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Mac
12-19-2009, 02:20 AM
Ok i was browsing ebay looking for vintage toys i got at Christmas and thought this would be a neat thread?

What was your favorite ?


For me, i had some memorable gifts that i really enjoyed, but when it comes right down to what i think i probably had the most fun with and i thought was the all out neatest were these

about 1989 or so , me and my brother got remote control Caterpillar equipment , i got a bull dozer and he got a Hi-Hoe. You would put houehold oil in a little resevoir and the little smoke stack would huff and puff real smoke , still to this day when i smell a trainset that uses household oil for the smoke stack it takes me back to Christmas morning that year. We would have battles with them , the hihoe had a boom that worked off the remote in all directions and my bull dowers blade really worked , plus they were on tracks with powerfull motors and would shove all kinds of things . We would get them out in the floor and try to shove the other one over. Then with our birthdays only being a week apart in febuary we both got matching caterpillar inloaders to go with the bull dozer and hihoe . Those inloaders were great , we could scoop the other guys with the buckets and flip em right over on thier tops .


Here is a picture of some of them on ebay . Wow they got expensive.

bull dozer
http://cgi.ebay.com/Caterpillar-D9L-Remote-Control-New-Bright-2-Smoke-Oil_W0QQitemZ170417636793QQcmdZViewItemQQptZFR_CA_ V%C3%A9hicules_radiocommand%C3%A9s?hash=item27adae c5b9

Hi Hoe
http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Bright-245D-Caterpillar-Excavator-Remote-Control_W0QQitemZ280433561580QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH _DefaultDomain_0?hash=item414b248fec


loader
http://cgi.ebay.com/remote-control-caterpillar-bulldozer_W0QQitemZ320458698761QQcmdZViewItemQQptZ Radio_Control_Vehicles?hash=item4a9cd3b009

Play The Man
12-19-2009, 02:35 AM
Matchbox Race and Chase Speedway http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEheLzTVNE8

Mac
12-19-2009, 02:39 AM
Matchbox Race and Chase Speedway http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEheLzTVNE8


Loved the slot car tracks . that could very easily be my number 2. Bought my son a tyco track a few years ago for christmas , The most memorable track i had was a tyco and the cars used zippo lighter flints in the wheels and each guard rail had a little piece of sandpaper on them so when you went around the corners they would spark lol. the cars were a 40 ford and a 57 chevy , can still remember taping pennys and nickles to them to weight them to the track better.

Oddtodd76
12-19-2009, 02:41 AM
my most memorable gift was the my first firearm. It was a 20 gauge single shot from New England Firearms. My father gave it to me for Christmas. I still have it today, in perfect shape. And it is sitting in the front room in a gun display cabinet. Yeah, it may look odd sitting next to other guns of higher value...but, well...you know.

Oddtodd76
12-19-2009, 02:42 AM
my most memorable gift was the my first firearm. It was a 20 gauge single shot from New England Firearms. My father gave it to me for Christmas. I still have it today, in perfect shape. And it is sitting in the front room in a gun display cabinet. Yeah, it may look odd sitting next to other guns of higher value...but, well...you know.

ok, so i guess it isn't a toy...but that was the first thing i thought!

Play The Man
12-19-2009, 02:43 AM
Loved the slot car tracks . that could very easily be my number 2. Bought my son a tyco track a few years ago for christmas , The most memorable track i had was a tyco and the cars used zippo lighter flints in the wheels and each guard rail had a little piece of sandpaper on them so when you went around the corners they would spark lol. the cars were a 40 ford and a 57 chevy , can still remember taping pennys and nickles to them to weight them to the track better.


I think my No. 2 would be my Six Million Dollar Man action figure. Believe it or not, I actually had an O.J. Simpson action figure back when he was still a player (and not yet a double-murderer)

Oddtodd76
12-19-2009, 02:46 AM
Gi Joes and transformers were my favorites as a kid.

VCURamFan
12-19-2009, 04:45 AM
Anything LEGOs. Loved me some LEGOs. Now they're all just merchandising for Spiderman, Star Wars (thanks, NateR :punch:) & Harry Potter.

Ahhh, the good old days when it was all knights, pirates & spacemen.:cry:

NateR
12-19-2009, 05:22 AM
My brother and I got these given to us for Christmas in 1980 (we were both in 2nd grade):

Death Star Playset:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=350291621383&ru=http%3A%2F%2Fshop.ebay.com%3A80%2F%3F_from%3DR4 0%26_trksid%3Dm38%26_nkw%3D350291621383%26_fvi%3D1&_rdc=1#ht_2936wt_941

TIE Fighter:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Star-Wars-Special-Offer-Tie-Fighter-MISB-AFA-Display_W0QQitemZ370306453565QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH _DefaultDomain_0?hash=item5637fc103d#ht_1333wt_941

X-Wing Fighter:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Sealed-1st-Issue-X-Wing-Fighter_W0QQitemZ290372907672QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH _DefaultDomain_0?hash=item439b92f298#ht_1506wt_116 7

Along with these figures:

Luke Skywalker:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Star-Wars-A-New-Hope-Luke-Skywalker-12-back-C-AFA-60_W0QQitemZ330386124003QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_Defa ultDomain_0?hash=item4cec8c2ce3#ht_500wt_1182

Princess Leia:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Star-Wars-Princess-Leia-12-Back-A-AFA-85-MOC_W0QQitemZ120495191598QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Toy sGames_ActionFigures_ActionFigures_JN?hash=item1c0 e12b62e#ht_696wt_1167

Darth Vader:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-SW-Darth-Vader-12-Back-C-AFA-85-C85-B85-F85_W0QQitemZ360218770001QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_Def aultDomain_0?hash=item53deb63a51#ht_5888wt_1167

Ben Kenobi:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Star-Wars-Canadian-Ben-Kenobi-12-Back-A-AFA-85_W0QQitemZ120506891784QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Toys Games_ActionFigures_ActionFigures_JN?hash=item1c0e c53e08#ht_660wt_1167

R2-D2:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Star-Wars-Vintage-Carded-SW-R2-D2-12-Back-B-AFA-85_W0QQitemZ400090401012QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_Defa ultDomain_0?hash=item5d273f08f4#ht_5888wt_1167

C-3PO:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Star-Wars-Vintage-C-3PO-12-Back-12-BK-AFA-85_W0QQitemZ160387518879QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_Defa ultDomain_0?hash=item2557d7519f#ht_2920wt_991

Stormtroopers (2 of them):
http://cgi.ebay.com/Star-Wars-Vintage-SW-Stormtrooper-12-Back-B-AFA-85_W0QQitemZ400092395400QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_Defa ultDomain_0?hash=item5d275d7788#ht_5888wt_1167

Chewbacca:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Star-Wars-A-New-Hope-Chewbacca-12-back-C-AFA-80_W0QQitemZ330386124206QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_Defa ultDomain_0?hash=item4cec8c2dae#ht_500wt_1182

Jawa:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Star-Wars-Jawa-12-Back-AFA-85-90-90-MOC_W0QQitemZ120503258814QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Toy sGames_ActionFigures_ActionFigures_JN?hash=item1c0 e8dcebe#ht_714wt_1167

Sand People:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Star-Wars-Vintage-Carded-SW-Sand-People-12-Back-AFA-85_W0QQitemZ400090400966QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_Defa ultDomain_0?hash=item5d273f08c6#ht_5888wt_1167

Death Squad Commander:
http://cgi.ebay.com/78-Death-Squad-Commander-12-Back-AFA-85-Star-Wars-MOC_W0QQitemZ120356244181QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_Def aultDomain_0?hash=item1c05ca8ad5#ht_1071wt_941

The amazing thing is that all of this actually came from a church toy drive. It was probably the beginning of my obsession with Star Wars and I have a very generous church to thank for it. :laugh:

Also, all of these toys together would have retailed for about $72 in 1980. :scared0015:

Oddtodd76
12-19-2009, 01:34 PM
I loved my star wars toys also! Except i had a small poodle that enjoyed eating the heads off of the star wars figures. I can still to this day see princess laya's(i know spelling, prolly banned for not spelling it right) head in a pile of poodle poo.

Primadawn
12-19-2009, 01:51 PM
When I was about 8 or 9, some other toy company put out a line of dolls to compete with Barbie. The main doll's name was Starr and she had blonde curly hair--she also had friends--they were in high school and the boxes that they came in turned into lockers! I asked for Starr for my birthday (in November) and was sooooo upset that I didn't get her.
So on Christmas morning, I was uber-excited when I opened my first gift and it was HER!!! silver-metallic hotpants and all! :laugh:

http://365vintage.blogspot.com/2008/10/1979-starr-doll-by-mattel.html

oooohhh...now that I read that, it was actually mattel, the same company that makes barbie that put this doll out. weird.

Silverback
12-19-2009, 03:22 PM
When I was about 5 or 6 my brothers and I was lucky enough to get Tonka equipment, I got the big metal dump truck and we played with them forever. They don"t make toys like that no more. Not only was they fun to play with, but I could bust my brother's in the head with the truck and make my point! (Hope Santa didn't here that).:tongue0011::tongue0011::tongue0011:

TexasRN
12-19-2009, 03:32 PM
When I was about 5 or 6 my brothers and I was lucky enough to get Tonka equipment, I got the big metal dump truck and we played with them forever. They don"t make toys like that no more. Not only was they fun to play with, but I could bust my brother's in the head with the truck and make my point! (Hope Santa didn't here that).:tongue0011::tongue0011::tongue0011:

Tonka trucks are plastic now. I remember the old metal ones that were like a foot tall.

My favorite toy every year was a big wheel or bike. I liked to travel even as a child. I wore the tires off of my big wheels I rode them so much.


~Amy

Llamafighter
12-19-2009, 03:33 PM
Anything star wars. one year I got the Hoth playset with turret and I think I got the most playtime out of that one.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-STAR-WARS-HOTH-TURRET-PROBOT-BASE-PLAYSET-LOT_W0QQitemZ320463356414QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_Def aultDomain_0?hash=item4a9d1ac1fe
also the Dagobah playset. I chose this link because anyone who owned this playset experienced the same thing. after many year the foam in the little quicksand section disintegrated.
http://cgi.ebay.com/1980-STAR-WARS-EMPIRE-STRIKES-BACK-DAGOBAH-PLAYSET_W0QQitemZ220515014366QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH _DefaultDomain_0?hash=item3357b816de

I got a lot of farm toys too. loved my combine and auger wagon with working wheel on the side to open the chute. Tonka trucks were big for me too.

Mac
12-19-2009, 03:41 PM
Tonka trucks are plastic now. I remember the old metal ones that were like a foot tall.

My favorite toy every year was a big wheel or bike. I liked to travel even as a child. I wore the tires off of my big wheels I rode them so much.


~Amy


Loved bigwheels. Got pulled over at the age of 4 by the cops with an open beer on my bigwheel . Honest to God story.


Mothers Day , 1984 . I wanted to ride the block and a half down to the corner grocery store to get mom some flowers. I didnt know beer from soda pop , if it was in a can in the fridge it must be soda . So i grabbed a busch and headed out on my bigwheel down sixth street. With 3 sisters and 1 brother it was tough to keep an eye on all of us at the same time . My mom was haning clothes on the line in the back yard and saw cop lights flashing going very slow down 6th street . She stepped out of the back yard to see what it was and here i came around the corner on my bigwheel , flowers for my mom laid across my lap and an ice cold busch in my hand . Apparently i had stolen the flowers as well, thatll teach em to leave em on a rack outside. Mom said the police officer was laughing so hard he was crying . Ahh the benefits of growing up in a small town.

TexasRN
12-19-2009, 03:47 PM
Loved bigwheels. Got pulled over at the age of 4 by the cops with an open beer on my bigwheel . Honest to God story.


You know you're a Redneck when....:laugh:


~Amy

Mac
12-19-2009, 03:52 PM
You know you're a Redneck when....:laugh:


~Amy

i went ahead and edited in the full story lol . Figured i couldnt spit that one out without explaining.

Bonnie
12-19-2009, 04:32 PM
Loved bigwheels. Got pulled over at the age of 4 by the cops with an open beer on my bigwheel . Honest to God story.


Mothers Day , 1984 . I wanted to ride the block and a half down to the corner grocery store to get mom some flowers. I didnt know beer from soda pop , if it was in a can in the fridge it must be soda . So i grabbed a busch and headed out on my bigwheel down sixth street. With 3 sisters and 1 brother it was tough to keep an eye on all of us at the same time . My mom was haning clothes on the line in the back yard and saw cop lights flashing going very slow down 6th street . She stepped out of the back yard to see what it was and here i came around the corner on my bigwheel , flowers for my mom laid across my lap and an ice cold busch in my hand . Apparently i had stolen the flowers as well, thatll teach em to leave em on a rack outside. Mom said the police officer was laughing so hard he was crying . Ahh the benefits of growing up in a small town.

:laugh:

Too bad they didn't have dash video cams back then, Mac. You might have ended up on one those police show's funniest videos.

"Bad boy, bad boy, whatcha gonna do; Whatcha gonna do when they come for you..." :laugh:

But, that was sweet of you to get your mom flowers....and a Mother's Day she'll never forget. :wub:

Silverback
12-19-2009, 04:40 PM
Loved bigwheels. Got pulled over at the age of 4 by the cops with an open beer on my bigwheel . Honest to God story.


Mothers Day , 1984 . I wanted to ride the block and a half down to the corner grocery store to get mom some flowers. I didnt know beer from soda pop , if it was in a can in the fridge it must be soda . So i grabbed a busch and headed out on my bigwheel down sixth street. With 3 sisters and 1 brother it was tough to keep an eye on all of us at the same time . My mom was haning clothes on the line in the back yard and saw cop lights flashing going very slow down 6th street . She stepped out of the back yard to see what it was and here i came around the corner on my bigwheel , flowers for my mom laid across my lap and an ice cold busch in my hand . Apparently i had stolen the flowers as well, thatll teach em to leave em on a rack outside. Mom said the police officer was laughing so hard he was crying . Ahh the benefits of growing up in a small town.

And the funny part is I can picture that and with you it has to be a true story,(well not really but who could make up something like that) I thought I was a joker when I was a kid. I look back and wonder how we made it thru some of the stuff we did.:frantics::frantics::frantics:

Preach
12-19-2009, 05:49 PM
hhhhmmmm fav present would probably be my first Pitbull.........


















:laugh::laugh::laugh:



No really it would be my first shotgun a single shot 20 ga that was taller than me

Mac
12-19-2009, 06:01 PM
And the funny part is I can picture that and with you it has to be a true story,(well not really but who could make up something like that) I thought I was a joker when I was a kid. I look back and wonder how we made it thru some of the stuff we did.:frantics::frantics::frantics:

LOL :laugh::laugh: My 62 year old Mother will verify every detail ha ha ha

Primadawn
12-19-2009, 11:05 PM
The sad thing is, I can see Mac doing that same thing NOW...:laugh:

Primadawn
12-19-2009, 11:07 PM
Also, FYI--Toys R Us still carries a few of the huge metal Tonka vehicles. We got my nephew a dump truck that was big enough for him to sit in the back. It wasn't MEANT to be a ride-on toy, but he decided it was.

Tyburn
12-23-2009, 09:52 PM
I dont know.

My favourite gift last year was a pair of spoof slippers, because although they looked dumbass and were a bit of a gag, they are actually REALLY warm and ive had lots of use for them this year.