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I am laughing my a__ off at work right now. Your site has made me so happy, particularly the Clean Sweep game. I remember every piece of that garbage so fondly. We spread it all over the house. No wonder my mother was so high strung! (Well, that and the "Wipe Out" 45 that we played non-stop. Literally.)
Julie Kehne <>
St. Paul, MN USA - Sunday, December 28, 2003 at 09:08:47 (MST)

can anyone tell me where i can find a picture of a toy robot i got in 1970 called "Mr. Brain" it had a smoke stack on its head. it came with liquid drops. when you put a few drops in the chimney on its head, it started smoking.
miami beach, fl USA - Saturday, December 27, 2003 at 13:03:47 (MST)

Hey, U guys have a great site! Thanks for the pleasure of surfer onto it.
Veal <>
Sydney, NT Australia - Friday, December 26, 2003 at 12:54:16 (MST)

Sam or anyone who can help, I am 30 years old and was cleaning up my old Fisher Price Airport for my youngest son when I found a piece to an old toy. It was a small green motorcycle with a steel ball in the bottom of it. I remember it being some sort of track racing set. It, if I remember correctly, had a red,green,blue and yellow motorcyle. That is all I remember. Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated.
Greg Tangney <>
Woodward, Ok USA - Thursday, December 25, 2003 at 09:49:48 (MST)

hello all, i came across a post or rather request asking about a certain aircraft carrier that shot 2 foam corsairs from the deck of a aircraft carrier-i had this when i was little and i loved it so much that i am in search of one now-i have been collecting toys since i was a kid.i can not find this certain toy-it is made by mattel and to date within 13 years of hard looking-no luck-they also took the same idea and made a battlestar galactica one also. if anybody can help please let me now. within the last year i was out of work and i searched ebay for a year-this gave me an idea to save pics of certain toys to use as reference down the road-this grew into an obsession and i have to 2 cd-r's with approx 20,000 different pics of toys. not once have i found this particular toy.
aaron harms <>
n.c USA - Wednesday, December 24, 2003 at 08:17:35 (MST)

Coolz!! I found a working Armatron for just five dollars! Complete with instructions AND everything in ORIGINAL BOX!! btw, the box is slightly.. used, but it's still in good condition. All items are in the box. The toy itself has hardly any use to it. looked like a toy that was rarely played with.
Spinbot <>
Grand Junction, CO USA - Wednesday, December 10, 2003 at 23:01:10 (MST)

This sites is cool i wish i had this stuff
Laura <>
ill, bloomington USA - Sunday, December 07, 2003 at 14:47:28 (MST)

You have a link to my website for rules (Booby Trap)(and I have also a lot of other rules and games for sale on my website but since I cannot post a link to my website (Gamebits) here, just look at the listing on this site for Booby Trap and you will see a link to my website.) I will add your site to my link page shortly. Favorite toy was a model kit from Aurora; Creature of the Black Lagoon I wish I still had one
Gamebits <>
Sarnia, ON Canada - Sunday, December 07, 2003 at 10:42:40 (MST)

(Gamebits site can be found at: - Sam)

Man I've kept my Battling Tops since I got it for Xmas late seventies - I'm now 43 and boring my own daughters with how much better it is than Beyblades, and bless them they agree, but I thought mine was complete ! Somewhere down the line Smarty Smitty has gone awol... 8-( Any ideas for replacing the pullstring ? Did the ads in the US also say "It's in the wrist action!" ?
Steve Matthews <>
Warks, England - Tuesday, December 02, 2003 at 10:23:41 (MST)

Found your site after searching for 'smoking monkeys'. I also bought these every time I got my pocket money (allowance) but nobody else seemed to remember them. I was enthralled by the rings of smoke and the strange smell. Amazing to think these were sold to kids in drug stores in the UK!
Phil Laidler <>
Wisbech, UK - Thursday, November 27, 2003 at 05:39:01 (MST)

Sam, I have Sub Search. I got it for Christmas Back in '76. The rules were lost years ago. Yet for some reason I kept the game. I recently opened the box the game was in, assembled it, and longed to play it with my kids. Then I thought, "Why not search the net for the rules?" I used Iwon's search and it led me to your page. With the rules for free. I also found another page that was charging $4.00 for them. Thank you. My kids are excited at the prospect of playing the game after dinner. And I look forward to many hours of gameplay made possible by your generosity.
USA - Wednesday, November 26, 2003 at 19:00:43 (MST)

I checked out your site because I too have a Think-A-Tron in my attic. Knew it was from my childhood sometime in the early 60's. Great memories.
L. Minich <>
New Haven, In USA - Wednesday, November 12, 2003 at 11:02:36 (MST)

Excellent site Sam!!! Been using it to find great stuff to add to my collection. Big burger grill--love the graphics on the box. QUESTION? Early seventies, I had a remote controlled car(That used a wire) that popped wheelies. I cant rememberthe any clues???
anthony falgione <>
hendersonville, tn USA - Tuesday, November 04, 2003 at 10:27:35 (MST)

I can't believe you have all of the "Funny Li'l Joke Books". My brother and I have most of them memorized from our childhood, but we never owned all of them. I wish you had more than just the first page posted. Thanks for a great site!
Carl Schultz <crcdschultz at comcast dot net>
Lowell, IN USA - Saturday, November 01, 2003 at 21:32:02 (MST)

chuck <>
exeter, ca USA - Friday, October 31, 2003 at 15:59:38 (MST)

just surfin found your page mine is like a million others (if only)i used to have all universal monster kits your site brought them all back to me i am glad not everybody is like me if i had them now i would be just like you not for sale at any price all i have are the memories you have the real thing good for you will definatley be back on your site for another look
manchester, u/k - Sunday, October 26, 2003 at 09:41:34 (MST)

I remember playing the Green Ghost game at my cousin's house in the 60's and my younger brother was so taken by the game that he had to have one for Christmas. Unfortunately it got left behind when my parents sold our house in 1967 and so it was gone without a warning (along with my 'Great Garloo' that I still pine for). I am lucky to have recently arranged to buy the Marx re-issue from someone I connected up with thru Ebay (bought a game of Ka-Bala from her, 'the other glowing Transogram game'). I am awaiting arrival of both games, hoping to have them before Oct 31st. I've promised my kids that they will have a great treat after doing the shell-out thing. Oh boy... I can't... I mean, they can't wait!
Lyall 'Benny' Sanders <>
Toronto, ON Canada - Monday, October 20, 2003 at 14:05:49 (MDT)

I am almost 48 years old I was just surfing around when I saw your page after looking for a "Johnny Astro" Flying toy. Thanks for making me feel like a kid again. I think I'll go out and get a new toy.
Chris Perryman <>
Iselin, NJ USA - Sunday, October 12, 2003 at 17:26:58 (MDT)

I saw a story about your site in the magazine Toyfare. Hey, very cool site. Reminded me of my toys from my youth.
Gary Clark <>
Pendleton, IN USA - Thursday, October 09, 2003 at 08:22:52 (MDT)

I couldn't remember the name of my favorite toy of all time until I found this page. I had the Coast Guard Vertibird and really it is the one toy that I wish I could find for my own son. I just found the Jasman Search and Rescue toy. I can't wait to get it...for my son of course. It's cool to see that lots of others enjoyed the Veritbird as much as I did. Great page. Kyle
Kyle Hawkins <>
Austin, TX USA - Wednesday, September 24, 2003 at 12:22:21 (MDT)

For Stormdogue with the talking Frankenstein toy.... I don't know anything about fixing this, but by some odd coincidence I was looking for info on that same toy tonight. I had it as a child and all I can remember is that one thig it said was, "I eat spinach for my complexion". hee hee :) Good luck in your search....
Julie <>
Boulder, CO USA - Sunday, September 14, 2003 at 00:01:49 (MDT)

I noticed on your website, that you have a Science Fair/Radio Shack Lie Detector Kit (28-182). By any chance do you have the manual for it? I just purchased one, and I didnít come with the instructions for putting it together, and could use some help figuring out which resistor goes where, and where to put the jumper wires.
USA - Tuesday, September 09, 2003 at 23:05:21 (MDT)

(I have scanned the manual and put it on the site: Lie Detector Manual - Sam)

When I was a kid, my brother had the Astrolite set. We used to play with it for hours. It was great! It's possible my brother could still have it.
Sheri Cook <>
Sellersville, pa USA - Tuesday, September 09, 2003 at 03:40:27 (MDT)

Hey Uncle Sam, I am at school right now and I thought I would drop you a line. When you talk to Dan and Zach tell them to e-mail me. Love your web site, make sure to add all the rollercoasters you rode in PA to your list. Love yuh!
Nicole <>
Surfside Beach, SC USA - Tuesday, September 02, 2003 at 10:05:37 (MDT)

i found an old 1960s Frankenstein talking toy in need of repair that my spouse got as a child.Cannot even locate it in mess now after move.It is big green head, black and with no body, sort of like a puppet body with large green head and pull string.Can u tell us about it, since he can't? Thanks.
d <stormdogue>
tijeras, nm USA - Tuesday, September 02, 2003 at 09:06:23 (MDT)

Love your site. Do you know anything about a mid-sixties toy briefcase, that had a "secret agent" type gun (and I think camera) inside, you could fire the gun's plastic bullets from a button on the outside of the briefcase? I don't recall the name, and can't find it on E-Bay.
pat murray <>
redondo beaCH, ca USA - Friday, August 29, 2003 at 19:53:28 (MDT)

(The briefcase in question was part of the Secret Sam line by Topper - Search eBay for it - Sam)

Oh my God! This was an absolute time warp back to my childhood. I had a bunch of the Mattel toys (Linoprinter, the woodworking set) and some of the Parker Bros. (Boob-Toob) as a kid. I hadn't thought of these things for decades and it was nice to know that the memories are still there. Thanks!
Denver, CO USA - Friday, August 22, 2003 at 17:00:40 (MDT)

Simply put. I use to have a SixFinger, now I have one again. A friend bought one off Ebay for me. No packageing not all the darts but still a great gift.
Memphis, TN USA - Sunday, August 10, 2003 at 01:15:16 (MDT)

Dear Visitors, due to the spammin' b***ards who add their entries to this guestbook every day simply to raise the link counts of their porno or business sites, I have removed the ability to store URLs as part of guestbook entries. Thanks for ruining it for the rest of us you a**holes.
Sam <>
Albuquerque, NM USA - Tuesday, August 05, 2003 at 14:39:03 (MDT)

Looking to find name of a toy bazooka gun from sometime in the 1960's. It was black and had a handle that you had to pump on the toy several times and when you pulled the handle on it, it made a loud whooshing sound. My brother & I had one but my mother got annoyed one day with it and hid it. Well I found it one day hidden on top of my dresser (which was in my closet) I was around 5 and climbed up to get it (unfortunately I thought I could make a ladder from the dresser drawers by pulling them out. Well the dresser fell on top of me breaking my collarbone and we never saw the gun again. Well my brother is turning 50 soon and thought I could finally give him back the gun that he has blamed me for losing all those years ago. Any ideas of the name of the gun or where I can find one would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
Pat <>
NJ USA - Tuesday, July 29, 2003 at 15:01:36 (MDT)

(I'm thinking that Pat may be referring to the Sonic-Blaster, part of the Mattel Agent Zero-M series. I don't have one but here is a picture. - Sam)

In 1967(?) for Xmas I got 3 Marx "Fort Apache Fighters" (Zachary,Buck,Geronimo) Also a large cardbourd fort, big enough for the 11&1/2" figures. I can find reference to this Fort (Apache?) nowhere. Anyone else remember it?
Sean <>
Indianola, MS USA - Friday, July 11, 2003 at 19:08:44 (MDT)

Remember the Crashmobile? I remember saving pop bottles in the early 60's to buy one. Wish I could find one now!
Mark Kraffert <>
Denver, CO USA - Tuesday, July 08, 2003 at 14:47:00 (MDT)

I found your site while searching for a couple of toys I had as a Kid. One question was answered I had a Johnny Astro. To me it seemed as though the thing would fly all the way across the room. Also I thought I remembered mine being black with black and white apollo decals. Maybe a misconception. The other toy I have yet to find. . . I thought it may have been called the Sonic Boom. It was a bazooka looking gun that had a hard to pull lever that cocked then when the trigger was pulled it made a huge boom sound and may have compressed air as it went off. Any info on this would be appreciated. Chip
Chip <>
Panama City, fl USA - Tuesday, July 08, 2003 at 14:08:02 (MDT)

(I think the bazooka might be the Sonic-Blaster, part of the Mattel Agent Zero-M series. I don't have one but here is a picture. - Sam)

Strange,I was thinking about Give A Show today just out of the blue. The one's that came to mind was Wild Bill Hickock, Oswald Rabbit and Popeye. I loved mine. It was a great Christmas present, right up there with the electrid football, electric basketball and electric baseball.
pat <>
houston, tx USA - Friday, June 27, 2003 at 10:55:37 (MDT)

I once tried to blow dry Barbie's hair and I melted it. What a sad day that was until I cut the bad parts off which transformed it into a hip hairstyle (hip in the 80's that is).
USA - Sunday, June 15, 2003 at 02:35:22 (MDT)

I have the original Mr. Peanut Peanut Butter Maker. What is it worth
Bill Hardee <>
Bluefield, Wv USA - Sunday, June 15, 2003 at 00:59:11 (MDT)

(Bill - This sounds a lot like a Frequently Asked Question to me, perhaps you should look there - Sam)

Hey, I really like this site, but, I have suggestions for you: put in action figures, get more modern toys as well as old ones from the 60's to the 80's and put in more updates.
Thomas Johnson <>
USA - Friday, June 06, 2003 at 14:24:55 (MDT)

(Thomas - The site is my personal collection of toys and I don't collect action figures. Regarding modern toys, I'm afraid most of them don't rate as being among the 'Coolest Toys Ever Made'. - Sam)

I love this site!!! I too had a Mattel Power Shop and used it to make my first Cub Scout wooden racer. I also collect. Some of my prize pieces are a Deluxe Reading Playmobile like the one I got for Christmas in 1961. Then there's my Mattel M-16 Marauder. Along with a Big Burger Grill, I also found a mint condition Freeze Queen Ice Cream Maker like I remember seeing in the window of Western Auto around Christmas of '66 (all the ingredients for both are still in their original packets--could be scary if opened). Other stuff includes the big black Super Balls, Fuzzy Wuzzy Soap, a "still intact" Revell George Harrison model, and a Johnny Toymaker Car Kit. Glad to see that someone else likes Trik Trak sets (mine never worked right). Also, your site makes me want to go upstairs and play with my Switch-N-Go set. Again, super site!! Great to see another collector out there.
Tom <>
Atlanta, GA USA - Wednesday, May 28, 2003 at 03:38:09 (MDT)

Sam, Just a quick note of thanks for listing the "Logix 0-600 Electronic Computer" on your web site. I, too was given one of those kits as a gift in about the same year and spent hours wiring up the different diagrams. Mine is long gone and I recently--in a fit of nostalgia--did an futile Internet search to try to recall the name and manufacturer of this toy. Discovering it on your web site was a real rush! Thanks.
Joe Fopeano <>
Kansas City, MO USA - Thursday, May 15, 2003 at 15:24:57 (MDT)

HEY THERE, Just found your site! It LOOKS GREAT! I loved the Smoking Monkey as a Child and purchased some on Ebay. AND GUESS WHAT! There are now Smoking Monkey CIGARETTES up on Ebay! You can enjoy the Smoking Monkey without having to use your collectable cigarettes! Just thought you and your readers would like to know. Sincerely, Mac
Mac <>
USA - Monday, May 05, 2003 at 08:37:07 (MDT)

We, too, had a linoprinter. That was such a great toy! I have 6 sisters and brothers and that toy took a beating. Purple money! What fun!
Rebecca <>
Kerrville, TX USA - Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at 12:16:11 (MDT)

Thank you. Now I have proof that these little guys exist.
trish <>
USA - Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at 15:12:29 (MDT)

I thought I was the only one who still has the old Hasbro Astrolite! I use mine as an interactive lamp in my living room! I acquired mine from my older brother who got his as an Xmas gift *years* ago! I found another base being sold at a state surplus warehouse labeled as a 'examination light' I would love to get ahold of more of the clear plastic parts so my houseguests can play with it! What I've done is to sitck a few parts into the base and leave it up to my guests to add on to it until all the parts I have are used. I then leave it up for a month or so and then take the whole thing down and start anew. My older bother is still amazed that I saved his toy after all these years! Thanks for sharing your eBay find.....keep up the good work!
Pete Isaacson <>
Whittier, CA USA - Sunday, April 20, 2003 at 04:21:55 (MDT)

Linoprinter---that was what it was called! I've told so many people about this being the start of my love of printing, typefaces, graphics, but I couldn't remember the name. Now I want one!
carole <>
cleveland, oh USA - Thursday, April 17, 2003 at 18:44:11 (MDT)

I think the vintage on the Mobile Armatron is about right - late 70's or early-mid 80's. I got one when I was 5 or 6, which means the year was 1984 or 1985...
Kevin <>
Chicago, IL USA - Saturday, April 12, 2003 at 10:01:55 (MDT)

I had a strange change, it was a good toy. It needed more dinosaurs though and less insects. with Infrared bulbs out there now Mattel should reintroduce this toy.
Manchester, NH USA - Tuesday, April 08, 2003 at 06:35:52 (MDT)

Did you know that the discs for the Jet Discs for the Tracer Gun (I had the Star Trek version)worked as slugs in penney gumball machines? I don't know what led me to put a disc in a gumball machine in the first place, but I did until fear of a lifetime in the 'bad boy school' ended my life of crime.
Joe Morley <>
Rivberside , RI USA - Friday, March 28, 2003 at 07:56:48 (MST)

WOW!!! What a trip thru memory toy-lane! I used to have the Electro Shot Shooting Gallery, the Remote controlled Jaguar, I had Mr. Machine! also, one that I really loved... I don`t remember the name... it was a greenish, with yellowish monster. It stood about a foot and a half tall, with big teeth... If anyone remembers or has a picture of it... can you please email me with it? I also had the Secret Sam attache, the Rock`em Sock`em robots... let`s see, what else?... ummm...the Johnny Lightning 500 set, I had that remote controlled Cadillac... ummm ohh!! I had the Eminee electric piano organ!!! darn!!! what memories... I had a lionel trainset too! And a Flintstones bongo drum set. As I remember them, I will be back... My Father was great when it came to Christmas toys... Oh!! I remember also the Dune Buggy Wheelies!!! Those were cool!!! Be back soon...
Harry Olivero "Tank" <>
Bronx, New York, NY USA - Monday, March 24, 2003 at 11:32:41 (MST)

I really liked the site a lot. I felt a little nostaligic. Toys do that to me. Have you ever visited FAO Schwartz in NYC during Christmas time? It's truly an experience.
Cheap phentermine
USA - Friday, March 21, 2003 at 22:04:00 (MST)

Okay...found the Cape Kennedy set on your great website. The colours of the plastic rockets were different in mine. My father bought it for my birthday back in 1971 out in Western Canada (Calgary). Anyone have any pictures of the Fort Apache set or the Castle? Thanks.
Mick Kern <>
Toronto, ON Canada - Friday, March 21, 2003 at 15:16:34 (MST)

Yes, it is a great site. I am looking high-and-low for the late 1960's/early 1970's playsets that came in fold-up metallic carrying cases. I had three of them: Fort Apache, Cape Kennedy & a generic Middle Ages castle. Inside were plastic figures and lots of cool accessories. Decals to apply to the rockets. A real neat bow-and-arrow target (with tiny plastic removable arrows that stick out of it)and all the King's furniture in the castle set. Who made them? I don't believe it was Marx. Strangely enough, after all these years, this is the one old toy I cannot locate. Thanks.
Mick Kern <>
Toronto, ON Canada - Friday, March 21, 2003 at 05:24:49 (MST)

Hi. When I was a kid I wanted the first Atari game console but my parents didn't get it for me. I was bummed for a long time but then the Atari 5200 came out and it was immensely better than the original. They bought that for me and I was elated. I became addicted to it and I believe it shaped my interest in graphics and my career in computers.
USA - Wednesday, March 12, 2003 at 13:58:27 (MST)

One year Santa gave me the Hot Wheels Car Factory, about Thirty eight years ago. That toy shaped my lifes hobbies and work to this day. :>) I am still in the extrusion industry, designing and selling extrusion tooling. See the Genca web site.
Richard Schomp <>
Clearwater, FL USA - Monday, March 10, 2003 at 11:33:02 (MST)

God only knows the name of it. It was an aircraft carrier about 3 feet long. It had 2 foam corsairs that could be launched off of it. The short canapult was a rubberband with a release trigger and the long launcher was a yellow t handle you pulled back. I wish i could remember the name of it. I also had a hand cranked double winger that turned the prop. I would sit on the kitchen floor for hours and crank that plane in circles for hours. It was called Harry Canary.
gregm <>
USA - Saturday, March 01, 2003 at 19:59:06 (MST)

Sam, this is a wonderful page! Vertibird 1971 was always my favorite, but the Motorized Monster Maker Kit from Topper was a close second. I had the accessory kit that made the mad scientist w/ blue head (red bump included!) which came on and off as he walked--Very cool for an 8 year old!! The Powermite circ. saw and my little brother's Electric shot shooting gallery--sold at yard sale in 1979 :( --gave countless hours of fun. Worst trouble: Christmas ornaments fell victim to tracer gun bullets. Biggest disappointment: Major Matt Mason's glider--it glided like a brick. Take care and thank you for the labor of love. Don
Don Soles <>
Newport News, VA USA - Saturday, February 22, 2003 at 20:49:12 (MST)

i am searching for an electric toy thta would transform tiny squares into monsters by using this electric monster maker that would heat up the squares. I believe it to be early 70's or a late 60's toy. Please help with a name or any info you might have about this toy
kevin <>
yorba, ca USA - Tuesday, February 18, 2003 at 21:45:02 (MST)

(The toy Kevin remembers is of course the Strange Change Machine by Mattel. Not sure how he missed it, it is the very first toy on my site. - Sam)

I am trying to find a picture or link about an old toy I had. It would make plaster heads of monsters such as the warewolf, frankenstein and an alien head. I think it was called "Monster Machine" If anyone ever heard of it or knows of a link, drop me a line.
Scott <>
Hickory Hills, IL USA - Friday, February 07, 2003 at 20:56:14 (MST)

Found your site searching for the 100 in 1 radio shack project kit. I got one of those in 73 for my 12th birthday. It is long gone. I did remove that little "IC" chip but it was lost somewhere while moving in the last 10 years :( Stop by my site if you want to see me old video game collection. Take care Mark
Mark <>
Conshohocken, PA USA - Thursday, February 06, 2003 at 11:42:44 (MST)

Sam, loved your web site! It's been quite some time since we've seen each other. Would love to hear from you again! Your Cousin , Lori.
Lori Steele Joshnick
St. Marys, Pa. USA - Tuesday, January 21, 2003 at 20:03:42 (MST)

Sam- great site! I have been searching for years for someone else that remembered the Mattel Power shop. Some posters on various boards even told me the toy never existed. Whew! I'm not going crazy! Thanks for the memories!!
Tony <>
USA - Sunday, January 19, 2003 at 20:46:19 (MST)

Oh My God, This is the coolest, feel good site, I have come upon, so far. Found a part to our TipiT game, Via this site. Had a ball showing our 8yr.old the old games. Too Cool!!
Camiile <Cheich526>
St. Joseph, Il USA - Saturday, January 18, 2003 at 20:41:38 (MST)

Ahh, the Tracer Gun. Me and friends used to have massive battles with them in my parents' living room. Every now and then, a "bullet" from the gun turns up somewhere. I wish they still made them. I remember knock-off guns and bullets (which were yellow and came attached to each othter) that weren't near as good as the Ray Line ones. Even as a kid, I appreciate the value in the name-brand product.
Sterling B.
Brevard, FL USA - Thursday, January 16, 2003 at 04:24:14 (MST)

Wow! Really enjoyed your site. I've been searching for a toy that I can't identify by name. It was a telescope/periscope/snoop scope toy that was purchased sometime between '69 and '73. This toy was hard plastic tubes(almost like PVC strength)that was color coded with various lengths and lenses. The toy set was adjustable lengh tubes with the lenses and corner attachments. If anyone can help me identify the toy, I'd appreciate it.
Chris <>
Crowley, TX USA - Thursday, January 02, 2003 at 19:18:39 (MST)

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