As I inch closer and closer to my 0th birthday this March, I find myself asking all sorts of deep questions that I’ve never though about before. Questions like:
- Have I done enough with my life?
- What are my regrets?
- Did I turn the alarm on before I left the house?
- My leg hurting. Does this mean snow coming?
- Why am I enjoying the new “X-Files’ so much?
- Where the hell did football season go?
- Did anyone see my keys?
I really haven’t found satisfactory answers to any of these questions. So while I continue to search for them, I will continue with my Top 10 lists of important things in my life. Today I leave you with my Top 10 Favorite Toys:
10. Knight Rider KITT 2000 Talking Car
I had a couple of Knight rider toys, but the KITT 2000 Talking Car was simply the best. The car looked just like it did on the TV show, and even the Michael Knight action figure looked like David Hasselhoff. Though I must admit I lost the Hoff after about a week. But I didn’t care, because I still had KITT!
9. Thundercats Cats Lair
Sigh. To be perfectly honest, at first, I was a little disappointed in the Thundercats Cats Lair play set. It didn’t quite look like it did on the cartoon, especially the cat’s head. But the more that I played with it, the more that I liked it.
However, eventually I used the Thundercats lair for not just my Thundercats figures, but also for other action figures too. Let’s just say my Batman/Thundercats/G.I.Joe toy crossover was rather epic.
8. CHiPs Big Wheel
The CHiPs Big Wheel was the first type of bike that I can remember owning. I was a big fan of the “CHiPs” show at the time, so my family got me most of the toys. I had the action figures and vehicles, but the Big Wheel sticks out in my memory.
The CHiPs big wheel opened a whole new world for me. This big top allowed me to follow my cousin around on his bicycle, making for some fun afternoons and weekends. Even he wasn’t around, I’d be on this thing. Eventually, I rode the CHiPs bike until one of the back wheels came off.
7. Ertl Die-Cast NASA Space Shuttle
Like many kids, I grew up fascinated with space travel and wanting to be an astronaut. Then, around age 7, I realized I was scared of flying. But I still loved learning about NASA and the space program, so this die-cast Space Shuttle saw a ton of flights in and around my house.
For a time it was my most used vehicle toy. Sadly, I lost the shuttle during a summer vacation, never to be seen again. But I definitely got my money’s worth.
6. Captain Power Phantom Striker
If there was a Captain Power cartoon, I don’t remember watching it. But I do recall seeing all his toys at thes stores. And when I got a few bucks for my birthday one year, I decided to pick up the Captain Power Phantom Striker jet.
This was one cool toy, sleek and bigger than you’d expect. Since I didn’t own any other Captain Power toys, the Phantom Striker became a toy at large to be used with all sorts of other toys.
A while later I purchased another Captain Power vehicle, and that was fun too. But the Phantom Striker got played with much more. This was a highly underrated line of toys in my opinion.
5. Cobra Night Raven
Was it me, or did Cobra have the cooler planes?
Anyways, my aunt got me this toy when it came out in I believe 1986. The funny thing about my Night Raven is that I don’t think I ever used with my other G.I.Joe toys. You may be wondering why, and the answer is rather simple: This was the X-Men’s jet.
As soon as I saw this sleek new toy on the shelf, I knew it was an SR-71 because I’d seen it in the pages of Uncanny X-Men. So I used it during my playtime with my Marvel Secret Wars toys instead of the various G.I.Joes I owned.
4. Steve Austin (Bionic Grip)
You’re probably younger than I if you think this toy refers to the wrestler. Well let me tell you, it does not. This Steve Austin figure is based on the “Six Million Dollar Man” tv show of the seventies.
By the 1980’s, the “Six Million Dollar Man” had been off the air for some time. But I became a fan of Steve Austin thanks to repeats on Saturday afternoons. My mother gave me this action figure one birthday, and I was shocked that it was brand new. I still don’t know where she found it. Regardless, I spent a lot of hours in the backyard making the “Six Million Dollar Man” special effect noise.
3. Ghostbusters: Ecto 1
From the animated series “The Real Ghostbusters,” the Ecto 1 by Kenner was modeled after the famous car in the “Ghostbusters” film. And although it wasn’t identical to the car in the movie, it still looked
more like the real thing compared to the animated versions of Venkman, Egon, Ray, Winston, and Slimer.
Anyways, this little toy got beat up over the years. Probably because I used it indoors and outdoors. But like many other toys, I rarely used it for what it was intended. At one point, my Ecto 1 transported Ninja Turtles. But that was more of a necessity, since my family refused to get the Turtle van.
2. Mazinger Z Action Figure
Giant robots have been an obsession of mine since I was like 3 years old. But finding toys based on my favorite cartoon “Mazinger Z” was tough in the early 1980’s. One day however, my world changed forever. Somehow, my mom had found a Mazinger action figure.
This toy wasn’t exactly official if you know what I mean, but at that age I didn’t give a damn. Finally, I had the toy that I had always wanted, and I can’t tell you how many adventures I had with this action figure. Sadly, one day one of the legs came off for good, and I had to find another Mazinger toy. But today I still have the memories of my first Mazinger.
I couldn’t find a picture of the toy I owned. But I did find a picture of this Mazinger from South America which you can see above. The toy is very similar to the one I had, but the cardboard art on mine was of the original Mazinger and not of Great Mazinger. Nevertheless, if I ever see this somewhere, I may have to pick it up.
1. Dukes of Hazzard General Lee Dashboard
Growing up I had plenty of Dukes of Hazzard toys. Everything from vehicles to action figures, and even lunch boxes. But my absolute favorite was the Dukes Of Hazzard General Lee “Fuzz Detector” dashboard.
The dashboard was maybe about a foot or two wide, complete with a steering wheel, a radar detector, two-way radio, horn, and transmission shifter. Seeing this thing on Christmas morning made me squeal with joy. I played with this toy before school, after school, and any other chance I got. I even took it with me on a couple of trips.
I loved the dashboard because when two “D” batteries were inserted, the fuzz detector light would light up, and when the transmission lever was shifted it made a fantastic shifting noise. The only issue I had with the toy was the horn, which squeaked rather than beeped. And it certainly wasn’t close to the horn on the General Lee. Even so, this toy gave me countless days of joy, and that’s why its my all time favorite toy.