Five toys I wanted for Christmas in the 1960s… but sadly, I didn’t get
December 29, 2012 § 3 Comments
I began thinking about what Christmas is like for a kid and I remembered a feeling of hope. Not the hope that is manifested in the season, such as the hope for mankind now that the Savior is born. The hope that comes from wanting cool toys.
Toys I wanted that I didn’t get… (Why do I still remember these?) Worse yet, why am I still thinking about them?
#1 the EASY-BAKE OVEN
This toy came out in 1963 (in turquoise) and only cost $15.95. The toy still exists today, but looks more like an ugly plastic microwave.
#2 LITE BRITE
Lite Brite came out in 1967–wasn’t much to it. Just a light box, black paper and a billion little pegs you pushed through the paper to get them to light up. Fascinating technology that I just had to have… it was the start of my fascination with electronics. It had many small pieces/parts–that’s probably why my parents didn’t get it for me. I am pretty sure this toy still exists also.
#3 MYSTERY DATE GAME
This cool game came out in 1965. You opened the door to reveal one of 5 mystery dates:
- The formal guy in a tux (probably the one most little girls found the most appealing, mainly because he was dressed up)
- The bowling date
- The beach date
- The skiing date
- The “dud” of course (I didn’t think the dud was all that bad-looking)
My friend had this game so at least I was able to do a little mystery dating.
Not sure why I wanted this– it was really targeted toward little boys and their violent tendencies, but I liked it.
#5 DON’T SPILL THE BEANS
I am not sure why I wanted this game either–there wasn’t much to it. You just added beans until the bucket tipped over.
I think it was the TV commercials–the 1960 TV commercials could make a kid beg for just about anything.