I remember that we had one of these, albeit briefly, and my kid sister skinned her chin when she overshot the end of the plastic. My best friend had one, and also a four-seater Whirly Bird. But this page has some similar cereal premium figurines. In December 2017, Den of Geek wrote that a Micronauts movie is coming in 2020 produced by Hasbro and Paramount. This one doesn’t have the little hill(s) in the track after the first drop either. These toys will make you wonder how these toys ever made it to stores or maybe why we don’t have these toys anymore. One huge problem was stopping the thing. This recording technology would become outdated by the next decade, and was set aside for more portable toys without cassette tapes. Playing with a Skip-It was easy enough. Discovery Zone: 1989–1999. Cheers! The first Game Boy was released in Japan in April 1989, and the world of gaming was forever changed. Older kids would use baby oil with iodine in it to prevent burns and would use a reflector to bake themselves in the sun. I’ve looked like crazy, but have never found this toy on any website. Up until the 1970s, log drivers helped move huge tree trunks from the forest to sawmills for construction purposes. Well, although I loved all these things, I would probably never put my grandkids on them. There was no seat belt or restraints of any kind. Kids have been made into wusses because everyone is so ridiculously overprotected. We had one when I was a kid – a swing set with a roller coaster on the side. I loved that toy – 2 or 3 kids could sit in it, rock or be spun around, or hide under it. Our Whirly Bird was predominately white and red. These days, many of the toys being offered are based on a popular movie, television show or some other media influence. Pocket Locker, Dear Diary, Etc. The toy was a long sheet of thin plastic with a lengthwise heat-sealed tubular fold running down one side. It dropped about 6 feet then went over a little hill and then the track ended but the wheels were rubber with flanges inside the rubber tires to ride on the tubular rails. 20. I … Erector Sets were super simple, but super popular. Aug 28, 2015 - Because if ironing your hair with an actual iron hasn't killed you yet, nothing can. When you tired of them, you would heat them up again, and cram them into a little vise that compressed them back into a cube. We take a look at the best toys of the 90s (we know that every generation thinks the toys of their childhood are the best, but when it comes to the 90s, we think it might just be true). In 1992, ToyMax reintroduced the Thingmaker with much stricter safety regulations. I have no idea where my folk’s got ours but we lived in Greenwich, Connecticut at the time, and they probably bought it in 1962 maybe. I remember the tissue was white, but it didn’t matter – you just kept going. Here are a few familiar names that might have delighted you as a kid, but that no longer exist. The reformulated Plastigoop did not work well, the bugs and insects were shoddy, and the process was painfully slow, so it went kaput fairly quickly. These all are great toys that taught kids how to play safely. Now, Skip-Its are hard to come by in their original form, if not impossible. Echo dolls were larger than most dolls, coming in at 13 inches. The only problem was that sometimes the balls would smack together so forcefully that they'd explode. Essentially, it would say words out loud, and kids would have to figure out how to spell said words, using memorization and the pronunciation. Micronauts were Transformers-esque action figures with their own interesting backstory. I sometimes think he was trying to test me for the NASA program, LOL!!! It was part of a swing set and was on one end just like the sliding boards were. The slider’s forward momentum drives the body into the neck and compresses the spinal cord.”. Kids who have been playing computer games since they were in diapers, with all sorts of other high-tech toys at their disposal, would likely turn up their noses at a few beloved toys of yesteryear. I made creepy crawlers and was addicted to the dip-a-flower set. Back in the late ’60s or early 70’s, I had a helicopter toy that ran along a twine that was strung around the room. Across the United States, a large number of local stores and store chains that started between the 1920s and 1950s have become defunct since the late 1960s, when many chains were either consolidated or liquidated.Some may have been lost due to mergers, while others were affected by a phenomenon of large store closings in the 2010s known as the retail apocalypse. According to Vintage Doll Repair, Echo dolls were only produced from 1962 to 1963, and were only sold until 1965. Wow—sure miss the good old days. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Overnight Camp Ushers in the End of Carefree Days and Childlike Innocence, http://boingboing.net/2015/07/20/why-the-strange-change-machine.html, http://www.angelfire.com/biz/toysoldierhq/Premiums.html. 11. The commercials live on, though. No one else that I’ve talked to has ever heard of such a thing and some people insist I must have dreamed it. I also had the coaster, the whirlybird, teeter totter, jungle gym, and a huge hill in the backyard. Save my name, email, and site URL in my browser for next time I post a comment. Share the love. The '60s were all about teens having fun in beach movies. But Micronauts fans can rejoice. They were off the market by 2000 — but let's be honest, all the best toys have a little edge to them, and watching the Sky Dancers fly was super fun. Clackers were popular in the '60s and '70s and were very simple: just two acrylic balls attached to each end of a string, meant to be smacked together loudly. The name says it all: Little Miss Echo dolls would echo anything you said using a tape recorder hidden inside of them. I got mine in about 1960. While there were far more dangerous toys, the concept of these is pretty lame and I don’t think today’s techno savvy, iPhone-toting kids would give them much thought. See more on this topic Comments. My brothers and I had most of these in the 60’s and we survived to tell about it. I don’t know though, the whirlybird never seemed dangerous to me, but I’m sure it was. I made a beautiful poinsettia bouquet for my mom. There’s a good site here that describes it and has some awesome pictures: http://boingboing.net/2015/07/20/why-the-strange-change-machine.html I know my kit was from the Sears Wish Book and I made a paperweight with a silver Mexican coin. These toys were great and made us learn responsibility. Unfortunately, Fisher Price was too early for the pocket music trend, and Pocket Rockers were only on the market from 1988 until 1991. Does anyone remember a toy that you sat in and rocked forward and backward until it went head over heels? Wow – think I had the same roller coaster when I was a kid in the 1960s; even have a family movie of me riding it. I’ll check in if I find something. Like what you see here? I sure wish that I could find some photos of one or know who the company was that built it. The Slip ‘N Slide and related products attained sales of more than 9 million units from 1961 through 1992. Does anyone remember a toy in the early 60’s that was essentially a gigantic painted or enameled metal bowl? This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. It was a lot of fun, but no way it would pass modern safety standards today. I have not been able to find anyone else who remembers it, nor have I been able to find a picture. It was an exciting time for play for all ages – not only were classics like dolls and teddies getting clever new updates, games consoles were appearing, giving us new technological addictions too. They came from the 60s. Gobots. According to the 1993 CPSC recall, “Because of their weight and height, adults and teenagers who dive onto the water slide may hit and abruptly stop in such a way that could cause permanent spinal cord injury, resulting in quadriplegia or paraplegia. This activity could potentially cause you or nearby kids to trip and fall down. All of Nintendo's heavy hitters appeared in Game Boy games, and a few even made their debut there, like Pokémon and Kirby. Well if kids today had an imagination these totally awesome toys would not be lame! Damn that was dangerous, but the burning wood smell lives on in my memory! The faster you pushed and pulled the bar, the faster it would spin. The top child would lean over to start the motion and the whole thing would rotate like a Ferris Wheel, shooting the kid on the bottom to the top and around and around. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. I wish I could still get some of these today. Now they put children on this ridiculous level where people are afraid of punishing them or kids’ rights. Perhaps this creepiness led to Cathy's discontinuation in 1966. One of those is the Leggy doll. Considering the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) didn’t exist before 1972, late Baby Boomers got away with playing with a lot of toys in the 1960s-early 1970s that would never pass muster today. Another favorite was pulling you out of the room by your ear. It was basically a heating element covered with a plastic dome with a rotating cover. What used to be a local industry, with certain brands dominating a state or few, turned into a national industry, and many ubiquitous beers -- your Ballantines, Rheingolds and Falstaffs -- went out of business or were swallowed up. Leggys were 10 inches long, with legs that consisted of at least 75% of that. Check it out and you might get your answer. We almost broke our forearms in 4th grade with those things. The mixture would dry in minutes without heat. There's something cute and retro about their bubblebum pink ears and digital eyes. You rolled on for another five feet before encountering two small bumps that slowed you down before you rolled off into the grass. Toys like G.I. One of these days I’ll find the Montgomery Ward catalog that had this advertised. After that, you rolled into the grass. In 1961, Wham-O introduced the original Slip ’N Slide®, which quickly became a popular summer favorite among kids around the world. I’m thankful I’m not a parent since I absolutely can’t stomach the insanely overprotective style of parenting nowadays. A leading-edge research firm focused on digital transformation. I recall there was a lot less violence and no gang activity way back then, and I grew up in Orange County, CA. Country Living editors select each product featured. I was so excited to read comments about the roller coaster. Those punch me’s were fun too. I always loved biking and still do, but I will not ride without a helmet. It was made of a round, tubular metal frame (like a wheel with a seat built inside), white I think, with red lettering. No, this doesn't just refer to the log ride at Six Flags. Thanks! No one was hurt, but you could see where it could really do some damage. In the 50s/60s in Germany we had plastic figures of ships, trains, cars, etc., about 40 mm in height and wide and and about 5 km thick. By 1988, the popularity of Pound Puppies was declining and they eventually disappeared from shelves. We lived in Pennsylvania at the time and my father was an aeronautics engineer. Skip-Its were released in the '80s, and received a makeover as well as Nickelodeon commercials in the '90s, which turned them into one of the hottest toys of the time. The Footsie toy, while relatively benign, certainly must have led to some falls on the playground, which back in my day was blacktop or cement. Problem was I couldn’t remember the name of it and I was just describing it as something that had four seats and you would sit on it and push and pull and it would go really fast. They were whitish in colour on a flat bottom, any idea were they came from? But who knows? Some of the better antique towns have issues of the old catalogs from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. We seemed to have more common sense than kids today. This toy really doesn’t fit into the unsafe or lame category, but I had to include it because it was briefly one of my favorites. It could recognize your voice, perform tricks, and even talk to other Poo-Chis. Here is a link to a plastic version of the same thing that Walmart used to sell, but this one is only 40 inches tall, and I am quite certain that the metal/tubular rail version in the 1960s was 5-6 feet tall. Created in 1913, they were just sets of metal beams of various sizes, nuts, and bolts that kids could build whatever they wanted with. Toys from the 90s that no longer exist. I cannot imagine the liquid was safe – it likely contained some noxious ingredients. Maybe that's why they haven't stood the test of time: Leggys were only around from 1972 and 1973. 50 jobs that no longer exist As technology advances and processes become automated, naturally, some people that once held jobs that were considered essential may find themselves out of work. 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