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Re: Memorable Holiday Presents?
« Reply #10 on: December 12, 2015, 12:28:56 am »
Doesn't anyone else have anything memorable from childhood holidays?

I remember getting Smash Up Derby set one Christmas.  I had a few sets of those.


Tell him when l come up to him and ask to play the record, l'm gonna say: ''Voulez-vous jouer ce disque?''
'Voulez-vous, will you kiss my dick?'
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Re: Memorable Holiday Presents?
« Reply #11 on: December 12, 2015, 06:50:29 am »
Great idea for a thread, Jeff! :)

I have two memorable gifts I got as a kid. One were a pair of bright red winter boots. Technically I got them for my birthday, but since it's so close to Christmas I think it counts. I loved those boots to no end, they were completely red from the outside, the sole, mid-part, bootleg and even the zipper, and they had a lining of artificial lamb-fur on the inside. I think I never had cold feet in them, but that might be my imagination. :laugh:

The second was a Sony Walkman I got from my father back in the eighties when they were THE thing to have. I cherished it for many years.

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Re: Memorable Holiday Presents?
« Reply #12 on: December 12, 2015, 10:26:04 am »
Not only the most memorable present but saw one on Pawn Stars that went for thousands of dollars. Asked mom what ever happened to that fire truck & her reply was, "whut"....   ;D

LOL!!!

Good for her.
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Re: Memorable Holiday Presents?
« Reply #13 on: December 12, 2015, 11:08:58 am »
Great idea for a thread, Jeff! 

Brad, I would have LOVED your pedal-driven firetruck!

Milo, boy do I remember HotWheels!  Those orange tracks made great weapons.  Remember the funny purple plastic connectors?  I think my brother and I had some elaborate figure eights with ramps.

I have a few memorable ones:

--A toy Aston Martin from the Bond film "Goldfinger".  It was little, but it did stuff:  a button would pop out guns in front; another button would pop up a rear shield; a third button would eject the villain out of the roof!  Way cool.  I have to admit that I bought one at a flea market a few years ago.  Yes, it seems, you can buy back your childhood.


--Another favorite was also a car:  the 60s TV version of the Batmobile.  It had a rocket thingie, a fire exhaust, and a cutting wheel out the front.  Plus, very cool "fins" and bluish turquoise bubble glass. My brother and I played with this endlessly. No, I haven't bought one lately.


--As the kids got older, my parents would get us a "kids" group present. Most memorable was a pinball machine.  It was small and tinny, but it worked great, with bells and lights and bumpers.  Plus, no quarters necessary!

--The last memorable present I recall was also a "kids" group present: our own phone line.  My dad was always on call, and as we kids got older, we were constantly on the phone and getting interrupted, so we got our own phone with an extra-long cord for privacy.  I still remember the number.   


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Re: Memorable Holiday Presents?
« Reply #14 on: December 12, 2015, 02:22:54 pm »
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Re: Memorable Holiday Presents?
« Reply #15 on: December 12, 2015, 02:29:02 pm »
I'm glad I had the idea for this thread.  :)

Brad's fire truck reminds me that at some time in my childhood I had a military jeep. Heaven only knows when that disappeared. It probably wasn't the best thing for a little boy growing up in a row house in the city--no place really to ride it.  :-\

And Paul reminds me that I had a pinball machine, too. Funny that I don't remember my mother getting rid of any of these things.  ???

I think my Tonka fire truck (thanks for reminding me of that, Milo) is still in my dad's basement. It came with its own little fire hydrant, and you could hook a garden hose up to the fire hydrant and shoot water out of the truck's fire hose.  ;D

I agree with Paul: You can buy back your childhood--at least to some extent. That "Fort Apache" play set I mentioned had lost a lot of pieces over the years, and I've spent a lot "reconstructing" it. I also bought another Marx playset I had as a kid: "The Flintstones"!  :laugh: It was a complete little town of Bedrock, and there's a real story to this one. It must have been "big" the year I got it, and my mother couldn't find one anywhere. Finally, she convinced a store manager somewhere to sell her the display model, the only one they had left!  :laugh:
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Re: Memorable Holiday Presents?
« Reply #16 on: December 12, 2015, 02:31:02 pm »
Our cousin Darrell had one of these.

That Batmobile is cool! Love the tail fins!  :D

Of course, I remember when ordinary cars had tail fins, but never mind!  :-\  :laugh:
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Re: Memorable Holiday Presents?
« Reply #17 on: December 12, 2015, 04:18:45 pm »
Of course, I remember when ordinary cars had tail fins, but never mind!  :-\  :laugh:

hehehe

You're not alone on that one.
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Re: Memorable Holiday Presents?
« Reply #18 on: December 12, 2015, 11:33:20 pm »
One year my brothers and I got a joint present of a Hot Wheels racing system with cars, tracks, ramps, etc. The most fun part of that was whacking each other with the flexible orange track segments.

My younger brother loved those, he had about 3 different sets.


Tell him when l come up to him and ask to play the record, l'm gonna say: ''Voulez-vous jouer ce disque?''
'Voulez-vous, will you kiss my dick?'
Will you play my record? One-track mind!

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Re: Memorable Holiday Presents?
« Reply #19 on: December 12, 2015, 11:35:12 pm »
--A toy Aston Martin from the Bond film "Goldfinger".  It was little, but it did stuff:  a button would pop out guns in front; another button would pop up a rear shield; a third button would eject the villain out of the roof!  Way cool.  I have to admit that I bought one at a flea market a few years ago.  Yes, it seems, you can buy back your childhood.




I didn't have that, but I remember seeing it, a friend must've had it way back when.


Tell him when l come up to him and ask to play the record, l'm gonna say: ''Voulez-vous jouer ce disque?''
'Voulez-vous, will you kiss my dick?'
Will you play my record? One-track mind!