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« Reply #60 on: May 09, 2016, 09:07:52 PM »
That's exactly wot it means McG! Not exactly texting language n Homer Simpson says it all the time in the Simpsons,lol! xxx

He sure does!   Remember the character, Willy The Grounds Keeper?   Used to have a character of him in Quake 3 Arena I used as my player model.  I never saw it, but everyone else did!  I played as Willy in the clown suit all bright yellow and blue for years.  Then one day one of my buddies casually mentioned I stood out like a flashing neon sign.  I couldn't hide, and everyone used me for target practice.  Oh it was great fun, I just didn't realize I was getting attention nobody else was!  Ha!

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« Reply #61 on: May 09, 2016, 10:04:34 PM »
A couple of Whammo toys that are still available are the Hoola Hoop, and my favorite - the Frisbee! Had thousands of hours of fun with that one. I was the first kid on my block to have one! All I had to do is get 3 Cheerios box tops, and send them in and I got a Glow in the Dark Frisbee for free. Me and my friends invented some awesome games with it. My favorite was Skip n Hoop. We set up a Hoola Hoop as the target, and then took turns skipping the Frisbee off the pavement and trying to sail it through the hoop after it skipped. Each time it went through was 5 points. If it hit the inside of the hoop as it went through it was 1 point. If it hit the outside of the hoop without going through, it was -2 points. If it missed altogether, no points were deducted, but none were awarded either. One time my friend Mikey made -36 points. We bought him an Ice Cream Treat from the Ice Cream truck for that, because he would not quit. He was determined to at least get the Frisbee through the hoop. One day a couple of months later, he did it without even trying, and did not even see it go through. He just threw the Frisbee and turned to walk away, It skipped off the pavement, and sailed perfectly through the hoop as he was walking away. We told him what he did and he would not believe us.


Had three pairs of Clackers, but ours were not made of plastic. It was a hard resin, and two of my pair were homemade using the recipe I found for the resin, a strong string cord, a metal ring, and two identical glass Christmas Tree Balls as the molds for the Resin to set in. Those two pair turned out to be the best ones I had. One of them was taken to school by my sister, and a male teacher wanted to try them out. He was dumb enough to have his head over the toy as he tried to get the action started. He nearly cracked his own skull, and he confiscated the toy and had it destroyed in a fire. So I lost that pair. Admittedly those were some really dangerous toys, but oh so much fun if you knew what you were doing!


Duncan Yo Yos are still being sold , and they still have competitions to this day. I had the Butterfly, and the Glow in the Dark.


Anybody remember Tonka Trucks, and how tough they were advertised to be? Well Mikey wanted to see if the advertisement was true, and he proved that he could destroy one, right after he got it for Christmas! After that we lost interest in Tonka toys. And now they make them from plastic? Talk about losing sight of what they were about! LOL
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« Reply #62 on: May 09, 2016, 10:28:17 PM »
He sure does!   Remember the character, Willy The Grounds Keeper?   Used to have a character of him in Quake 3 Arena I used as my player model.  I never saw it, but everyone else did!  I played as Willy in the clown suit all bright yellow and blue for years.  Then one day one of my buddies casually mentioned I stood out like a flashing neon sign.  I couldn't hide, and everyone used me for target practice.  Oh it was great fun, I just didn't realize I was getting attention nobody else was!  Ha!

Have you seen  much of Dark Elf lately? 

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Lol! Willy the groundskeeper was an awesome character! Sounds like u had great fun!
I've spoken 2 Dark Elf yeah, he's been quite busy but i'm sure he'll pop in when he can xxx

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« Reply #63 on: May 10, 2016, 09:52:26 AM »
@ Agent0013 - oh, right, boxtops!   I don't remember if it was Raisin Bran, Cheerios, Corn Flakes or what, but there was this little plastic (novel new substance in late 50's!) submarine that ran on baking powder or baking soda.  One of them makes a gas when it gets wet.  Had a little compartment you fill with the powder, snap the lid down, and just set it in the bathtub and it moved and dove on its own.  It didn't come back up on its own though.  I think I was 4 or 5 when I sweet talked my grandmother into getting one for me.  Took months to eat enough breakfast cereal to get it for free.  But she DID get it, and had me spend a weekend with her and Papaw, and at bath time, she surprised me with it.  It came with a couple 'charges' worth of powder, so it was great fun for two baths.  Ha!  It tickled her and Papaw a lot at how enthused a child can get with little things.  That was really the only thing I recall getting with cereal box tops.  I recall some things that came IN cereal packages after that.   I got a frisbee when I was a teen.  I left my GI Joe in the closet and went for something that necessitated playing with other kids.   Frisbees worked in most weather, all the sport seasons.  So I got one of those glow in the dark ones at our dime store.   It turned out I could even practice using it alone.  Which often got me someone to play Frisbee with in the 'hood.  I found by accident if you do a normal underhand slinging but up at least 45 degrees, it came right back to me.   I learned how to be real accurate with my tosses, and the other kids enjoyed playing more cause I didn't make them run or dive to catch it. 
Frisbee became just as solid and permanent a fixture in society as various balls have.   I haven't played with a frisbee since my kids were under foot.   
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« Reply #64 on: May 10, 2016, 09:58:02 AM »
Rice Krispies had the little baking soda subs.   Loved the ads showing Snap, Crackle and Pop riding in it LOLOL
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« Reply #65 on: May 10, 2016, 10:13:58 AM »
@ TL - cool!  I don't recall which cereal.  I do remember we ate all the ones we mentioned.  Rice Crispies were used in a few simple snack recipes too.  Really bad for a diabetic!
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« Reply #66 on: May 10, 2016, 10:26:35 AM »
had  tonka  toys  growing up  made of  metal back then lasted a long time  unless you deliberty tried to destroy them  erector  sets and  lincon  logs were fun too


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« Reply #67 on: May 10, 2016, 10:28:33 AM »
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« Reply #68 on: May 10, 2016, 10:38:49 AM »
Yo right!  Somewhere between age 3 and 10 in my little life, Tonka Toys came out!   I'd had whole piles of little sheet metal stamped out and process painted (silk screened) construction trucks, airplanes.  All with friction motors.  Some made sparks and had transparent colored plastic windows, portals, bubbles to show as lit up with the sparks.  I didn't ever have a Tonka toy truck of my own.  The younger kids did.  I did play with them some though.  :)
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« Reply #69 on: May 10, 2016, 10:42:30 AM »
Fafnir - way cool with the baby owl!  And thanks!   Toys.  I believe if you give a kid a bowling ball, put in a rubber romper room, then come back later that kid has either lost it or broke it!   Even supervised, all kids tend to be that way!  LOL!
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« Reply #70 on: May 10, 2016, 12:13:29 PM »
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« Reply #71 on: May 10, 2016, 01:04:28 PM »

Fafnir - way cool with the baby owl!  And thanks!   Toys.  I believe if you give a kid a bowling ball, put in a rubber romper room, then come back later that kid has either lost it or broke it!   Even supervised, all kids tend to be that way!  LOL!
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Not all kids, McG. I was among the rare few that actually cared for my toys. In fact, I had every brick and such that came in my very first Lego set until the age of 52! Lego was perhaps my favorite toy set of all I ever owned, because it could be virtually anything I could imagine. At the time I sold all my Lego I had about $30,000.00 worth; mostly Technic sets, with motors, gears, worm-gears, levers, pneumatics, etc. Was working on a robotic hand with individual working fingers and thumb, and very nearly had it perfected. Had about 12 years of development work in it, when I finally had to sell my collection. A robot dog I built from Lego worked really well, but those plastic parts just don't last for constant use, and I was constantly replacing one or another part. Even so I kept the dog working for 6 months. And all my friends were amazed.


I know! I know! Why did I sell all my Lego? I wonder about that now myself!


Here is a robotic arm and hand built by someone else, and I must say it was pretty well done. Mine was a bit more well controlled than this one, but only by a small margin, and I did not have an upper arm on mine.
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« Reply #72 on: May 10, 2016, 01:37:31 PM »
That Lego robotics stuff is so cool man!    I bought specialty sets of Erector sets.  Made army tanks, trucks and control consoles, fun stuff.  We also had Tinker Toys, Lincoln Logs and clay.   I don't recall Legos until I was in my teens.  I remember choosing not to get into them.  I was thinking about the draft at the time.  Never was aware of all the cool stuff that had come out for Lego until very recently!  The various Lego movies I've seen on TV made me aware.
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« Reply #73 on: May 10, 2016, 01:47:34 PM »
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« Reply #74 on: May 10, 2016, 01:59:50 PM »
That Lego robotics stuff is so cool man!    I bought specialty sets of Erector sets.  Made army tanks, trucks and control consoles, fun stuff.  We also had Tinker Toys, Lincoln Logs and clay.   I don't recall Legos until I was in my teens.  I remember choosing not to get into them.  I was thinking about the draft at the time.  Never was aware of all the cool stuff that had come out for Lego until very recently!  The various Lego movies I've seen on TV made me aware.
Lego is the most versatile of all the construction type toys, and older folks like you and I are using it for serious development projects. I was doing that myself. You can even design special pieces you would like to have, and Lego will often make them for you!
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