In 1982, Mattel released Baby Skates. This incredible 15″ doll actually skates on her own roller skates. The box states she is “The lovable little showoff who skates all by herself.” No batteries are required. This cute companion is a wind up doll with a crank on her back. Just turn the crank clockwise, set her legs in the proper position, hold her up, push in the crank handle and off she goes! Baby Skates moves her head from side to side. She glides on one foot, then the other – just like you! Mattel hit the mark with this doll.
Power Masters Drag Chute Dragster
Power Masters Drag Chute Dragster Electronic Timing Set
In 1973, Remco introduced us to their Power Masters racing sets. Reminiscent of Kenner’s SSP’s, Remco released their original power-injected racers in 1965 with Duffy’s Daredevils. The Daredevils were followed by Remco’s Road Devils.
Like Road Devils, the Power Masters Drag Chute Dragster shown here is “power injected”. All you have to do is attach your dragster to the exclusive “Powermaster Power Injector”, grab the pistol grip handle, wind it up to the desired speed and press the release button! Just like the big ones, these beauties are ready for realistic, drag strip action.
Wham-O Water Wiennie
What do you call a long, over-sized water balloon that’s shaped like a…well, a big hot dog? Wham-O called it a Water Wiennie. The name alone is worth a look. After all, in the mind of a 10 year-old boy, when it comes to words like wienie, poop and fart…wienie is right up there. Remember, “Oh, I wish I were an Oscar-Mayer wiener?” That song would not have been nearly as memorable if the lyrics were, “Oh, I wish I were an Oscar-Mayer hot dog.” Armour had a good riff with their hot dog song, but being able to sing “…wiener”, that’s liberating for a kid.
Saucy Makes Faces Doll
In 1973, Mattel released a silly little one-of-a-kind doll named Saucy. Saucy stands about 15” tall, has blonde, slightly curly rooted hair and blue eyes that move from side to side. She has a rubber face with painted on features, and plastic arms, legs and torso. Saucy wears a pink and white checkered dress with matching shorts, and white socks and shoes. The thing that makes Saucy one-of-a-kind is that she makes faces.
Gabbigale, by Kenner – She’ll say everything…
Talking dolls were all the rage in 1972. So, in 1972 Kenner came out with a very unique talking doll. Her name is Gabbigale. Gabbigale stands 18 inches tall and has a fully jointed body made of hard plastic. Her head is a soft vinyl with painted on eyes and a smiling painted mouth. And Gabbigale says everything.
Zerak, the original Commander
Zerak, the blue robot, was originally the “commander” of the three robots.
The Zeroids were a line of toy robots from the Planet Zero, introduced by the Ideal Toy Company in 1967. The original three robots were Zerak, Zintar and Zobor.
The ads boasted, “Moving across the landscape, overrunning all obstacles as inexorably as the Future itself, these amazing, efficient and powerful automatons have but one purpose – to serve their masters at work and play!”
Major Matt Mason was an action figure created by Mattel, an astronaut who lived and worked on the moon. When introduced in 1966, the figures were initially based on design information found in Life Magazine, Air Force Magazine, Jane’s, and other aviation- and space-interest periodicals. Later, the line would attempt to transition into the realm of science fiction.
by Ohio Art
What can you say about the Etch A Sketch® that hasn’t already been said? There are Etch A Sketch® websites, Etch A Sketch® drawing contests and Etch A Sketch® clubs. There’s Etch A Sketch® pop art, Etch A Sketch® reminiscing, Etch A Sketch® history and Etch A Sketch® reviews. There’s Etch A Sketch® classic and Etch A Sketch® modern and even an Etch A Sketch® comic strip. There are giant Etch A Sketches and mini Etch A Sketches and Etch A Sketches on YouTube.
by Kolner Prameta
One of the nicest collectible car toys from the 1940s-1950s is a diecast wind up car by Prameta Kolner. The car was made in occupied West Germany Brit Zone, after World War Two. These wonderful toys came in a shiny chrome finish or black, as well as yellow, red, blue, cream and green, with differing shades and tones of these colors. Some of the uniquely awesome features of these cars is their front turning wheels and front turn signals that “light up”.
by Davis Publishing Company – copyright 1948
For boys and girls. Fun for parties, prizes, holidays and all year ’round! Series 201. Trade Mark Sid Davis. Copyright 1948, Davis Publishing Company, Incorporated – Los Angeles, California.