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!”
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”.
Front cover of a 1973 Blue Chip Stamps catalog.
There was a catalog lying on coffee tables throughout America back in the 1970s. Children around the country would pick up the catalog and browse through the toy section. Imaginations ran wild with thoughts of, “If I had a million dollars…” “For Christmas…” “I’m getting this for my birthday…” “I want…” and “Can I have…” The Blue Chip Stamp catalog was used to redeem the popular trading stamps for TOYS (if you were a kid) and lots of other stuff if you were an adult.
In 1973 Ideal decided to expand their already uber-popular Crissy doll fashion line, by producing a new version of Crissy. The new version was known as Baby Crissy. Baby Crissy was supposed to be a life size version of the Crissy doll, only in the form of a baby.
Kenner's Nancy Nonsense Doll
“I wish I were a chocolate cake that goes oink! Oink!”
“That’s nonsense, Nancy!”
No, that’s Nancy Nonsense.
From 1974, Nancy Nonsense is one of Kenner’s cool, she-does-something-unique dolls. Nancy Nonsense spouts 216 different phrases. In keeping with her eclectic appeal and obvious name, many of Nancy’s phrases are pure nonsense like, “I think I saw a little pig flying in the sky!” However, some phrases Nancy speaks make perfect sense – “I wish I were a pretty girl like you!” With Nancy Nonsense, you never know what she’s going to say next.
Kenner, Baby Won't Let Go
In 1977 Kenner released a unique doll called “Baby Won’t Let Go”. She isn’t the cutest doll, but she does something – she has the ability to hold onto your fingers like a real baby. When she does this, you can “teach” her how to walk. This is an interesting feature, because with all the other toy companies out there vying to make the most life like doll, this is one thing real babies do that many people don’t think about; at least they don’t think about it as it relates to dolls.