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Post by tony ingram on Wed Dec 30, 2009 5:12 pm

Just thought it would be fun to stir up a few memories of classic toys from times past. To start with: anyone else remember the Mego action figures from the 70s?




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Re: Classic Toys

Post by Hourglass on Wed Dec 30, 2009 11:34 pm

I've a few classic Doctor who toys at home

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Post by tony ingram on Wed Dec 30, 2009 11:38 pm

You've got the Dapol console! Oh, I've never even seen one of those! Very, very nice set, HG! The console was incredibly rare, as I recall; it was recalled early on because they screwed up and gave it five sides instead of six...

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Post by Hourglass on Wed Dec 30, 2009 11:46 pm

It is a nice peace but the centre always comes off the rudder if you use it and it's so damn noisy. It's part of the box set I got as a child, god how I wish I never opened it now Sad

I've a few more peaces but not sure if you'd call them toys








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Post by tony ingram on Thu Dec 31, 2009 12:17 am

A great collection-the chess set was another one of those items I coveted from afar! I do have most of the original Doctor Who toy line, though...



I also have the Doctor and the TARDIS (but not Leela. She was a girl! Yuck!).

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Post by Hourglass on Thu Dec 31, 2009 12:28 am

That dalek looks odd is it the Dinkey toys one?

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Post by tony ingram on Thu Dec 31, 2009 1:05 am

Hourglass wrote:That dalek looks odd is it the Dinkey toys one?
No, the Palitoy talking Dalek. It still works too, though it sounds a little drunk these days.

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Re: Classic Toys

Post by felneymike on Wed Jan 06, 2010 7:57 pm

I had a period of coveting Star Wars toys in the late 90's when those Special Edition things were coming out (they didn't make the Ion Cannon shots blue, though). I also dreamed of creating a huge Hornby train set... but we were poor so they never really came off.

I just made up my own stuff with Lego instead... i had heaps of that! There's still a "pirate chest" full of it in the garage somewhere.

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Post by tony ingram on Wed Jan 06, 2010 8:06 pm

felneymike wrote:I had a period of coveting Star Wars toys in the late 90's when those Special Edition things were coming out (they didn't make the Ion Cannon shots blue, though). I also dreamed of creating a huge Hornby train set... but we were poor so they never really came off.

I just made up my own stuff with Lego instead... i had heaps of that! There's still a "pirate chest" full of it in the garage somewhere.
That would be when Lego was still proper Lego of course, rather than the pre-made kits you get now.

Christ, i sound like James May...

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Post by felneymike on Wed Jan 06, 2010 8:15 pm

In his Toy Stories book he interviews the new director of Lego, who admitted it had "lost it's way" and is going back to simpler components again!

Now if only Meccano would do the same...

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Post by tony ingram on Wed Jan 06, 2010 8:17 pm

felneymike wrote:In his Toy Stories book he interviews the new director of Lego, who admitted it had "lost it's way" and is going back to simpler components again!

Now if only Meccano would do the same...
I heartily agree! I must get that book-I've loved his Toy Stories series! The Lego house was admittedly less than successful, but his Meccano bridge was fantastic...

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Re: Classic Toys

Post by Spiff_B on Thu Jan 07, 2010 12:43 pm

felneymike wrote:In his Toy Stories book he interviews the new director of Lego, who admitted it had "lost it's way" and is going back to simpler components again!
I got the Toy Stories book for Christmas, thought it's on a huge reading pile so who knows when I'll get to it.

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Post by ITALIANHAMMER on Thu Jan 07, 2010 12:45 pm

Whilst this is probably not strictly a toy I remember from my younger days "SUPER ACTION TRANSFERS" by Letraset.

Anyone remember those ??

Great titles included
Explorers
Invasion
The Lost City
Fire Fighters
and lots, lots more

Wish they still produced these....

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Post by tony ingram on Thu Jan 07, 2010 1:12 pm

ITALIANHAMMER wrote:Whilst this is probably not strictly a toy I remember from my younger days "SUPER ACTION TRANSFERS" by Letraset.

Anyone remember those ??

Great titles included
Explorers
Invasion
The Lost City
Fire Fighters
and lots, lots more

Wish they still produced these....
I not only remember them, I still have some! Not sure where they are, mind. But yes, Letraset, Kalkitos...transfers were very much a part of my childhood. I shall have to try to find them and post them here...

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Post by ITALIANHAMMER on Thu Jan 07, 2010 1:15 pm

Brilliant !!
I look forward to seeing some long forgotten images...

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Post by tony ingram on Thu Jan 07, 2010 1:37 pm





Letraset Spider-Man adventures...

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Re: Classic Toys

Post by tony ingram on Thu Jan 07, 2010 2:01 pm

More from Spidey...


I was obviously feeling a little nihilistic when I composed this one: note that the young mother is now being hit by the car, the detective is being blown up and the kid is right next to a pumpkin bomb...



This one is much more your standard gang war...

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Re: Classic Toys

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Post by Spiff_B on Thu Jan 07, 2010 3:55 pm

I can't see any of the pics, Tony.

I also remember some Letraset-like small adventure sets, and of course the larger Star Wars ones.

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Post by tony ingram on Thu Jan 07, 2010 3:58 pm

Spiff_B wrote:I can't see any of the pics, Tony.

I also remember some Letraset-like small adventure sets, and of course the larger Star Wars ones.
Hmm, must be a glitch: they're showing up OK for me. I'll check it out...

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Post by ITALIANHAMMER on Thu Jan 07, 2010 3:59 pm

Guys

Look what I've come across

This is excellent
Brought back so many memories

I remember having almost all of these

I've even sent an email to Letraset Uk to ask if they still produced these or if not whether they would consider bringing them back !!!

http://www.seven-wonders.co.uk/atsetsat.html

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Post by tony ingram on Thu Jan 07, 2010 4:02 pm

ITALIANHAMMER wrote:Guys

Look what I've come across

This is excellent
Brought back so many memories

I remember having almost all of these

I've even sent an email to Letraset Uk to ask if they still produced these or if not whether they would consider bringing them back !!!

http://www.seven-wonders.co.uk/atsetsat.html
Oh, wow-that brings back memories...

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Post by Spiff_B on Thu Jan 07, 2010 4:39 pm

The ones I remember must've been later -- deffo had a space themed one, with glow-in-the-dark silhouettes for some of the transfers. There were some glow-in-the-dark silhouette ones as cereal packet freebies at some point too -- especially in Ready Brek! Wink

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Post by alanultron5 on Sat Jan 09, 2010 11:15 am

I had hours of fun with me `Johnny Seven` in the 1960s! Sorry I can't put a photo up as I lost it after a year or two after breaking neighbours windows with the plastic bullets! SAUSAGES!!

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Post by tony ingram on Sat Jan 09, 2010 11:50 am

alanultron5 wrote:I had hours of fun with me `Johnny Seven` in the 1960s! Sorry I can't put a photo up as I lost it after a year or two after breaking neighbours windows with the plastic bullets! SAUSAGES!!
I still have my Eagle Space Spinner. And my Gnasher badge from the Dennis the Menace Fan Club.

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Post by alanultron5 on Wed Jan 13, 2010 12:44 pm

If only i'd kept me Sparky free gifts from 1965 to 71 (The period I read Sparky) the "Flicker Pics" was the best (from 1970) My mate, Neil Maybury went and inflated and let off his `Flying Snorter` in class (1967) he got the Pump! for that and old Cadman (Maths Teacher) confisticated it! Aaah! memories! I'm currently getting a short `Sparky Free Gifts` piece together (on `Word`) for consideration for Crikey!

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Post by tony ingram on Wed Jan 13, 2010 12:48 pm

alanultron5 wrote:If only i'd kept me Sparky free gifts from 1965 to 71 (The period I read Sparky) the "Flicker Pics" was the best (from 1970) My mate, Neil Maybury went and inflated and let off his `Flying Snorter` in class (1967) he got the Pump! for that and old Cadman (Maths Teacher) confisticated it! Aaah! memories! I'm currently getting a short `Sparky Free Gifts` piece together (on `Word`) for consideration for Crikey!
Another comic gave away a Flying Snorter a few years later, I'm sure! Can't remember which one, though. But I definitely had one!

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Post by alanultron5 on Thu Jan 21, 2010 1:52 pm

Tony! I think it was Dandy! The `Snorters` were given away by most Thomson comics! Sometimes the design and name was changed a little-but they were basically the same thing!

Sparky gave two near identical Snorters free in the 1st issue (23 Jan 65)and issue 140 (23 Sept 67)

I just got hold of the "Zoomer Boomerang" which was free in Sparky 212 (8 Feb 69) Its not `mint` but pretty good condition! I won't try forcing it together to see if it flies as it would strain the cardboard a bit too much now! Hope my Sparky Free gift article is OK for Crikey!

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Post by tony ingram on Thu Jan 21, 2010 2:00 pm

alanultron5 wrote:Tony! I think it was Dandy! The `Snorters` were given away by most Thomson comics! Sometimes the design and name was changed a little-but they were basically the same thing!

Sparky gave two near identical Snorters free in the 1st issue (23 Jan 65)and issue 140 (23 Sept 67)

I just got hold of the "Zoomer Boomerang" which was free in Sparky 212 (8 Feb 69) Its not `mint` but pretty good condition! I won't try forcing it together to see if it flies as it would strain the cardboard a bit too much now! Hope my Sparky Free gift article is OK for Crikey!
Just a question of when, Alan... Very Happy

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Post by tony ingram on Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:13 pm

Anyone else remember these guys? The Lone Ranger and his friends (and foes) were the stars of a toy line from Gabriel Inc (licensed in Britain by Marx) in the early '70s...





...while Evel Knievel was produced by Ideal, and had a staggering array of bikes and other vehicles to aid him in his amazing stunts.


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Post by Hourglass on Mon Mar 01, 2010 9:54 pm

At the charity shop where I now work, we got a complete set of original ghost busters figures in mint condition. These are the ones from the original animated series which came after the movie and are quite collectable. They also gave us a ton of annuals but I havent had time to look at them yet. I do worry some poor sod has had his mother clean out his closet and given us his collection. It's not unheard of, a friend of mine blew his top when his mother binned his complete DAPOL Dr who figure set.

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Post by tony ingram on Tue Mar 02, 2010 9:44 am

That is every collector's nightmare! You'll probably have a frantic thirtysomething in the shop this week, making furtive enquiries...

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Post by Hourglass on Tue Mar 02, 2010 11:21 am

Hahaha we already had, at 9:00 this morning. Very Happy

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Post by tony ingram on Tue Mar 02, 2010 11:23 am

Hourglass wrote:Hahaha we already had, at 9:00 this morning. Very Happy
Did he buy it all back?

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Post by Hourglass on Tue Mar 02, 2010 11:26 am

He made a donation to the charity of £10 in return.

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Post by tony ingram on Tue Mar 02, 2010 11:26 am

Hourglass wrote:He made a donation to the charity of £10 in return.
I like a happy ending... Laughing

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Post by Hourglass on Tue Mar 02, 2010 11:31 am

Incidentally Tony if you PM me your mob number, I can text you if we get any comic annuals in and if your interested put them to one side for you. We had some Hulk stuff in the other day and some really old sci fi comics (one had a story by L Ron Hubbard in).

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Post by tony ingram on Tue Mar 02, 2010 11:33 am

Hourglass wrote:Incidentally Tony if you PM me your mob number, I can text you if we get any comic annuals in and if your interested put them to one side for you. We had some Hulk stuff in the other day and some really old sci fi comics (one had a story by L Ron Hubbard in).
Will do-and thanks!

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