Top 5 retro toys
Doesn't all of this toy talk make you think of some favorites that were hits back in the day? We'd endure a 5 a.m. Black Friday trip to Walmart to score these oldies but goodies:
Does it really matter which one when you're looking for a way to turn off the TV and tune in to the family? If you have to pick one, try the granddaddy of them all, Monopoly, which has about eleventy-seven different variations. The latest is Monopoly City with 3-D buildings that pop off the board and includes online play.
With metal molds, colorful goo and what now seems like an incredibly not-safe-for-play "oven," Mattel offered kids the chance to cook your own "twitchy, twertchy wriggly things." To us they looked suspiciously like centipedes, giant cockroaches and salamanders. But boy didn't that plastic smell great when you were cooking them?
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Are we wrong to wax nostalgic for the days of 8-bit video games like Adventure Island, Super Mario Brothers and Space Invaders? Sure, you can play most of the games online for free these days at retronintendogames.com. But we'd rather fork over the $50 and buy the original, gray box with wonkish controllers. So comforting!
Mattel must have figured out that kids were putting those wriggly things in their mouths, so they decided to at least try to make them tasty. Gobble-Degoop flavors included yummy cherry, mint and butterscotch. Maybe they were just ahead of the curve on that whole Gummi worms thing.
Sure, the tiny pieces get underfoot and sucked into the vacuum cleaner. But it brings back memories to make something out of the little plastic bricks. And nothing beats a lazy Sunday afternoon spent putting together the Star Wars or Indiana Jones sets.