ago

My Daisy Red Ryder BB Gun with the compass in the stock and that thing that tells time.

acg 10 years, 4 months ago

LOL vavs, brought to you by Whammo, eh?

coolmarv 10 years, 4 months ago

Green plastic army men and Hot Wheels.

sgtwolverine 10 years, 4 months ago

Legos and GI Joes. Good times. If only the toys I wanted now were as inexpensive as those toys ...

ohjayhawk 10 years, 4 months ago

Anything that had to do with being a police officer or a firefigher. I had a large plastic replica of Squad 51 that was pretty cool.

Haiku_Cuckoo 10 years, 4 months ago

Happy Fun Ball (despite its lengthy list of warnings and disclaimers):

Christine Anderson 10 years, 4 months ago

Mrs. Beasley, Little Lost Baby, Easy Curl by Kenner, and a Push Me, Pull You.

sunflower_sue 10 years, 4 months ago

My Baby Beans (that poor doll got put through so much...but I still have her!) and a deck of playing cards.

notobsessed 10 years, 4 months ago

I had a metal two story doll house that I spent a lot of time with. Rearranging the furniture, putting the babies to sleep and such.

blackwalnut 10 years, 4 months ago

The dollhouse my daddy made for me out of a wooden apple box.

The toys are truly awful these days. Everything has a battery and talks, sings, flashes or beeps.

Chris Golledge 10 years, 4 months ago

"..1978 Honda XR-75.."

Damn, I had one of those! My best friend had an Indian that I could beat and then a Suzuki that I couldn't.

Speaking of.. I hesitate to say this, but where I grew up we used to get out the toy guns like those mentioned above and have battles as cowboys and Indians. For some reason, there were never as many that wanted to be Indians.

I miss the dirt bike days, but I'm glad those other games are gone. (At least I haven't seen them.)

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 10 years, 4 months ago

My bicycle. It gave me my first taste of independence. I would jump on it and ride all over town (Ottawa). It was great.

PrincessConsuelaBananaHammock 10 years, 4 months ago

It's a toss up - either my Snoopy Sno Cone maker - man that thing ROCKED - spend 45 min. grinding 2 ice cubes into little pieces so you could pour kool-aid over it and call it a sno-cone! OR the Rainbow-Brite rainbow castle - it was bright colored and made out of that puffy parachute stuff and came with the Rainbow brite dolly and all her little friends!

GretchenJP 10 years, 4 months ago

Barbies, Merlin, Shrinky Dinks, Lite Brite, Spirograph

asiansensation 10 years, 4 months ago

My hand...its multi-use capabilities were endless.

gogoplata 10 years, 4 months ago

Its hard to pick one Star Wars people Go Kart - a piece of junk I bought for $50 but when I could get it running it was great. BB Gun General Lee Hotwheel

Kathy Theis-Getto 10 years, 4 months ago

gogo - I still have my son's Dukes of Hazzard cars. For me, I would have to say my bike.

Crossfire 10 years, 4 months ago

Poor boys Yo-Yo... When you have a little cold and your spit is thick, so you can let it down and then suck it back up before it hits the ground or breaks off.

janeyb 10 years, 4 months ago

A bicycle that didn't belong to my brothers first, and nintendo.

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