If you were born in the late 60’s to early 70’s like myself, then chances are you came in contact with some potentially fatal objects as a child. I am not talking about drugs or lead poisoning from chewing on the windowsill either. I am referring to things that were much more dangerous…our toys. Ah yes the toys of our generation are now banned due to high levels of lead, fire hazards, and things of that nature but let’s be honest, we loved our toys. I do question our parents thought process though, I mean really who hands a 5 year old a 3 foot dart and then tells them to ‘let her rip’?
So let’s take a look at my favorite 5 toys and see if we can figure out why they don’t make them anymore.
The Lawn Dart...oh how I loved my lawn darts and really what kid wouldn’t love a 12 inch killing machine that you throw? The object of this game was to throw the dart to try to get it in the center of the circle that came with the game. I am assuming that at some point one or more children were hit with a dart thrown by a person who may have been a little shall we say, challenged, in the area of hand/eye coordination.
The Water Wiggle…how could you ever think the water wiggle was safe? It consisted of a 7 foot hose that used a heavy duty stream of water to make the wiggle ‘dance’. I’ll tell you this though, I loved the water wiggle, it was great summer fun with the added bonus of strangulation thrown in just for a giggle.
The Original Easy Bake Oven…I opened this bad boy up on Christmas morning and though ‘Oh yeah’ I was finally going to have my chance to bake a tiny cake by using a super strong high watt lightbulb, after letting it bake for around 1 1/2 – 2 hours, it would be amazing. I mean sure there was a high probability of a fire but hey, back in the day we took our chances.
Super Elastic Bubble Plastic…who could ever forget the little blobs of poison that you rolled between your fingers then placed on one end of a straw, while you blew through the other end. Oh yes, I can still smell the toxic fumes even now, but oh well, I made my own bubble. I could play keep away with that bubble, although I am sure that was not the best idea, you know secondary to the high levels of acetone and all.
Sleds With Metal Runners…I have been searching high and low for a sled with metal runners and I can’t find one anywhere. I want my kids to experience the same thrill of racing down hill unable to stop and all the while slicing and dicing anyone and everyone that gets in your way. Oh yes remember getting run over by the metal runners? If it was just a graze you were okay but if you got caught underneath one of those puppy’s you were heading straight to the E.R. for a friendly little game of stitch it up.
After looking at my list I can see why these toys are no longer available but I guess that which doesn’t kill us only makes us stronger. Right?
So did you see any of your favorite toy that you had as a kid growing up on this list? Do you have any favorites that you swear could have killed you but didn’t? Let me know in the comment section!