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    Toys: What were your favorites?

    We all had toys when we were young, what were your favorites? Do you collect them today?

    When I was in prime toy time (age five to ten) my favorite toys were little cars. I started out with the ones you could get at the five and dime store. The ones that sort of resembled cars on the street, but really missed the mark in authenticity. Then about 1950 I discovered Dinky Toys, which began to be sold in Pasadena, California, and were much more realistic. Dinky toys were made from die cast metal and were made to 1/43rd scale. They also had tires that you could take of and put on their rims which made them much more realistic. While they made trucks, military vehicles and cars, I much favored the cars. These were models of contemporary and pre-war British cars .... as the fifties progressed the models were of more contemporary and also included American cars.

    Here is a couple of pictures of my favorite Dinky Lagonda model:

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    The other toy that really occupied many an after school afternoon was the small plastic bricks from which you could build all kinds of fanciful buildings and when you had accumulated enough sets of them you could build whole towns or just very large structures. The neat thing about these bricks was that they close enough in scale to work well with the Dinky toys.

    I think every kid who was into Dinky Toys had a favorite one that was his own "personal" car at play times. My "personal" car out of all the Dinkys I eventually accumulated (with an allowance of 25 cents a week it took awhile to save up for a Dinky which usually cost 85 cents per car) was the model of the 1938 Lagonda Drop head sedan; it had wonderful swooping fenders and and fender wells for the spare tires. These Dinkys came in two colors green with dark green upholstery color or gray with maroon upholstery. I always tried to have a gray one (as these cars got played with a lot, including collisions, a new one was in order every once in a while.

    I don't remember the name of the building bricks, but I am sure one of my contemporaries here will know their name.

    What were your favorite toys?
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    Re: Toys: What were your favorites?

    G.I. Joe with the kung-fu grip.

    No toys nowadays, but I do a bit of scale modeling. I focus on WWII aircraft in 1:48 scale.

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    Re: Toys: What were your favorites?

    Let's move this to the general chit-chat lounge ......................

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    Thanks, Sub!

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    Hot wheels & Matchbox cars. Had a ton of them when I was a kid.
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    Re: Toys: What were your favorites?

    When I was a kid the only toy I had to play with was a sandbox and I had to share it with the cat.
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    Re: Toys: What were your favorites?

    Besides my dad giving me mechanic tools to play with, He would take bolts and screws and screw them into wood and metal and let me take them out to play with, He used what ever would take me the longest to disassemble and allow him to finish his work without me bothering him.
    He used to let me take a part some parts of Harley engines for him.

    Other than that Matchboxes, Barbies that I cut and dyed their hair, Mudd pies.

    And I still have my Princess Leia stuff and still collect Leia stuff especially collectibles with her in the metal bikini.

    Still have all of my Hotwheels & Matchboxes along with my Tyco slot cars and tracks too.
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    Re: Toys: What were your favorites?

    Like Chad, I had a ton of Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars. I spent a lot of time in the hospital as a kid, and my dad would come by to visit me after he got off work at night, always with a new little toy car. The nurses used to joke that I could open a used car dealership with all the cars I had.
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    Re: Toys: What were your favorites?

    Matchbox/Hot Wheels and Star Wars
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    Re: Toys: What were your favorites?

    Quote Originally Posted by dkozloski View Post
    When I was a kid the only toy I had to play with was a sandbox and I had to share it with the cat.
    ^^^ That explains a lot, Koz!

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    Re: Toys: What were your favorites?

    hotwheels

    I still have most of mine from when I was a kid, and I do collect them (as money allows). the ones I collect are the old redlines from the late 60s-70s. I have a mini fleet of 67 eldorados (used to have a few more but gave them away to friends with old caddies).
    some of my old hotwheels (I have alot more in conditions varying from beaters to near mint).
    several of these are rare color combos/ models.

    I also like nascar stuff....again, I have more, but limited space to show it.

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    Re: Toys: What were your favorites?

    Star Wars figurines and ships.

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    Re: Toys: What were your favorites?

    Quote Originally Posted by thebigjimsho View Post
    Have to laugh at that one! I had one of those and never could get them to do anything right. I would adjust and set them all up and when I turned it on they would alternately spin in circles or scatter like cockroaches when the lights came on!

    Kept me busy and out of my folks hair so I guess they got their money's worth out of it!
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    Re: Toys: What were your favorites?

    I remember when those first came out around 1954. A friend got a set for Christmas, wasn't nearly as fancy as the one in the picture. I don't think we could ever get it to go right either. That was the Christmas of 1953, my first Christmas on the East Coast and also my first white Christmas. We were living in a rented house in Haddonfield, NJ which was built in the 1920's and was furnished in with stuff from that period. In 1953 things in NJ had not started their renewal yet after the war, things were still very much old fashioned. I really felt the difference between that small NJ town and my home Pasadena, CA. Starting in 1954 things really started to modernize and feel much more like the '50's of Rock'n Roll and new neat cars. In 1954 a whole new world started to emerge and the dull drab "war" and "depression" years were a thing of the past. That "electric" football game was just a precursor of things to come!

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