Posts tagged: toys
“Our second son, Matty, didn't have a G.I. Joe, but he did have a Big Jim,” wrote Judy McKeehan.
“Big Jim had a big plastic Jeep. Matty decided that Big Jim needed a wife, so he asked for a Barbie for his birthday.”
Matty had the same birthday as his dad, Mike.
Well, there was a birthday party for Matty. While opening the box containing the Barbie, he realized his friends were watching him. So when he pulled out the doll he said, “Here, Dad, this must be for you.”
A) I could never keep it going. B) We should have been wearing helmets. C) It was OK, if you enjoy hurtling out of control. D) My friends and I were too light to really make the spring work. E) It used to scare me when adults tried it. I just knew they were going to get hurt. F) Other.
It wasn't really all that much fun.
At least not if you used an actual Wiffle Ball (registered trademark).
Sure the holes in the white plastic ball allowed it to simulate curveballs. Or so it said on the box.
But that design also kept it from traveling far or fast. Playing backyard baseball with an actual Wiffle Ball was like being in the dead ball era.
No, what you wanted was a plastic ball that was solid on the outside. Pitchers could get plenty of heat on their fastballs and still achieve remarkable movement. And hitters could smack line-drives and long home runs — not just wounded ducks fluttering back to the pitcher.
Reasonable people can disagree about this.
But it says here that playing wiffle ball with a Wiffle Ball was a slow-motion drag.
And he or she will immediately begin to take liberties with the published route and schedule.
But that's nothing. In the hands of action-craving children, there tends to be an appalling number of accidents.
At least that's the way it used to be.
But I'm sure many boys who played with Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots went on to lead productive lives.
This would be another contender for the title.
The definitive account of why “electric football” was insane can be found in Bill Bryson's “The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid.”
But the truth is, this list could go on and on.
Everyone loves a Slinky. At least they did for a little while.