Posts from the ‘Toys’ Category

Lando Calrissian BK Collector Glass [1980]

Found this at Goodwill today for three bucks.

Is this Burger King collectible even worth three dollars? No idea. But I like Star Wars memorabilia, especially stuff from the original movie series.



Rock Me Doctor Zaius!

Dr. Zaius Action Figure 1998

Dr. Zaius Action Figure 1998

Saw this in an antique store. While this Action Figure is from 1998, it is a 30th anniversary commemorative for the 1968 movie Planet Of The Apes. Dr. Zaius was an Orangutan who in public rejected the theory that man had at one time been more advanced than ape.


Courtesy of Decepticreep

At the same time Zaius was also a leader on the ape council who knew the secret about the relationship between ape and man. What was that forbidden truth? This spoiler final clip from the movie might help ūüôā

Mr. Music See N Say [1966]

Another trinket from our family archives!

The stunning Mrs. BelRedRoad has owned this Mattel See N Say ever since she was a little girl in 1966 – about the time these photos were taken in Staten Island NY. ¬†I have known about this toy almost as long as I’ve known her. ¬†Recently pulled out of storage, I decided it was time to document its existence and record its sounds.

The audio is activated by a pull string, and comes from a small record player inside the toy.

Watch the video below – which I took with the help of BelRedRoad Jr. while he pointed to each instrument and pulled the string. ¬†My wife’s favorite sound is “Guitar!” which she and her brother will randomly quote off to each other at family events.


Hot Wheels Splittin’ Image [1969]

Picked this up on eBay last week.

The Splittin’ Image was part of the Hot Wheels 1969 model year, along with several other cars. ¬†It was designed by Ira Gilford, who also designed the sleek Twin Mill. ¬†Splittin’ Image was available in several colors; since blue is my favorite, I feel¬†very fortunate to have found one – especially since it’s over 40 years old! ¬†The car is heavy compared to the current crop of cars. ¬†The ‘Red Line” tires and “Made in Hong Kong” on the bottom identify it as a vintage piece. ¬†While not a perfect specimen, this one is still a beautiful blue example of Sixties design.

Best thing about collecting Hot Wheels is that a majority of them are inexpensive.

New cars from the store range in price from 97-cents to $1.29; higher end models, new collectibles, ¬†or special editions go for $1.99 to $4.99. ¬†The vintage Splittin’ Image above was a not-whopping $8.50 on eBay, after someone tried to outbid me in the last four seconds of the auction. ¬†Bottom line: It’s a hobby that kids can still latch onto – just as they could in the 1960s – because of the low cost involved.

As a kid I had several Hot Wheels, including the famous Red Baron.

I have no idea what happened to those cars, and I started buying Hot Wheels again in the mid 1990s. ¬†When my oldest son turned three we started buying him Hot Wheels. ¬†He has what’s left of my collection, along with a multitude of others that have been acquired along the way. ¬†Most of them get used as toys – like they should – but he also has a number of them which are for collector purposes only. ¬†And what about his old man?

I have my own cubicle collection at work ūüôā

Retro Toy Love: Fisher-Price Play Family Camper [1972]

Retro Toy Love: Fisher-Price Play Family Camper [1972]

Another vintage item from the family archives, now in use by our kids.

The boat holds two Little People and the camper even comes off the back of the truck.  This is part of a Fisher-Price set owned by the stunning Mrs. BelRedRoad when she and her brother were growing up; as our boys started playing with the sets, she added small pieces found at garage sales and swap meets to create an entire town.  This stuff is hearty and worthy of any playtime imagined by a kid.

Retro toys for the win!

Tony’s Birthday [1980]

Courtesy of Tony J. Case

Tony is a friend from Flickr.

Like me, he loves to do photography on the side and still shoots film. ¬†His eye for the unusual, and penchant for documenting life’s details, makes his photostream one of my first visits each morning.

Recently he posted this gem of history from his own birthday party in 1980.

“I’m second from the right,” he states. “the one with the Santa Geoduck.”

No picture from the late 1970s or early 80s would be complete without at least one rugby shirt, and Tony delivers!  The punch bowl here is classic; not only is it purple but it has some sort of gold covering as well.  The purple lapels behind it also have some shiny trim, sure to attract plenty of 14-year old disco queens back in the day.

This is the kind of archive shot that was merely meant to capture an event for friends and family, but in the end became a time capsule for style and decor.  This exemplifies my love for retro perfectly, in one square photo from 32 years ago.

Party on Tony!

Marx TV Tennis [1977]


It wasn’t actually a TV, but it provided hours of entertainment for the stunning Mrs. BelRedRoad and her brother.

The Marx TV Tennis game was released in 1975, as a completely mechanical version of the game Pong. The “ball” is actually an illuminated flashlight bulb connected by long rubber springs to the player’s control knobs.

This was a Christmas gift from their Mom in 1977.  Cost: $34.95 plus tax.  While the TV Tennis game itself is long gone, the box has been kicking around our garage now for as long as I can remember Рholding various family stuff like toys and such.  But that too had to end, when the box started to fall apart. Before recycling it, I did the right thing and scanned all the artwork.

Enjoy the colors and the retro-tech!

TVTennis01 Stitch

An interactive game run by a series of rubber bands and plastic gears? ¬†Choke on that, Android App ūüôā


TVTennis05 Stitch Stitch

The above picture was the entire side of the box.  To present it here, I had to to six different scans on my flatbed scanner and then stitch them together in Windows Live Photo Gallery.

TVTennis11 Stitch

The game was shipped to Рand purchased from РLake Hills Toys in Bellevue WA.  While the Sixties-era strip mall still exists, the store is gone.

TVTennis13 Stitch

Introducing The Big Wheels, the neighborhood gang who found TV Tennis to be the most amazing thing to ever hit the unfinished basements of suburbia. ¬†Jeffrey exemplifies the insecure kid in the neighborhood who only had friends because he put on an air of intelligence. ¬†He got beat up a lot.¬†I have no idea what Wendy is talking about, since the most successful multi-tasking I’ve seen comes from Mrs. BelRedRoad. ¬†Daniel, you’re 7. ¬†Why on Earth would you watch real Tennis on TV? ¬†Oh yeah…Chris Evert. ¬†Noodles grew up to be high-powered track coach.

Shrimp is on the most epic riding toy. Ever.

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