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I was going crazy trying to remember the name of these games. My older brothers had several of these. Thanks for the pictures, you put my questions to rest!
USA - Friday, December 27, 2002 at 07:21:28 (MST)

Jogged a bunch of great memories! Thanks!
USA - Thursday, December 26, 2002 at 19:08:27 (MST)

Great site! I enjoyed its graphics and its content very much, you're doing great :)
Marzia <>
Italy - Saturday, December 21, 2002 at 04:52:35 (MST)

Loved my Big Burger Grill as a kid, it's what made me the fabulous cook that i am today! Was telling young friend about the toy and they didn't believe me so i found your website and now have a photo of the grill to prove that such a GREAT & FUN toy did exist....wish they'd make another one because i'd get it to play with my kids! thank again!!!!!
diana <>
Gainesville, NY USA - Friday, December 20, 2002 at 15:28:58 (MST)

Was glad to see that frustration ball with box at your site, my record was 73 cups in a row I believe. My father tossed mine across the house giving it to me as a four grade gift for being in a play. I made a huge grab for it, knowing they break very easy from my friends! Still intact since 1969!!!
Lawrence Garrett <>
USA - Wednesday, December 04, 2002 at 19:10:54 (MST)

The Vertibird is the greatest toy ever made. When I got one for Xmas in 1974 my Dad and uncles locked me out of the bedroom and played with it for 5 hours straight! I play with it for years, until the throttle handle broke and I couldn't control it anymore. Thanks to Sam, I have found it (or at least something very close!) again and have one on the way. Thanks Sam!
Greg Burnett <>
CA USA - Wednesday, November 27, 2002 at 14:26:35 (MST)

after seeing a show on tv about Mattel toys, I couldn't help but think about the neatest toy I ever had The Mattel Power Shop. My father had a Shop Smith at the time and I could work with him at the same time. I must have been about 8 yrs old at the time. Now I am 47 and setting at the computer desk I made for my wife. I have never stoped working with wood and can't stop thinking about all the fun I have had over the past 40 years and how that Power Shop got this all started. I now have a garage full of power tools and always need more. Thanks for the web page and the memories.
Tony Beach <>
Des Moines, IA USA - Sunday, November 24, 2002 at 21:37:52 (MST)

I'm a New Zealander now living in Boston. I had the whole set of joke books when I was a kid. I have been looking for them on the web for a while now and I just came across your site. Great!
Steve Smith <>
Boston, MA USA - Saturday, November 23, 2002 at 01:18:26 (MST)

i had those lil jokebooks as a kid but i couldn't remember their name. Looking at the covers again was really cool. thanx
jerry <>
USA - Wednesday, November 20, 2002 at 14:03:43 (MST)

We were very poor when I was A kid. I remember many of these games, but I didn't own them. This great site bought back memories of these games. Now that I am "grown-Up" I am buying the games I missed as a child through E Bay! I am looking forward to a great christmas!! Many thanks!
tom crawford <>
canandaigua, ny USA - Tuesday, November 19, 2002 at 17:26:14 (MST)

Great site! I'm looking for the name or company that I got a "World Explorers" kit or 2 from in the mail. I can only recall getting a World explorers pin and map and a small musical pipe from Burma I think. Each kit would represent a different country, but I never followed through with the subscription.
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Dave Claar <>
Palm City, FL USA - Tuesday, November 19, 2002 at 09:41:33 (MST)

I had every Mattel Thing Maker set. I would sit for hours making all these strange things with the different colors of goop. I can still remember that smell of the goop cooking! There was one set where you made monsters that walked with a wind-up key. Can't remember what that one was called.
Chris Perone <>
Metuchen, NJ USA - Thursday, November 14, 2002 at 13:55:51 (MST)

I had a plastic ball about the size of a bowling ball that would make a mechanical noise while it rolled around under its owned power.
David at Free Credit Score
USA - Monday, November 11, 2002 at 15:58:02 (MST)

nice site........0000000000000
lome, Togo - Wednesday, November 06, 2002 at 02:34:15 (MST)

Just remembering the Green Ghost game and trying to think of its name. Google led me to your site and the correct page. Thanks for the picture.
Charlottesville, VA USA - Tuesday, November 05, 2002 at 17:20:14 (MST)

Thanks so much for having this game listed. Just popped in my head the other night. Thought I'd try the internet and they you were. I was the only kid on the block that had this game and also a small hallway where we could shut the doors and have complete darkness. Many a days and night would we play this game...and lots of screams! Great times. Thanks, Barb
Barb France <>
Custer, WA USA - Wednesday, October 30, 2002 at 20:35:03 (MST)

Having a problem finding the prker Brothers real estate trading . Have a game and am wondering what year it is? Any help would be appreciated. Metal markers are included.
Joyce C. Battist <>
Pictou, NS Canada - Sunday, October 27, 2002 at 07:59:49 (MST)

WE were totally looking for this easy bake oven for a day under all the other easy bakes and u guys had it! thanx a bunch!!!
Cj <Cjpeetree>
Boise, Id USA - Sunday, October 20, 2002 at 10:20:16 (MDT)

When I was younger, I had a Mattel Thingmaker !! I remember how gross the 'plastigoop' smelled as it baked in the molds, but it turned out great stuff. I had Creeple People, Fun Flowers, Picadoos and another set called Jillions of Jewels. It used a powdery sandlike substance instead of plastigoop. You put it into the molds and baked it in the Thingmaker. It turned out these great little different colored 'jewels' that I glued on things to make jewelry !!!! I loved it !
K'lisa White
Ontario, CA USA - Wednesday, October 16, 2002 at 16:55:58 (MDT)

I, too, absolutely loved the Vac-u-form; it was one of my favorite toys. I wish I could find the plastic sheets so I could show my 9-yr old how cool it was. Your site is great..and I remember many of these toys.
Diane Roth <>
Atlant, GA USA - Monday, October 14, 2002 at 00:07:41 (MDT)

Just surfing. A wise man will always change his mind . . a fool never will
Ronny Steil from FCK
Germany - Sunday, October 06, 2002 at 11:08:19 (MDT)

we found this site in search of "tip-it" happy to see that game again, and hope to buy it to play with our family. ahhhh...the things you do when youre stoned
dave and annette <>
USA - Wednesday, October 02, 2002 at 19:57:59 (MDT)

Loved my enterprise "vertibird"-your site was very helpful, especially the pics! it lasted for years as did the parts, but finally i threw it away ('doh!)-seeing the pics really reminded me how much i enjoyed flying that little sucker-thank you.sept 24/2002
Bob S <->
Ham, Canada - Wednesday, September 25, 2002 at 12:23:50 (MDT)

I love the memories this site has brought back but it is devious. I've become obsessed with 60's toys!!! Please help. I need info. There was a moon landing toy. It had a long plastic base at one end of which was a joystick which controlled an encased, moveable fan at the other end. The moon lander was little flimsy plastic legs that you taped to a balloon. If you were real careful you could use the fan to land the baloon on a cardboard target about a foot or two away. If anyone remembers the name of this toy for heavens sake please email me. This one is driving me CRAZY!!!!! AAARGGHHH! Thanks again for this site Sam...even though it's gonna send me to the loony bin!
Bob <>
USA - Thursday, September 12, 2002 at 22:10:31 (MDT)

(The toy that is driving Bob crazy is the Johnny Astro by Topper and I have emailed him - Sam)

hi sam i bought a science fair 160 in one electronic projects kit today from a car boot sale for £2 it is in excellent condition as new never been used is there any way of having it valued.
pearl <>
blyth, uk - Sunday, September 08, 2002 at 11:51:49 (MDT)

ENGLAND - Sunday, September 08, 2002 at 09:40:56 (MDT)

Sam, Like I said in the e-mail, great site. I came back to do some more searching and found something missing. How about the "Toys That Won the West": The Fanner 50, the belt buckle pop-out gun from Yancee Derringer, Daisy's Red Ryder BB Gun (I had the Winchester '73 myself), etc. There were a lot of great guns running around back then, many derived from the TV westerns. I've added your links to my website. Thanks, Rick PS, I think I've got one of those disc guns laying around the house somewhere. Now I've got to find it.
Rick Bunn <>
VA USA - Saturday, September 07, 2002 at 13:53:24 (MDT)

Thanks for a wonderful blast from the past. I had two 65-in-1 Science Fair kits, which I adored, unfortunately being the destructive brat that I was, I ended up gutting them for bits! Before this I had a crystal set, I think also from Science Fair (same spring terminals). A friend had a 65-in-1 before me, which I lusted after before I got mine. Turned out he gutted his too! What destructive things children are, :) Nic
Nic Percival <>
UK - Saturday, August 31, 2002 at 11:39:41 (MDT)

Re: The Armatron - I wanted to help clear up something upon which a lot of people are confused. The Armatron is not a Radio Shack toy - it was actually made by Tomy back in the early 1980's (I remember as a kid when I first saw it in a Gemco store - I had to have it - I was a robot fiend - still am - I eventually got one for my birthday the next year). I remember that it sold retail for around $100.00. Radio Shack later aquired the reproduction rights to it - Tomy no longer makes cool toys (ie, various mechanical games, the Omnibot robot line, Air Jammer compressed air cars). The Super Armatron, however, isn't a Tomy toy. Good luck finding a Tomy Armatron - they seem rarer than hen's teeth (I pray daily that my parents didn't throw mine out - I collect original Tomy toys from the 80's - and that is one I am hoping to get again). If anyone is interested, I have available (well, I would have to scan it, at least) an article from the mid-80's detailing how to interface the Armatron to a C=64/Vic20 - it isn't easy, but it looks very cool. As another poster noted, the drive system is extremely complex (Tomy at the time were master toy designers) - one motor (!!) drives ALL of the functions in the Armatron - how cool is that? Also, I have the three main Omnibot robots (Verbot, Omnibot, and Omnibot 2000), and manuals for each - if anyone needs a manual, let me know - I can send you a copy for postage, or I might scan it.
Andrew L Ayers <>
Phoenix, AZ USA - Friday, August 23, 2002 at 18:27:35 (MDT)

Greetings! I just made a search to find by chance the solution for " DRIVE YA NUTS " THANK YOU Sam this puzzle has driven me crazy for many years! The Puzzle I have is the one sealed in plastic that you have on your sight! Of course I printed the Pic out so I can always have the answer to it LOL :o) Great sight Sam, Thanks again! God Bless you for giving Me my mind back! ;o) BMW in N. Dakota
Byron <>
ND USA - Sunday, August 18, 2002 at 06:11:25 (MDT)

Hello Sam, I just finished viewing your page...very nice. There are a couple of toys that I had as a child. In the mid 1960's I had a toy called "Show and Tell". It was played a record and using showed a "movie" at the same time. I recall having several of the titles but can't seem to remember any of them! Any input. Also, in the late 19060's I had a mini record player that played tiny records. One of the records was "The Virgina Reel". The player itself was only about 6-7". It was red. Sound familiar? Thanks so much and again I enjoyed your page
- Wednesday, August 14, 2002 at 22:38:20 (MDT)

(Of course I remember the Show 'N Tell, though I never had one. Search for Show 'N Tell on eBay. I have no idea on the record player - Sam)

needs info on submarine explorer 7, as far as your page it is very helpfull keep up the good work.
gerald menard <>
st dorothee, qc canada - Tuesday, August 13, 2002 at 08:46:21 (MDT)

Hi Sam, I haven't thought about Lie Detector for many many years, and I can't tell you how thrilled I was to see it! I laughed when I saw the picture of the Hat Check Girl, and the other "suspect" that sticks out in my mind is one I think was called the Racketeer? Anyway, this brought back wonderful memories and I am SO sorry I ever gave mine away!
Sona <>
Everett, MA USA - Sunday, August 11, 2002 at 09:58:52 (MDT)

I first saw this flying helicopter in a old russian slotmachine in a deep komunism in my Country in a Czech republic. I was very impressed with the machine. I was trying to build this helicopter when i was child but without bigger succes. If you are collector try to find this slot machine. This toys are very nice disadvantage i am so old. Bye John.
John <>
USA - Saturday, August 10, 2002 at 12:59:07 (MDT)

Hi Sam, Great site. When I was a kid I had both Skittle Bowl and Skittle Poker. Thanks for having such a great web site.
Keith Carpenter <>
Annawan, IL. USA - Monday, August 05, 2002 at 17:13:46 (MDT)

We have the High Gear game but no longer have the instructions. What are the instructions for play? Would you be able to scan them to send to me?
- Friday, August 02, 2002 at 23:48:28 (MDT)

(I scanned the boxlid instructions and have put them on the site. High Gear Instructions - Page 1 of 2 (202 kb) - Sam)

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Vixodus <>
Blackburn, LA UK - Thursday, August 01, 2002 at 11:18:17 (MDT)

Hello Sam. I Just did a search for Star Trek Tracer Guns and lo and behold found your site complete with pic. I don't wish to intrude or be an annoyance but I did want to say thanks for your list of toys. I found a few I remember from childhood but couldn't name. This will be helpful in future ebay searches!! Also wanted to mention that there was a tracer rifle too. I have no idea how common they were but it is one of the few toys I hung on to. Baby boomer nostalgia is making some money for someone, alas. Have a great day and thanks again. Sincerely
- Monday, July 29, 2002 at 17:31:21 (MDT)

Saw the "Johnny Astro" on your site and yes I thought it was the greatest toy ever.I got one Christmas 67. I've always wondered what happened to it. Great Site!
Alan Mosier <Mosier@GVA.NET>
Rich Creek, Va. USA - Monday, July 29, 2002 at 09:58:56 (MDT)

i think metal molders are cool can you tell me were i can find them at,\.
Anthony Powell <>
garner, nc q - Monday, July 22, 2002 at 12:22:41 (MDT)

Hiya Sam! I was just fooling around on the computer today and I decided to look up one of my favorite toys (Battling Tops)! OMG! When I saw the picture on your website - it brought back a lot of fond memories!! I had this game when I was a kid (showing my age) and mine had the actual strings you had to pull. And mine also had a green arena to it. I wish I had kept it (I wish I knew where it was!!!). This was the best toy I ever owned (that and the old 'Dark Shadows' game and build your own glow in the dark skeleton). They don't make cool toys like they used to! Thanks for the memories Sam!!
- Saturday, July 20, 2002 at 18:18:33 (MDT)

I saw your website on the frustration ball. I did exactly the same thing as you when I was a kid. I remember my brother got one for Christmas. He was 4 years younger than I. I immediately took charge of the ball and became obsessed with it. Later that afternoon, I shook it so much, one of the cups broke loose. I then got my dadís hacksaw and cut open the sphere in an attempt to glue the cup back on. I never could get the sphere to go back together again. So Ė in the end, I broke my brotherís toy for Christmas. I would like to get another one. I havenít investigated ebay yet. If you know any sources, let me know.
- Saturday, July 20, 2002 at 18:14:29 (MDT)

Mr.Cancilla, Since you've devoted so much space and priority to the Mattel PowerShop on your site, I'm hoping you may be able to assist me. I recently acquired a PowerShop with the intention of--EGADS!--actually using it. (I'm a hobbiest and many of my projects involve small parts of softer materials for which full-blown shop tools would be overkill.) The PowerShop I purchased through a Toy Shop ad appears complete (carry case but no outer wrap) but there are no instructions. Would it be possible for me to somehow purchase a facsimile from you? It would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your attention. I look forward to your response. Regards.
Alan Stephenson
- Thursday, July 18, 2002 at 00:02:01 (MDT)

(Rather than copying and mailing the manual to Alan I scanned it and put it on the site. Mattel Power Shop Instruction Manual - Sam)

for unknown reasons, the "think-a-tron" toy i had as a kid came to mind this evening. always curious, i went to webcrawler and typed it in. after several listings for "think-a-tron media labs" (hmm?) your site was listed. so i went to have a nostalgic moment with the think-a-tron! then i went to your home page and WOW! more memories! thank you very much. i was born in 1954 and had many doting uncles who provided me with almost all of the toys current in the late 50s to mid-60s....and of course, i treated them as such: toys. your site brought back many, once more i thank you!
Ed Ferguson
- Wednesday, July 17, 2002 at 21:20:00 (MDT)

My ex-brother in law was a collector of all kinds of toys and gadgets. On a visit to his home he had all sorts of things spread out on his pool table in preparation for a yardsale. This was in 1990 or so, and among the items was an armatron. He said that it didn't work and so of course I asked if I could have it to tinker with. He agreed and I took it home with me. It made a neat addition to my collection of science fiction toys and looked great up with my video collection. One day with not a lot else to do I decided to fix it. I took it apart not really knowing what I was facing and came face to face with the myriad of nylon gears inside. What is really weird is that I was able to fix it and make it run again. It was just a simple misallignment of a couple of the nesting gears. I played with this item for ages and was lauded by obscure sci-fi/film/video buffs for ages. Since this item was used in Michael Jittlov's "Wizard of Speed and Time" people who knew the film were really impressed that I had a working model. A prop that you could film as if it were stop-motion animated while only being a simple toy. Thank you and your site for allowing me to remember this great item. Best always, S.
Sean <>
Roanoke, VA USA - Sunday, July 07, 2002 at 09:17:23 (MDT)

I had a PowerShop as a kid and wanted to find something similar for my kids. Thanks for the e-bay tip. I've got a big in on one. I think my mom threw mine away years ago, but I'm hoping to find it in her garage one day.
Kenn Ramage <>
Glendora, CA USA - Wednesday, May 29, 2002 at 17:43:56 (MDT)

My daughter is driving herself, well, nuts! Trying to crack the Drive Ya Nuts Puzzle....Thanks for posting solutions on your site, now I can at least offer hints. Jj
jojo for RUBY <>
REDWAY, CA USA - Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 20:41:33 (MDT)

My brother-in-law just bought a house. He had been living in the grandmother's house all these years. We found plenty of old stuff; including Skittle Pool. It needed to be cleaned up but still in good shape. We have grandchildren so are looking forward to playing it with them. Thanks for including the instructions in your website as the original were missing. Enjoy the site
Judi 144 <>
Kresgeville, PA USA - Sunday, May 12, 2002 at 11:54:19 (MDT)

I was checking out your site and came across your Arnold Palmer's Pro Shot Golf game, I have had one of these set's since I can remember, it was bought for my older brother and was passed down to me when I was very young. After I left home and got married and had children of my own, my father brought it round for my kids to play with. they are now late teenagers and no longer play with it, but I still have it, still in it's original box, with all the clubs, balls, flags and even the original instructions present. Every now and again, myself and my wife get it out and have a couple of rounds of golf, it's still good fun and I think it beats spending time in front of a p.c. monitor playing some latest computer game hands down. Thanks fore (ha ha) a great site,I will come back and visit it again
Richard Pike <>
Manchester, Great Brittain - Sunday, April 28, 2002 at 13:09:04 (MDT)

My toys were left behind as a child in a move across country. My mom never did retreve them. I lost them at age 10. My favorite toy was the gyroscope.
Anna Haley <emmaus@alaska,net>
Eagle River, AK USA - Friday, April 12, 2002 at 00:10:00 (MDT)

Found this site while searching for Sandlot Slugger. Brought back amazing memories. I, too, had a Cape Kennedy play set but I think mine was different; don't think it was a carry-all type of thing. This site got me to thinking about a toy by Mattel that I coveted as a child. A friend had it. It's a make-and-destroy kind of toy, with a heated chamber in which plastic squares "melt" into various creatures. You can then compress them back into square shape with a Mattel logo embossed on them. I used to love both processes, also the distinct smell of heated plastic. Anyone remember this toy? Can't recall the name, but I know it was Mattel because of the logo embossing.
Jason Rubin <>
Boston, MA USA - Friday, April 05, 2002 at 13:54:48 (MST)

(The toy Jason remembers is the Strange Change Machine by Mattel - Sam)

England - Monday, March 11, 2002 at 16:01:09 (MST)

thanks for bringing back memories of toys i either had or always wanted, great site
martin king <>
morgantown, wv USA - Sunday, March 03, 2002 at 20:43:10 (MST)

Hi, My name is Catherine. I love the colors in your website.
Catherine Lake
Los Angeles, CA USA - Sunday, February 24, 2002 at 14:25:23 (MST)

i had a toy stuff animal monkey, with a made banana peeled attached to his hand. i loved that monkey so much, i took him everywhere i went, until i had to throw him away because he was torn up(badly) i believe it was in 1970 anyone ever had this toy, THANKS!
ladonna cole <>
oakland, ca USA - Thursday, February 21, 2002 at 15:05:16 (MST)

Love your site - lots of memories. Would love to find scoresheets and rules for Skittle Bowl. Thanks - d
david <>
Rochester, NY USA - Sunday, February 03, 2002 at 12:13:44 (MST)

Just 5 minutes on your site brought back long lost memories. Some of these games I had and haven't thought of in over 20 years. What a way to mess with someones head. Thanks.
Tustin, CA USA - Saturday, January 26, 2002 at 16:16:51 (MST)

Sam - I was cleaning my parents attic, when I came across my Logix Enterprises 0-600 computer. In addition, I have the manual and all of the transparencies. I was telling a co-worker about it and decided to search the net when I came across your site. I can honestly say, I know exactly how you felt. I remember building it like is was yesterday. The manual has the checkmarks dad and I made on each page. As a matter of fact, the addendum pages are still taped to the inside cover of the manual. I have worked in IT for over 22 years and realize that this was my first computer adventure. I remember reading "real computers work this way". Thanks for your site and the picture. By the way, I put my "Farmer-Wolf-Goat-Cabbage" transparency in the "Output" section. Take care. Gary.
Gary A <>
Columbia, SC USA - Thursday, January 10, 2002 at 21:02:39 (MST)

I had a vertibird back in the 70's. It was certainly one of my favorite toys. Thanks to your page, I avoided paying too much for one on eBay and I'll go pick one up at a local Target or get one from Tower Hobbies. one for m
Mark Rajcok
USA - Saturday, January 05, 2002 at 22:08:18 (MST)

I am the guy that developed the Easy Bake oven and the Big Burger grill. Here is a story: I visited the toy fair. One of the regional sales guys accosted me, whispering "I have a great toy idea". He looked around, then said "Too many people around. Can I meet with you later?" I nodded, and we met after the showroom closed in a bar. We found the remotest booth, and I ordered grog. And asked "What is this great toy idea?" He looked around, and apparently satisfied that we would not be overheard, he leaned close and softly said "A five dollar electric typewriter!" "Wow!" said I, "How can you do that?" "That's YOUR job!" he responded. Which somehow illustrates the difference between engineering and marketing/sales.
Pat March <>
Beavercreek, OH USA - Saturday, January 05, 2002 at 09:04:07 (MST)

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