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If you were a child in the '60s or the '70s, you'll no doubt have fond memories of the toys you played with, and probably a few more of the toys you saw on TV and desperately wanted to play with.

Take a nostalgic trip back in time and see how many of these top toys from the '60s and the '70s you remember.

Museum of Brands - a wonderful trip down memory lane!

The Museum of Brands is a wonderful trip down memory lane!

Sticker Albums

Collecting stickers was a popular pastime for kids in the '70s, with stickers often used as a virtual playground currency. The Italian company Panini published its first FIFA World Cup sticker album in 1970 for the World Cup in Mexico, also becoming the first company to produce self-adhesive stickers in the '70s. If you happen to have any of them in your attic, there are still collectors today who are willing to pay a pretty penny for them!    

Clackers

 The toy of 1971 was sold as clackers or click-clacks and they became a huge playground craze‚ until they were banned. If you had a set, you'll remember the distinctive clacking sound they made, but the hard plastic that was used to make them in those days also had a tendency to shatter, creating an explosion of shrapnel!

 

Non-shattering varieties are still available today if you'd like to put your old skills to the test.

Space Hoppers

Often hailed as the toy of 1971, Space Hoppers were, in fact, available in UK toy shops as early as 1969.

 

They were invented in Italy in 1968 where they were sold as the Pon-Pon, also known as the Hippity Hop or Ride-a-Roo in America. They were advertised as 'the amazing inflatable riding ball' and everyone wanted one, but most of us discovered that skinned knees came as part of the bargain!

Incidentally, the world record for the fastest 100m hop on a Space Hopper was set in 2004 at 30.2 seconds, fancy taking on the challenge?

Dymo Label Maker

Speaking of crazes, the handheld Dymo Label Maker started a trend of labelling everything in the '70s. The tape came in a variety of colours and endless hours of fun were had labelling everything from school books to the cat.    

View-Master

If you didn't own a View-Master in the '70s, you probably knew someone who did.

 

With just a click on the dial, you could scroll through images of faraway places or gaze at pictures of popular TV shows and simpler times! What was your favourite reel?

Roller Skates

The roller-skating trend has been coming and going since the '60s, but the arrival of disco music in the '70s made it popular with both young children in the playground and teenagers on the dancefloor.

 

Who remembers singing along to Melanie's hit single‚ Brand New Key‚ in 1972, also known as, The Roller-skate Song?

 

Sindy

The Sindy doll was launched in 1963 as Britain's rival to the American Barbie doll. She came in three different hair colours and with a huge choice of outfits for every occasion. By the '70s, she'd developed a fully posable body, but it would be the '80s before her friend Mark came along.

Other popular dolls at the time were the Tressy doll and the Pippa doll, both sold by Palitoy in the UK. Tressy had a key in her back that allowed her hair to growù and the pocket-sized Pippa was marketed as the pocket money fashion doll that puts fashion in your pocket.

By the mid-'70s, Pippa had around 30 friends, including Tammie, Marie and Pete which ones did you have?

Action Man

Launched in 1966, Action Man was Britain's rival to the American G.I. Joe. He came in four hair colours, but strangely, originally only in a range of outfits worn by American Armed Forces.

 

By the '70s, British uniforms became available, and other themes such as adventurer, sportsman and, Georgie Best, footballer joined the line-up‚ not forgetting the Eagle Eyes innovation that appeared in 1976!

Popular TV shows led to the creation of various other action figures, including the Steve Austin model based on the popular Six Million Dollar Man TV series. If you had one of these, you'll remember the bionic eye feature that you could look through the peel back skin on his arm, and perhaps even the bionic grip version that launched in 1977.

Which toys do you remember?
The above list may have sparked many happy memories for you, but here are a few more '70s favourites to reminisce over:
  • Meccano
  • Chopper Bikes
  • Evel Knievel Stunt Cycles
  • Scooters
  • Crossfire Rapid-Fire Game
  • Stretch Armstrong
  • Fuzzy Felt
  • Etch-A-Sketch
  • Dinky Toys

Which childhood favourites would you add to the list?

 

 

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2 comments

Trevor Manley

Although I think Scalextric first became available in the 60s it was still very popular in the 70s and later.

Pete

Corgi toys and airfix models

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