Looking for that special gift item for the vintage toy lover in your family?
Here are my suggestions for the best gift ideas this year.
Note that I don't own everything I'm recommending on this page but feel they are of sufficient quality,
value, and fun potential to warrant their mention. The toys mentioned here are the ones you're
not likely to find at your local store. Plenty of great toys will be available locally: Operation, Mouse
Trap, Lite Brite, Scrabble, etc. All toys were in stock as of the end of October, 2013.
If you've scoured my site you know that I'm also interested in vintage trailers, rollercoasters,
Lost in Space, personal growth/dating/relationships, and fun/wacky things in general. I've also included some suggestions in
these areas. Please note that most of these links are
Amazon-affiliate links and if you end up buying a product I recommend,
I do receive small renumeration from Amazon. Thanks for stopping by, Sam
Vintage toy re-issues and other cool toys similar to those in my collection
Armatron-clone, Some very cool Robotic Arms are available.
Barrel of Monkeys by Milton Bradley: the game itself is available but unfortunately, the way cool Belt Buckle is not.
Booby Trap Game has been re-issued and available in wooden or plastic versions through Amazon.com
, similar in concept to my Buckaroo Game Last Straw, Rattle Me Bones, and Tiltin Milton games
Candy and bubble gum - couldn't find any dispenser toys/banks (times have changed haven't they?)
cigarettes and cigars , a perenial favorite now made by Milton Bradley
Cootie Creepy Crawlers, now by Jaaks Pacific/Flying Colors, oven sets and spare goop are available at Amazon.com
DetectoLab! is still produced and available through Amazon.com . Similar: CSI Lab Kits
are the safer, modern day equivalent to the Disc Shooter Guns Star Trek Tracer Gun
Easy Bake Oven, still by Hasbro: the oven and quite a few accessories are available at Amazon.com
is now battery powered and called the Electric Ball Clock Time Machine
Electronic Crane Games by various manufacturers are available on Amazon.com
Electronic Project kits, no longer by Radio Shack/Science Fair but still around in 75-in-one to 500-in-one sizes
are still being produced by Gilbert
Erector Sets Evel Knievel's Stunt Cycle has been re-issued, available through Amazon.com
has been re-issued by Milton Bradley
Hands Down Game - New Hot wheels injector toy from Mattel. Lots of accessory packs too.
Hot Wheels Maker are once again available, now by Jakks
Incredible Edibles Jarts have been rereleased in a safer (sigh) version, get them through Amazon.com .
- by Basic Fun. Keychain versions of many classic games: Perfection, Booby Trap, Scrabble...
Mini Game Keychains Model kits, monster, cool vehicles, figures, Batman, Star Wars, cartoons, rockets... available at Amazon.com
Monopoly Game, by Parker Brothers/USAopoly: over 100 versions are in stock at Amazon.com
Plaster Casting Sets, monsters, dinosaurs, your own hand... available at Amazon.com
Play-Doh is always a good choice. More than 500 Play-Doh items are available at Amazon.
Radio Controlled Submarines, while not as cool as my Explorer 7, are available through Amazon.com
Rebound Game has been reproduced in a multiple versions including a cool wooden one: Tabletop Shuffleboard . Buy replacement pucks here.
have been re-issued by Mattel
Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots Rock Tumblers & supplies by various companies and in various price ranges are available at Amazon.com
are available in a few varieties including a re-issue of the Shooting Gallery Toys Electro-Shot Shooting Gallery
- classic wooden top game is still produced by Carrom
Skittles Game Sno-Cone makers are available in both toy versions and professional versions
, though not as cool as the 60s version, is still produced by Hasbro. Other spiral drawing toys:
Spirograph Mystery Spin Doodles and
The Spiral Draw Book are like SpiroTot, and
Doodle Doug is very much like Mr. Rembrandt.
Spy Toys of all kind are available on Amazon.com
Stadium Checkers has been reproduced as a game named Roller Bowl
has also been reproduced in a slightly smaller version by Winning Moves
Stay Alive Stratego is now produced by Hasbro and a dozen or so different versions are available
has been re-issued by Mattel in a version slightly harder than original
Tip-It Game are available from various manufacturers and price ranges
Weather Station Toys
Books about toys and toy collecting - from Amazon.com
- Excellent hardcover book by Tom Frey, great color photos
Toy Bop: Kid Classics of the 50's & 60's
Toy Time!: From Hula Hoops to He-Man to Hungry Hungry Hippos: A Look Back at the Most- Beloved Toys of Decades Past - Stories behind some of your (and my) favorites, by Tim Walsh
The Playmakers: Amazing Origins of Timeless Toys - hardcover book by Philip E. Orbanes
The Game Makers: The Story of Parker Brothers, from Tiddledy Winks to Trivial Pursuit - not toys exactly, just cool stuff!
Guide to Vintage Trade Stimulators & Counter Games - by John Marshall
Collecting Monster Toys - edited by Karen O'Brien
O'Brien's Collecting Toys: Identification and Value Guide - 2013 and previous versions - by Justin Moen
Toys & Prices Guides - with prices (older book)
Board Games of the 50s, 60s, & 70s - Copies of The Big Toy Box at Sears all Boys Toys pages from the Sears Wishbook, 1951-1969
- by William R. Bruegman
Toys of the Sixties: A Pictoral Price Guide - Copies of Boys' Toys of the 50s & 60s selected Boys Toys pages from the Sears Wishbook, 1951-1969
- Copies of More Boys' Toys of the 50s & 60s selected Boys Toys pages from the Montgomery Ward Christmas Catalog, 1951-1969
- Copies of Boys' Toys of the 70s & 80s selected Boys Toys pages from the Sears Wishbook, 1970-1989
- Copies of More Boys' Toys of the 70s & 80s selected Boys Toys pages from the Montgomery Ward Christmas Catalog, 1970-1989
- Collectibles from over 50 shows from the 1960s & 1970s
Collectors Guide to TV Toys and Memorabilia - Over 500 color photos of 50s & 60s toys!
Baby Boomer Toys & Collectibles
Vintage trailer items from Amazon.com.
Coolest trailer/camping accessories ever:
Roller coasters/amusement parks
Lost in Space
Personal growth, relationships
Miscellaneous Fun Stuff
Travel books about wacky places:
Offbeat Museums ,
Roadside America ,
American Bizarro and
Gerry Anderson's :
Supermarionation shows on DVD Thunderbirds ,
Fireball XL5 ,
Captain Scarlet and
Universal Monsters Legacy Collection DVDs:
The Wolf Man ,
The Mummy ,
The Invisible Man and
The Creature from the Black Lagoon
- Hardcover book
Monsters: A Celebration of the Classics from Universal Studios - Master of Stop-motion animation, here are books/DVDs honoring his body of work.
Ray Harryhausen items - Apparel, Books, DVDs, Posters, Statues - everything you can imagine.
Three Stooges items - DVDs, CDs, Posters, Apparel, Toys (plush Black Knights & Killer Rabbits), wow!
Monty Python items - DVDs/Videos/CDs - Coolest show ever!!! If you can't see it in person, see/hear it at home.
Riverdance items Leg Lamp from - available in a
A Christmas Story 20" table top model ,
40" floor standing model ,
string of party lights ,
night light .
My refrigerator wouldn't be caught dead without its and its Gearation Refrigerator Magnets
Frigits Marble Toy - protect your valuables in safes that look like food/drink/cleaner cans. I'm not saying which one I have in case you break into my RV!
Can Safes - Very cool tech toy that looks great on anyone's desk
Levitating Globes & Sports Balls - what will they think of next?
Wicked Witch Legs & Ruby Slippers door stop - I love singing Karaoke and have two machines, 100+ discs. Fun for everyone.
Karaoke Machines and Discs
Still don't know what to get your loved one? How about an
Amazon.com Gift Card .
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October 14, 2013
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