I’m starting a new series on all the great toys I had as a child, growing up in the 70s and 80s. I don’t know if the toys we had back then were any better than today’s toys, in part because I have two daughters and no idea what kind of toys boys play with these days. I guess today they’re all playing with video games. But I know the Star Wars toys from the 70s were a thousand times better than what’s available today. In the late 70s and early 80s you could acquire a virtual prop department capable of supporting a Star Wars sequel.
And when did Luke Skywalker start taking steroids?
This is just ridiculous! But I don’t think the “buff” Skywalker is still being sold.
Anyway, almost all my toys are gone—most of them broke, others I traded to friends or sold them for a few dollars. Some were just lost. Fortunately, E-Bay has come to the rescue. I’ve tracked down most of the toys I had growing up, although I haven’t bought any. I’m spending too much money on my bicycles. But at least I have pictures and memories.
So over the next several weeks I’ll be posting articles about my favorite lost toys. I’ll begin with the Granddaddy of Lost Toys, the Arklon Black King. This toy is so rare, it’s difficult to find photographs of it. Most surviving examples are broken, but still fetch a few hundred dollars. A fully-working model would probably bring $1000 or more.
Here are some thumbnails of other lost toys I’ll be writing about. Sit back and enjoy the memories!