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This week, when we were just wee lads, we played with childish things. This week, we look back on our top five kids toys.

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  1. 5. Star Trek transporter Making Spock disappear
    4. Lincoln Logs How many cabins and spaceships with the logs
    3. Wind up Evel Knievel Yes watching it go down the street till the day it got ran over was fun
    2. Steve Austin, The Bionic Man and his spaceship. Looking through the bionic eye, oh the simple things in life.
    1. The Space 1999 Eagle the first big toy I ever had. the adventures I had landing on strange planets with it.

  2. Karl G. Siewert on

    This is not a duplicate of any previous episode. There is some crossover with #34: Top Five Christmas Gifts Received.

    My list:
    5) Like Matthew, I had the Evel Knievel toy with the crank on the side. I’ve never been to the museum in Topeka, but there is a motorcycle museum called Seaba Station in Oklahoma that has quite a bit of Knievel memorabilia, including a pinball machine!
    4) Playmobil – Because my parents were somewhat on the hippie side, they weren’t fond of trendy toys and tie-ins like Star Wars or GI Joe, but they bought us a ton of these plastic figurines in various costume sets. They were sized somewhere in between LEGO minifigs and standard action figures.
    3) Star Wars Micro Collection Bespin World – These three plastic playsets with die-cast metal figures were the only really playable Star Wars toys I had as a kid. The Carbon Freezing Chamber had an action system that allowed you to drop Han down and bring him back up in carbonite frozen form. So cool!
    2) LEGO – I was a serious LEGO kid. Mostly I built my own stuff, but I also had some of the bigger Space and Castle kits, and as I got older I began to collect LEGO TECHNIC sets with working gears and other mechanisms, as well as an electric motor to run them.
    1) Like Rodrigo, I had a favorite stuffed animal that I dragged around by the neck until I wore a hole through it. Mine was a Snoopy dog. Unlike Rodrigo, mine is still around, and he sleeps in my bed. I call him “Noopy”.

    This episode prompts me to suggest another topic: Top Five Toys We Wanted, But Never Got. :-(

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