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The Toys That Made Us
Jul 7th, 2018 at 8:24pm
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This is a fantastic mini-series on Netflix about popular toys from the past and how they came to be.

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I've watched the episodes on Star Wars and Masters of the Universe and both have been excellent.

It's interesting because they go into the business side of things and the artistic side of things. So, they talk to the guys that made the licensing deals, the guys that worked with the toy stores and the guys that designed the toys.

Not only is it cool to see how some of the toys that brought me joy when I was a kid came into being, but it's also a fascinating lesson in capitalism: seeing how a product goes from imagination to physical object.

If you get a chance, check it out.
  



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Reply #1 - Jul 8th, 2018 at 4:14am
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That looks really interesting. I immediately thought of my childhood. Lots of LEGOS, Lincoln Logs, The Big Wheel before the handbrake (or my parents couldn't afford the model with the handbrake) Lite Bright, Shoots and Ladders and my Matchbox, Hot Wheels and Corgi cars.
  

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I'm a little older. We had erector sets and tinker toys before Lincoln logs came along, but above all else were the chemistry sets of the 50s. You could melt, burn and blow stuff up in the name of "but Mom, I'm learning stuff." What was wrong with her, of course we weren't going to burn the house down - we knew what we were doing (in the basement), after all, we were 9 years old.

And the traditional shotgun at 12, while not a toy, stands out as I entertainment and a signal that "children's toys" would soon be in my past.
  

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Reply #3 - Jul 10th, 2018 at 7:03pm
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Lovefingers wrote on Jul 8th, 2018 at 4:14am:
That looks really interesting. I immediately thought of my childhood. Lots of LEGOS, Lincoln Logs, The Big Wheel before the handbrake (or my parents couldn't afford the model with the handbrake) Lite Bright, Shoots and Ladders and my Matchbox, Hot Wheels and Corgi cars.


I think my big wheel had a handbrake. I didn't realize it might have been a luxury!

  



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billy.pilgrim wrote on Jul 8th, 2018 at 1:58pm:
I'm a little older. We had erector sets and tinker toys before Lincoln logs came along, but above all else were the chemistry sets of the 50s. You could melt, burn and blow stuff up in the name of "but Mom, I'm learning stuff." What was wrong with her, of course we weren't going to burn the house down - we knew what we were doing (in the basement), after all, we were 9 years old.

And the traditional shotgun at 12, while not a toy, stands out as I entertainment and a signal that "children's toys" would soon be in my past.


We just got our son some Tinker Toys this year. The classics never die.
  



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I loved my dolls, blocks and coloring books. For board games, as I got older, I mostly remember enjoying "SORRY."

My brothers had "Hot Wheels," and I remember my Mom using the orange tracks to spank them when they needed to be punished. Cheesy

But let's face it, growing up, it was all about NINTENDO!!!
  


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Jasmine wrote on Jul 11th, 2018 at 6:46pm:
I loved my dolls, blocks and coloring books. For board games, as I got older, I mostly remember enjoying "SORRY."

My brothers had "Hot Wheels," and I remember my Mom using the orange tracks to spank them when they needed to be punished. Cheesy

But let's face it, growing up, it was all about NINTENDO!!!

Orange tracks?
  

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Lovefingers wrote on Jul 11th, 2018 at 11:52pm:
Orange tracks?

Yeah. They were strips of orange plastic that you connect together to form a track. My brothers used to whack each other with those things, too.
  


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My favorite Nintendo games were Super Mario Bros., Duck Hunt and Pac-Man.
  


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Reply #9 - Jul 14th, 2018 at 5:10pm
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Jasmine wrote on Jul 12th, 2018 at 5:09pm:
My favorite Nintendo games were Super Mario Bros., Duck Hunt and Pac-Man.


You know Duck Hunt won't work on modern TVs? There are debates about exactly why that is, but this web site seems to have it figured out.

We still have a small 12" CRT/DVD combo left over from way back when. If we want to play Duck Hunt, we plug the Nintendo into that.

Yes, we still have and love old school video games!
  



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