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Thanks for the walk down memory lane. I too still have my super spirograph. However I'm missing 10 pieces and the pens. I wonder if I can buy replacements?! What wonderful memories I have playing with the spirogragh for hours!!! We sure had some great toys back then ....didn't we!!! Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year! God Bless you and yours.
Wanda Meades <poorowhitegirl@hotmail.com>
slaughter, la USA - Wednesday, December 20, 2006 at 12:33:52 (EST)



How nice it was to see your copy of Pull the Rug Out by Schaper - I am the young man on the cover of the game, the one in the green shirt with his chin in his hands and eyes closed. I remember taking that picture like it was yesterday - for a man standing on a ladder above us and out of camera shot, was dropping a toy down hitting the balanced toys that were stacked on the rug (that my brother was holding in the shot), causing the toys to fly everywhere. I was always surprised that they used that picture being that my eyes were closed. I came across your site while searching the net for a mint condition copy of that same game, which one day I hope to run across.
Tom H.
USA - Wednesday, December 13, 2006 at 00:23:22 (EST)



Thanks for the walk down memory lane!! I had the Kenner Spirograph from the mid 1960's Not sure if my parents still have it tucked away somewhere. I spent coultless hours creating designs on it. They sure don't make toys like they used to! Would love to get one for our twins but not sure if the modern versions would hold up.
lynn <andruszko>
marietta, ga USA - Wednesday, December 06, 2006 at 22:36:12 (EST)



AWESOME sight.. thank you for posting it.. it brought back many memorys..and it the first sight to have chutes away game as i had.. its a blessing to see this sight.. i collect off and on i hit the thrift stores now and then.. GREAT sight!
jim <swordofthlord@yahoo.com>
Mi USA - Tuesday, November 21, 2006 at 19:40:10 (EST)



What a great site!! Toys were so cool in 70's/early 80's. Ricochet racers, Evil Knievel stunt cycle (best boys toy ever!!), TCR, Six Million Dollar man action figure (with 'bionic eye' lens), Simon, Kerplunk, Rebound, Jaws and Buckaroo, Tin Can Alley, etc.... Another 2 that I really liked were Steer n Go and one that you guys called Chutesaway (pretty sure it was called something else in uk), but it involved dropping yellow parachutes from a plane into red pots on a landscaped revolving board.
Mark <Mark.Sefton@Syngenta.com>
Macclesfield, Cheshire England - Wednesday, November 15, 2006 at 04:18:27 (EST)



I found your site because I was trying to find out how much mine is worth. I have two plastic mugs,one of which is missing the handle.And the hadle you pull down to dispense the cola seems to have gotten broken.Other than that,its complete & in good shape.Oh,and I dont have the box.This is the actuall toy my mom bought for me years ago.I was shocked to find it in her basement.Thanks for letting me share my story.
Mike <BaldBeaverEater@sbcglobal.net>
Holt, Mi USA - Tuesday, October 24, 2006 at 23:15:53 (EDT)



I found a Fascination Checkers game By Remco at an estate sale, does this game have any value.
Dee <dnaborsmilton@aol.com>
Eads, TN USA - Thursday, October 19, 2006 at 22:07:31 (EDT)



I have an old light up drawing desk, made by Lakeside, same as those mentioned on the site, but which goes by a slightly different name: "World Of Disney" Light Up Drawing Desk. It comes with a set of 12 drawing sheets, which, sadly, I only have nine (though the nine are pristine in condition). Each sheet is titled after one of the Disney cartoons of the day, such as "Robin Hood," "Dumbo," or "Mary Poppins." The product is numbered "No. 5340." If anyone can help me date it, I would be greatly appreciative.
Linda Talley <mizzllat2@msn.com>
Bellingham, WA 98225 - Monday, October 02, 2006 at 04:55:28 (EDT)



i have been trying to remember mighty men and monster maker for months. thank you awsome site. now i can sleep again.
cdaan <collinshelton@yahoo.com>
grand rapids, mi USA - Sunday, August 27, 2006 at 16:13:31 (EDT)



This brings back such great memories! My Dad got me a six finger after weeks of begging and I loved it. I still remember the commercial jingle"six finger, six finger, man alive. How'd I ever get along with five!" I had an older cousin who tried to steal my six finger. He nearly strangled me for it. Luckily my Dad intervened. I don't know what ever happened to it, but none of my friends my age had ever heard of it. Now I have proof!
Annie <etourge@nycap.rr.com>
Albany, N.Y. USA - Thursday, August 03, 2006 at 13:11:03 (EDT)



I found your site because I am trying to find a toy I have online. You have a Disney Light up drawing desk by Lakeside. I have one that you don't have listed, a Holly Hobbie one. I have the desk, original box and all 12 tracing papers that came with it. Have you heard of it before?
Kathy S <kathysylvain@shaw.ca>
Edmonton, Canada - Monday, July 24, 2006 at 01:58:07 (EDT)



Mobile Armatron! I had one of those when I was about 5 -- so that'd make it 1985. Wow, you've got quite an archive here, Sam. Thanks for the memories, and keep up the good work.
Andy <aasilvaatgmaildotcom>
USA - Friday, July 21, 2006 at 13:58:17 (EDT)



I found your site while looking for an old, commercial sno-cone machine that a small store had back when I was a kid. Being 49 years old now, sadly I don't think any of them are around anymore. I can relate this toy story though. A very close friend of mine whom I've yet to even meet, living half a world away from me found a Casper the friendly ghost doll on eBay mfg'd in 1962 just like the one I had when I was 5 or 6 years old. She didn't forget that I'd told her that so she found one secently and sent it to me. What a nice suprise! Memories...they do flood back sometimes don't they. Hey, I really like your site by the way so keep up the good work.
R.S.Fischer
USA - Friday, July 14, 2006 at 23:16:45 (EDT)



A couple of days ago, I experienced what I thought might have been a dream. The thought of having a toy that I would stick a card into and it made the car travel the route that was programed on the card didn't seem possible. So today I thought I'd do a search for "programable toy car" and it appeared! I wasn't dreaming at all. I can just remember the toy when I was growing up as a little boy. The most I rememberd is sticking that little card in the car. As soon as I saw your site, it all came back. Those cards would get frayed on the edges and the car would sometimes not do exactly what it was supposed to do. Thanks for jarring my memory. This was a great when I was growing up. I'm now 46 so I was probably around 9 years old when they were popular.
Reggie
stone mountain, ga USA - Saturday, July 01, 2006 at 09:09:07 (EDT)



Hello all,I have an Emenee enlarg-a-graph for sale,anyone interested? Dave
dave dennis <denni35@aol.com>
USA - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 19:14:57 (EDT)



Hello! My brother sent me your site and I just checked it out....thank you! I thought I was the only persone in the world left that had had such a wonderful time with my spirograph! I had hours and hours of fun with that game when I was younger, didn't know you could still buy them. I"m going to get one for my grandson! Thank You!
Penny Newhouse <caboose420@aol.com>
Sissonville, WV USA - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 16:40:30 (EDT)



I have a Cootie game with a few parts missing: 2 black antennas, one red eye and one green leg. My box looks the same as the one pictured. The only numbers I find on the inside of the lid are: OPS-Sec.43-cpr7 Price $2.00. Can anyone tell me what year this game was made and where I might find the missing parts. Thank you. I was really surprised when I found the mfg of Cooties on the internet. The game I have is well over 50 years old. If any one can help me with the parts and the mfg'ed year I would be most grateful.
Betty Holzhey <bholzhey@trhs.org>
Marsing, ID USA - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 14:23:53 (EDT)



I absolutely loved the Spirograph game we had as children. It came out the year I was born, 1967. I'm currently watching a few nearly mint vintage sets on ebay. Thanks for you site. I wondered if the newer version was as fun to play with. Now I know.
Char <cowens@neo.rr.com>
Mansfield, OH USA - Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 16:13:38 (EDT)



My mom and I were looking for a certain game (The Thingmaker and Strange Change Machine, both by Mattel) after hearing about how funnily dangerous they were. We didn't know the exact name, just the manufacturer, and this amazingly put together site had both! We also found Voodoo Doll Game, and we're so glad this site had all three of the old games on it. Thank you so much for creating this page!
Maya Saludes <sycosymatic666@hotmail.com>
Tampa, fl USA - Friday, May 19, 2006 at 17:41:48 (EDT)



Great site, thanks so much for maintaining it for we toy lovers.
Judy
USA - Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 17:26:20 (EDT)



I just wanted to say thank you i have been looking everywhere for replacement parts for my sons car factory. Now thanks to you I have them.
carrie <taken4ever_ca@hotmail.com>
cambridge, ontario canada - Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at 19:47:52 (EDT)



I was looking for the Gabriel Monster Machine on Ebay with little luck as I couldn't remember the manufacturer or even the exact name. I found your site on google on the first shot with great pics of the toy and lots of helpful info. Great site. I had this toy when I was a child but was never able to get a casting as I really didn't have any help and didn't really understand how plaster worked. I guess I was too young. Anyhow, I am a sculptor now and think back often to how difficult making anything was for me back then. I had serious problems with wood, plaster, paper-mache. Now I can use these media and be successful and really have fun. I would like to find the monster machine again as it seems like such a cool gyroscopic mechanism. I remember sitting out in my back yard in what must have been the early 80's under the hot summer sun with the secadas buzzing and the brown grass pricking at my legs and cranking this crazy toy. I was totally impatient and had no idea what I was doing as I don't remember the instructions being very helpful then. Maybe I didn't even read them. Anyhow, great site! Thanks!
jason karakehian <jason@worksinsteel.com>
boston, ma USA - Thursday, April 06, 2006 at 07:43:26 (EDT)



We found this incredibly fun game in the attic of my kids grandparents, after they died. No instructions were available and the kids were making up there own rules. I love the old games and will need this website in the future for more game rules. Thanks a bunch, Lisa
Lisa Heintskill <Sharpwife@aol.com>
Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA - Thursday, March 30, 2006 at 22:07:42 (EST)



I was wondering if anyone can remember the Lollipop Factory from, I would guess, 1966? It was shaped like an assembly line, you would put cooking dish on a conveyor belt, pass under the sugar, water, and syrup spouts above, where you would push a button to fill the dish. Then there was a mixer where you would drop it down into the dish and mix it up. Then you would crank the conveyor belt and the dish would drop into the shove, which was heated with a lightbulb. You would add the favor that you wanted your lollipop to be. Then you would pour the heated syrup into molds with sticks in them. When it hardened you had your pop. Does anyone remember it? Has anyone seen one around? Thank you! Joe Butera
Joe Butera <jbdetroit@earthlink.net>
New York, NY USA - Thursday, March 23, 2006 at 23:02:24 (EST)



Major flashback when I saw the game KABOOM by Ideal here in your Toybox. My late father had KABOOM when I was very young. I remember sneaking to play, because my mother and sister were horrified by the sound of the balloons popping. I look forward to the day I own my own and play it with my children. Thank you for the ToyboxSam.
L.
KY USA - Monday, March 20, 2006 at 21:59:28 (EST)



Hands Up Harry - The best X-Mas present ever !!!!! Does anyone manufacture this anymore What does one need to do to put this on the market again I'm sure it's not PC and would probably have a backlash Great memories with this toy
David La Ronde <davesjunk@sympatico.ca>
Brantford, ON Canada - Thursday, March 16, 2006 at 22:15:22 (EST)



I'm looking for a spirograph to show my children what real toys are. I came upon your site somehow. This is a very cool site. I see you don't sell your toys. Can we come over and play then? Just kidding, I had a kiddie fondue as a kid that I loved. Such a simple toy but it brings back fond memories for me.
Dena <ka_did_le@yahoo.com>
Lorain, oh USA - Tuesday, March 14, 2006 at 14:29:12 (EST)



I see you have extensive collection of Spirographs. I've been telling the "youngsters" around my office that I had a Spiroman (which, incidentally broke less than a month after I got it) when I was a kid. They don't believe me that any such toy ever existed. Do you have any information on one of those? Thanks for the great memories!!!
Rene
- Thursday, March 09, 2006 at 23:24:52 (EST)

(The toy Rene remembers might be Mr. Rembrandt by Ideal - I don't yet have one but here is a picture - Sam)

Update: (I stand corrected, Rene sent me this picture of the Spiroman she had as a child and here's one from an eBay auction that I didn't win. - Sam)



I love spirograph, I really enjoyed visiting the website. Me and my kids 11 & 6 just broke my old spirograph out the other day and I can't quit making designs. It is fun time spent with them, and they aren't in front of the TV or playing video games. Looking at your pictures brought back alot of memories. I wish I still had both of the spirographs that I had. The ones they make today do not compare. Thank You
Cindy <cndylu2@charter.net>
Clendenin, WV USA - Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at 18:25:51 (EST)



Thanks for the score sheets. Looked over the sight and never realized that there were so many skittle games. I would like to know if you had any copies of the rules for skittle bowl.
Mitch <mas1062000@yahoo.com>
Midlothian , TX USA - Friday, February 17, 2006 at 15:24:49 (EST)



I RECENTLY FOUND AN AMAZE A MATIC CHRYSLER CHARGER III IN ORIGINAL BOX IN GREAT SHAPE(LESS INSTRUCTION BOOKLET)AT MY PARENTS HOUSE HOW DO YOU SUGGEST I SELL IT
HANK <COOTERWOLF@MAIL.COM>
COLLINGSWOOD, NJ USA - Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at 20:24:24 (EST)



Wow the fisher price toys,Tonka Trucks etc. I have a grandson now and was remembering all the cool toys I used to have and Armatron came to mind. What a great robotic toy !!! I looked in the attic but no Armatron. Funny how something very important to you isn't to someone else. The search is on for a robotic arm. Great site ...you brought back many memories.
Wilson T. Granger <profix52@visi.net>
Newport News, Va USA - Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 17:13:55 (EST)



While cleaning out our closet, we found little jewels and the yellow dice. We could not remember which game it was, but your site helped! We used to love Forbidden Bridge; thanks so much for having it on your site! It brings back such memories.
Happy Person
CA USA - Friday, January 13, 2006 at 20:46:47 (EST)



I just saw a post from the woman who had fond memories of the Mattel Toot Sweet Machine. I can relate. I had SUCH fond memories... that I recently paid $202 to get one on eBay. I think I had a toy collector bidding against me. But I had no intention of "collecting" it! I am 43 years old and I pull the thing out and PLAY with it! All my nieces and nephews think I'm the coolest thing in the world when I pull that toy out when they're visiting for the holidays. Mattel REALLY should bring it back. It was the one toy that I always wanted to get back from my childhood. So when it came up on eBay... it was worth whatever I had to pay for it :-)
Shelley <shelhaslip@aol.com>
Helena, MT USA - Thursday, January 05, 2006 at 19:08:43 (EST)



I really got a kick out of your Ebay story I guess even though you had a horrific experience with a sorry seller at least you made some folks laugh
Spanky <marmono@hotmail.com>
USA - Wednesday, January 04, 2006 at 18:53:41 (EST)



I am currently searching the web for a top that is operated by pushing down on a rod to make the interior mechanism rotate one way while the exterior shell rotated the other way. The inside was a rocket ship flying over an alien landscape with a river and sparks simulating the rocket exhaust. I had one these for a long time and it was in good working order. Unfortunately, it was put into storage and I guess it has been given away or sold. Anyway, this is a great site. It sure brings back memories for an old timer of 43 (almost).
James Dean jr <apr16jtd@flashlink.net>
Fort Mill, SC USA - Monday, January 02, 2006 at 14:50:59 (EST)


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