PICTURES OF VINTAGE TOYS
By Mark Nobes, chief editor
Tonka Metal Loader
MB Games Magna Doodle (1988)
Starsky & Hutch Toys
Slide projectors were hugely popular back in the 70s, and this Wombles Sliderama Projector is from 1975.
Dinky Toys Leyland Princess 2200HL Saloon (1970s)
Portable Arcade Games
Portable table top games became popular in the early 80s and this is an advert by Coleco from 1982
There were hundreds of these push button toys around when I was a kid. Whenever you pressed the button at the base of the toy, the character would suddenly start wobbling around like it been on a heavy drinking session! I never had a Michelin Man toy, but I had a giraffe if I remember correctly.
Corgi British Gas Van Toy (1980s)
Fisher Price Folding Airport from the 1970s
Tomy Lights Alive was an interesting light art toy from the 80s aimed at younger children. Using the provided tools, you could press down the holes on the board to reveal the led light bulbs and make different shapes to create an entire picture. There was also a dial which could be used to alter the colours.
80s Care Bear Cuddly Toy - see more Care Bears
Holly Hobbie Rag Doll (1980s)
Popples Plush Toys (1980s)
Fisher Price Jack in the Box (1970)
Raving Bonkers by Marx (Rock 'em Sock'em Robots in the U.S.)
This toy was a lot of fun and my friends were always asking me to dig this out of the toy cupboard back in the 70s. Using buttons on two joysticks, you had to aim for your opponents chin to try and knock his head upwards. I remember that when hit with sufficient force, the loser's head would shoot upwards and make a noise a bit like a football rattle - remember them?
Airfix Flight Deck (1970s)
Top Fighters by Marx Toys (1970s)
This was a simple but fun game in which you let your spinning tops fight it out with each other