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Old 09-28-2000, 10:17 PM   #1
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Exclamation OT: kids today have it sooo easy

i was at walmart today getting an air compressor for auto-xing and stoped by the Hot Wheels display. they have gotten so much better. they have protoype racers, GT cars, even Rod Millens Celica and Tacoma (which i now have). no Subaru WRC though anyway, when i was growing up (physically, that is) there wern't all these neat race cars. who knows, maybe this will help spark new interest in turning right
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Old 09-28-2000, 10:41 PM   #2
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Sure but did you notice that the action figure, gun, and video game aisles grew even more?

Hell I still have a few Johnny Lightnings laying around somewhere...
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Old 09-28-2000, 11:14 PM   #3
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ehhh, there may be a larger selection, yeah, but today's toys SUCK, hehe

everyone knows, hands down, best toys/action figures ever were the transformers... sadly ya cant even find any cool ones nowadays cept those goofyass beast wars things, man...
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Old 09-29-2000, 12:16 AM   #4
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I know they make a WRC impreza. I saw one before.
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Old 09-29-2000, 12:24 AM   #5
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Dont forget GI Joe and Heman... Those were the days...
Now all kids get are mega mainstream junk like Pokemon and Power Rangers, and they will never respect such games as the original Mario bros. and the age old Genesis vs. SNES debates... hehe
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Old 09-29-2000, 12:36 AM   #6
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I was going to buy the Rod Millen cars, but the ones that they had were very poor quality. They had wheels that looked nothing like the real car's at all, the paint was not applied in some places, like the vents, and was bare white, and they had no detail to them whatsoever. No decals or anything. I don't know if they are all like that, but I was sorely disappointed by the appearence of those particular cars.
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Old 09-29-2000, 06:37 AM   #7
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Hands down, Transformers are the best. Bar none! Kids these days all play computer games. They are all gonna grow up with funny looking heads and hair.
Well back in my days I used to play with bottl caps and ants fight!
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Old 09-29-2000, 06:40 AM   #8
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Yeah, but it seems like all we have left are Hot Wheels. I hated those as a kid because they don't have working suspensions. My favorites were the Tomicas (Tomy)... they don't seem to sell them in this country anymore though. They were much better quality, actually replicated the real cars, and had working suspensions with quite a bit of travel, even if they were just a bending axle under a leaf spring.

But then again, this is coming from the kid that thought his Lego car was too high, so he mounted the wheels on top of the chassis, which made the car too low (bottom scraped the ground), so he sanded the bottom of the chassis away until there was enough clearance.
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Old 09-29-2000, 06:40 AM   #9
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I don't know about transformers... when G.I. Joe had Kung Fu Grip - he was the king!
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Old 09-29-2000, 06:43 AM   #10
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I had HeMan's sister SheRa, she had this whole for-palace thing to hide out in..
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Old 09-29-2000, 06:44 AM   #11
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They should bring He-Man & She-Ra back, except as politically correct crossdressing superheros She-Man & He-Ra.

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Old 09-29-2000, 06:53 AM   #12
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what about M.A.S.K.? Remember those things? with the boulder mountain and crap?? aww man, memories....
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Old 09-29-2000, 06:58 AM   #13
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Bah...

Tonka Trucks made of "cutting-edge" steel.

You bent them the wrong way, you got cut. Did you sue someone over it? Nope, you just kept on playing.

Then, when you get to be about 8 or 9, you find out about the magic of M-80's (not the wimpy stuff today, but the real-deal).

Take 1 Tonka Dump Trunk, Lift the back, place M-80 under back lid, close, light, and run like hell.

Also, take one GI Joe with Kung Fu Grip and One Barbie from your sister, (and all her friends too) rip off heads, drop in said M-80's in neck, light, and run like hell.

Matchbox cars back then were indestructable using salutes though the open windows. Took at least 4 to get them to disintegrate.

Then here's my best, M-80, buried in dirt with a long wick, board over it painted with "parking stripes". Park matchbox cars on said board. Light wick, Run like hell.

Cars everywhere. There's part of one still stuck in a nearby tree...

Then there's the model airplanes that I spent days on perfecting that would "blowup" mid flight. Take 2 eyehole screws and screw into top of the airplane, thread a string from a tree high up to the ground. Insert M80 in jet, light, let plane drop following sting to the ground...midflight...KaBOOM!

Ahhh THOSE were the days. To think that if I didn't blow stuff up, this stuff would be worth a mint.

You see, there used to be life before 'Pong'.

Then, becuase of kids like me, activists and lawyers starting telling all the parents how they should treat thier kids.

Then the fun ended. No more porky pig in Non-air broadcasts because he st-st-st-st-has a speaking problem. Even my favorite FogHorn Leghorn was editied for a scene where he gets blown up. Tom & Jerry-RIP, all cartoons today have to have a freaking MORAL. (Thank goodness for Cartoon Network).

The moral growing up was "Cartoons are fake" you can't do that in life.

Kids don't have it easier. They have too many people and laws telling them what they can and can't do, and laws the protect the child instead of the parents. All a kid has to do when their 16 is call the police and claim "parental abuse" when the parent never touched them and boom...DCYF and parents now have a record.

It's alot tougher for kids these days than when I was a kid. When i was a Kid, we had Freedom.

Wow! was that alot of spew or what?
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Old 09-29-2000, 07:10 AM   #14
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I dunno, but it sure reminded me of when we put Barbie & the main dude from MASK into a Tonka Jeep, filled it with lighter fluid, & lit it as we kicked it down the driveway!
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Old 09-29-2000, 07:12 AM   #15
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"I hated those as a kid because they don't have working suspensions."
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Huh?

My Hot Wheels had 4 wheel independent torsion bar suspension, and you could pull the tires off the teflon bushing/bearing and change it if it got broken (too many jumps)

I used to race mine for pink slips - my sure winner was a metallic purple Mad Maverick - had a huge rear wing!


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Old 09-29-2000, 07:15 AM   #16
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Of course I remeber Mask! Who wouldnt!?
Anyways, I have an original Optimus Prime sitting in my living room right now. Complete with trailer and six wheeled vehicle! So there, nanananana!
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Old 09-29-2000, 07:23 AM   #17
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Kids today have the crap cartoons! we had GI Joe, Transformers and thundercats! 80's cartoons rule!
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Old 09-29-2000, 07:24 AM   #18
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Anyone remembered Starcom?! Those a rereally kewl! The figurines has magnetic feet so that they can stick to their space crafts! I love them!
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Old 09-29-2000, 07:26 AM   #19
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Hey Mike,

They must've cheapened up the design sometime between the time you were a kid & I was a kid...
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Old 09-29-2000, 07:28 AM   #20
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come on guys! legos were the best! i spent hours and hours constructing my own cities. that was a blast. you can just sit there and design whatever you want. nowadays the freakin' kits have everything already done for you. to much is involved. you can't use your imagination like you could back in the days. The old school robin hood legos were cool too. i remember perching my warriors in my mom's plants and she would find them couple days later when she watered them hahaha.

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Old 09-29-2000, 07:30 AM   #21
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I've put firecrackers on balsawood airplanes...now THAT was fun...::zooooooo--BOOOOM!! crash::

I had legos...Tons of legos....Ang GI Joe ruled! GI Joe! The Great American Hero! I even had this HUGE GI Joe aircraft carrier. I remember when GI Joe started to go bad...They started putting flourescent colors on them. Transformers were cool, I had a bunch. Remember when Lincoln Logs were made of wood? hehe! Thunder, Thunder, THUNDERCATS HO! Does anyone remember Voltron? .
Duck Hunt....I was Duck Hunt Master. I was playing it a few months ago on my girlfriend's Nintendo, and she got angry my turn lasted so long. Not my fault I kept getting perfects, is it? Oh boy...Maybe the only good thing about today is our cars? ;-)
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Old 09-29-2000, 07:33 AM   #22
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Geeez, if I look at those poor souls that have to wear the right stuff, hang out in malls to play computer games, can't do Sh@t because everything is restricted, have all material stuff but are totally neglected by their parents, live in big houses in subdivisions with no real life around it.
We grew up in a small village(2500 souls, some lost..), at a creek and a river.
Brands didn't matter, you wore whatever was sortof clean, TV wasn't interesting (3 channels, b&w TV), but we did built multiple story treehouses, went rafting in February, caught fish by hand, tipped cows, shot neighbors windows with a slingshot, (got beaten for that), all in all a way better time than the consumjunkies have nowadays.
Just look at all the screwed up kids(I know that not all are this way), that wasn't there back then. Ok, we had our village idiots...
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Old 09-29-2000, 07:36 AM   #23
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MASK absolutely ****ing ruled! Me and my brother had tons of those things. Although I never had him as a toy I think T-Bob ruled in the cartoon. He reminds me of that computer from 2001, HAL, on crack. ..."Sorrryyy Scott, yourrr daaaddd said weee shoulddnn't go"...

By the way, if anyone is as a big a MASK geek as me I have the opening from the cartoon in quicktime format. I can post it somewhere if anyone's interested.
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Old 09-29-2000, 07:37 AM   #24
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Amen, KC.

I grew up during the age of Atari, Intellivision, Commodore64s, etc. Despite that handicap, the lack of funds allowed my brother and me to explore alternative entertainment. It usually involved lots of mayhem and destruction. I remember being rather upset on more than one occasion because I wasn't able to get pure sodium anymore. I'll blame that one on the previous generation.

Anyone ever do model rockets? Those little Estes things can be loads of fun if not used properly. Give two brothers way too much free time, rockets, and an empty blueprint tube and see what happens. The end result is usually something that involves trying to figure out how not to get exhaust gasses in your face after the rocket leaves the front of the tube. It's too bad we never figured out how to fit a reliable contact fuse in those little rockets. *ahem*

Edit: I still get Legos for Christmas!!

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Old 09-29-2000, 07:57 AM   #25
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Not sure about you guys...but I used to strap a ruler on my pen's clip and make it into plane! Ha! It works! And those triangular protractor thingies can be made into delta winged fighter jets with my PaperMate pens!

Yup.... those glory days. I think we grew up right don't u think? 80s rock!
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