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I was trying to think of the name of the "Monster Machine" by Gabriel for months. I used to have one, but could not remember the name. You have solved the mystery!!! Thank you. Now I just have to try to find one on e-bay.
Susan <SnozieGal@aol.com>
USA - Wednesday, December 29, 2004 at 22:40:06 (MST)



Me, my older and younger brother all had one of the helicopter backpacks. Awesome! I believe my parents got them at the Sears outlet store on Archer Ave in Chicago (no longer open). I can't remember the year but was probably '70 or '71. Before I saw your picture, I havn't seen one since. Thanks for sharing your picture.
Gerald Koch <rrocket715@aol.com>
chicago, il USA - Wednesday, December 29, 2004 at 01:05:24 (MST)



Hi Sam. I found your site via Google. I am looking for instructions for Chutes Away. I was reminded of it by my wife who remembered how much fun our kids had with it. So I bid on ebay. Missed out when one sold for $100. Wow. Then followed with bids o ywo others. One buyer said his worked fine and the other minimized a problem with the spring motor. I bought both. I ended up swapping out the bad motor and now have a good working game and our grandkids just got to try it out for Christmas. They enjoy it too. Amazing what you can do without batteries. Let me know if instructions are available to complete my game. Thanks.
Curt <curt_whitney@msn.com>
Cullowhee, NC USA - Thursday, December 23, 2004 at 12:37:27 (MST)



Hi Sam, Yes what a cool site to bring back those childhood days and introducing such great toy memories to our kids! I was thrilled to locate the famous Sticky Finger I remember I was thrilled to have this silly toy as a kid! Back in those days we only got things on occasions, xmas, birthdays, and believe me, we knew to only ask for 1 item and believe me, thats all we got, besides pj's, socks and underwear! Yet, we never felt slighted nor knew that feeling existed, we just accepted it with appreciation and did alot of our playing out in the streets, playgrounds, woods etc. I never knew Barbie had anything but some simple clothes, we madeup her furniture, a book and hankie was her bed, a bucket was her pool, a shoe box was her car! I miss the fact that everything back in the good old days was so authentically made, not cheap like today. Its odd how if something broke the folks never replaced it or if you pushed something aside for a while it suddenly disappeared never to be seen again, until finding it on your site! My family totally enjoys your site! We seem to search it for hours having fun! By the way, I share feelings of your ebay horror story, I had 2 horror experiences as an ebay buyer also, but I ended up losing my money, ripped off just like that! One was recently for a pre-order of the new dvd release of, get this, a Christian movie, a great movie, the Passion of the Christ! About over 100 of us ebay buyers, a great deal, $12 flat, free shipping, seller's listing page sounded so honest, reliable and trustworthy, feedbacks were fine, wow what a deal! Welp, we never got our dvd! Ebay and paypal were of no assistance what so ever since the dvd cost was under their policy assistance amount of $25! Another recent horror, after a buy-it-now purchase, my paypal wouldnt proceed since the seller suddenly was no longer registered with ebay! Right in the middle of tons of ebay buyer transactions! Frantically I continuously tried every avenue to contact this seller, the sellers emails returned unknown, constant emails with ebay with no assistance what so ever! Oh such a mess and horror! Then 2 weeks later I actually got ebay notices of unpaid claim to this seller and to pay now or I will be pentalized with neg feedback and possibly restricted off ebay! I have excellent status as a buyer and I was stunned! By then the seller became re-registered with ebay, as if I wanted to continue to transact my money with this insecure seller? I retreived the sellers phone#, I called 3 times long distance only to leave a message and never receive a phone call or email response! Still I received no assistance what so ever from ebay as I wanted to cancel my auction transaction with this seller of insecure situation, but I was forced to pay to keep my excellent status. Then guess what?! Two days later I receive email notices from ebay not to pay this seller who is under investigation from ebay! What the heck was I frantically begging their help for all along?! And so here I am again, now out $39! and now proceeding with aggravating steps in this mess! Just like your experience, absolutely horrible! And your seller, what a terrible unprofessional mouth that monster has! Ebay should inforce policy against such unprofessional disgrace! I hope we never run into any more low lifes! I enjoy ebaying, internet shopping, learning, researching from my good old days, like your site your hobby, please know that your toy site brings such comfort and enjoyment to many! We have you on our favorites and will visit over and over! Great site Sam! A blast from the past friend, Carina
Carina Traficante <Traficante4@aol.com>
Pittsburgh, PA USA - Friday, December 17, 2004 at 04:17:52 (MST)



To: Mike V. PITTSBURGH, PA USA - Sunday, January 18, 2004 at 20:56:55 (MST) When you ever get back on the site, I'm from Pittsburgh PA also, regarding the famous Sticky Finger from our 60's childhood! Thats the exact reason I stumbled onto Sams fabulas site, searching out the shocking pink sticky finger that I begged for as a kid back in the early 60's too, just had to show my kids! I feel for you with your story of your broken sticky finger on the very day you got it, as funny as it is now! My brother remembers getting a real cool authentic scuba diver man I think moreso in the late 50's, it broke the first day and heck, that was the last he ever saw of it, odd, our folks never replaced it, boy was he heartbroken, we sure never got much at all back then! Oh the funny toy stories from our childhoods! I was thrilled to have located the famous sticky finger on Sam's blast from the past toy site! Tip It, Hands Down, Mystery Date game, Magic 8 Ball, many many great toys back then, not cheap junk like today. What a great hobby and great job Sam has done! Anyway, just wanted Mike V, to know a fellow Pittsburgh Sticky Finger fan knows where he's comin from! Hang Tuff MIke V., From Carina in Pittsburgh PA!
Carina <Traficante4@aol.com>
Pittsburgh , PA USA - Friday, December 17, 2004 at 03:33:03 (MST)



Vertibird-- BTW-- I became a helicopter Crew Chief for the US Army and a privet pilot. I fixed my email if any one is interested.
Rob Austin <robaustinua@hotmail.com>
Greenwood, In USA - Thursday, December 16, 2004 at 15:41:51 (MST)



BTW-- I became a helicopter Crew Chief for the US Army and a privet pilot. I fixed my email if any one is interested.
Rob Austin <robaustinua@hotmail.com>
Greenwood, In USA - Thursday, December 16, 2004 at 15:41:05 (MST)



WOW, the Coast Guard rescue ship!!! I had one as a kid, I am 41 now. I could not see from the picture; the helicopter had a black cargo hook that hung from the center of the fuselage. One of the things you could do was, fly around and pick up an Astronaut from a space capsule. Somewhat like the capsule had just splashed down while you carefully retrieved the hero from his return from space. My Vertibird finally failed from fatigue and high hours, it crashed in the ocean. During a nighttime flight, the main rotor drive spring failed; helicopter and ship sank to depths unknown. How about the Marx Electro Shooting Gallery! That was a fun toy as well.
Rob Austin <robausti9nua@hotmail.com>
Greenwood, In USA - Thursday, December 16, 2004 at 15:36:21 (MST)



I'm 37 years old and felt like a kid again! I got to see my two favorite toys that I use to have years ago. Vertibird and Ricochet Racers! Thanks for the site!
N Lapson
Aliquippa, PA USA - Tuesday, December 14, 2004 at 19:36:19 (MST)



Hi, great site. There's a toy that I've been looking for for years, and cannot get any leads. It's a small (say 9" long) missile launcher mounted on a truck. It was a German WW2 set, molded in (I think) bluish-gray plastic. If I remember, there was an iron cross on the door or the hood. There was one large missile mounted on a launcher on the back of the truck, and it clicked into place and could be fired when you pressed a button on the back - it was spring loaded. As far as the packaging went, I believe it came in a cardboard containter, with an open window cut in the front and top faces with no cello. The inside of the box had a war panorama in the background so that when the launcher sat in the box, it looked like it was in battle scene. I purchased mine in 1974-76 at a Zellers store in St. John's Newfoundland. It couldn't have been more than a couple of bucks, and there may have been other vehicle and soldier sets by the same manufacturer. I know this is pretty vague, but fellas this toy has been haunting my dreams for over 20 years, and it is getting to the point where the lack of evidence of the toy is getting me to thinking that it's a figment of my imagination. Of course, I know it's not because my friend Randy Kurnew broke the fire button and it never worked again. If anyone can help or point me in a direction, I would appreciate it. Thanks Brian
Brian Sheppard <bfjsheppard@hotmail.com>
St. John's, NF Canada - Friday, December 10, 2004 at 11:48:25 (MST)



Nice site, the flea circus looks neat. Hmm, I'm posting a real message but its not going tought because it saying I'm not posting about a toy. Interesting.
Paige <paige.white@mailbox4free.com>
New York, NY USA - Thursday, December 09, 2004 at 14:51:00 (MST)



My older brother had, in the late 60's, a realistic toy bazooka that fired air after you hand pumped it a few times with the orange pump lever on the top. The thing used to scare the hell out of me until I got brave enough to use it. Then I used to scare my younger brother and sister with it. It made a very loud boom when fired. Sure would be nice to have again...would be fun to play with it again and scare off the no good teen kids who hang out around a neighbor's house every evening. Heh heh.
Sean <seanpmi@hotmail.com>
Hollywood, FL USA - Wednesday, December 08, 2004 at 17:48:25 (MST)



I had a Great Garloo as a Christmas present in 1961. While home for Thankgiving this year (2004), I found him in my mothers basement. He's a little worn and needs a new leopard skirt, but when I put batteries in the control, I was amazed to find that he still works. Is there a market out there for selling this vintage toy?
Michael Congrove <mjc38@aol.com>
Silver Spring, MD USA - Saturday, December 04, 2004 at 11:00:10 (MST)



Sam, Way cool! We had the game "Clean Sweep" when I was a small child. My brother is 7 years older and my sister 9 years older, I remember following them around and begging them to play this game with me. My mother said that I played so much that I wore all the bristles down on my cleansweep broom. What a blast from the past ! Thanks to your site I found and purchased a cleansweep of my own and made my kids play it with me. I am now sending it to my brother for Christmas and challenging him to a rematch, over 30 years later.
Vicky T. <Vtomlins@twcny.rr.com>
Cortland, NY USA - Tuesday, November 30, 2004 at 07:32:14 (MST)



Thanks for the pics of Johnny Astro. I got one in the late 60's for Christmas and it is one of the few toys I vividly can recall from that long ago. It was a classic and loads of fun!
Tom Cobb <tgcisme@adelphia.net>
Huntersville, NC USA - Friday, November 26, 2004 at 20:55:54 (MST)



I still have my old Give A Show projector w/ the original green & red slide films. As kids, we'd sit in the basement on rainy days & watch 'n read each filmstrip as entertainment. It's great to see someone else treasures those same memories. :)
Kathy Reynolds <Housemouse_04@cox.net>
Pensacola, FL USA - Tuesday, November 23, 2004 at 19:08:05 (MST)



Very enjoyable and informative website, thanks! I'm deteremined to learn as much as I can about the Skittle Bowl game, as I had it when I was a child and just loved the game. I could bowl a full game in under 10 minutes, don't remember my high game, would be interesting to know how many 300 games some people have. Thanks again!
Jeff <jeffcolo1@yahoo.com>
Erie, CO USA - Thursday, November 18, 2004 at 13:18:10 (MST)



Hey Sam... great site. I haven't thought of or heard about Armatron in a number of years, possibly since it came out. Just today I was talking to a friend about the Armatron and I wanted to show him a picture of it. We found your site. The reason I was talking about it to my friend is because that is my brother on the box cover (Jason Price, on the left). He did some modelling when he was a kid and that is really the only evidence of his young career. We ended up buying an Atari 2600 with the money he got from the job ($154.00 if I remember right)! So, the product had to have been made in the early 80s, since the 2600 was introduced in 1982. If you want, I can give you his email address and he can tell you all that he remembers about the photoshoot for your Web site. So, it was great to see a copy of it again. Thanks, Ryan
Ryan Price <ryan.price@primedia.com>
Corona, CA USA - Friday, November 12, 2004 at 12:09:41 (MST)



I was talking to some friends today about this Voodoo Doll game I had when I was kid (back in the 60's) and I so wished I still had it as they could not believe such a game existed. So I went on the internet and within five minutes I had reached your site and saw the picture of the very game I was telling them about! Wow, you just gotta love the internet and the people who contribute to it, thanks!
Deborah Smith <debsplay@yahoo.com>
San Diego, CA USA - Friday, October 29, 2004 at 18:39:26 (MDT)



Beat the Eight Ball game!!! We have been looking all over for this game and could not remember the name of it. It was a game we remembered from our youth, and our Mom had sold it at a garage sale - which we were not pleased about! We have been trying to figure out the name of it so we can start searching ebay to buy it!! The pictures helped a ton!
Jodi <jodi@glickfire.com>
Smoketown, PA USA - Sunday, October 24, 2004 at 18:08:00 (MDT)



I just remembered more games we used to play...Kerplunk!--which consisted as I remember of a network of long thin sticks pushed through holes in a cylinde, forming a barrier for a whole lot of marbles sitting on top. Each person pulled stick out, hoping to not allow a lot of marbles to fall. I also remember Mr. Potato head, and a game called "Ants in the Pants", where you shot the ants into these plastic overall-like pants. What about Lite Brite (and the jingle: "Light bright makin' thi-i-ings with li-i-ight, lite brite makin' things with light")? We also played "Operation"-- where you removed parts from the naked goofball guy with tweezers, without getting "buzzed"..
marta
sacramento, ca USA - Tuesday, October 19, 2004 at 00:57:05 (MDT)



I was sorry not to able to see an easy-bake oven, though so many other items on your site brought back my childhood so vividly. What I remember most about my easy bake oven is that, once I ran out of the cake mixes that came with the original oven, I had to use bisquick. My parents must have been too cheap to buy me the real thing. From what I believed at the time, the bisquick substitution thing was pretty standard. Needless to say, interest in baking waned and dissappeared soon after my friends and I could no longer make those tiny box mix cakes, with their little packets of frosting.
marta mueller <fernsibal@sbcglobal.net>
sacramento, ca USA - Tuesday, October 19, 2004 at 00:41:50 (MDT)



Sam, Enjoyed your site. You have a fairly eclectic colllection. I collect mainly cap guns, spy toys and war toys.
Mark Sangret <marksangret@hotmail.com>
Vancouver, BC Canada - Thursday, October 07, 2004 at 17:18:55 (MDT)



Great site. I'm a bit surprised that you do not list a Hasbro Bop-It Extreme as a cool toy. IMHO this late 90s toy makes my top 10 list anytime.
Martin
- Friday, October 01, 2004 at 12:05:09 (MDT)



Hello Sam! Me and my brother built all the models on your page along with about every airplane ever created. By the time we were getting more interested in girls we had amassed about 300 models but sadly today all are gone. I still maintain my Lyonel trains and set everythnig up every Christmas. Might look into building models again. thanks for the page. It brought back great memories.
Ron Reeder <ozron@unlimited.net>
Antelope, ca USA - Monday, September 27, 2004 at 17:48:59 (MDT)



Hi I have a snap bowling game from the 70's and I was wondering how much it is worth? Thank You
karen <martinkarenp@netzero.com>
westchester, NY USA - Saturday, September 25, 2004 at 22:29:51 (MDT)



Hi Sam! I am sorting through my kids toys and have a couple of games without instructions. I was hoping someone could help me get them. The games are Forbidden Bridge (we even have all of the jewels!) and Splat!. I wold appreciate any help you can give me! Thanks!
Lisa <asilo318@yahoo.com>
Nevada, IA USA - Sunday, September 19, 2004 at 17:25:38 (MDT)



I tried tellin g you aBOUT my blog. but you said i was spamming which i'm not. its just a link to my blog about toy mechanisms. thought you and your friends might like to see some fascinating toys and how they work. e mail me to find out how to reach the blog. otherwise i found your site very entertaining and good to see how some types of toys made it to the u.k. ( like the Bug maker) and others didnt.
hazel jones <h.l.jones@mmu.ac.uk>
manchester, U,k. - Wednesday, September 15, 2004 at 02:28:05 (MDT)



ok so her name on ebay is julymoonsales. This witch sells clothing and shoes, and intimidates people with fake stories about wanting to sue them. She sells stuff that is scratched, used and ripped, but if you complain about it you get slammed with emails and harassment, threats and profanity. Her real name is Pam, and if you do a search on the negative fb she's given, you can really see her personality shine. Too bad I didn't do the research before bidding on her auction - this woman is a menace and gives a bad name to online auctions. Beware!
midget <midget@yahoo.com>
Haysi, VA USA - Saturday, September 11, 2004 at 22:03:02 (MDT)



Thank you! There is a picture of me as a 4 year old in 1956 playing with the Big Max Conveyor robot. It's pretty much the only toy I remember from my childhood (other than the (real) toy saw I used to cut down our banana tree!) Thanks for putting it on your web site. It's just as I remember except for the metal slugs. I used to put anything on the conveyor belt that would attract the magnet. I'd love to see it in person. As for my Big Max...being the curious 4 year old that I was, I needed to dismantle it to find out how it worked. I think I used my saw.
Chuck P.
Pacific Grove, CA USA - Tuesday, August 24, 2004 at 22:14:43 (MDT)



Hello! How cool to find the game "Kooky Carnival" after all these years. I was one of the kids in the game's commercial! The girl in the yellow flowered tafetta dress. It was filmed in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1968. I was 10! What a blast. I'd give anything to see the commercial!
Kelly Hale <khale@choosehmc.com>
Richmond, VA USA - Tuesday, August 24, 2004 at 07:34:11 (MDT)



-->I see we share a common interest! Excellent job on the website!
machinery <neo@d3eviant.com>
agutagava, NY USA - Sunday, August 22, 2004 at 10:15:03 (MDT)



Wow!! You have a great, fun site (aside from the ebay trouble). I remember back in X-mas of '66 or 67, my brother and I received a full-size toy bazooka. This thing HAD to be 4'-5' long (maybe shorter, but then, I was only 6 years old at the time. :-) My brother or I would load a real plastic bazooka round, pull back on the spring launch mechanism, assume the firing position (which really is a single-kneeling, left or right foot back, position), take aim and fire. This thing was so COOL! The bazooka round would travel at least 10 feet, knocking over the toy enemy soldiers, in our case, a bunch of the little green army men ala' Toy Story. What fun!! We even had army helmets and web belts to go along with our bazooka to complete our play. Don't remember if they were GI Joe play sets or not. I do have a question... Do you remember who made a playset based on Irwin Allen's The Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea? It was a toy submarine of the S.S.R.N. Seaview, a nuclear powered submarine, with a REALLY cool Flying Submarine. It also came with a giant squid to menace the Seaview. If anyone else remembers this toyset or has pictures, I would be grateful to see this toyset again. I played with a neighbor kid who had this, and have always wanted one, even now. Thanks!!
Jeff M <antalexi@comcast.net>
Costa Mesa, CA USA - Thursday, August 19, 2004 at 08:41:00 (MDT)



Hi Sam. I just stumbled across your site and am really enjoying myself. You've brought back some great memories. I have to mention 2 of my favorite toys from when I was a kid. One of them is on your wishlist...Sea Hunt...the cool cartesian diver from Parker Brothers. It was one of my favorite toys when I was a kid. We also had a Tootsie Roll factory, but I can't remember what it was called. It was similar to a playdough fun factory, but it used the penny tootsie rolls. You dropped them into the press, and screwed a mold on to the top. When you pushed a lever down, it forced the tootsie roll into the mold. I remember some of the molds were funny faces, but there was a set of molds that made two halves of a whistle. You could put the haves together and the whistle really worked. If you know anything about this toy, I would love to hear it....even if its just the name. Thanks for a wonderful site and for all the great memories. Joel Sutton
Joel Sutton <joel@rockets84.com>
Bellevue, NE USA - Sunday, August 15, 2004 at 22:41:25 (MDT)



Does anyone remember a game called Screech? I may have the proper name of it incorrect, but I am pretty positive that is what it was called. It was a battery-operated owl - a card-like disk was inserted into it's neck and it's eyes would "glow in the dark". It was given to me for Christmas when I was a child in the early 70's...I remember being fascinated with it but I also remember it broke very quickly even though I treated it perfectly! :( Sam, I tripped seeing the Voice of the Mummy game on your Wish List. I hadn't thought of it in years!! I never owned this, but my childhood babysitter's younger sister did. It was another thing I found fascinating (I liked anything that would light up and make noise!), and she would entertain me for hours with it whenever I would stay over at her house. I remember very clearly one particular night (again, some time in the early 70s), my sitter's sister and I playing the game over and over while the original "Planet of the Apes" movie was on TV - how dated is that?!
Althea Augoustatos <missalthea@juno.com>
Columbia, MD USA - Tuesday, August 10, 2004 at 19:43:34 (MDT)



This is a fantastic site! I've been looking for a toy I remember that I thought was called Deely Boppers (not the headband) and that I dearly loved. The only thing I can find on them is from someone else on BommerBaby.com who can't locate them either. Here is her description. If anyone remembers these or knows where I can find them please let me know? Thanks! Laureljen@yahoo.com Slotted Discs anyone? I'm racking my brain trying to remember what these toys were... they were colored plastic discs about the size and thickness of a quarter coin, with slits cut into the edges. You could slide them together to make different shapes and things... sort of like legos but not. For some reason I remember them as DEALLY BOPPERS, but can find no reference to them online. Every site I find is calling deely boppers those goofy antenna you wear on your head, with little shapes (stars, hearts, whatever) attached to a headband with springs so they wobble around. Does anyone else remember what I'm talking about?? --- Nancy
Laureljen <Laureljen@yahoo.com>
USA - Monday, August 09, 2004 at 23:21:49 (MDT)



Hello sam its me again you got me started in this vintage toy thing last year and did not inform me of the consequences of running out of space in my now smaller than usual home. I now know why remco,mattel ,hasbro,milton bradly ,ideal ect.now make smaller toys and has down sized the older toys once made by them . I have resorted to extreme measures moved all 500 boxes of toys games models ect to a small garage i now refer to as the ebay shed . bringing in two to three games and toys a night to play as family night with the kids. well sam i will quit rambling on just signed in again to thank you for sparking that interest in toys again God bless and let me win every once in awhile . see ya chuck
chukkk <chardiman@varnet.net>
exeter, ca USA - Wednesday, August 04, 2004 at 17:33:46 (MDT)



Great site! My mother-in-law is parting with a massive store in her attic. My husband has 3 brothers and 2 sisters, all over 40 and it's so fun to see it all. I had no brothers so lots of the toys are new to me. She saved EVERYTHING but a friend of theirs was up there three times and invited to take things for his store. Other things were given away and others are to be kept. Still, there is not room for loads that is left so I am selling it on ebay. Your site is most helpful as we take our trip back to the sixties. Thank you! C.
Carolyn <lincolnofflead@yahoo.com>
Cleveland, OH USA - Saturday, July 31, 2004 at 18:54:36 (MDT)



great site. I was able to use the info on toys from the 60's for the Girl Scout Camp we are planning. Called Groovy 60's days. thanks
kathy <plumberswife@new.rr.com>
Peshtigo, wi USA - Wednesday, July 28, 2004 at 23:28:56 (MDT)



I just wanted to thank you for your "toybox" site. I can't begin to tell you the enjoyment it has given me! It brought back so many memories in addition to educating me on many toys that I didn't even know existed. (For my parents sake, probably a good thin!) I know I will be returning to this site many times in the future. I am a 39 year old toy collector hobbyist myself. My main items are action figures from the late '60's and early to mid '70's. Namely the Johnny West figures by Marx. Thank you again for a great site!
John
- Wednesday, July 28, 2004 at 20:54:14 (MDT)



I'am trying to find a water toy game which might have been called Treasure Diver or Sunken Treasyre it worked on the Cartesean diver principle. But, the toy could be controled to open a Claw and PICK-UP 2 or more things on the bottom .You would squeeze the sides to send it up or down and even allow it to Hover mid Way! I think it was made around the late to early 1960's.If anyone finds one please let me know.Thank you Ed...
ed fineman <manfish1967@yahoo.com>
miami, fla USA - Tuesday, July 27, 2004 at 09:43:35 (MDT)

(Hi Ed. You apparently didn't make it to my wishlist page or you would have seen my desire to own the Sea Diver by Parker Bros. or the Aqua Diver by Ideal. Here are some pics: Sea Diver 1, Sea Diver 2, Aqua Diver 1, Aqua Diver 2, and the instructions (pdf) for the Aqua Diver. Sam)



It was a wonderful trip down memory lane for me. I spent a few hours on your site! There were some I noticed were missing such as: 1. Pendulum Pool 2. that game where you hammered plastic nails into a box that contained a balloon 3. This futuristic cars on track set where the cars went straight up and upside down. Wish I had more details 4. A NASA rocket launch set...my friend shot this bugger into his eye and had to get glasses! ("You'll shoot yer eye out!") 5. Hungry Hungry Hippo Once my aunt heated up a Hershey's kiss in my Strange Change because she wanted a chocolate cube with the Mattell logo! Needless to ssay a mess was made! Thanks Mike
Mike <mmauthor@milkywaymarmalade.com>
NYC, USA - Friday, July 23, 2004 at 15:35:47 (MDT)



I had the think-a tron when i was younger...Any info on a toy call the marxacopter
Dennis Mangold
USA - Tuesday, July 20, 2004 at 18:57:36 (MDT)



I have certainly enjoyed your site! Visit often and I am still looking for info on my Domino's Pizza Oven,(like the easy bake) that I bought for my son during the 80's Turtle rage! Any info would be nice. Thank You
Theresa <rebus6@charter.net>
Birmingham, AL USA - Saturday, July 17, 2004 at 14:39:08 (MDT)



I now know what my Dad went through when my parents had me -- I'm sure my new kid is going to chop off a body part with power tools if he sees me using them, so I'm inclined to do what my Dad did, get a Mattel Power Shop for me.
Dad with an inquisitive toddler
Seattle, WA USA - Saturday, July 17, 2004 at 07:44:36 (MDT)



This site is really cool, like going back in time. Does anyone remember a game where there is a tower with plastic discs loaded on each side of the tower behind a clear sheet of plastic and pegs going through the center. The object of the game is to collect all the person's discs before he/she collects all yours. You take turns pulling on the spring loaded pegs and hope that a disc is on one of them and drops off into your collection tray. I am not sure, but I think the name of this toy was "Slip-Disc". It is somewhat like a game of memory because you cannot see where your opponent's discs are. Still searching for this info.
John <john_donati@yahoo.com>
Plano, TX USA - Thursday, July 15, 2004 at 02:29:29 (MDT)



Pase por el sitio y me parecio muy bueno, saludos desde Caracas , sandra.
Sandra <sovino@mycriteria.com>
Caracas, Caracas Venezuela - Tuesday, July 13, 2004 at 00:36:45 (MDT)



GREAT SITE SAM! I remember my friend had the vertibird that you landed on the ship. *COOL* We had the spy detector game that was fun at the time. Another board game that was fun was Dark Tower out in the 80s. I had a couple of shooting gallery games (early 70s) spinning disks with ducks that revolved. Iam glad to hear Iam not the only one past 30 that enjoys these treasures.
Jim G <mnslim65@yahoo.com>
MPLS, MN USA - Sunday, June 27, 2004 at 01:44:31 (MDT)



Sam - great site. I found it whilst trying to find the name of a toy I never had but somehow got it into my head so need to find out. Finally find it in a circuitous route on your site. It was the frustration ball as you guys in the states call it but baffle ball in the uk. SO thanks for reminding me of that and prove I wasn't dreaming it all up - I certainly got some strange looks when trying to describe it to my contemporaries. Anyway I know you don't sell any of your toys but any idea where I can find one for a reasonable price?
Dave from the UK
USA - Tuesday, June 22, 2004 at 14:45:46 (MDT)



I must have been the only boy of the 60s who had a High Gear game. None of my contemporaries seem to remember the game. I remember how much I enjoyed it. High Gear's production must have been discontinued many years ago. I am feeling nostalgic and would really like to have a High Gear game again. Does anyone have one for sale?
E. H. Lepiarczyk <sir_erwin@yahoo.com>
Columbia, KY USA - Sunday, June 20, 2004 at 21:19:44 (MDT)



Sam, your site brings back so many memories! I grew up in Maine in the '70s and either had or played with many of the toys that you list. One memory that stands out is the the Rayline Tracer Guns that I and my childhood friend Brian had. We would have shootouts in my back yard, and would also have competitions to see how far we could shoot the Jet Discs. I also had the rifle, but always found that the pistol performed much better. I've been away from home for nearly 20 years now with the Air Force, and when Dad and I talk on the phone, sometimes he'll tell me that he found another old, faded, chewed-up disc that got kicked-up by his lawn mower. Brian and I must have shot hundreds of those all over the place! Someday, some archeologist is going to be performing a dig around my dad's property and the village and they'll find all sorts of Jet Discs everywhere!!!
Jeff Lovejoy <ljwx@yahoo.com>
Horbach, Germany - Saturday, June 19, 2004 at 00:14:31 (MDT)



I really believe your web site has mental health benefits for those of us now in our 40's. Viewing so many of the toys I had in the '60s has repaired fading memories that would surely have disappeared completely. Seeing the detailed graphics and each toy's pieces seems to have revitalized my brain cells. My memories of playing with these toys are so much clearer and enjoyable now. What a great thing you've created! But, still, you've got to get an Easy Bake Oven and Dream Date on this site.
Jo Ann Negovetich <riomex@bellsouth.net>
Marietta, GA USA - Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 15:45:32 (MDT)



Can anybody scan the three guilty cards that I don't have. That way I could make them. I have headwaiter, artist and doctor. I am also missing secret cards (2). I have flashy clothes, dark complexion, skinny, large forehead, pin, wavy hair, friendly and big eyes. Can you help me. Ebay may sell the game but the web says the games come incomplete.
Linda Buckwald <picurnlb@cox.net>
USA - Sunday, June 13, 2004 at 19:49:21 (MDT)



Your Stratego with the wooden pieces is how it originally came, until the age of Plastic arrived!
stephanie willis <stephw@pittstate.edu>
pittsburg, ks USA - Thursday, June 03, 2004 at 12:41:49 (MDT)



Battling Spaceships! *That's* the game I've been trying to remember all these years! What a great concept (based, apparently, on an older "Battling Tops" game.) I just totally stumbled on your site. Thanks!
Steve Petersen <spetey@umich.edu>
Ann Arbor, MI USA - Thursday, June 03, 2004 at 00:18:32 (MDT)



I am hoping you can help me with some information. I have the super radio kit from the Electric game co. I was looking for info on the company and when the kit was made please contact me with any info thank you
mary <snowhen59@aol.com>
augusta, me USA - Wednesday, June 02, 2004 at 17:29:06 (MDT)



Enjoyed your site. I remember a toy called the "show and tell" it was a phonograph with a screen that showed moving pictures. I always wanted one when I was akid in the 60's bit my parents said "it was too expensive" so I never got one. Do anyone know who made the Show and Tell ? I would like to see it on a website.
,mack <,mack75way@aol.com>
westland, mi USA - Wednesday, June 02, 2004 at 16:56:00 (MDT)



hello Sam, I love your site. Talk about a trip down memory lane! I had a Thing Maker, creepy crawler when I was a kid 40 years ago. My dad put fish hooks in the mold & we made our own lures! My dad has been gone for years; thanks for the great memory! Good luck with your collecting
Mary Borgetti <mary1956@shawneelink.net>
Scheller, IL USA - Sunday, May 30, 2004 at 07:33:07 (MDT)



I aquired my Powermite jigsaw and circular saw at the parking lot of one our local markets. I got both for $5.00 from a transient in need of gas money. But neither had blades though they work perfectly. Nice site and informative.
L. Pangle
29 Palms, CA USA - Sunday, May 30, 2004 at 00:12:18 (MDT)



Hi...wow I love your site !..You have made me a happy man today by allowing me to download the instruction sheet of the MB sub search multylevel board game. I bought the dutch version ( Duikboot Jacht) from 1976 at a car booth sale all complete but no instructions ..I could not figure out how it worked,,I always wanted to have a game like this and play it ,remember it well from seeing it in the shops back in the 70's ,but they where expensive back than.and as any kid there where a lot of things I liked so never got around to it.Now I am 41 years old (young)and I got one for 2 $...and can play it with your instructions ...THANKS !!!!!!!!
J.
Holland - Saturday, May 22, 2004 at 09:05:07 (MDT)



Sam, wonderful site,memories of a lot of toys you have in your collection. I have/had an Aroura race car set with over 100 pieces of track & 2 dozen cars & other stuff. I know it's in my family somewhere,hopefully,Now I will definitely seek it out. Thanks
MikeP.
Springfield, PA United States - Saturday, May 15, 2004 at 07:49:17 (MDT)



What a fantastic collection of toys. some have brought back memories of my youth. The one toy i always remember was a game called Raving Bonkers. It was a pair of robots in a boxing ring that knocked the hell out of each other until a shot to the chin would send the robots head flying from his body with a twanging noise, Great fun ! I wish i still had it. All the best, Paul.
Paul Spence <paul_spence1964@yahoo.co.uk>
Lincoln, UK - Friday, May 14, 2004 at 15:17:26 (MDT)



We have lost the instructions to model 80001. could you please e-mail them to us? Thank you.
Reid Morris <morristeam@aol>
USA - Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 16:38:35 (MDT)

(Reid - What the heck is a model 80001? After searching my site I found out you were talking about the Toymax Metal Molder. I scanned and posted the instructions to this toy on the Metal Molder page years ago. Sam)



This is a wonderful and educating webpage please keep up the good work. Hu Guy nwanee gi abia nga . Biafra.
Mr. Egobia Igboman. <stiilidemmagas@yahoo.com>
Lome, Il USA - Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 03:39:43 (MDT)



Read with interest your horrifying story with the...frankly...obviously dishonest ebayer. I often buy toys from ebay and appreciate your report. I certainly will not be buying from that particular seller. I've noticed that quite a few sellers will use the trick of blackmailing buyers by using/threatening negative feedback. I also have 100% positive feedback, but it does worry me that if I complain, I will be unfairly counter flamed. Such is life. Very very cool site, by the way. I real trip down memory lane. Keep on collecting! :-)
Dawn <parsley@theherbgarden4.freeserve.co.uk>
Great Britain - Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 15:50:54 (MDT)



Hi my spiritual name is Annettah aka Netty. I really like the site. I wish to learn more about your organization. I am an inspiring clairvoyant medium and empath. I am learning and stil am. I have a web page and I am listed on ebay under Angel Card Readings. Light and Love Netty (Tee)
Tee <natyourall@hotmail.com>
- Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 02:57:24 (MDT)



hello there, enjoy your site. I had a toy back then (sixties) called I believe Operation Orbit, where small magnets were picked up from the "earth" and landed on three "planets" - it was a great game !! thanks -- terry
terry ginelli <twgin@pacbell.net>
Madera, CA USA - Sunday, April 25, 2004 at 14:09:23 (MDT)



I loved the Monster Models but I only knew 5 of them. I would spend hours painting them with the most realistic faces as I could. In later years when I was involved in Community Theater I used this to become their make up expert. I also took part in a Halloween make up booth and I was proud that the line for me was the longest. As most others, I did not realize the value they would accrue so they became broken. I gave them a second life by turning the parts where appropriate into tie tacks and wore them into my 40s. Thanks for the nostalgia.
Bob Doidge <rkdoidge@aol.com>
Rowland Heights, CA USA - Sunday, April 25, 2004 at 11:35:17 (MDT)



nice site, sam, thanks for listing some of my old toys that i had spent hours playing with. can you maybe add a Johnny Seven gun to your list. i had one and it had everything, bullets, laser, bombs, radio, gatling cable and this thing was motorized as well. the sounds it use to make drove my mom crazy. had a searay with mini flying sub too and played in the tub all the time. thanx again
rich c. <oricho1@yahoo.com>
USA - Sunday, April 25, 2004 at 06:57:51 (MDT)

(Rich--I would love to add the Johnny Seven OMA (One Man Army) gun but this site features my actual toy collection and I don't have one! Please feel free to donate one to me at your earliest convenience. Sam)



Very cool site. I recall many second-degree burns from Creepy Crawlers. My parents bought me a game called (I am not making this up) Hey Pa, There's a Goat on the Roof. Anyone remember it? And I have the same memories of the Mr. Peanut. It never was very good, except when we used dry roasted peanuts, but then it was more of a pre-digesting thing. Mike
Michael Warthan <michaelwarthan@hotmail.com>
Sugar Land, TX United States - Saturday, April 17, 2004 at 15:37:30 (MDT)



just found 'site' and i am most impressed.thankyou, cheers to children.....j.s.
jacqueline sarah
USA - Friday, April 16, 2004 at 23:09:00 (MDT)



We lost our original 007 Aston Martin pullback car, Steve Austin ($6M Dollar Man) and Evel Knievel action toys way back then. Even my japanese Voltes 5 diecast set from '79...they are worth a fortune now! Good to hear someone's collecting for all of us... you have a lucky son!
Mon <evandear@yahoo.com>
Manila, Philippines - Friday, April 16, 2004 at 04:23:55 (MDT)



Thank you for a GREAT site! I collect models, especially monster/sci-fi kits. I have most of what you show but it's still fun too look at someone else's site and see what they've collected. Thanks for helping to bring the kid out for a little while. Wishing you many more years of fun collecting goodies.
Jack <shdwmn@hotmail.com>
Balt., Md. USA - Tuesday, April 13, 2004 at 00:44:47 (MDT)



Hey, Enjoyed this website keep it up!
Jen <jen@yoyomail.com>
Ya, Ba Land - Friday, April 09, 2004 at 21:10:36 (MDT)



My god u kept me entertained.
Ben <benny@hotmail.com>
NY, NY USA - Friday, April 09, 2004 at 21:10:30 (MDT)



LOVE LOVE YOUR SITE- THANKS!!!!AND THANK YOU YAHOO BUZZ INDEX FOR LEADING ME TO STORY ABOUT YOUR SITE - SYMPATHIZE WITH YOU EBAY NIGHTMARE - I HAD ONLY 1 OUT OF HUNDREDS OF SUPER EXPERIENCES...HIGHEST TRUTH.LIGHT,LOVE,WISDOM,HUMOR,AND TOYS!
SAKANTA <SAKANTA@YAHOO.COM>
GOIANIA, GO BRAZIL - Friday, April 09, 2004 at 01:16:11 (MDT)



I was surprised not to find a woodburning kit on your site! Ah, what memories! Looking at the creepy crawlers and incredible edibles I was reminded of all the times I burned myself playing with them! You've also inspired me to look on eBay (and elsewhere) for the original Mystery Date game (although I'm sure that's not something on your list!). Loved the site, by the way!!!
Christine <christinesilliman@yahoo.com>
Corpus Christi, TX USA - Thursday, April 08, 2004 at 21:41:10 (MDT)



What wondeful memories you dredged up. Thanks bunches! I had Time Bomb, Tip It, Kerplunk, Hand's Down, and Don't Break the Ice. I was the "tomboy" in a family of 4 girls so my folks let me have a Vac u Form and my older sister got the Creapy Crawlers and Incredible Edibles sets. I had the Spiro-Foil se too. I managed to hold on to one toy from the 60's. It's a stand up pinball game by Wolverine. It's the Cowboys and Indians one, another "boy toy" that they let me have. Oh..do you remember the Wheel-o? It was a hand held toy that had two rails that a little top kind of toy rolled between.
Karen <Neraksnikl@aol.com>
Keller, TX USA - Thursday, April 08, 2004 at 12:22:15 (MDT)



Nice site :))
Anna Lon <annalon@mail.ru>
Lesion, NY USA - Thursday, April 08, 2004 at 00:49:13 (MDT)



Thanks! Enjoed the time on your site :)Sincerly yours.
wooder <wooder@mail.ru>
NY, NY USA - Wednesday, April 07, 2004 at 22:28:04 (MDT)



Good work, good.
Linochka <akrugova@mail.ru>
NY USA - Wednesday, April 07, 2004 at 20:01:25 (MDT)



Wow, My brothers and I were 5, 6 & 8 when we use to sit in the bathtub (bathroom was the only room that could be made totally dark during the day)and my Dad would work the Give A Show projector and do all the voices. That was over 40 years ago. Great site, thanks for the memories.
Bob <BobCanDo@hotmail.com>
Staten Island, NY USA - Wednesday, April 07, 2004 at 19:03:18 (MDT)



Great site!!!! made me think about some of the toys I loved. The Jonny 7 O.M.A. by Mattel (I think). The Bennie and Cecil bennie hat. Hey how about Lincoln Logs I loved them as a kid. And one of my most favorites: Super Elastic Bubble Plastic. Thanks for you effort it brought back fond memories. Lar
Larry L. Shoppell <lshoppell@hotmail.com>
Otsego, MI USA - Wednesday, April 07, 2004 at 10:20:33 (MDT)



Hi, I love your site. I had some of your favorite toys from the early sixties also. One of my favorites that I didn't see was a Shootin' Shell Winchester rifle from Mattel. It had shells that really shot out of the barrel and you used Greenie Stickem Caps on the shell casings. Also a toy that I got for Christmas in the early sixties was a Crash Mobile. It was a car that came apart when you pushed it into a wall. Keep up the good job you are doing and I plan on checking back often to see if there are any new additions.
Craig <cmedrive@email.com>
VA USA - Tuesday, April 06, 2004 at 20:30:40 (MDT)



I really enjoyed this website...brought back a lot of memories. One board game I remember was called "Politics" and you inserted strait pins into a cardboard map of the United States to show the number of electoral votes you won. I'm sure it's a very rare game. Came from the mid to early 60's. Great way to learn about the electoral college, but alas, not to interesting to most kids! I'd recommend you use your talents to look for it and add it to your collection. Sorry, I don't have one.
Doug
Waterford , Mi USA - Tuesday, April 06, 2004 at 19:13:07 (MDT)



I thought that someone here could appreciate this. When I was a child, my two favorite toys were a robie junior and 2xl, which was a robot that asked questions utilizing an eight track player. When I grew up some, I wanted to purchase these toys again. I found them on ebay. I paid over $50 for the robie junior, and over $75 for the 2xl. But they are still my favorite, and I have about 14 tapes for the 2xl robot. But when I get a trivia question from that pint sized robot and hit those big red buttons to answer Im treated with the same satisfying 'whirrr kerchunk' of the 8track mechanism that I remember from my early years.
Loridan <Loridand@netscape.net>
Georgetown, Ky USA - Tuesday, April 06, 2004 at 11:09:58 (MDT)



STOP THIEF, probably the greatest board game ever, with the ELECTRONIC CRIME SCANNER. Way cool. Was my favorite as a kid in college, and is still one of the favorites of my own children. Found one at a resale shop about seven years ago and have tightly held onto it ever since.
Dale <dhaa22@comcast.net>
Bolingbrook, IL USA - Tuesday, April 06, 2004 at 09:58:26 (MDT)



Hasbro's Marble Maze game was the best! We played it daily in the 3rd grade (1961). It's much better than the wooden maze games with their awkward knob controls.
Gary Richardson <gar3131@msn.com>
Warwick, RI USA - Tuesday, April 06, 2004 at 06:31:54 (MDT)



What a great website! We bought a "Metal Molder" Die-Cast Factory at a local thrift store, which according to your information was the original version. What a cool toy! But I was online searching for replacement pellets when I found your website. Must search for "Bing Bang Boing" next !!
Pam <Pam0Koch@cs.com>
Cuyahoga Falls, OH USA - Monday, April 05, 2004 at 16:27:45 (MDT)



Hi Sam! GREAT SITE! Your site certainly brought back memories of MANY of the toys that I played with when I was a kid - especially the toys by MARX and EMENEE. I really got a kick ut of you trials and tribulations with that EBAYER from hell!
Brian Cunningham <bcunningham10@comcast.net>
South Deerfield, Ma USA - Monday, April 05, 2004 at 03:46:37 (MDT)



Your site is wonderful. I have a Hasbro Think-A-Tron in mint condition and while it is a pretty cool toy, I don't think I'd have the patience for it as a child. It is too much like how computers really were in the sixties! The coolest toys I had were the toy service station layouts and early Aurora road race sets. Why are toys so far out and expensive now?
Darrell Smith <britbk@earthlink.net>
Hope, AR USA - Sunday, April 04, 2004 at 00:55:43 (MST)



Hello Sam, I wanted to thank you so very much for answering my inquiry to you about the Pivot Golf game. I very much appreciated the promptness and the help you gave me as far as the Pivot Golf game. I also wanted you to know that you have a very nice and well-designed website. Again, thanks so much for your prompt answer to my e-mail and I guess I will need some Pivot Golf lessons from your sons. Regards, Michael
Michael
USA - Thursday, April 01, 2004 at 15:30:47 (MST)



Like the site - I used to have the Hot Wheels Factory toy, and I also had an expansion pack that had a Pickup truck with a camper (with stickers to go on the camper shell), a trailer, and Formula 1 race car (Which I thought was the coolest car they came up with for the set). It also included more tubes to make cars out of. Considering I was only 7 when I got this toy, and how much I remember of it 33 years later (Including several burnt fingers from touching the hot plastic was stuff), you can see it was one of my favorite toys I ever got.
Richard Shaffstall <rich@aspen-systems.com>
Phoenix, az USA - Wednesday, March 31, 2004 at 10:19:04 (MST)



hi sam, enjoyed looking at all your toys. we didnt have that many toys as kids and being in a large family(two sisters and a brother) i had to share toys with my siblings. so since i've grown up i've been collecting toys again and trying to capture a lost childhood. not to say we didnt have fun. we used to make outr own bows and arrows and sling shots etc. kids today are spoiled rotten! i have an eleven year old son so I know! special toys i remeber fondly are a great ray-gun from the 50's. it was silver die-caste metal and fired caps and sparked at the same time! i havent seen one since though we have quite a collection of plastic, tin and metal ray guns and revolvers now. loved the cap bombs too. we ahve some just like them. found a big bag of about 100 once at a market. have been sending them to people ever since. also have the bugmaker/creepy crawly thingy. all the best Michael
michael <wastedpapiers@yahoo.co.uk>
northwich, u.k. - Tuesday, March 30, 2004 at 13:36:32 (MST)



Thanks soooo much for the trip down memory lane.
Land-O-Links.com <ed@land-o-links.com>
Port Jervis, NY USA - Tuesday, March 30, 2004 at 07:05:19 (MST)



hi I have this crazy uncle who loves to collect all kinds of toys and he made a site so that everyone could see his toys. What should i do to help him? i'm just kidding uncle sam. your not really crazy. and tell dan that he needs to get helan's guestbook back up and running. nicole got to put something and i didn't
caitlin <lynn511@salsgiver.com>
freeport, pa USA - Thursday, March 18, 2004 at 12:30:31 (MST)



Hey, Just wanted to let you know i'm impressed! Keep it up!
YoGi <yogi_beer_743@hotmail.com>
No, Thanks Sorry - Thursday, March 18, 2004 at 12:22:57 (MST)



when I was little I had a snoopy sopwith camel vertibird toy, I remember my older brother was setting it up for me and I was so excited that I could not wait and I kept trying to make it work, and it kept hitting him in the head, he was sooo mad at me but it was worth the wait,I played with that thing all the time and no matter where I played with it I was always in the way. Iwould love to find one so my kids and I could enjoy it together.
Doug Petersen <dolphind3@bresnan.net>
Helena, mt USA - Monday, March 15, 2004 at 14:38:31 (MST)



love your website lost a toy bid on ebay can you direct me to a webite for ideal tous 1970?NICE OF YOU TO WARN PEOPLE of bad experiences new to ebAY ONLY SINE OCT 03.............THANKS FOR brightening my day from the steelmill............
judy <heyjude@zoominternet.net>
sarver, pa USA - Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 14:52:17 (MST)



I had a pair of Satellite Jumping Shoes when I was a kid. I got them for my birthday when I was about 10 years old. They were tons of fun!! I accidently left them behind when we moved... Glad to see some again. They bring back many happy memories.
Randi
USA - Friday, March 05, 2004 at 10:27:44 (MST)



Hi, what a great little site, brought back loads of memories of when i was a kid. She used to take me shopping and i'd wander off to the model shop and see if they had any new American models in stock, usally made by Aurura or revell, i had the flying sub from "Voyage to the bottom of the sea" but the one i really wanted was the "Lost in Space" spaceship.never even saw it over here...bummer! Do you ever build them? or just keep them in the box? Thanks for the site, Take care of them... Gordon, England.
Gordon <dadsweg@aol.com>
Hemel Hempstead, England - Thursday, March 04, 2004 at 15:25:23 (MST)



Hey Sam, I read your tribute to me on your website...its very well written and i praise you for it...It is unfortunate we had a poor transaction and i am sorry this happend but i do want to say a few things..Firstly i did ship your item and it came back to me, i did rebox it when it came back because the box was water damaged and bent...As for the paypal that was a complete mistake and if you like i will refund you another $1 and change or $2 for my blunder...i honestly thought you sent paypal original not two money orders...as for the duration of time...you sent me two money orders and you act as if 66 or 67 days was my fault maybe i was responsible for a lack of emails or what not 4 days at a clip for a total of 10 days but in between the post office on both money orders, shipping your package and having it come back was a lot of the delay. Maybe i shouldn't be selling on ebay, i work two jobs and always try to keep up sometimes i cant...i noticed another ebayer Mrs. Westlund who won a quiksilver watch long ago said she never got her watch, if you email me i still have a few and will be glad to reship her another one if after she recieves it will update this site..I think all in all i am slow in answering emails and what not, but if you noticed Sam, you did get your item (albeit late) and you did get a refund...i am slow but i am not dishonest...at least give me that...Nomanya... P.S. I do have lots of vintage toys and if anyone wants to deal with me, figure i have had over 600 positive transactions and 30 negative ones...but out of those 30 negative ones would you say that possibly 10 of them (at minimum might not be my fault???) my last one before you Sam Was from a lady who paid me $7.99 for an item and $5.50 shipping correctly advertised, she got it on time but left me a negative because i didn't want to give her back $3 for shipping.....even though i state shipping and Handling fees...the auction was only $7.99 am i not allowed to cover a few dollars...for my fees?? Check out Her Feedback, basically its not always the seller...thanks for listening.
Morgan <Nomanya@cs.com>
NJ USA - Thursday, February 26, 2004 at 01:45:56 (MST)



Boy do your project kits bring back memories.. I built a project back in 1979. It was a Science Fair Electronics color organ, 3 channel with internal or external lights. I bought it at radio shack but I don't remember the model number. It worked really great and was used often. Alas, I only have a few parts left of it in a box. I have seached over and over trying to find another working or non working one, but with no luck. Would you know of any? Even a schematic would help.
Tom Roberson <roberson@rowan.edu>
Glassboro , NJ USA - Wednesday, February 25, 2004 at 20:01:39 (MST)



Thank you VERY much! I was just about to purchase a watch from Nomanya, I am so glad that I took the time to read the feedback and stumble across your comments and site. You certainly stopped my purchase! I didn't like some of his terms and conditions anyway which prompted me to delve further. What did EBay have to say on the matter? THANK YOU!
Sarah <sarahleegarland@hotmail.com>
London, uk - Wednesday, February 25, 2004 at 14:39:49 (MST)



Hi Sam, I sympathize with you in your adventure with Nomanya. I too had an awful experience with Nomanya. I never received the watch that I purchased. I too got a request from Nomanya for a second payment. I had paid through Paypal within hours of the auction close. Nomanya responded to my email regarding payment that he was sorry for the second payment request as my original payment had in fact been received but had been overlooked. That was the last contact I had, he never responded to requests for a shipping date or refund. I filed a complaint with Paypal and they refunded my money in full. I posted negative feedback on Nomanya and was immediately hit with a negative from Nomanya. This made me want to swear off Ebay forever. I contacted Ebay to complain and ended up paying the $20 to get the negative feedback removed from my account. I'm sure they make a tidy sum off of Nomanya's victims. It seems to me that this may be one of the reasons that Nomanya, and other bad sellers, are able to continue on Ebay. I'm sorry for the trouble you had but felt better in knowing that I'm not alone, although it angers me that sellers like Nomanya can continue to rip people off and get away with it. Thanks for your site, I found it very interesting. Good Luck with your Ebaying.
Linda Westlund <lcp@sti.net>
Oakhurst, CA USA - Tuesday, February 24, 2004 at 14:18:37 (MST)



Yeah, I am dealing with a seller, <name removed>, who won't return emails and I have yet to receive the item. It hasn't gotten as bad as your story...yet. Since the close of my auction, he has received a few more negative feedbacks from people receiving damaged goods or nothing at all. I am not holding my breath. What is up with people like this? I'm going to check to see if the M.O. has been cashed yet. Sorry to hear about your experience.
57chevyguy <fifty7chevyguy@yahoo.com>
MD USA - Tuesday, February 24, 2004 at 04:29:32 (MST)



nice site, I think we all agree that these toys are just soo awsome. I came trough a look at the amaze-a matic "computer" cars. I am envious seeing someone having all 4. I am desperatelytrying to get my hands on one of them, buick in favourite. boths as collector and artist to use them in my projects. How much you guys guess they should chaneg owner for? is it true that hasbro did a re-run of them? cheers
uncle unvoid <unvoid@unvoid.net>
London, UK - Saturday, February 21, 2004 at 11:23:58 (MST)



i read your piece on the sticky finger game. my husband and i recently bought a house and found a sticky finger ball in our basement. i looked it up on the net and found your site. it was neat to find out what the whole game was. we just thought it was a regular ball. if you are interested in it you can email us. thanks again for the info.
eli <phillipsDE@msn.com>
Magnolia, OH USA - Tuesday, February 17, 2004 at 20:01:16 (MST)



GREAT TO VISIT YOUR SITE.IT HAS QUALITY.
IKENNA UMUNNA <willhenshaw@yahoo.com>
USA - Saturday, February 14, 2004 at 20:57:39 (MST)



Very nice site, Sam. Sorry to hear about your eBay problem - I'm going through one now. Too bad there isn't a site with honest feedback about eBay sellers. I've found that 99% positive feedback doesn't really mean anything and eBay itself is of no help.
David
Germantown, TN USA - Wednesday, February 11, 2004 at 19:59:39 (MST)



We recently cleaned out my mother's attic and found a Remco Frustration Ball game, box and all. I remember it from when I was a kid and was never able to get the ball in all eight cups. What a frustrating game (ha, ha)! Now my kids can enjoy the same frustration! I was wondering if you could tell me what this game is worth. We would like to keep it, but I was just curious. Thanks for any help you could give me. Mike
Mike Smith <paraeducators@yahoo.com>
USA - Tuesday, February 03, 2004 at 15:49:23 (MST)



Dear Sam, I was absolutely delighted to see your page on shaker maker! This was my favourite toy of my youth! Christmas 1975 I received my first, it was the wombles. Soon followed disney, animals, magic roundabout. Did you get the same sets in the states? Now i'm 34 and have just purchased a new s.maker care bears from the states. Dowt if i,ll use it just got it for old time sake!I do recall seeing shaker maker reinstated in the early eightes by a company called ertl. was this part of of ideal i wonder? I also collect Pelham Puppets, my other favourite child hood toy! Look forward to a reply maybe! Yours sincerely, Andy.
Andrew Potter <andyrcub@aol.com>
Brighton, uk uk - Friday, January 30, 2004 at 14:10:19 (MST)



Does anyone recall a toy called MR. OSWALD? You would draw a face on your chin and then put a mask on in the shape of a little person's suit.When you looked in a dual mirror your face would appear upside down and a little bald headed character would emerge. I believe the toy originated from a TV show that was on in the late 50's early 60's. It was hysterical. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks
Kathy LaCorte <klaco1820@aol.com>
Massapequa Park, NY USA - Friday, January 30, 2004 at 10:44:33 (MST)



The "Boob Tube" "Video Village Fun". Video Village was a kid's TV game show in the very early 60s. The set was a village with streets and fake storefronts. The kids who were playing the game on the show would move down the streets from one store to the next, and they would have little challenges along the way, and it seems likely that Boob Tube contests were one of the challenges. I have not thought of Video Village in almost 40 years ...
Carol <carolhansen2002@yahoo.com>
USA - Wednesday, January 21, 2004 at 13:17:05 (MST)



Hi Sam - I stumbled upon your site while looking for a picture of the "King of the Hill" game. I was not expecting to find anything, and was so pleased to see the game and that cool 1963 box cover. I loved that game! Also Booby-Trap, Vac-u-form, Give-a-Show Projector, Lie and Spy Detector (still have them!), Green Ghost, Super SpiroGraph, and many others made when toys were actually fun! I wonder if you recall "Mr. Machine", from Hasbro I think. This was a windup robot that you could take apart and put back together. My sister got one for Christmas, I think in 1964, and in less than an hour it was apart, never to be fully back together again. Also, I had "The Visible Woman" in the early '60s, and that was way cool. I will be returning to look at the toy pictures individually. They bring back vivid memories!
Carol <carolhansen2002@yahoo.com>
Cupertino, CA USA - Wednesday, January 21, 2004 at 13:09:47 (MST)



Your site is wonderful! I don't think I have ever been taken back to my youth in such an manner. It's just like hearing a song that takes you back. We must be about the same age (46). Many of the items in your collection I used to have, but have not thought about in years! Tip-it, Skittle Bowl, Lie Detector, Kaboom, Six Finger, Green Ghost, Vac-U-Form etc. One I have tried to find something on that I would love to give to my son is the Kenner Girder and Panel set. I used to love that thing. Anyway, I appreciate your site and collection and have added it to my favorites.
Chris Roberts
USA - Monday, January 19, 2004 at 14:24:36 (MST)

(See the Girder and Panel Collectors Club website or search ebay for them. Sam)



Hello Sam. You emailed me a month ago when I asked if you would resale an item you outbid me on ebay and I told you you were the greatest for sparking that interest in toys that I had as a child for that I thank you but on the other hand my wife is now looking for that person that did spark that so called interest. Sam, I cannot believe in 5 months I've recreated your toy list story starts out like this I made a wish list on paper and started looking on the net. Everytime I did that same name kept coming up (Sams Toybox) somehow I'd listed 75% of Sam's games and toys and his ebay links could do no wrong and now with three days of therapy a week I should be getting better soon (ha ha ha ) Would not trade it for the world, thanks again Sam. Sorry bout that Sears helicopter again, see around the ol bidding field. My Best regards Chukkk
Chuck H <chardiman@varnet.net>
exeter, ca USA - Monday, January 19, 2004 at 12:40:02 (MST)

(Note: When I am bidding on something on ebay I often look at the feedback of other bidders to see what they have been buying. It was with a great deal of surprise that I saw that Chuck had bought dozens of toys in the previous weeks and all of them were ones that I had on my site. It appeared that he was trying to recreate my collection and has done a pretty good job of doing just that in only five months. Wishing I had the cash to buy that many toys that quickly, it has taken me six years to amass my collection. Cheers and best wishes to Chuck. See what chukkk has been bidding on. - Sam)



A lot of good memories within this site!!!! I can't believe the prices of some of these things. Mom passed away a couple of years ago and my brother and I cleaned out the attic. I kept some games that I knew were mine...and my sister took some of hers. One of the shared gifts that I think my brother still has is the Kabala game....I am shocked at what that is selling for on eBay....I have been trying to get a hold of my sister to tell her about Dynamite Shack which I found on your site and I THINK she took to her house...unbelievable at $40 currently on eBay. I have a Skittle Bowl that I have played a few times with my own children BUT THE ABSOLUTELY best thing I found on your site was the STICKY FINGER....I received one of those on my birthday in the 60's after asking feverishly for it (why I sure don't remember) but it couldn't have been unwrapped for 20 minutes when a neighbor friend at my party tried to pick up the ball by swatting down at it.....we were in an unfinished basement with a concrete floor and the Finger grazed off the ball and hit the floor shattering in three or four pieces...I was heart broken.....I have been trying to describe this toy to my wife for years and thanks to your site, now I can show her a picture!!!!! Again, great site...I have bookmarked it and will look in from time to time.
Mike V.
Pittsburgh, PA USA - Sunday, January 18, 2004 at 20:56:55 (MST)



I cant explain the weird feeling I get when I see games like green ghost. What a great game for a child in the 60's. I guess it was the glowing that was so cool. Thanks for the site. Jeff
Jeff <jelmore243@msn.com>
gaffney, sc USA - Saturday, January 17, 2004 at 20:48:16 (MST)



Great web design.
Concept Web Design <arealcoolhipdude@hotmail.com >
UK , UK UK - Saturday, January 17, 2004 at 10:49:46 (MST)



When I was a kid in the 60's we had a wood skittle game board that was about 3'x1 1/2'and it had wood bowling pins and tops, that you launched with string to knock down the pins. Have you seen anything like that? Let me know if you do. Thanks, Jan
Jan <archie52@webtv.net>
Seattle, Wa USA - Saturday, January 17, 2004 at 02:23:04 (MST)



I am buying an RC helicopter, and it got me thinking about that cool Vertibird I had as a kid. Great site!
Kristopher Johnson
Alpharetta, GA USA - Sunday, January 11, 2004 at 12:52:26 (MST)



Hello and happy new year! Recently I recalled the disc gun I had in the mid 80s, did a google search and found your site. I sure loved my disc gun! Too bad they don't still make'em, for they rule! If you find one being auctioned now, you gotta leave it in the package for collector value. I wanna shoot one!
gabe
hartford, ct USA - Thursday, January 01, 2004 at 22:45:08 (MST)



Hi Sam, I am hard at work developing a family heirloom inventory for my sons to reference when I shuffle off. One of the items I inherited was a Knapp Electric questioner game called "The Tell Bell." Can't seem to find informations about this specific one anywhere, but was glad to see the ones on your site which are very similar. The Los Altos History Museum site, BTW, has a Knapp Questioner in their collection and they date it as 1928.
Karen <enhance@uniontel.net>
Almond, WI USA - Thursday, January 01, 2004 at 08:56:49 (MST)


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