Classic Toys From My Childhood That Have Withstood The Test Of Time

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Both of my boys are eighteen or over and it's been quite a long time since I bought them a toy.  These days their "toys" are electronic gadgets - not Lincoln Logs. 

I have recently had the need to purchase toys for grandchildren of my friends.  These birthdays seem to popup very often.   

While walking through Toys R Us I was struck by how many toys are still sold that were sold when I was growing up.  I was born in 1958 so my childhood spans the 60s decade, particularly the first half.  So, with my HTC EVO at hand I walked around and noted as many toys as I could that are still being sold that I recall playing with before I was 10.  It was a longer list than I would have expected.

Here are some of the toys from my list and I would love to know if you remember them from your own childhood and if you did, what is it about them that has withstood the test of time.  I mean, we are talking 44 years since I was 10 years old.  Yeah, I know, I'm older than dirt.  Hey!  Dirt was one of my favorite toys back then.

I tried hard to find the year of initial production for each toy but it's possible that one or more sources were off a bit so feel free to correct.  I used Wikipedia a lot for this article and some toy sites that specialize in the history of toys.

I hope this article brings back some great memories for you and maybe even some gift ideas for kids of your own and others.


Mr. Potato Head - Starting selling right around 1968 so I was about 10 when this toy came onto the market.  I am sure we had many of these over the years as I had four siblings and we each, at some point, ended up with a Mr. Potato Head.  Of course, these days there are female potato heads as well.




Radio Flyer Trike - Approximately 1955.  I have a black& white picture of me on what I believe is this tricycle when I was three years old which would have been 1961.  Can't be 100% sure as we were stationed in Germany so maybe it was a very similar model. 




Barrel of Monkeys - This toy came out in 1965 when I was 8.  I don't remember which one of us got this toy that Christmas (or the next) but I remember my sisters and I playing this game a lot.


Play - Doh  -Demonstrated at an educational show in 1956 and on the market either than year or in 1957.  My mom wasn't a big fan of play-doh as it was rather hard to extract from carpet.  However, my sisters and I had plenty of Play-Doh over the years and I still buy it for friend's kids (after I ask if it's okay). 




Legos - Approximately 1934 in Denmark.  I still play with Legos.  They nearly went out of business, not that along ago, when they lost focus on adults - not realizing that adults were a big part of their customer base (adults as in the actual users of Legos and not just buying them for their children).




Monopoly - The history of the game goes back to 1904.  My boys still play this game and prefer the old fashioned cardboard version to the online versions.

 
GI Joe - Came out in 1964. I remember getting my GI Joe when our family was in Germany.  I don't remember the exact year but it was before I was 10 so it was pretty close to when it came onto the toy market.  I kept it until sometime in my 30s when I finally lost it.  By then he was missing quite a few body parts.




Lincoln Logs - Invented in 1916.  I spent hundreds of hours playing with Lincoln Logs throughout my childhood.  They were easily one of my favorite toys.



There are so many more that I remember and many that my sisters got for Christmas such as Barbie and  Easy-Bake oven (I played with that one as well).

What did I miss that brings back memories for you and are still sold today?

erick99 posted Feb 27, 2012
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Zoey2011
Etch-A-Sketch!!!
Zoey2011 (rep: 30) posted Feb 27, 2012
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erick99
Oh, Etch-A-Sketch was great and still is! I recently bought a key chain version at a flea market that works really well. I couldn't find an exact date for when the Etch-A-Sketch came out but it was in the late 50's
erick99 (rep: 17.4k) posted Feb 27, 2012
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gangstabarbie
i used to play skip-it- now i play warcraft frozen throne. :)
gangstabarbie (rep: 9.67k) posted Feb 27, 2012
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erick99
One of my sons play Warcraft a lot and I think I am paying $15 a month so that they can play online. The other ones is into Gears of War and I pay something per month to Microsoft for that one. These folks are smart as they get paid for the game and then every month as well. Wish I'd thought of that :)
erick99 (rep: 17.4k) posted Feb 27, 2012
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akaricke
Slinky needs to be on there :D

Tyco racing tracks too :D

And sad to say I myself play Warcrack
akaricke (rep: 159k) posted Feb 28, 2012
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erick99
Slinkys were great! We used to compete to see who could get Slinky to walk down the most steps! You've brought back some more great memories :)
erick99 (rep: 17.4k) posted Feb 28, 2012
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erick99
I might be the only male on the planet who doesn't play WarCraft and it can't just be my age as I know plenty of guys in their early 50s playing the game. But, I've never had an interest in games on computers or consoles other than thinks like Scrabble, Yahtzee, etc.
erick99 (rep: 17.4k) posted Feb 28, 2012
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nthsll
Oh, the hours I spent playing with my slot cars and hotwheels tracks. Three of my favorite toys were:

1. the cars that had the rip cord that you would intentionally ram into curbs and have panels fly off of them, just to put them back together and do it over. I think they called them smash up derby cars. You dont see them anymore.
2. Evel Kinevel motorcycle that did the same thing. Ditto...don't see them anymore. Probably because Robby K isn't nearly as fun to watch. He's less likely to crash.
3. Rock-um Sock-um Robots. You can still find these.
nthsll (rep: 12.4k) posted Feb 28, 2012
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erick99
Gosh, Hot Wheels! I remember setting up long strips of track to see how far we could make it go and also the loops! I did have a couple of slot car sets but the Hot Wheels bring back vivid memories.
erick99 (rep: 17.4k) posted Feb 28, 2012
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VirginiaPeanuts
My kids play with the same Fisher Price Apple I played with as a child (and it was originally my Aunt's!) http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQP5cwfLuV4gVfr_TtaSGNkdg3gZ3oTprhddxVKaJlfVIqgDqAtQQ
VirginiaPeanuts (rep: 11.3k) posted Feb 28, 2012
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erick99
I do remember those! Thanks for the pic :)
erick99 (rep: 17.4k) posted Feb 28, 2012
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erick99
Hot Wheels were introduced in 1967. Slot cars were first introduced by Lionel in 1912 (that date surprised me!).
erick99 (rep: 17.4k) posted Feb 28, 2012
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