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Messaschnitzel
09-26-2007, 06:20 PM
I was scrounging around Youtube last night and I couldn't believe it when I came across this old commercial for a toy that I received when I was 4-5 years old. Now I finally know what the name of it was.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h18Xg85SBzU

The one that I had was a secondhand one that my dad got from someone who was throwing it away because it didn't work. When he brought it home, I couldn't wait for my dad to get it fixed. I remember that it had a thin fiberboard back like the ones on the backs of T.V.s back then. It took a boatload of "D" cells to make it work. The scenery behind the viewscreen was a metal geared roller frame that had what I believe was a painted, thick cellulose acetate sheet that was wrapped around the metal frame.
The two darts it had were long gone, but I could care less. My imagination more than made up for it. I have no idea how many hours I spent playing with that thing. I was probably 11-12 when I quit playing with toys and my parents gave it away to someone else's children.

Seeing this toy really took me aback when I saw it. I didn't realize what an impact it had on me in those early years. NOW, I have a reason to tell my wife why I am hooked on IL2! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

Now it is probably on EBAY for a bazillion dollars in busted up condition. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Messaschnitzel
09-26-2007, 06:20 PM
I was scrounging around Youtube last night and I couldn't believe it when I came across this old commercial for a toy that I received when I was 4-5 years old. Now I finally know what the name of it was.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h18Xg85SBzU

The one that I had was a secondhand one that my dad got from someone who was throwing it away because it didn't work. When he brought it home, I couldn't wait for my dad to get it fixed. I remember that it had a thin fiberboard back like the ones on the backs of T.V.s back then. It took a boatload of "D" cells to make it work. The scenery behind the viewscreen was a metal geared roller frame that had what I believe was a painted, thick cellulose acetate sheet that was wrapped around the metal frame.
The two darts it had were long gone, but I could care less. My imagination more than made up for it. I have no idea how many hours I spent playing with that thing. I was probably 11-12 when I quit playing with toys and my parents gave it away to someone else's children.

Seeing this toy really took me aback when I saw it. I didn't realize what an impact it had on me in those early years. NOW, I have a reason to tell my wife why I am hooked on IL2! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

Now it is probably on EBAY for a bazillion dollars in busted up condition. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Swivet
09-26-2007, 06:35 PM
omg that's hilarious http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif..Makes you think you can FLY,FLY,FLY!!..Talk about brainwashing!

Now look at us http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

leitmotiv
09-26-2007, 06:43 PM
I had something almost exactly like it. It projected the images of airplanes on the wall and you fired darts at them which stuck on the wall by suction caps. The rest was the same. I loved it. Played with it for hours on end.

It wasn't brainwashing---in those ancient days kids came equipped with imagination.

heywooood
09-26-2007, 06:58 PM
imagine that

leitmotiv
09-26-2007, 07:14 PM
Now they come equipped with unlimited credit.

Herr_Falke
09-26-2007, 07:34 PM
Oh my god are you old!

So am I, I had one too!

zardozid
09-26-2007, 07:53 PM
That was a "little" a head of my time (but not by as much as I wish...LOL). The thing I remember about toys back then was that they promised "EVERYTHING" but they never quite lived up to what you expected...Back then the "fun" of toys was "in the wanting", after you got it you didn't care.

Here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wf1kw5Yp9Ck) is something I remember from childhood (though not a toy, it still reminds me of another time & place)


Thanks... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

AKA_TAGERT
09-26-2007, 08:00 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Messaschnitzel:
I was scrounging around Youtube last night and I couldn't believe it when I came across this old commercial for a toy that I received when I was 4-5 years old. Now I finally know what the name of it was.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h18Xg85SBzU

The one that I had was a secondhand one that my dad got from someone who was throwing it away because it didn't work. When he brought it home, I couldn't wait for my dad to get it fixed. I remember that it had a thin fiberboard back like the ones on the backs of T.V.s back then. It took a boatload of "D" cells to make it work. The scenery behind the viewscreen was a metal geared roller frame that had what I believe was a painted, thick cellulose acetate sheet that was wrapped around the metal frame.
The two darts it had were long gone, but I could care less. My imagination more than made up for it. I have no idea how many hours I spent playing with that thing. I was probably 11-12 when I quit playing with toys and my parents gave it away to someone else's children.

Seeing this toy really took me aback when I saw it. I didn't realize what an impact it had on me in those early years. NOW, I have a reason to tell my wife why I am hooked on IL2! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

Now it is probably on EBAY for a bazillion dollars in busted up condition. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>Your really dating yourself!

Waldo.Pepper
09-26-2007, 08:10 PM
That was nice and nostalgic really. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I fondly remember Major Matt Mason, Gripidy Gravity and Hands up Harry.

zardozid
09-26-2007, 08:12 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I fondly remember Major Matt Mason </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

http://www.mysteryisland.net/major8.jpg

M_Gunz
09-26-2007, 08:23 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by leitmotiv:
I had something almost exactly like it. It projected the images of airplanes on the wall and you fired darts at them which stuck on the wall by suction caps. The rest was the same. I loved it. Played with it for hours on end.

It wasn't brainwashing---in those ancient days kids came equipped with imagination. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Wow, those toys always looked slicker on the ads than they ever delivered, but the one you
had maybe had more staying power. When you run out of darts and no adults were around, you
went over to tennis balls or the like? Ooops, hit Mom's favorite lamp... gotta run!

Those required less than the cardboard box submarines and tanks that I never got either, btw.
But then when you're bored enough in groups, almost anything becomes a sub or tank or plane or
race car, the jungle gym did for us in school.
My favorite toy was my bicycle... kids with videogames the past 25 years would sneer at what
we used to play at with bicycles but then we got the CV time and they get to be potatoes, and
can't see little that ain't painted out with sound added for them. I rest my case!

Messaschnitzel
09-26-2007, 09:46 PM
Hey, Herr_Falke,

You and I aren't the only ones who remember this toy. The "flight Simulators" that we were lucky enough to own was one of the toys that people still think about:

http://www.feelingretro.com/toys/Boy-Toys/jimmy-jet.php

leitmotiv, I think what you had was this:

http://www.timewarptoys.com/fjet1.jpg

"Fighter Jet - Ideal 1959 - Neat cockpit with radar type screen that lights up when you are "on target". Images project out of the back of toy and you can aim and fire darts that are on top of console."

Yeah, I was born in December, 1961, so I am getting old. BUT... even though my hair is thinning a good bit, for some strange reason, I do not have one gray hair at all. AND.. I still have a washboard stomach when most of my similarly aged friends have dunlop stomachs. I have to admit though, the stomach is due to work, not working out. I am too lazy to do that. Besides, going to the gym would cut into my quality IL2 time! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

GAU-8
09-26-2007, 09:58 PM
slighty off subject derailment here..but its about the tang commercial.

have ANY of you seen teh TANG commercial (or possible pirate t.v i dont know for sure???)

it had some well dressed man who talked about the benefit of orange and grape flavor tang, but those where the only two flavors on the market for years..so they wanted to come out with a "new and improved" flavor, that kids would drink, and adults would love, because of its "added vitamins" and such.

he pulled out "NEW PRUNE FLAVORED TANG! thats right with all the goodness of other tang flavors, but with all the vitamins.etcetc.etc. with prune juice"..

then he says "cause everybody needs a little PRUNE TANG in the morning".

i am NOT maiking this up. it is NOT uban legend. i saw this commercial TWICE on one saturday..never again after that. anyone else..??

ImMoreBetter
09-26-2007, 10:17 PM
I had a toy similar to that.

Except it was a motorcycle, and it turned when you turned the steering wheel(?not handlebars?).


Except I'm not old and wrinkly. I'm young and zit-dotted.

LEBillfish
09-27-2007, 12:29 AM
dang..........you guys were rich. I only had rocks, dirt clods, sticks a dog and a stream... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif Only dolls I ever had were made of corn husks and carved dried apples for heads.

Esel1964
09-27-2007, 01:56 AM
That's cool!
If a 2x3 magnet (http://cgi.ebay.com/1960s-Deluxe-Reading-Jimmy-Jet-magnet-new_W0QQitemZ250158596271QQihZ015QQcategoryZ19027Q QrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD1VQQcmdZViewItem) is $6 w/s/h,the real thing wouldn't be cheap by any means.

Zardozid-I had a Major Matt Mason,too. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Termitedelight
09-27-2007, 02:15 AM
That's too cool. It's amazing where we are today.
I want a Jimmy Jet!

madsarmy
09-27-2007, 02:38 AM
Makes me feel like, I CAN FLY! FLY! FLY!

carguy_
09-27-2007, 04:42 AM
It sure looks silly today.I had something similar in the eighties but that was about driving a car but same idea.I really thought I was drivin a car on the screen.Later on I realised what it was all about.I guess a concept of such toy depends on child`s narrowed perception.

Worf101
09-27-2007, 06:57 AM
Just another thing I saw on the screen that I never could get on my side of the tracks. Doesn't bring back good memories for me, just reminds me of all the things we couldn't afford when I was growing up. No whinage, just melancholy... Don't mind me, carry on.

Da Worfster

SeaFireLIV
09-27-2007, 07:23 AM
Well, that confirms one thing... I ain`t that blooming old!! When was that? 1950s?

Wow. It`s a box with a cardboard aeroplane controlled by sticks with a crappy scrolling drawn map! I could`ve made the thing myself.

I do agree with Leitmotiv, kids had imagination wheras now much of that is replaced with... no imagination, I guess.

leitmotiv
09-27-2007, 08:19 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by M_Gunz:
My favorite toy was my bicycle... kids with videogames the past 25 years would sneer at what
we used to play at with bicycles but then we got the CV time and they get to be potatoes, and
can't see little that ain't painted out with sound added for them. I rest my case! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Same here. We had dogfights on bikes---huge dogfights with kids swarming all over, collisions, crashes into curbs---IL-2 could never beat it. When alone I imagined I was Beatty at Jutland, my bike a battlecruiser. We used to use the swings at the park for dogfighting, too. Butt each other with fully extended legs---amazing we never had a fatality! Smashed into the supports---one kid got such velocity he looped the swings---freaked the hell out of us. Hell's bells---rich?! That's a laugh. In high school while other kids were driving GTOs I was lucky if I had 1.50 for a Monogram Avenger!

leitmotiv
09-27-2007, 08:26 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Messaschnitzel:

leitmotiv, I think what you had was this:

http://www.timewarptoys.com/fjet1.jpg

"Fighter Jet - Ideal 1959 - Neat cockpit with radar type screen that lights up when you are "on target". Images project out of the back of toy and you can aim and fire darts that are on top of console." </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yep, that's it. Brings back memories. Forgot what it looked like exactly. Knew it had a stick, not a wheel. Thus, I was getting stick time---wayyyyyyyyyyy back. I was born in 1952. Great toy it was.

http://www.timewarptoys.com/fjet1.jpg

ploughman
09-27-2007, 08:28 AM
That toy looks swish, but that guy...scared me to death. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/bigtears.gif

leitmotiv
09-27-2007, 08:35 AM
Here is the ad---gadzooks, I forgot how complicated it was! Move over Oleg! No wonder I loved the thing!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eg-cFPfSd3c

Bearcat99
09-27-2007, 08:43 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Worf101:
Just another thing I saw on the screen that I never could get on my side of the tracks. Doesn't bring back good memories for me, just reminds me of all the things we couldn't afford when I was growing up. No whinage, just melancholy... Don't mind me, carry on.

Da Worfster </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Rgr that Worf.... but hey man how about Diver Dan (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jl5r9EmSJp0&mode=user&search=)

flakwagen
09-27-2007, 10:07 AM
The toy mecca of my generation was a G.I. Joe Aircraft Carrier that was huge, and $100.00 USD at Toys-R-Us. It was big enough to scale with the action figures of the day, and the G.I. Joe Skystriker jet (based on the F14) that also scaled with said action figures.

Merely bringing up the topic of a $100.00 toy gave my mom the giggles. I never seriously brought up the idea of acquiring this behemoth. Even at twelve years old, I knew paying that much for a toy bordered on insanity.

I doubt there are any fully intact G.I. Joe aircraft carriers around that were taken out of the box. It probably contained over a hundred small parts!

http://www.yojoe.com/vehicles/85/ussflagg/

http://search.ebay.com/GI-joe-aircraft-carrier

Flak

Krt_Bong
09-27-2007, 10:25 AM
When I was a kid the GI Joes were bigger and had real uniforms, came in different nationalities ( a kid down the street had like German and Japanese Uniforms IIRC and the Jet Fighter for example was an F9f Panther. Not too long ago I saw something resembling these in a Hobby Store, they weren't GI Joes but they were collectibles in Tank Cmdr and Infantry outfits.

Shakthamac
09-27-2007, 12:12 PM
this was more my speed

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjTAA_da97w&mode=related&search=

leitmotiv
09-27-2007, 12:48 PM
So you were one of them? Big Wheels boys were always out early in the morning making a ton of racket---with their smiling mothers looking on sheepishly. Solution: Ear Plugs!!!!

flakwagen
09-27-2007, 03:08 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Krt_Bong:
When I was a kid the GI Joes were bigger and had real uniforms, came in different nationalities ( </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

The boys of my generation (including me) thought full size Joes were too much like dolls. Removable clothing equaled doll clothing in our minds. The toy makers realized this and produced 'action figures', which were cheaper to produce- pure American genius I think! But tastes have changed, and full size G.I. Joes are once again available. Kids are fickle consumers.

Flak

sakai2005
09-27-2007, 03:34 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by zardozid:
That was a "little" a head of my time (but not by as much as I wish...LOL). The thing I remember about toys back then was that they promised "EVERYTHING" but they never quite lived up to what you expected...Back then the "fun" of toys was "in the wanting", after you got it you didn't care.

Here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wf1kw5Yp9Ck) is something I remember from childhood (though not a toy, it still reminds me of another time & place)


Thanks... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>



someplace in a box i still have the apollo patches that tang put out.

No601_prangster
09-27-2007, 03:40 PM
As a kid I thought this was the coolest toy ever. Never got one. :
http://www.stuffwelove.co.uk/images/fltdkgrdn.gif
Flight Deck
(http://www.stuffwelove.co.uk/flightdeck.htm

Actually I really wanted this!
http://www.stuffwelove.co.uk/images/superfd3.jpg
Super flight deck.
http://www.stuffwelove.co.uk/superflightdeck.htm

Shakthamac
09-27-2007, 03:57 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by leitmotiv:
So you were one of them? Big Wheels boys were always out early in the morning making a ton of racket---with their smiling mothers looking on sheepishly. Solution: Ear Plugs!!!! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

the neighborhood I lived in was full of retired folks, and the road was rough asphalt, so for the most part I did my bigwheeling in the basement, cept somehow i got small rocks inside the back wheels and it made all kinds of racket, which of course made it all the better.

leitmotiv
09-27-2007, 04:21 PM
I had a big tricycle which I rode all over the place. When I was learning to ride my first bike, I couldn't wrap my mind around brakes. I kept stopping by crashing into parked cars. The adults in the neighborhood must have loved me! Fortunately, I learned fast.

Messaschnitzel
09-28-2007, 12:52 AM
The only toys that I have kept from my childhood to this day are a Solido Sherman and Jagdpanther tank, and a Corgi Space 1999 Eagle Lander.

I remember I used to love going to my aunt and uncle's house when my parents went to visit them. Their two sons were already in college and out of the house, but their parents still had some of their toys. Because they were well off, The boys had probably every Dinky British military vehicle that was manufactured at the time. This stuff was in immaculate condition and under no circumstances was I ever to take these toys outside to play with them. I remember that there were two tanks with their accompanying transport trailers. In fact, I think that there were two of everything knowing the nature of sibling's competitivness. There were also some painted lead Civil War soldiers, horses, and brass barreled Napoleons as well.

Did I mention that I loved going to my aunt and uncle's house to visit? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Monterey13
09-28-2007, 07:12 AM
I think the things that kept me entertained for hours on end were my bicycle, and the hundreds of Matchbox and Hotwheels cars that I had. I wish I still had all of those cars now.

leitmotiv
09-28-2007, 10:06 AM
Bike, plastic models (brain damage from glue), and drawing were my favorite pastimes---and conning my best friend's sister to do a strip tease....

Monty_Thrud
09-28-2007, 10:20 AM
EEEEE!...you lot were LUCKY!...all i had when i were a lad, was a mudpit a soggy potatoe and a poo-stick...but i were 'appy. And that were after 14 days down mine,every week, wi no food, spoilt we were. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif