Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Play Time

I'd imagine some of you will already have seen this video that Mrs Wife sent me a couple of days agao, but it was the first time I'd had the pleasure.

I think I was probably around three years old when I first got into StarWars. I had loads of toys, presumably from the Return of the Jedi series, as the third instalment was released when I was three.

Loads of them are still squirreled away in my garage, awaiting their rediscovery to fight more intergalactic wars on my sitting room and bedroom floors.

Many of them have seen better days - I've got a Gamorrean Guard with only one arm, Darth Vader's lightsaber was lost many many years ago and the C3P0 toy that had removable limbs was never reunited with his arms and legs after an outdoor play session sometime before my seventh birthday.

My StarWars toys are amongst the few surviving figures from my childhood days - my Thundercats and He-Man toys were torched in a bonfire in the mid 1990s shortly before we moved into a much smaller house.

(Incidentally, you've never seen a toxic cloud of smoke like the one generated by a bonfire of plastic toys from the 1980s. I'm surprised that Faither wasn't made to sign the Kyoto Protocol after that incident.)

But, as ever, Ebay comes to the rescue. There are hundreds of people selling vintage Thundercats and He-Man toys.

I wonder what Mrs Wife will think when the postman starts delivering 20-year-old toys to Dungroanin'?


Ralphd00d said...

I'm there with ya! My SW toys were lost when I was younger. But now my kids (16,9,5,2) will sit and watch any episode of SW and have their own toys for them. I still don't think the newer toys are as good as the ones we had in our younger days.

Groanin' Jock said...

Toys don't seem to have progressed much since I was a kid. A quick look around Toys'R'Us recently revealed WWF wrestlers, StarWars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Transformers. Which was pretty much the contents of mine and Baby Brother's rooms for a good few years of our childhood.