Since we’re all in the holiday mood now (And if you’re not, WHY not?), what better way to involve Christmas tonight than by talking about some of my favorite toys from years gone by? It’s the obvious highlight of any kid’s year, all you want are presents, presents, presents!
We actually had two different gift presentations: Christmas Eve, my sister and I would open up all of the gifts from our relatives and Mom & Dad and Christmas Day was always “Santa” gifts. This is probably why I practically consider Christmas Eve to be a true blue holiday in itself.
Remember the short time this lil’ feller was an incredibly hot item? Teddy Ruxpin was great! He was a captivating storyteller full of charisma! And the bonus was you could put a music cassette in his backside and it would look like he was singing. I don’t think I ever got anymore than the standard story cassette that he was packaged with, but I it was all good fun just the same.
Specifically, 1986’s Series Five, which produced the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be as far as Joe series go. Just take a look at that roster. Anyway, Christmas ’86 was a standout event for me as I really racked up on the Joes: Hawk, Dial-Tone, Wet-Suit, Leatherneck, Beach Head, Mainframe, Low-Light, Sci-Fi, B.A.T. and Sgt. Slaughter with the Triple T! Over time, most of those figures were lost and broken (only Wet-Suit sans legs and a full figured Slaughter stuck with me through the years), but thanks to eBay, I’ve gotten the rest back and them some. Another year brought me a super-sweet G.I. Joe play tent, which I’m sure ended up getting shredded to pieces somehow.
Wow, I can’t believe I found a picture of this. Man, I loved this bike. I got this for Christmas ’87 and it lasted MANY more years after that, acquiring numerous sticks on the wheel hubcaps (?) as well.
Another cool set of wheels (obviously given to me BEFORE I had the Huffy). I road this one into the ditch too many times to count down on Heath Avenue. One of the back wheels got a hole in it and the front “bumper” was smashed it, but I still rode the heck out of it down our street’s hill.
Sega Genesis + games
Yeah, I finally jumped into the 16-Bit Wars with Christmas 1993 (allying myself with the Sega because my best friend down the street owned one). Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was bundled with the system and I got X-Men alongside it.
This is one of the GREATEST Christmas presents I (well, “we”– my sister and I) ever got. Christmas ’88 and I remember we hooked it up immediately and played it. It was bundled with the standard Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt cartridge. I don’t think we got any other games with it, but what we had was extremely good enough as I took my first step into the world of video games.
Not sure what the model was, but this my family’s first step into the modern age in 1995. Up to that point, we owned a Commodore 64 and an Apple IIe, but there was not a whole lot that could be done with those computers in the mid-90s. I wanted computer games with great graphics! I wanted the internet! TONS of games & programs came packaged with the computer: some Spider-Man cartoon maker, an encyclopedia program, and The Journeyman Project, which was a time traveling game and short obsession of mine, even though I could never figure out how to really play it.
Back to action figures, thanks to the 1989 movie, Batman was incredibly hot and my uncle sent me Batman, the Joker, Bob the Goon, the Batmobile, and the Batwing. Sadly, the vehicles have disappeared, but I still have the figures!