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Poll: Best classic toy?

Silly Putty! 9 (9%)
Play-Doh! 16 (16%)
Slinky! 8 (8%)
Yo-yo! 4 (4%)
Jacks! 0 (0%)
Jumprope! 5 (5%)
Legos! 38 (38%)
I was never a child, you insensitive clod! 5 (5%)
Other 15 (15%)
   Discussion: Best classic toy?
stealthlori · 17 years, 5 months ago

First Post!

Of course, in the category of toys I never had, but my friends did and man was I jealous, Brios were in the highest echelon. They rated so highly that I wound up gettingthem as an adult. I just let everyone thinkthey were buying them for Andrew. Hee.

John J. Ryan Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
I'm agreeing with you, Lincoln Logs were my favorite childhood toy.
Annika · 17 years, 5 months ago
Dude.. I'm all about Lego's still.
Also, you forgot GI joe's, you insensitive clod. GI Joe's are sort of a classic toy.
A girl named Becca · 17 years, 5 months ago
'Nough said.
:)
Chaya Papaya Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
we are too damn young becca...i don't think that popples are quite classic in the same way as like silly putty and linkin logs (did you know that linkin logs were the first toy ever to be advertised on television?)

nate... Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
I don't even know what popples ARE!

Andrea Krause Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
Aren't they those little beads with an innie and an outtie and you can string 'em together by popping one's outtie into the other's innie?
A girl named Becca Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
No, they're the little stuffed animals that roll into balls by folding into a pocket on their backs.
nate... Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
oh!
Well, those are hardly classic... they were a fad toy in the 90's.
Andrea Krause Back · 17 years, 5 months ago

Dude...so what were the things I'm thinking of?

stealthlori Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
I remember them from the late '80's-early '90's... i don't remember the name though.
Andrea Krause Back · 17 years, 5 months ago

Ah, here they are! Pop-it Beads are what they were called. Close!

http://www.auctionworks.com/store/itemDetail.asp?sid=200309101433120000000038298330&sfid=24041&id=8516571

stealthlori Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
Ditto ... and I have a kid who's a few years younger than Chaya and Becca.

So ... I'm baffled in 2 different generations!

Popple lovers of the forum, please explain your fave plaything?
goovie is married! Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
popples were yet another line of cute and cuddly licensed '80s toys who came with their very own cartoon. they were magical little creatures who could be rolled up into a ball. i think there were nine of them to start, and they each had a name that began with the letter p. someone with even more spare time than me has put together a crazy extensive site here.
oh, and they had an extremely inane theme song that still get stuck in my head: oOpopples, pop-pop-pop-pop-pop-popples! popples, living just for fuuuuuunnnnnn!Oo
Agent Scully Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
Weebles.

'nuff said. :)
Gordondon son of Ethelred · 17 years, 5 months ago
OK who else thought "Legolas" when they read Legos?
Beth Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
I didn't. {g}
emilie is CRANKY Back · 17 years, 5 months ago

*raises hand* meeeee! and i did ittwice, too. :D

(not! a fangirl. honest.)

K-Lyn Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
I did. Sounds like a good "toy" to me...
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
From the adult toy catalogue?
Erica: movin' to Ohio!! · 17 years, 5 months ago
it tasted good and bugged me bc nothing lasted. i tried to let it air dry and keep my creations. i was *SO* close once, but my freaking sister broke it apart. gr. i hate everyone. and hey, g.i. joe was pretty awesome too. i thought they had great hips..and made perfect girls, if they were wearing masks or had no facial hair. i had my own little horde of butch army "chicks". booyah.
Erica: movin' to Ohio!! Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
is that weird?
Mamalissa! Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
I also voted for the 'doh, based mainly on taste.
stealthlori Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
I used to make doll house accessories out of play-doh. Especally food. They dried and lasted well.
iPauley · 17 years, 5 months ago
Yeah, I called them Legos, too, but apparently, they're Lego bricks -- the pieces aren't called by the company name.

Reference: rec.toys.lego FAQ

Don't rail on me, I don't get it either. I'm just the messenger. :-P

-- Pauley
nate... Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
Bah!
They'll always be legos to me.
:)

(and, fwiw, that's what *I* voted for.)

Talcott Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
Yeah, having been on r.t.l in highschool (and I still lurk around Lugnet) I was going to mention this off hand.

Of course, I still say Legos most of the time ;-)

And, yeah, this was a non-contest. The bricks always win! :-D
zil Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
*sigh* its a good thing you're cute, geek boy. ;-)
zil Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
by the way, lego makes kids jewelry now. I know what talcott's getting for Yule!
hkath · 17 years, 5 months ago
Tinker Toys. The old school kind. I tried to buy some a few years ago and discovered that they are now 33% bigger due to some morons letting kids who were way too young play with them unsupervised and the kids, having been raised by morons, then inhaling one of those toy plastic flags or something.

Or so they could sell more by lowering the age recommendation. Anyway, it sucks. Bring back normal-sized Tinker Toys! I'm still so desperate for my old set!
Kyla Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
I loved Tinker Toys! I think I still have some in the garage.
K-Lyn Back · 17 years, 5 months ago

I tried to buy some for my neice about 4 years agoand found them to be...gasp...PLASTIC!!!! I guess they went back to wood but made them bigger anyway. I tell you, thisbeing adult thing sucks.

To quote Mr. Jimmy Buffet "I'm growing older but not up."

Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
Blasphemy, tinker toys should be wood and slinkies metal.
Jºnªthªn Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
and fire made by rubbing sticks together, eh grandpa?
ChrisChin is Getting Old · 17 years, 5 months ago
Well considering that I didn't have Silly Putty or Play-Doh, managed to mangle any metal slinky that I ended up having, couldn't do much of anything with a yo-yo, and sucked with playing jacks and using the jumprope, then Legos would be my classic toy of choice. But boy could I build stuff, dammit! :) Seriously, they were an integral part of my childhood. I would spend hours/days building houses, robots, cities, or whatever my imagination fancied. Lots o fun.

I do however in general prefer the "freestyle" legos versus the sets where you have a pre-set thing you can build...sorta limits the imagination and creative spirit of a kid...oh well, just my two bits.
Andrea Krause Back · 17 years, 5 months ago

I always liked to take the heads off the lego people and stick them on bricks to be like...heads on pikes around the fort. :)

Annika Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
I did that with Barbie heads, legs and arms. War casulties, when Ben and I were playing GI Joes. It was cool, we'd throw a bomb at them, and all the body parts would blow off. *grin* Not only was a a tom-boy, I was also a very disturbed child.
stealthlori Back · 17 years, 5 months ago

I liked Legos, but I found them a bit frustrating because the bricks often were hard to separate without some sort of complex lever action going on.

That's why they didn't get my vote. You're supposed to be able to play with a childhood toy before you have a toolbox or an understanding of physics.

Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
I was born with a toolbox and understanding of physics :-)

I still hae the toolbox.
Andrea Krause · 17 years, 5 months ago

I.....totally don't remember submitting this poll. It must be reeeeeally old then. Or something. :)

Anywhoo...I picked silly putty because I still adore it. It's great for stress relief at work. And Mike gave me cool varieties. :)

Mike "Racer" Yoshioka Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
Glad you liked the silly putty. :)

Some of the new variety stuff is really kewl. Just don't mix them or you just end up with brown.

Mike
goovie is married! · 17 years, 5 months ago
i voted for play-doh, altho years of babysitting and daycare have taught me to hate it...seriously, have you ever tried to clean that stuff up? impossible.
i always preferred dolls above any other toys, tho. something about making up stories and being able to control my own little world.
It's a girl! Back · 17 years, 5 months ago

Yeah, my fondness for playdoh died when I worked daycare. But I did love the stuff when I was a kid. Maybe too much-- I broke my sister's Easy Bake Oven when I jammed it up with play doh!

Dolls were the best. Pretend was way more fun than any game that required any level of physical coordination, such as legos, yo-yos, or jump rope.

Although I gotta say that Chinese yoyos and jumpropes were oodles of fun.

Mamalissa! Back · 17 years, 5 months ago

Although I gotta say that Chinese yoyos and jumpropes were oodles of fun.

Not to mention Chinese Jump-Ropes. Mostly used for playing Cats' Cradle.

It's a girl! Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
Actually I was talking about chinese jumpropes! I sucked at the regular kind
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
I just found my chinese yo you yesterday and was playing with it.
Annika Back · 17 years, 5 months ago

what is a chinese yo yo?

Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
Here you go Chinese Yo Yo

J · 17 years, 5 months ago
It was hard for me to decide between Play-Doh and Lego...Play-Doh wins though because you can eat it too
Shelly · 17 years, 5 months ago
come ON people!!!

slinky lovers, REPRESENT!!!!!!

it walks down stairs, alone or in pairs....

it's fun for a girl and a boy!!!!!!!

plus, i gotta tellya. grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrodan knew i was looking for a metal slinky the other year and sent me one for my birthday and i was so touched, i cried.

my $0.02
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
I was torn between slinky and silly putty. Silly putty is so random I picked it. I mean you strech it, bounce it, and pick up comics with it. How can you beat that versitility? Plus it appeals to the nerd in me. The name is derived from "silicone putty." It is also a classic example of a glass, simple one much less viscous than we are used to.
Mamalissa! · 17 years, 5 months ago
Erector Set? I don't even know 'er!!!
Rachel Marie aka RAI · 17 years, 5 months ago
What rolls downstairs, alone or in pairs
Rolls over your neighbour's dog.
What's great for a snack, it fits on your back,
It's LOG LOG LOG!

It's log! It's log! It's big, it's heavy, it's wood.
It's log! It's log! It's better than bad, it's good!

(Actually, I am of the underrated jumprope minority... c'mon, it's the classic girly toy. And I perfected the art of jumpropin'!)
John J. Ryan Back · 17 years, 5 months ago

Everyone loves the log!

You're gonna love it log!

Come on and get your log!

Everyone needs the log... LOG! From Blammo!

It's a girl! Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
Personally, I've always been partial to Log For Girls.
emilie is CRANKY Back · 17 years, 5 months ago

(Actually, I am of the underrated jumprope minority... c'mon, it's the classic girly toy. And I perfected the art of jumpropin'!)

word. i was the best at it in my class. although i always really really wanted to learn how to do it with two ropes like they did on sesame street, but no-one else knew how to either. bah. :P

zil · 17 years, 5 months ago
your mom!
Andrea Krause Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
My mom is NOT a toy. Put her down now before you put somebody's eye out!
zil Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
*puts andrea's mom down and backs away with her head lowered* *wilt*
Mamalissa! Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
Mom always said: "Don't play me in the house!"
nate... Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
Whoa..... WTMI.
Doktor Pepski, kommie · 17 years, 5 months ago

For me, it was collecting Star wars, transformers, and GI Joes. Are they classic, I guess it depends on which circles you find yerself in.

emilie is CRANKY · 17 years, 5 months ago

come ON, people.

oh, and barbies. yay.

rufus t firefly · 17 years, 5 months ago
For the smell!
stealthlori · 17 years, 5 months ago
Did anyone else have one of these? It was the most fabulous thing. It had colourful plywood critters with moveable plastic legs, that fit into one of two circus rings or you could just stand them on the floor. It also had an assortment of ladders and poles for the clowns and aminals to climb or hang from in death-defying feats. It had a seal with a plastic ball for its nose! Of course, you could put the plastic ball on ANY aminal that had a pointy enough nose.

*sigh* It was *WUNNERFUL*. The only thing it was missing was a ring of fire.
Rachel Beck · 17 years, 5 months ago
Lincoln Logs and Weebles. Now I'm all nostalgic and want to go play in the basement, except now I live in a place with a really foul basement.
Nik Chaikin · 17 years, 5 months ago
like a gazebo but small and plastic with little doors around the outside that where color coded to a set of keys, in the top of each compartment is a hole that a particular animal can fit thrugh, and in each door besides the key hole is a hole that a particular shape can go through.i think it is hexagonal so it has six such compartments. i refer to it in the present tense cause, I STILL HAVE IT!
Karen is tired · 17 years, 5 months ago

Well I know someone mentioned weebles and I am all for that! What about Lite Brite?! I am I that old? I used to play with that for hours!

~K

Annika Back · 17 years, 5 months ago

OH! My older brother bought me a light brite when i was like 9. I loved that. Someday, when I am all rich and have things like non-plastic eating utensils, and a dome light, i'm SO getting a light bright!

A girl named Becca Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
Ooh, good call. :)
It's a girl! Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
Me too! Only I never used those pattern sheets that came in the box cos it was way more fun to come up with your own designs.
K-Lyn Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
I used to play with mine until the ends of y thumbs bled from pushing the little lites through...
Rachel Beck Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
Lite Brite rocked. Also fashion plates. Everybody looks better colored green.
K-Lyn · 17 years, 5 months ago

Loved 'em

then

but now I want to know why anyone would make a toy that encouraged children to use the oven to bake things. Not the easy bake oven with a lightbulb but a real totally-can-burn-you-way-bad oven....

stealthlori Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
I had a jewelry kit that made enamel-look jewelry (it was really plastic) but required heating the over to 400F or so. I had this thing when I was about 8, and it was considered age-appropriate -- by some not-so-bright toy testers, I guess.
Gordondon son of Ethelred · 17 years, 5 months ago
How about Color Forms? Did I spell that right? I loved those as a kid. I also loved the toy with the iron filing and the magnet that used to put a beard and hair on a face.
Nik Chaikin Back · 17 years, 5 months ago
i actualy have one of those within arms reach at this very moment.....hey look! he's got an afro...now a mullet. hee hee hee!

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