David Brider (davidbrider) wrote,
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Writer's Block: Toys in the attic

Did you have a favorite toy as a child that you took with you everywhere? If so, what was it and what happened to it?

I don't know about "took everywhere", but particular favourite toys included:

  • A fairly extensive collection of the Star Wars figures, ships and playsets as released by Palitoy in the UK (Kenner in the USA), which sadly I got rid of at some point around the late '80s. Pity, some of them may well have been worth something (although none of them were in their packaging). At any rate, looking at the price of the new model Millennium Falcon, I'm wishing I'd kept my old one...

  • Meccano. Nowhere near as extensive, but I enjoyed tinkering with it (at one point I tried to build a life-size robot. That was fun!). I presume this was chucked out. I've certainly no idea where it ended up.

  • Lego. Pretty extensive, and I had it from a very young age. My mum and I used to sit together making models in the playroom (I think it was more a case of she made whilst I sat in fascination), including one I vividly remember of the shop in Gidea Park where my grandparents lived and worked. Included some of the early '80s Lego space stuff and a Technic car. And a Norton motorbike. I'd assumed this was all thrown out, but it turns out it's in my parents' loft. When we've room for it, I shall reclaim it.

  • Ted. My little teddy bear, with a bell in each ear so that he jangles distinctively if you shake him a bit. If memory serves, my sister and I had identical ones. Mine has been with me through thick and thin (I once took him with me to a holiday in Scarborough; the hotel staff on finding it, tucked him up neatly in bed. Bless. I would have been 31 at the time. *ahem*). He's a little bit threadbare now - indeed, the right ear has now nearly worn through and you can see the bell in the ear - but he's very definitely my favourite.

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