Two front teeth? What strange, horrible and twisted things happened to that kid that all she wanted was body parts?
Me? All I wanted was every darned space, army and action toy they could cram into the Sears Christmas Catalog.
Sad to say, while I was the recipient of a fair number of space and army toys back in the early 60s, I never did get all I wanted (lest you think my parents were pikers, I did get much of what I wanted). This has led to a fair amount of quirky adult behavior, not the least of which is my insistence on visiting the toy aisle of WalMart at least once every trip.
What I wanted most of all was everything. But then, what kid doesn’t? Now I lament ever having played with some of these, wishing I’d had the forethought (at age 5) to ask for two of everything so I could pack them away against my retirement. (Some of those toys are now commanding pretty decent auction prices – on the order of 1,000 times their original value.)
Time to get nostalgic. Following are a series of images from toy catalogs displaying many of the toys I did (and did not) receive. Maybe you’ll find an old fave in there as well!
There are a lot more: I fondly remember a “Little Giant Toy Company of Hong Kong” playset that came with a spaceship (that I can’t seem to find images of anywhere) and a set of space marines and aliens –
…and I never did get any of those Major Matt Mason toys….