GREAT LOOKING AT THE TOYS I HAVE HAD DURING MY CHILDHOOD. ESPECIALLY FROM MATTEL. MY MOTHER WORKED FOR MATTEL IN HAWTHORNE,CA. DURING THE 1960'S AND SHE WOULD BRING TOYS HOME FOR ME TO TRY OUT. I GUESS THEY HAD AN EMPLOYEE OPTION TO BRING TOYS HOME FOR THIER KIDS TO PLAY WITH AND FILL OUT A QUESTIONARE HOW I LIKED THE TOY. I REMEMBER ONE TOY SHE BROUGHT HOME WAS THE V-ROOM ENGINE THAT WAS BATTERY OPERATED AND MOUNTED ON A BICYCLE FRAME.I REALLY LIKED IT. I WISH I STILL HAD IT. I DON'T REMEMBER IF I GOT TO KEEP THE TOYS OR HAD TO RETURN THEM. I ALSO HAD THE VACUU-FORM. I REALLY LIKED THAT ONE TOO.I ALSO HAD A TOY I CANNOT REMEMBER THE NAME OF. HERE IT IS. DON'T KNOW IF IT WAS MADE BY MATTEL OR NOT, BUT IT HAD A PULL STRING, SHAPED LIKE A BIRD, SUCTION CUPS UNDERNEATH IT ARRANGED IN A CIRCLE. YOU HELD IT AGAINST THE WALL, PULLED THE PULL STRING AND IT WALKED UP THE WALL. VERY COOL I THOUGHT AT THE TIME. DOES ANYONE KNOW THE NAME OF AND WHO MADE IT? BRINGS BACK GOOD MEMORIES. THANK YOU FOR YOUR WEBSITE.
richard thomas <firstname.lastname@example.org>
mesa, az. USA - Monday, December 24, 2012 at 13:55:49 (MST)
I pulled out my mindbender puzzles from my childhood for my kids tonight and we were all stumped by the 'disappearing square' puzzle. Fortunately I found your site to solve it! My daughter however is determined to do it on her own and I really hope she succeeds. As we go through more boxes, I'll likely be back for more answers!
Mississauga, on canada - Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 19:29:01 (MST)
I've had strong memories of a toy from my childhood. I was 3 or 4 and threw a tantrum after seeing the ad in the newspaper. I got it for Christmas and loved it. A James Bond light board and a Barbie "Mod" light board. This led to a lifetime of drawing for both of us. I've never found any online reference to it till now. "Electric Drawing"! Who knew? Thank you so much for the high resolution scans. Wow, what memories!
Todd Standish <email@example.com>
San Francisco, CA USA - Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 19:38:16 (MST)
I bought three Sooper Goopers this weekend, but I didn't really know what they were until I found your page. Thanks!
Rafael Garcia <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Wyncote, PA United States - Monday, December 10, 2012 at 07:42:37 (MST)
I really like your collection of mini power tools. I my self have just located 3 of these in very nice condition out of the box. I wish I could have found the boxes for them as that is the power supply. I plan to make my own power supply fo them, but I did wonder how rare they are and what they might be worth? I paid tweny dollars for the drill, circular saw and jig saw. Even if the are not worth that, the novelty of them to me are. And they are from 1969 and survived a childs play. I shall keep them in very nice condition as a tribute to the quality of toys made at that time. You just don't see stuff like these every day.
Joseph Eckenrod <email@example.com>
Newkensington, Pa. USA - Saturday, November 03, 2012 at 21:51:50 (MDT)
Thanks very much for posting a picture, with all the information. My brother gave me this toy as a kid, and I always wanted to find it again! Can't say thank you enough
Watertown, NY USA - Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 15:54:27 (MDT)
How goes it, very good websites you've got at this time there. FR24
Port Logan, Great Britain - Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 14:15:56 (MDT)
awsome! my sister got a game one year for birthday was a box of misc items you had to reach into the box and disscribe what it was (i think) anyone remember this toy and it's name!
tim k <firstname.lastname@example.org>
tampa , fla USA - Saturday, September 08, 2012 at 14:02:34 (MDT)
Thanks for providing the instructions. I found this game at a thrift store and it didn't have directions! I am collecting games for my daughter's classroom and old games are the best!
Mika McCoy <email@example.com>
Hixson, Tennessee USA - Thursday, September 06, 2012 at 10:43:38 (MDT)
I just found the Disney fantasy puzzle on the site. I did that puzzle dozens of times as a kid. We had a big table in the corner that fit the puzzle perfectly. I never knew that there was a box and a key on the back of the box telling who everyone was. I was young enough and the puzzle was old enough that I didn't know most of the characters from anything other than the puzzle. I am setting the picture as my desktop background.
Owatonna, Minnesota USA - Wednesday, September 05, 2012 at 12:10:23 (MDT)
ONe of my favorite games I had as a child was called (I think) the babysitter. You moved peices with long sticks on them (they inserted into holes in the board). Land in the wrong place and the baby who was in the center of the board would wake up...screaming. I do remember the baby's name was stanley. Anyone else remember this? I also had a kandy kitchen. It was the number 1 item on my christmas list. I was so disappointed...while it was fun to mix the candy ingredients by bashing kandy man in the head,and to mold the candy...the disappointment came in eating the goods. It was the WORST tasting candy I have ever eaten!
greenfield, in USA - Monday, August 27, 2012 at 21:37:01 (MDT)
Found you from WheresGeorge.com I do still have two Ma Bell board games (one factory sealed) made in early 1980's, sold by Southwestern Bell, and fashioned after Monopoly. My best toy was my NEW 1968 Ross Barracuda Bicycle. (3 speed shifter on the top bar and half circle handlebars, banana seat & TALL sissy bar)
Socorro, nm USA - Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 15:26:08 (MDT)
I spent hours and hours with my spirograph and my etch-a-sketch. I was wondering if you knew where or how someone could find one to buy. I would so love to replace the one I had (from the 70's) as well as the Tot version, which I didn't know about! I noticed you mentioned replacing certain thing, so I thought you might know where/how to look! thanks for your advice!
Albany, ga USA - Saturday, August 04, 2012 at 20:58:58 (MDT)
My favorite game ever was Skunk, by Schaper. My sisters and I destroyed the original box playing it so often, and wore the skunks' faces off the dice. Fortunately I found another in mint condition at a yard sale decades later, and have taught it to my young cousins who love it as much as I do! PS. I have four "fleas" from Mattel's Flea Circus if you're interested in buying them (all else was tossed years ago).
Carol Bruno <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Gaithersburg, MD USA - Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 20:08:31 (MDT)
I need help identifying a toy. This is a cockpit type toy, kinda similar to the jimmy jet but not nearly as big or complex looking. It was battery operated, and you were the 'pilot' using a joystick and you would navigate over a moving landscape screen. The landscape was projected onto a screen via a rotating drum housed inside a cabinet. I remember it had a white cabinet and a single orange or yellow joystick. There was a rotating drum on the inside that projected the moving landscape on the screen. It came with several landscapes that were interchangeable that you would wrap around the drum. The landscapes were printed on transparency paper, like you would use for an overhead projector. The landscapes were a bit cartoonish, I remember "flying" over Mt Rushmore drawings and so forth. I was born in 1971, so I would guess this would be a toy made in the late 1970's. I have no idea who made it, what the name of it was, or anything like that. Iíve googled so many keywords trying to find this thing to no avail. Hope someone can help
midland, tx USA - Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 09:38:10 (MDT)
I have an original Spirograph in the original box, instructions etc. with no pens but everything else. Also the original Battleship game in the box. I wish to sell these items. Please tell me the value or price I should charge.
Halifax, NS Canada - Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 19:46:03 (MDT)
I did have the 1978 version of The Power Shop but I don't recall what happened to it but it wasn't as good as they made it sound on the commercials when I used it since you had to use their pieces of wood that would fit only in the machine. There is another toy I can't remember the name of it but it made a firecracker sound using paper slipped into this contraption that looked like a pogo stick, anyone know what it was?
Mike Goodman <Mgood50050@aol.com>
Holbrook , NY USA - Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 08:33:30 (MDT)
Without your site I likely never would have been able to remember the gattling gun game I loved when I was 9 (rattlin gattlin Shooting Gallery). I've thought of that many times over the years but my parents couldn't recall what I am talking about. Thank you! (hopefully one will come up on Ebay someday)
wc, oh USA - Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 08:29:44 (MDT)
Wow,I totally forgot my escape, at a time in my life, every child should have this, I thought I was an amazing artist, I'm going to buy this, this is truly my happiest childhood memory ..
wendi shively <email@example.com >
Gresham , or USA - Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 03:13:14 (MDT)
I had the Carnival game as a child. It was my favorite! It was extra nice because you could play it by yourself, and all the elaborate parts made it feel super special. I'd forgotten about the egg flipper until I read your site. All of the parts were well made and survived many many set-ups and tear downs. Thanks for the smile!
USA - Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 20:08:00 (MDT)
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. I have memories from when I was little how my dad used to watch me build the Crazy Alarm Clock game and then laugh when the Rube Goldberg contraption was set in motion, but I COULDN'T remember the name of the game! Thanks to your website, I have it!
USA - Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 14:30:09 (MST)
My most favorite game- The Last Straw - you are not alone in calling it "Don't break the Camels Back". If I remember correctly that is what the other players would call out if you did!
Linda Cross <firstname.lastname@example.org>
USA - Thursday, March 08, 2012 at 12:25:27 (MST)
I was 4 or 5 when I got a Hands Up Harry for Christmas. I have pictures of myself next to it(it was as tall as i was). I have found memories of this toy and would love to get my hands on one. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.
Ron Montano <email@example.com>
pueblo, co USA - Wednesday, March 07, 2012 at 08:57:56 (MST)
I had the Wing It game as a boy and loved it! No video games, just real 3D! I also had an Easy Show Movie Projector. I found both at Time Warp Toys and now my nieces are enjoying them, especially the Wing It game.
Edmonton, AB Canada - Monday, February 27, 2012 at 20:46:04 (MST)
Enjoyed your site. I'm a retired senior citizen who while helping a 85 yr. old aunt move discovered 'in the attic' lotz of toys from the mid fifties to the mid sixties; the Mattel 'real' Power Shop was among them. It has the original cardboard outer cover, sales receipt, plastic box and all the parts. I thought for a moment of selling it but since I never had one and I love to fiddle around and still make things I think I'd have more fun using it than spending what money might come through selling...just a kid at heart! Willls
Angwin, ca USA - Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 11:24:45 (MST)
Thanks for posting copy of the PowerShop manual I had one as a kid and LOVEDIT! I got one on e-bay for my Grandson (like brand new). I was not sure if I had all the parts..until seeing your copy of manual. I DO have everything!!(but the manual)THANKS AGAIN!!
USA - Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 12:11:44 (MST)
I bought a box of puzzles and with it was a vintage Booby-Trap game. It is the Patient pending edition that was put out by Parker Brothers Inc. I was glad to see your history of the game. Mine has no directions and I found the link to be wonderful. Mine is in 98% shape as the corners of the box has some wear on them. Would be intersted on pricing my new find, but the one I have is hard to locate.
Jan Mead <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Covington, IN USA - Thursday, February 02, 2012 at 17:27:45 (MST)
I remember seeing the Radio Shack Armatron in the early 1980's growing up. Still I think you may be right in guessing that it came from the late 1970's though. This is a very cool site.
Jonathan Slater <email@example.com>
Covington, Washington USA - Monday, January 23, 2012 at 20:08:01 (MST)
I had the entire series of the American Basic Science Club when I was a kid. They were the greatest "toy" ever - nothing was pre-built. Some of the experiments took real skill to get to work. This type of science kit made children think, as well as use their hands. Will the day ever return that parents give their kids a cloud chamber with real alpha, beta, gamma radiation sources? I am very glad that I grew up in the era that I did.
David McKeown <firstname.lastname@example.org>
MD USA - Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 18:14:00 (MST)
Contact me: Sam Cancilla, email@example.com.