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Duck 182
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Alright, maybe it's a little late for this, but I've been meaning to throw this topic around. This is about those toys from your childhood that Santa forgot to give you, but (even though you are now an adult and can now officially buy said presents [Big Grin] ) these toys still elude you, due to lack of finding it or it's too highly priced for your blood. I would have to go with the GAF Double Vue. http://www.viewmaster.co.uk/htm/movie.asp

It's the bottom viewer.
Anyway, there was a store in town that had this piece in it's shop for years (and I DO mean years. I promised myself that I would get this toy, but when I finally got the money for this piece, it was gone [Frown] . So now I try to find this piece, but ebay usually comes up with very few, and when it does come up, it's usually MIP and it goes for a whole ton of money. very little is known about it (Hell, it took me a long time just to find the web page). But some day I still plan on getting one.

Anyone else have their stories?

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Ben Who
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Tragically, my covetousness was transitory; I may have slobbered for the Hot New Toy as a lumpling, but by February any disappointment of my not receiving that toy under the tree had long since dissipated.

However...

When game decks were the Hot New Thing, I used to die a thousand deaths a day because I didn't have an Atari 2600. If I spent any time at all at an acquaintance or relative's house where such equipment was in residence, I spent my time playing whatever games were available. Which is rude, and I was a horrible little kid, but oh, how I ached for video games. They were an overwhelming and binding priority.

Ten thousand years or so later, at least in computer years, I found an Atari 2600 at a yard sale for five bucks, along with a stack of cartridges for a quarter each. I gleefully took this pile home. Beat all the games in less than a week.

Of course, now I have a PS2 and it's the sidescrollers that bore me...there's just no keeping me happy.

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Eddylizard
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One year I wanted paratrooper Action Man. Complete with 'fully fuctional' parachute. I dropped so many hints.

What I got from my parents was the large (6-8 inch) scale model of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Meh.

A couple of days after Christmas we went to my Aunt's house, where she gave me a late present. I feverishly unwrapped it - a large scale model of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! Colloboration can't have been my families strong point.

I did get my wish on my following birthday, though the fun was short lived. I launched paratrooper Action Man from my bedroom window, whereupon his fully functional parachute folded on itself, and he dropped like a stone to the concrete below. I never realised AM could disintegrate into so many pieces.

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I wanted a bb gun when I was about 7 (after seeing "Christmas Story"). Santa left me a letter stating that the police wouldn't let me have one.

My brother has always wanted a grappling hook. He even put one on his amazon wishlist this year.

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Four Kitties
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I always wanted an Easy Bake Oven, never got one. I always wanted a Spirograph, never got one.

The Kitten got both this year (she's already had Christmas with her father's extended family). I finally get to play with them! Yay! And I only had to wait 34 years....

Four Kitties

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I longed for Hungry Hippos, but never got it. I got Grabbin' Dragons instead, which was actually better. So a happy ending for you there.

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I wanted nothing more than the old LJN Jake "The Snake" Roberts figure from the WWF line of the 80s. We saw it at the toy store and my mom wouldn't buy it. She came back to get it as a surprise and it was gone. I didn't get it on Christmas day, but some relatives that lived in Memphis at the time found it and I got it a little after Christmas.

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Lonely Mountain
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Mine's kind of glurgy so fair warning.

My brother and I always wanted the fullsize fully transformable Voltron, (The one made of 5 lions, not the cars and trucks one) but it was discontinued before we could get all 5 (The rumor at the time was that it was pulled because of lead-based paint but who knows). The point it that we never got it and our childhoods were horribly scarred for life (well a few months anyway)

Fast-forward to X-mas 2000. It was my only nephew's first Christmas and I was banging around the toys stores trying to find something. I turned down an aisle and there it was: The complete 5 lion set of Voltron, re-released. I bought it a gave it to my brother for Xmas. The look on his face Xmas morning was worthy of a cheesy holiday commercial for coffee. It's now one of my nephew's favorite toys.

I hopoe this wasn't too nauseating.

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Macheath
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Golly. I think I got everything I asked for just about every year. My Christmases were filled with Star Wars characters and/or vehicles, transformers, He-Man action figures . . . ma an' pa, y'all spoiled me!

Despite being spoiled as a child, I think I turned out ok. By the time I was a teenager I was asking for stuff like classical music or books. Once in a while I might pick out a computer game. In general, though, my requests were much more reasonable at that time.

Mack da "this year I want world peace . . . and a Daisy Red Ryder 200 Shot BB Gun" Knife

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Ana Ng
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All I wanted when I was four was one of those battery operated cars you can drive. I got one, and it didn't work right. I was so excited to have it though.

My mom brought it back to the store and said it needed a "gas cap"- WTF?! She didn't replace it. I was so upset!

My dad still says to this day she swore I'd never notice.

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quote:
Originally posted by Four Kitties:
I always wanted an Easy Bake Oven, never got one. I always wanted a Spirograph, never got one.

I wanted the Easy Bake, too, but never got it. I think mom and dad saw too much potential for disaster with 7 kids and an Easy Bake. But we had the Spirograph. [Razz]

I remember one particular year I wanted a radio/tape player so, so badly. I did not get one. My older sister got one. [Mad]

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I always wanted Skeletor's Snake Mountain playset, I thought it was so cool, but I never asked for it because I was discouraged from playing with "boy" toys when I was little. [Frown]

I also always wanted Thundercat action figures, and the toy Sword of Omens, but again, I never asked for them because I always thought it was wrong of me to want "boy" toys. *sigh*

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Max_Renn
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Back in 1982 or '83, Atari made these tiny video game machines, almost scale replicas about six inches tall of arcade games (does anyone else remember those?) I really wanted the Pac-Man one, though I don't know how emphatic I was. We never actually had any video game system at all. Though to this day I don't play video games and am almost completely ignorant of gaming culture.

Around that time though, I did get the Armatron, this robotic arm that you controlled with a pair of joysticks. I seem to remember enjoying it for a while, but my parents insist I got bored quickly and they would trot the example out mockingly for years to come.

Max "Claire, the whole world. The whole world, Claire." Renn

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MizzyLou
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quote:
Originally posted by NancyFancyPants:
quote:
Originally posted by Four Kitties:
I always wanted an Easy Bake Oven, never got one. I always wanted a Spirograph, never got one.

I wanted the Easy Bake, too, but never got it. I think mom and dad saw too much potential for disaster with 7 kids and an Easy Bake. But we had the Spirograph. [Razz]

I wanted the Easy Bake Oven SO BAD I could DIE! Year! After! Year! Oh the torture, the unfairness of it all, the misery.

My daughter has one now, and, well, it kinda sucks. I'm so disappointed.

As for the Spirograph, my grandmother had one and she wouldn't let us take it home. She said it was hers, she liked to play with it, and it stayed at her house. She was a weird gramma.

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Moonshoes!

Both me ands my sister must've put moonshoes on about five consecutive Christmas lists when we were younger. They never came... not from Santa or my parents.

Technically, they don't "elude" me now. I could go out and buy some (though not the original brand, apparently). However, now that I'm 20, I don't think I could quite pull off the moonshoes look. [Smile]

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Buckleupp
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At 7 I finally got a BICYCLE! Oh happy day! Assembled and everything. Dad took me outside and taught me how to ride it. We put the bike on the back porch and came in to have dinner.

An hour later it was gone, stolen.

I'm the only person on earth who really did forget how to ride a bike.

[Frown]

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LittleDuck
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What I can remember most wanting is Thw Weebles Haunted House . I used to use my "first star" wishes for it too. I don't recall why I wanted it so badly but I think as kids we really don't need reasons. I just know I never got it. Then they decided to replaces the smaller, slightly dangerous Weebles (a small-ish plastic shell with a paper insert decorated to look like whatever) with larger, molded and painted hideous creations. These are not Weebles. They never will be, though they may call them that. Weebles are small , fun things.

Little "and they don't fall down" Duck

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Max_Renn
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quote:
Originally posted by Buckleupp:
At 7 I finally got a BICYCLE! Oh happy day! Assembled and everything. Dad took me outside and taught me how to ride it. We put the bike on the back porch and came in to have dinner.

An hour later it was gone, stolen.

I'm the only person on earth who really did forget how to ride a bike.

[Frown]

That's horrible! Seriously, is life in prison really that excessive for the sociopathic asshat who steals a seven year-old's bicycle on Christmas? I know I sound draconian, but someone who behaves like that really needs to be taken out of the general population.

Max "the spirit of the season" Renn

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Me & my brother both wanted a Domino Rally set, which was a set of track with hinged dominos on them. At the time Record Breaks seemed to feature a record setting layout in a warehouse every few weeks we wanted to try doing something similar.

As it was only available in a massive set, even between the 2 of us our parents reckoned it was going to cost too much.

Years later I knew someone who must have picked up one second hand, so I managed to have a go with one.

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When I was about 24, mom asked me to make a Christmas list. She did this every year and then never bought the things on it. (she usually lost the list)

I told her I wasn't making a list, since I made lists every year and she just bought whatever she wanted to buy anyway, so why take the time? This launched into a whole conversation between the kids and mom about the things that were on out lists for years that we never got.

So, that Christmas I ended up getting a Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine and an Easy Bake Oven.

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Buckleupp
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quote:
Originally posted by Max_Renn:
That's horrible! Seriously, is life in prison really that excessive for the sociopathic asshat who steals a seven year-old's bicycle on Christmas? I know I sound draconian, but someone who behaves like that really needs to be taken out of the general population.

Thank you Max. Your righteous indignation has soothed my pain. [Smile]


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quote:
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What I can remember most wanting is Thw Weebles Haunted House ...

A friend of mine still had his and sold it on eBay this past summer. Before he sold it, he showed it to us and we wound up playing with it. There we were, a bunch of 30+ year-olds, playing Weebles. It was fun, though.

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Max_Renn
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quote:
Originally posted by Tzarina:
When I was about 24, mom asked me to make a Christmas list. She did this every year and then never bought the things on it. (she usually lost the list)

I told her I wasn't making a list, since I made lists every year and she just bought whatever she wanted to buy anyway, so why take the time? This launched into a whole conversation between the kids and mom about the things that were on out lists for years that we never got.

So, that Christmas I ended up getting a Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine and an Easy Bake Oven.

There's always a tense feeling around gift-giving in my family at this time of year. From about October my parents are asking me what I want and my answer is usually along the lines of "Look, I'm 33. If I wake up on Christmas morning to find socks and pyjamas I will genuinely be happy. You supported me for many more years than you had any obligation to, I won't love you any less (ETA: or think you love me any less) if I get bugger all on the 25th."

Then you have my BPD sister who dictates lists to people by (Canadian) Thanskgiving and calls in a panic to make sure she's been bought the exact thing she demanded. And my wee brother who's just at the age where he goes through catalogs circling every second item. Sigh...I remember when one year he opened his first present, a box of plastic dinosaurs, and went off to play with them, then was told there was more for him to open. The look of "This was cool enough, but it gets better?" on his four-year-old face is a cherished memory.

Max "Fine, I'm a grinch, I admit it" Renn

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I remember getting a letter in my stocking one year, from Santa, apologizing for being unable to get me a "Suckerman" doll.

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Max_Renn
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quote:
Originally posted by Buckleupp:
quote:
Originally posted by Max_Renn:
That's horrible! Seriously, is life in prison really that excessive for the sociopathic asshat who steals a seven year-old's bicycle on Christmas? I know I sound draconian, but someone who behaves like that really needs to be taken out of the general population. [/QB]
Thank you Max. Your righteous indignation has soothed my pain. [Smile] [/QB]
Well, we can look back now as adults and say, hey, it's just stuff, but there's something truly just plain primal about children and their beloved toys. For it to be a bike just cranks up the iconic nature of it. Without hyperbole, my heart just fell when I read your original post. But then, I was bullied as a kid and my latest screenplay has a scene where a twelve-year-old gets his bike stolen, so maybe I'm wound a bit tight on that particular issue.

Max "but I'm much better now!" Renn

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quote:
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. . .As for the Spirograph, my grandmother had one and she wouldn't let us take it home. She said it was hers, she liked to play with it, and it stayed at her house. She was a weird gramma.

Hmmmph! What, may I ask, is so weird about that? If it was hers, why should she have let you take it home? Did you let her take your toys home? I didn't think so.  -

I can't remember being disappointed but one time on Christmas. I didn't get a doll because my parents thought I was too old. We were in Tampa, where my uncle owned a toy store, and he took me to his store on Christmas afternoon and let me pick out any one I wanted. Do any of you remember the Terri Lee doll? She looked a tad like my little cousin, his daughter, and that's the one I took.

I think the best Christmas I ever had was the year (1953) right after I turned 13. I got my first new bicycle (All the others had been used ones my Daddy restored.), a football, a beautiful doll, and my first tube of lipstick was in my stocking. Yep, I was a tomboy.

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I wanted a Tressy doll so badly. Why? Because her hair grew, of course! You used a key in her back to wind her hair in and out. It was the whole point of Tressy.

Christmas morning, I got a Tressy! I was thrilled. But mum said she thought I would lose the key or break it, so she took the key away, and then it got lost somewhere. I never got to grow her hair. [Frown]

I occasionally look for her on ebay, but a surprising number of them have missing keys.

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Year after year I always wanted on of those spin art toys. I never got one, despite the fact that was top of my list for several years.

As an adult, however, I can really see why my parents didn't want to mix paint, centrifugal force, and an older brother that liked to "juice up" every working toy in the house.

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Littleduck, I HAD the Weeble's Haunted House. But my parents complained I didn't play with enough and packed it up to take to Goodwill. Well of course I didn't play with it, they had it in a box in the basement since we moved! And god dammit, I cried all the way to Goodwill saying that I loved the toy and didn't want to get rid of it, and they didn't listen. I have never forgiven them.
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One Christmas, I desperately wanted a Nintendo. Oh, how I yearned, how I waited. The days grew to wane before the holiday, and how I would only speak of that gray little god.

The morning arrived. My siblings and I flashed downstairs. And...um, it was there. I got it. A glorious Christmas it was. *sigh*

Carry on, then, suckers.

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All I ever wanted was a box. Just a plain old cardboard box like all the other kids had. Man what you could do with a box. The folks couldn't afford to buy anything that would come in a box that big. So I got oranges in my stocking and sometimes pecans from the yard. Once, I got a slinkey and another time a yo-yo.

Things got better and I got an electric football game of Super Bowl I. (Which was played on January 15, 1967 in Los Angeles pitting Green Bay of the NFL against Kansas City of the AFL. Green Bay won 35-10) I never even knew such a thing existed. I was a metal football field about 3 feet x 1 foot and had little plastic and cardboard (see where I am going with this?) men. You plugged it in (no on/off switch you see) and it vibrated. If your guy with the ball fell down, you unplugged it. MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL, it came in a BOX, a CARDBOARD box!! Man was I ever a happy camper. The next year all I wanted for christmas was electricity in our house.

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frogpond
Jingle Sales


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I wanted a pony. I'm sure you all know how that went over. [Big Grin]

I also wanted a set of radio-controlled race cars. I did get those, but could hardly get them away from my dad and brother to play with them!

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UrbanReindeer
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Frogpond I always wanted a pony too. Now I think I'd like a burro, though.

The present I can't believe I got as a kid was the My Little Pony castle playset. My parents never bought me giant plastic toys; I never did get a Barbie Dreamhouse, and my best friend always had all the big expensive toys. That Little Pony castle raised my 9-year-old status immeasurably.

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Errata
Happy Xmas (Warranty Is Over)


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I was a weird kid. I don't remember anything I was disappointed not to get. But I do have distinct memories of getting gifts that made me feel wracked with guilt because I knew I wouldn't get enough use out of them to justify the expense. I don't know where I got it from, because my parents weren't particularly frugal and I've completely grown out of it myself. Maybe just because I didn't really have an allowance and thus didn't see much cash, I thought it was worth more than it really was.
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Christie
The Bills of St. Mary's


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I wanted Mrs Beasley  -

My mom finally gave her to me for my birthday a couple of years ago [Cool] .

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