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Throwback Thursday – Toys I Wish I Had


I wasn’t a deprived child, but there were plenty of toys that I envied growing up. My parents were more of the books, crafts, and random objects kind of gift givers. I don’t believe either of them ever set foot in a Toys-R-Us store. Ever.

1. Light Brite. Pictures made of light? Who wouldn’t want to spend hours putting those tiny plastic pegs in those tiny holes?

2. Dapper Dan Doll. I just loved all the fasteners he had on his outfit. Very 70’s chic.

3. Easy Bake Oven. I don’t think this one needs an explanation.

4. Skateboard. Sure I’m uncoordinated. Sure the kid down the street broke her wrist falling off one. But they were SO cool! And yes, I’m talking about the plastic kind.

5. Big Wheel. I had the traditional tricycle, which was awesome in its own way, but not quite the same as the big wheel.

6. Sit-n-spin. This thing was too much fun. Good thing my friends had one or I would have really missed out on childhood.

7. Creepy Crawlers. My brother had this, and it was uber cool. Of course he never let me touch it, so I had faux bug envy.

8. Etch A Sketch. I always played with the one at the dentist’s office.

9. Mr. Potato Head. I bought myself one of these as an adult.

Author: BulgingButtons

I'm a middle aged woman doing the things that middle aged women do and trying not to beat myself up. I'm living the life I choose with the man I love, the grown up son who impresses me all the time, and the most adorable pup ever rescued from the euthanasia list. We live in the heat of the Southwest, where I regularly sweat through my Lane Bryant bras.

15 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday – Toys I Wish I Had

  1. I had Creepy Crawlers! I was 8, and my 4 year old sister had SERIOUS faux bug envy, She also refused to believe my mother’s repeated caution that the surface of the little hot plate stayed hot for a while after it was unplugged. My sister’s hypothesis was that once it was unplugged that meant it immediately wasn’t hot any more. She tested her hypothesis one day– with the entire palm of her little hand. That was one nasty burn.

    • Oh I bet that hurt terribly. I was a little afraid of getting burned, it’s one of my many fears that has persisted since childhood. I think having an over anxious mother contributed to my little quirks. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. A bake oven was one of my wishes too. My BFF got one (me not!) and we made cakes with modelling clay and ate them :o)

  3. I was so spoiled, apparently. I had almost all those. But the sit n’ spin? Years later my little brother got one (he’s 12 years younger) and either it’s more fun when you’re four or else they ended up being really cruddy and slow years later. It was less fun than i remembered!

  4. One of my friends was helping her mother move and found her Fashion Plates set. Do you remember those? So freaking cool, “designing” clothes ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I remember all of them. I didn’t have the oven, but I did have something that made ice cream. And I am pretty sure my brother had a bug thing too. The plastigoop was so cool – I used to mix all the colors together in swirly patterns.

  6. I had the etch a sketch and Mr. Potato head, deprived? Maybe (not really) BUT my kids had most of the rest of the toys so I got to play with them anyway ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Lite Bright was the best!! I spent hours making different designs and pictures.

  8. plastic skateboard? We had wooden ones- I don’t think they made them in plastic when I was growing up. We lived on a hill & spent hours honing our skills. Etch a Sketch was good for car rides to keep us busy. My brother had that creepy crawly thing- I have always hated bugs & he would make them & torture me.

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