As a child, I grew up in the late 60’s and early 70’s at a time when space related toys and science fiction (Japanese movie related) toys were very popular. We weren’t as fortunate as the kids of today and didn’t have all of the electronic toys that are now available. The toys that we had, had to serve a multi-purpose platform if you had a toy pistol you used it to play cowboys and Indians, army and cops and robbers. Here are five of my
favorites that are no longer made:
King Zor by Ideal Toys (circa 1962)
King Zor was manufacture in 1962 by Ideal Toys who is no longer in business. Zor was made to look like a space dragon similar to “Godzilla”. King Zor came with a dart gun and 5 small balls which were place in a opening in his back and the balls would pop up as he moved about. And if you shot his tail with the darts provided he would change directions.
Rockem Sockem Robots by the Marx Toy Company (1964)
Remember those red and blue robots battling in the squared circle. As a kid I can remember the numerous fights that my sister and I would have over who would be what color seeing one of the robots always seemed to have that proverbial glass jaw and would end up getting “his block knocked off”.
Building Boulders by Kenner Toys (1962)
Kenner launched this toy to take advantage of the then popular “Flintstones” cartoon. Building boulders were over-sized Styrofoam interlocking building blocks which kids could build structures which they could really play in. These were a precursor of a building element actually used in the building trades today, the insulated concrete form made from poly styrene.
Popper Knockers (1960- 1970?)
This particular toy was made by various companies and was simple in design. You had to acrylic spheres at the end of a cord. You would take the cord in the middle and attempt to get the balls to bounce off of each other without knocking yourself out doing little tricks like the in and out where you would passed the toy between your legs.
The Addams Family Card game (1964)
This game was produced by Milton-Bradley. It is basically a card version of rock, paper scissors with a wild card. In this case Gomez takes Morticia, Morticia takes the Kids and the Kids take Gomez. Uncle Fester and Lurch are wild and they take anything. If two like cards appear then you have a battle until one player matches the card that started the battle. The game is over when one player takes all the cards.
Some of these toys are now being remade by companies who have gotten the nostalgia craze. But they don’t match the quality of the originals.