They may be long gone from our toy chests, but they’ll forever be our favorites.
Frozen dolls and high-tech video games fill the shelves of toy stores these days, but we remember a time when entertainment was so much … simpler. Which is exactly why we rounded up a few of our favorite toys from years past — prepare for a dose of nostalgia, ’60s kids!
1. CRISSY DOLL
Barbie had nothing on this gal. Why, you might ask? Because Crissy could “grow” hair.
It was the very first sports arcade video game to ever grace this Earth — and when we say we spent “hours” playing the monotonous game, we actually mean days. Without the invention of arcade games, what would kids do today?
3. GNIP GNOP
Pronounced with hard “Gs”. Once you got all of the six balls through the tiny holes onto your opponent’s side of the board, you inevitably ran around the house claiming victory — and consequently setting yourself up for a noogie later on.
You probably couldn’t go anywhere in the ’70s without hearing the “clacking” sound that was made famous by this popular toy. Clackers were addictive because you could just keep going and going, annoying your parents to all oblivion.
5. ROCKEM, SOCKEM ROBOTS
This was the very best way to get out all of your anger without getting in trouble with mom and dad. The object of the game was to beat the pants (OK, head) off of your opponent’s robot.
All you had to do was stick a film disc in the cartridge and it’d take you all over the world in seconds. Pretty cool for the pre-Internet age.
It was the walking spring toy. This toy claimed there were no complicated parts always breaking (until IT got tangled!). Watch it walk downstairs.
8. G.I. JOE
G.I. Joe is looking for a few good men! The most amazing soldier you ever played with, he recruited youngsters to aspire to join our ranks.
The game that ties you up in knots, and gets people talking about silly you look!
10. MYSTERY DATE GAME
The object of the game was to win a date with a handsome guy. The date to be avoided is the poorly dressed “dud.” He is wearing slovenly attire, his hair is tousled, and his face sports a beard shadow. Hmmm … kind of sounds like what kids wear these days, no?