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Old 11-15-14, 02:48 PM
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What toys did you keep?

I kept all my Matchbox cars, from the 60s. These are "The real deal", made in England by Lesney.
Alas, Mattel bought the brand, and today's Matchbox cars are all made in, well, probably
East Bugabooee or someplace. ( I made that up )

So, what classic toys from your youth did you stash away in the attic, or garage, or someplace, that you
are please that you kept?
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Old 11-15-14, 04:06 PM
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I wish I'd kept my Matchbox cars. My Grandparents lived in England, so these were common gifts for birthdays and Xmas. My favorite was the James Bond Austin Martin, with working ejector seat (and little figurine to be ejected), rear bullet shield, and front machine guns that popped out at the touch of a button.
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Old 11-15-14, 04:41 PM
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None. But I still have (and sometimes ride) the bike I bought in 1976 (I was in graduate school, does that count as youth?).
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Old 11-15-14, 06:36 PM
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None.

I do have the Remington Nylon 66 .22 that I hunted with as a senior in high school.
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Old 11-15-14, 07:16 PM
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I kept my matchbox/hot wheels cars....double trouble....T-4-2...and my all time fav?....the "Mantis"...I used to suspend my hot wheels track from my bedroom ceiling with fishing line doing several loops all around my bedroom wall perimeter...I had to stand on my headboard to start...and the finish was a loopty loop with a huge jump...which only a few of my cars made. LOL!
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Lionel O train set from late '50s with smoke engine.
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It's funny you mentioned the old Lesney Matchbox cars. In the summer of 2000 I discovered eBay and recreated my collection. It took about two months, and I was so happy to have my old friends back. That lasted about a month. They're in a box somewhere in my attic.

a couple years ago I found a reasonably priced Major Matt Mason, so he's at my office watching over me as I work. For Christmas one year my wife found a stuffed Gentle Ben for me, but the voice boxes are hard to come by. The stuff I kept is still in my parents' attic. Just a bunch of board games.

And my white 1974 AMF Scorcher 24" 10-speed bike is still in my father's barn, waiting for me to restore it. I can't ride it but my wife probably could.
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Old 11-15-14, 09:01 PM
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How about a Rockwell Super 900 radial arm saw from the early 1960's ? Or a Lincoln 225 amp arc welder from the same era ? Farm kids get different kinds of toys for Christmas I guess.

Both of these tools are still in use by me. In fact I used the welder last weekend and the saw today.
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I still have a Structo hydraulic dump truck from my childhood in the 1950s. My son played with it as a boy and I am looking forward to my grandson enjoying it when he gets a bit older.
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I have my original GI Joe from 1971, .22LR Remington bolt action from 1974 ish, my Ruger Single Six from the same period, a couple of Dinky cars, and some of my Lego bricks. Oh, and my tricycle from 1960 something and my original Peugeot G50 bike from 1971.
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I still have my Halsam American Plastic Bricks set from about 1960.
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Other than a box of swimming medals, the only things I kept from childhood are some baseballs signed by the Oakland A's back when they won three straight world series and a Louisville Slugger bat given out at bat day at Candlestick Park in 1965. Mine has a copy of Willie Mays' signature on it.
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Originally Posted by Route 66 View Post
I still have my Halsam American Plastic Bricks set from about 1960.
OMG! I remember playing with those in the AF Base child care while my parents were in the Commissary!
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My mom still has my Mecanno set in her attic, and I think my steam engine might still be there too. The boiler collapsed, so it's not in working condition. Had a ton of fun with that, nearly burning the house down a few times.
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Originally Posted by Bikey Mikey View Post
OMG! I remember playing with those in the AF Base child care while my parents were in the Commissary!
LOL, I still think they're better than the Lego bricks of today.
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Stuffed animals mostly, paperwork, art projects and copies of Model Car Science.
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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
I wish I'd kept my Matchbox cars. My Grandparents lived in England, so these were common gifts for birthdays and Xmas. My favorite was the James Bond Austin Martin, with working ejector seat (and little figurine to be ejected), rear bullet shield, and front machine guns that popped out at the touch of a button.
I believe you make reference to Corgi Toys, number 261. Yep. Kept that one too!



Man, could imagine that being put on the market today?

-I would be sold in a "blister pack", instead of nice box that would last decades.
-It would probably have to retail for thirty dollars or more.
-Made in China? You betcha! After all, where else could we possibly manufacture toys?
-And of course, the requisite choking hazard warning.

Sorry, rant not intended. Please return to regular programming.
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I wish I'd of kept my "Lincoln Logs" and "Erector Set"...I learned much in my formative years in a fun and osmosis sort of way...they'd of made great toys for my grandson to play with...although I don't think anyone in his generation will ever own a wrench or a hammer...sad.
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I still have the stuffed animal that my daddy gave me at age 3 when he returned from a long business trip.
It's a little scary that my bike has the same personality as the stuffed animal.

I regret that my mom didn't save my younger sister's favorite stuffed animal for me when she passed away age 34.

Other than that, just a few swimming ribbons and medals.
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My parents disappeared my nice Lionel O gauge set, and did the same with my ~ 3 miles of slotcar track and cars. My Schwinn tank bike too. What was I doing?

Oooooohhhhhhh... it was the late 60's. That explains a lot.
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Just today seen a Motorweek show on the Velocity channel about a toy car collector show. One collector was asking 12000 as in thousands for a matching car and trailer in a prototype color. Don't know when show actually aired.
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I kept my magnifying glass that I used for science experiments in elementary school in the 1950's. Although not really a toy, I sure used it as such at times. How many of you used your magnifying glasses as kids to fry ants in the sun? You know who you are, I'm not the only one. I now use it to see things that are "smaller" than they used to be such as tiny print that device instruction sheets use these days.
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Not toys but I have my original "Green Lantern #59 " and "The Flash #176 " on the wall of my office.



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Still have Lincoln Logs and a big red Tonka Toy semi-truck. Saved by mother. Might be worth selling if I live another 50+ years.
And the Olds trumpet I played in high school. Saved by me. Likely to be donated as soon as soon as I get around to it.

All my sons' Legos are in the attic.
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