I wonder whether the toys that I used to play with are still around. I know that many of them are although lots of them now seem to be aimed at adult collectors who fondly remember these toys rather than kids. Here are some toys I had as a kid and some that I feel would be good for kids today.
I had a Mr Potato Head as a kid. I also had his friend Peter Pepper and I think the cucumber one as well. They would be worth lots of money these days. A few weeks I went into Toys R Us and saw three different versions of ‘Talking Mr Potato Head’. Why does Mr. Potato Head need a computer chip inside to make him interactive? Isn’t he interactive enough? It sort of defeats the purpose to put a computer chip into this toy.
My brother and I had a Hornby train set as kids. It was a present from my Aunt Jackie I think. It’s still around but needs a little repair to get it going again. (The same set is now worth $300 on Ebay) Up until 15 or so years ago you could buy a train set in any toy store, especially Toys R Us and World 4 Kids but now you need to go to specialist hobby shops to buy one. It’s hard to even find the really cheap train sets in regular Aussie toy stores these days.
As a kid I had a slot car set but it wasn’t a Scalextric. This is another toy that is now only available in hobby shops but used to be available everywhere. I want t get myself a Scalextric but my other half won’t let me.
Lego is the greatest toy ever made. I remember using my Lego to make the buildings for my city for my train set and toy cars. I am not sure if there is this sort of inter-connectivity between toys anymore. I have heard of kids just using their Lego to make what is on the box and then putting it up on a shelf. I am really impressed by the Lego movies or Brickfilms that are found on the internet.
Play DohYou can buy Playdoh or you could get Mum to make it at home.
I had a number of Tonka trucks when I was a kid. The ones that are being sold today look really flimsy compared to the Tonka Tuff toys that I had when growing up.
An all time favourite.
I am a comic book aficionado but I can understand kids today not buying comic books. They are priced so high and are not very good value for money. It seems that too many comics are aimed at adult collectors and there are too few aimed at kids.
Do kids still play marbles today? I see they are still sold but I wonder if they are still used.
I think Barbie is still around. Not sure.
I used to have a collection of several hundreds (perhaps thousands) of Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars. Even a couple of Corgis too.
Cyclops Pedal Car
A Kiwi icon.
Etch A Sketch
A toy I never had but always wanted.
We used to collect the Russel Coca Cola yo-yos in the 80s. I could never do it properly. These come back into vogue now and again.
Another of my favourites. From Denmark I believe.
The best toy animals from Germany.
War is bad.
Footy CardsKids still have footy cards but do they just collect them and stick them into an album? Do they play flicks (I guess that’s what it was called) where they flick the card and whoever does it the furthest gets to keep their opponents cards?
Tin Toy Robots
Tin toys are great and I love the retro look of tin robots. These are now produced no longer as kids toys but as items for adult collectors.
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- Where the Word “Lego” Comes From (todayifoundout.com)
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