Top Toys of the 1960s
Games and Hobbies from Yesteryear
Top 10 Classic 60s Toys
1. Etch-A-Sketch (1960): There are two knobs on this flat plastic frame that moves as the equivalent of a stylus that we know today. You use these 2 knobs moved around to draw the image. This is done by magnets that bring the color (this being the aluminum), you can draw the image that you desire. One knob controls the up and down movement of the stylus and the other knob controls in side to side movements. I remember this toy as a child and I still have it to this day. They still produce the in the same style and red color as they used to a long time ago.
2. G.I. Joe (1964): Classified as "The Real American Hero," GI Joe was a very popular toy that boys and girls alike played with. The original GI Joe dolls are quite large. The size of the toy decreased over time to small action figures. The movement of the toys also became better over time and different developments. The neck will turn right and left, the elbows will bend, he can bend at the waist. The knees, wrists, ankles, feet will all move. The advancements in the toy departments. These toys are sill popular today.
3. Easy Bake Oven (1963): I didn't have an Easy Bake Oven but, those of my friends that did have one were the most wonderful friends. This oven comes with small baking pan and cake mix packets. This is almost like having a microwave to cook the little snacks. It is like a toaster oven that cooks faster. Even though this is thought of as a toy, it is still important to remember to use oven mitts when playing with this electrical toy.
4. Ken Doll (1961): He is the fictional boyfriend of Barbie. He was released in 1961. Ken had his own outfits of matching clothes and matching accessories just like Barbie did. From the shoes to the suits and jackets and the pressed dress pants, Ken was dressed to kill. There were over 40 types of "Ken" Dolls made.
5. Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots (1964): It takes two players to play the game. Each robot has two arms that are used with boxing gloves on the end of each. To win you must knock the robot's head off. This game was a little boys dream when it first hit the toy shelves. It takes batteries and it burns them fast when you play 12 rounds at a time on this toy.
6. Stratego (1960): This Is a strategy board game that two players participate in on a 10" X 10" square board. This game is based on military strategies. Each time that you destroy an opponent's game piece, you move up a military rank (Marshal, General, Colonel, Major, Captain, etc.). This game can best be described as a psychological version of Chess.
7. Troll Doll (1960): Troll dolls have been popular since the 1960's when they came out. There are troll dolls everywhere you look and they are in several department stores. I know of two people who are really afraid of the troll dolls. They say they just look spooky and they must be famous because they have been reproduced for decades and they still sale.
8. Batman Action Figures (1966): The original Batman stood 4" tall and came equipped with lots of accessories. Batman had a utility belt with batarangs, bat-cuffs and a fire extinguisher. There are less than 50 in existence and they are worth a lot of money if you can come across one. When these Bagman dolls came out even the show itself got a ratings boost.
9. Chatty Cathy (1962): She had eleven phrases that she spoke at random. The phrases are spoken when the cord installed in her back is pulled all the way out. A few years later, in 1963, two more dolls were released, an African American Doll and a new improved version of The Original Chatty Cathy Doll. Some of her more popular phrases are: I love you, May I have a cookie, and, Please, take me with you.
10. Operation (Board Games) (1965): This battery operated game, tests the players hand-eye coordination. The game features cards that tell the player their next move. In the game, you must pick the specified body parts out of the body without getting "buzzed" by the game. This would happen if you didn't remove the piece cleanly from the game board.
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If you have old toys in great condition you can auction certain ones on ebay for descent profit or you can give them to a Goodwill or other organization that will give them to a child in need. Also, Many churches will accept toys around Christmas time for children and either pass them out themselves at Churches or donate them to shelters for the homeless and/or needy.
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