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NJCardFan
03-21-2012, 12:02 AM
I was on another forum talking about who was around the longest as a fan and someone brought up toys they played with as a kid and it got me to thinking. What toys did you have as a kid that couldn't be put out today in a million years. For me, there are a couple. The first is something called Creepy Crawlies:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDfSoAG8cWA

Basically, you put this goop into a metal mold then put into a metal hot plate then cooked until hardened. This would never fly today. Would be deemed too dangerous.

The other is the good old fashioned chemistry set. Sure they try to pass off things called chemistry sets but I bet none of the ones today have Bunsen burners.

Novaheart
03-21-2012, 12:25 AM
Not to sound like Grampa Moses here, but until I was ten we lived in a town that had no department store that even came close to a real Sears. We had a Sears catalogue store, they were building a new Montgomery Ward, and there was Woolworth's and McCrory's. The really cool stuff like chemistry sets and good quality pocket knives were to be found at Salisbury Drug. The really expensive chemistry set, which probably cost under $20, had the microscope and the chemicals that made big fizzies and volcanoes.

I guess the most dangerous "toy" I had was a minibike that my dad made for me out of a bicycle frame and a lawn mower engine. Stopping was not its strong point, and to stop I often had to run off into the corn field until it bogged down and I would jump off. The barn itself was a pretty dangerous place for kids to play, I suppose, though nothing terrible ever happened there. Older boys would play soldier in the soy bean fields, with BB guns shooting at each other. They would move around in a crawl or crouched position and pop up above the soybeans and fire. A BB to a cold ear would sting really badly.

We all had BB guns, knives, matches, machines, gasoline, lighter fluid, and similar stuff at our disposal. And to my knowledge, no one was permanently damaged. Real guns were only used with adult male supervision, but my friend's mom was a crack shot with a .22 rifle through the kitchen window.

hai
03-21-2012, 01:11 AM
a home science kit.

NJCardFan
03-21-2012, 02:40 AM
a home science kit.
At least try to keep up with the rest of the class.

linda22003
03-21-2012, 08:06 AM
Probably the old wooden Lincoln Logs - I'm sure the stain on them was all kinds of toxic. That was one of my favorite toys. Ever. :)

fettpett
03-21-2012, 08:09 AM
Probably the old wooden Lincoln Logs - I'm sure the stain on them was all kinds of toxic. That was one of my favorite toys. Ever. :)


LOL, you can still buy them brand new at any big store

Apocalypse
03-21-2012, 08:12 AM
NJ, you realize they still make and sell those Creepy Crawlers maker sets right?

http://www.target.com/p/Creepy-Crawlers-Bug-Maker/-/A-13434126?ref=tgt_adv_XSP10001&AFID=pricegrabber_df&LNM=|13434126&CPNG=toys&ci_src=5784816&ci_sku=13434126

You want classic ads that wont fly today...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bvt8skgm2l8

fettpett
03-21-2012, 08:14 AM
The other is the good old fashioned chemistry set. Sure they try to pass off things called chemistry sets but I bet none of the ones today have Bunsen burners.


http://setchemistry.com/?gclid=CO-P2837964CFcHJKgodfhw8yw

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linda22003
03-21-2012, 09:37 AM
LOL, you can still buy them brand new at any big store

I just assumed they had gone plastic. It seems they tried that in the seventies, and it failed, so they went back to wood. I didn't know the inventor was the son of Frank Lloyd Wright!

Ranger Rick
03-21-2012, 10:04 AM
Lawn Darts

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8p8LuG01W2k

Gentleman Pirate
03-21-2012, 10:59 AM
http://www.x-entertainment.com/articles/0641/gray1.jpg


Well, until Hollywood does a reboot of the movie of course.

Rockntractor
03-21-2012, 12:04 PM
I just assumed they had gone plastic. It seems they tried that in the seventies, and it failed, so they went back to wood. I didn't know the inventor was the son of Frank Lloyd Wright!

Did you think it was Lincoln?http://gfxlovers.com/smilies/imgs/foolish/foolish015.gif (http://gfxlovers.com/smilies)

linda22003
03-21-2012, 12:23 PM
Did you think it was Lincoln?http://gfxlovers.com/smilies/imgs/foolish/foolish015.gif (http://gfxlovers.com/smilies)

No. Apparently you KNEW all along it was the son of Frank Lloyd Wright. Good for you.

NJCardFan
03-21-2012, 01:39 PM
NJ, you realize they still make and sell those Creepy Crawlers maker sets right?

http://www.target.com/p/Creepy-Crawlers-Bug-Maker/-/A-13434126?ref=tgt_adv_XSP10001&AFID=pricegrabber_df&LNM=|13434126&CPNG=toys&ci_src=5784816&ci_sku=13434126



Did you read my first post or watch the ad? Because what you linked to and what I mentioned aren't even close. The reason why I said my version of Creepy Crawlies wouldn't fly today is because of how you have to make it. The ad shows a kid plugging in the hot plate. A hot plate, dude. And it got real hot. And then you had to put the metal mold onto said hot plate. The one you linked to doesn't look like it has any electrical parts whatsoever. Hell, by the late 70's/early 80's Creepy Crawlies had already adjusted by making the molds plastic and the heating element was changed to a light bulb a la Easy Bake Oven. From wiki:

It is generally believed that production of the original Mattel Thingmakers was discontinued following consumer safety concerns over allowing children to use a small electric heater as a toy.[citation needed]
In 1978 Mattel released an updated (and safer) model of their "Creepy Crawlers" toy. Called the "Thingmaker II", this version used a very differently formulated Plastigoop, and utilized plastic molds, into which was poured the heated Plastigoop. In this set one heated the Plastigoop and poured it into the green plastic mold(s) to cool; the molds were not put into the heater, which looked like a small cauldron. The reformulated Plastigoop did not work well and the process of making bugs, etc. with these sets was painfully slow, taking an hour or so to make a creation. Needless to say, the late 1970s sets did not work as well as their predecessors, and the attempted revival was a short-lived one.


http://setchemistry.com/?gclid=CO-P2837964CFcHJKgodfhw8yw

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Don't see a Bunsen burner in there. :star:

From wiki on chemistry sets:

Several authors[3] [4] have noted that from the 1980s on, concerns about illegal drug production, terrorism and legal liability have led to chemistry sets becoming increasing bland and unexciting.

The point is, thanks to companies being sued, toys I had as a kid are no longer around.

NJCardFan
03-21-2012, 01:50 PM
Something else they don't have today that some of us had as kids, real looking water pistols and cap guns.

Zeus
03-21-2012, 03:46 PM
Tonka Toys made from metal instead of the cheap plastic crap they are made out of today.

hai
03-21-2012, 03:51 PM
Tonka Toys made from metal instead of the cheap plastic crap they are made out of today.

This.

I remember them as well,as well as BB Guns and those Captain Power vehicles that you shot at the tv screen.

Of course for some reason,if i mention captain power,people think i'm talking about captain planet, which is a different show.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Power_and_the_Soldiers_of_the_Future

Rockntractor
03-21-2012, 04:07 PM
Tonka Toys made from metal instead of the cheap plastic crap they are made out of today.

I went on a school field trip to the Tonka factory and watched them stamp them out of rolls of sheet steel, it was fascinating for a kid.

Novaheart
03-21-2012, 04:15 PM
See saw made with a 16 ft plank (OK, kids really did get hurt on that one)

High swing set

High sliding boards at school playground

Diving board/ high dive at the Elks Club pool

Apocalypse
03-21-2012, 07:57 PM
http://www.x-entertainment.com/articles/0641/gray1.jpg


Well, until Hollywood does a reboot of the movie of course.

Ahem...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eb3TRa3L1sQ

noonwitch
03-22-2012, 09:32 AM
Tonka Toys made from metal instead of the cheap plastic crap they are made out of today.

My mom still has my brother's Tonka fire trucks-big, metal toys. Of course, they didn't have sirens or bells like the plastic ones today have, but they held up over time.

I had chronic nosebleeds throughout my childhood because a neighbor kid whacked me across the face with a metal Tonka truck when I was 2. It didn't break the bone, though.

I miss Yard Darts. We had them and no one ever got hurt.

On the up side, Gov. Rick is in the process of repealing Michigan's anti-fireworks laws, so both the makers of firecrackers and surgeon's who re-attach fingers to hands should be ready for a prosperous July 4 in Michigan.

NJCardFan
03-22-2012, 10:41 AM
I haven't been by many parks but are monkey bars still around?

Novaheart
03-22-2012, 11:36 AM
I haven't been by many parks but are monkey bars still around?

Primate bars.

Rockntractor
03-22-2012, 11:58 AM
I haven't been by many parks but are monkey bars still around?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDowTz8-Vno&feature=related

linda22003
03-22-2012, 12:12 PM
I haven't been by many parks but are monkey bars still around?

I think they are, but there has to be lots of cotton wool underneath to cushion the little darlings if they fall.

Zathras
03-22-2012, 12:19 PM
Ahem...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eb3TRa3L1sQ

And hopefully it will be much better than this piece of film drek....


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CF20B8p4F08

noonwitch
03-22-2012, 12:31 PM
I think they are, but there has to be lots of cotton wool underneath to cushion the little darlings if they fall.


Woodchips are used, or if Home Depot does a charity playground (they do this in poor neighborhoods), it's rubber flooring.

I don't think most monkey bars are made of metal anymore, though. Most are part of "play structures" that are made mostly of wood.

I miss the slides that were shaped like rockets and space modules.

There are a couple of old, retro playgrounds left in Detroit parks, especially the big parks like Rouge Park or Belle Isle. BI has one of those fancy playgrounds, but in some of the lesser used parts of the park, there are still some jungle gyms and metal swingsets.

Odysseus
03-22-2012, 01:19 PM
Something else they don't have today that some of us had as kids, real looking water pistols and cap guns.

I had a MAJ Matt Mason astronaut. It had bendible arms and legs that had rubber joints over a wire armature that held the poses when the joints were bent. When the wire broke (metal fatigue after repeated poses made it a matter of when, not if), it would sometimes poke out through the joint, which was why they were taken off of the market. But, when the wire broke, it also meant that you could bend the limb and it would snap back, which made for great karate chops and kicks.

I also had a Creepy Crawly set. We used to make one, cut it up, put some of it back into the mold and fill the rest with another color. When it was done, I'd have multicolor creepy crawlies.

Gentleman Pirate
03-22-2012, 02:04 PM
Ahem...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eb3TRa3L1sQ

My childhood just died a little.

Apocalypse
03-22-2012, 04:03 PM
My childhood just died a little.

Oh please. Hollywood is so desperate for movie ideas they are scavenging crap box.

Lets take a look at the movie line up they have in the works.

Akira <-- TV to Movie
Bleach <-- TV to Movie
Child’s Play <-- Reboot
Cleopatra<-- Reboot
The Crow<-- Reboot
The Dambusters<-- TV to Movie
Daredevil<-- Reboot
Das Experiment
Death Note<-- TV to Movie
Dune<-- Reboot
The Evil Dead<-- Reboot
Excalibur<-- Reboot
Fantastic 4 Reborn<-- Reboot
Frankenstein<-- Reboot
Godzilla<-- Reboot
Ghost In The Shell<-- TV to Movie
The Great Gatsby
Highlander<-- Reboot
Judge Dredd<-- Reboot
The Lone Ranger<-- TV to Movie
Mortal Kombat<-- Reboot
Oldboy
Point Break<-- Reboot
Rebecca
RoboCop<-- Reboot
Scarface<-- Reboot
Short Circuit<-- Reboot
A Star Is Born<-- TV to Movie
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles<-- Reboot (Not Mutants, Space Aliens)
Tell No One
The Thin Man
Timecrimes
Tomb Raider<-- Reboot
Total Recall<-- Reboot (Nothing to do with Mars)
The Twilight Zone<-- Reboot
The Warriors<-- Reboot

Sequels

Alien Prequel
Avatar 2
American Reunion (American Pie)
Beetlejuice 2
Bill And Ted 3
The Bourne Legacy
Blade Runner 2
Captain America 2
The Dark Knight Rises
Despicable Me 2
Die Hard 5
The Expendables 2
Fast & Furious 6
The Fighter 2
Ghostbusters 3
The Hangover 3
The Hobbit
Men In Black III
Oz Wars
Oz: The Great and Powerful (Prequel)
The Ring 3D
The Amazing Spider-Man (Reboot)
Skyfall (James Bond 23)
Superman: Man Of Steel
Star Trek 2
Taken 2
Terminator 5
Thor 2
Wrath Of The Titans
Wolverine 2
X-Men: First Class 2
xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage
300: Battle Of Artemisia (Prequel)

Apocalypse
03-22-2012, 04:07 PM
And all in those list, are due out before 2014.

Gentleman Pirate
03-22-2012, 04:34 PM
And all in those list, are due out before 2014.


For the record Akira was a movie already and would constitute a reboot.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akira_(film)

Apocalypse
03-22-2012, 04:48 PM
For the record Akira was a movie already and would constitute a reboot.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akira_(film) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akira_%28film%29)


The film set attendance records for an animated film in Japan.

The Akira film in the works is live action.

Madisonian
03-22-2012, 06:52 PM
Wood burning kits
Melted lead toy soldier casting set
Plastic models that used real model glue
Cap guns (do they even still make rolls of caps?)
Plastic or wax fake cigarettes

Retread
03-22-2012, 10:52 PM
Candy cigarettes
metal tipped tops
Case knives in first grade

NJCardFan
03-22-2012, 11:02 PM
Candy cigarettes
Fralinger's Salt Water Taffy shop in Ocean City, NJ as of last week were selling candy cigarettes.



I had a MAJ Matt Mason astronaut. *It had bendible arms and legs that had rubber joints over a wire armature that held the poses when the joints were bent. *When the wire broke (metal fatigue after repeated poses made it a matter of when, not if), it would sometimes poke out through the joint, which was why they were taken off of the market. *But, when the wire broke, it also meant that you could bend the limb and it would snap back, which made for great karate chops and kicks. *




I also had a Creepy Crawly set. *We used to make one, cut it up, put some of it back into the mold and fill the rest with another color. *When it was done, I'd have multicolor creepy crawlies.
I had Maj. Matt Mason, Lt. Long, and the alien Capt. Lazer.

fettpett
03-23-2012, 09:35 AM
The Man of Steel would be considered a reboot as well not a sequel.

Odysseus
03-23-2012, 12:17 PM
Fralinger's Salt Water Taffy shop in Ocean City, NJ as of last week were selling candy cigarettes.

I had Maj. Matt Mason, Lt. Long, and the alien Capt. Lazer.

Does anyone remember the various ethnic GI Joe figures? The Japanese Soldier would probably be considered highly insensitive today.

http://www.oldjoes.com/images/items/8101-2japanese/8101-2japanese1-lg.jpg

They also had a German Wehrmacht figure, a French resistance fighter and a Soviet Soldier, and the ads did not imply that the German, Japanese or Russian figures were there to be understood.

Gentleman Pirate
03-23-2012, 12:39 PM
The Akira film in the works is live action.


Ahhhh. My mistake.

Gentleman Pirate
03-23-2012, 12:40 PM
The Man of Steel would be considered a reboot as well not a sequel.

Isn't it a sequel/reboot of the newer reboot?