@Pony@pooflady came here to say something else but this reminded me…I loved the Bobbsey Twins!! And all horse books – remembering Misty of Chincoteague . Plus the Happy Hollisters I think my Dad got me the whole set, I was sooo excited when the mailman brought the new ones!!!
@eVil Erector sets were so fun! I also had Lincoln logs, but I liked the Erector set much more. Never saw a Lego as a kid, though I see they were invented in 1949?
In the 60’s, slot-car tracks were opening up in areas, so I got into that for a while, molding my own body with a Vac-u-Form I had, and an motor from a thrown-out electric razor gave me the edge at races. I did have to invest in sticky tires.
Kid-dom covers a very large range.
Legos for sure
Models! Cars, warships, Star Trek, planes!
Heathkit kids kits
An erector set.
Major Matt Mason figures and toys
Tonka trucks and construction equipment
My Dad once brought home a bucket of “balloon sticks” that provided us with material for bows and arrows, rickety constructs, ballistas… the opportunities were endless!
Anything creative. Legos, models, toy cars, I even count action figures in that because I could make my own stories with them. Video games were cool too, but I could only play them for so long until my eyes started burning.
@llangley I had a similar set, Incredible Edibles, that would cook up edible candy bugs, worms and snakes. I even had a little business going selling them to other kids at school until the teacher found out and put a stop to it.
I wanted to answer the “video games” option, but then I remembered that no one ever bought me the games I actually wanted, and the stuff picked out of the bargain bin was never good. I just changed to ask for buildables because I could at least take the pieces and make something I wanted.
I’ve gotten many great gifts as a kid. My first BB Gun at 8, my first .22 at 12, a chemistry set that was filled with actual dangerous chemicals, a working steam engine…
But the one that I remember to this day was my 26" 2-Speed Kick-back Schwinn American Bicycle. I was still using a shaky hand-me-down 24" Columbia balloon-tire bike. This shiny bike was new AND it had 2-speeds!
No one else around had a bicycle with gears. I was riding that bike for many years. I’d clean, oil & tune it almost every day. I was a bit short for it, so I wired pieces of 2x4 to the pedals & lowered the seat all the way. That gift brought me a freedom I’d not experience again until I bought my first dirt-bike.
@Barney Oh, and yes they still work. Every 4th of July I pull out my old ‘Pirate’ double hammer cap gun and fire off a few. Its about all that is left to us fireworks-wise that hasn’t been banned here in crook county.