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What are your Christmas R/C memories?

Tandy Christmas Sale And Gift Catalogue 1987

Tandy Christmas Sale And Gift Catalogue 1987In the spirit of the festive season, perhaps it’s time I dedicated a page to everyone else’s R/C car memories (not just mine)…

What memories do you have of receiving R/C cars (or other cool retro toys), at Christmas?

What cars did you receive (or miss out on) back in the 1970s, 80s or 90s?

And what are some of your best (and worst) memories of R/C cars around Christmas time?

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Lost Hobby Shops: Toy & Novelty

Toy & Novelty - toy store in Queensland, Australia, 1985

Toy & Novelty - toy store in Queensland, Australia, 1985A small toy shop chain from Queensland, Australia that is all but forgotten – “Toy & Novelty” had three locations in the mid 1980s.

Here’s a little TV commercial that will make you want to take the nearest DeLorean back to 1985.

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Lego: Silly modern faces, cool retro sets

Lego Ghostbusters

Lego GhostbustersIs it just me, or are Lego mini figure faces ridiculous these days? Gone from Lego sets are the normal, happy faces I knew in the 80s. Now it’s all “expressions” – excitement, fear and even anger.

On the positive side, the Lego brand is still very popular. And in fact, Lego still releases many retro-themed sets that suggest a large percentage of their buyers are fans of the 1980s. So let’s look at what Lego is up to…

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Kmart Moto-cross Racing Bicycles (1980)

Kmart Moto-Cross Racing Bicycles

Kmart Moto-Cross Racing BicyclesA perpetual motion racing ‘game’ made by Japanese toy geniuses Tomy, in which little bicycles race around a track forever. There used to be lots of these motorized track games in the 70s and 80s – perhaps you had something similar?

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Vintage toy boxes and packaging

Revell Lil HerbieWhen collecting old toys and games, some people will pay thousands of dollars more for the packaging or box, than the item itself. Others send their toys away to have them (and the packaging) valued and then put inside plastic cases.

If you collect old toys, how important is the condition of the packaging, to you?

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Teddy Ruxpin and Jet Hopper – the hot toys for Christmas 1986

Metro Jet Hopper

Metro Jet HopperJust for fun, here are two old Australian TV commercials in which the Metro/Taiyo Jet Hopper R/C buggy is shown as one of the hot toys for Christmas. The ads are for the Australian department store Myer and the Australian K-Mart supermarket chain, and both date from Christmas 1986.

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“Toy Hunter” is well worth a look

Toy Hunter - hosted by Jordan Hembrough

Toy Hunter - hosted by Jordan HembroughThe American reality TV series “Toy Hunter” follows a toy dealer on a quest to buy and sell (and sometimes collect) rare and vintage toys.

From Barbie dolls to action figures, and even the occasional toy R/C car, this is the most fun toy-based TV show I’ve ever seen.

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