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Star Wars Toys

When I was young the big toys that every boy wanted were the Star Wars toys. They came in various price ranges. The models of characters were at the cheaper end of the range and EVERYONE wanted to get the popular characters. I knew quite a few people who had C3POs, Chewbaccas and Ewoks. Someone […]

Thunderbirds Toys

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Big Trak

Big Trak was just so cool. I never owned one myself as a kid, but a few of my friends did. I desperately wanted one, but my dad said it was a waste of money since all it did was move around after pressing a few buttons. Needless to say, he did buy me a […]

Sour Grapes

Sour Grapes was a quirky thing, with cardboard cutouts of bunches of grapes for playing boards, and loads of green counters/ Each of the bunches of grapes had 20 grapes in total, 5 of which were unhappy grapes with unhappy faces on them. The unhappy ones were at random places on each card. You covered […]

Trivial Pursuit

Trivial? In one sense of the word yes, I suppose, in that it contained trivia, but it was in no way a small game. It was HUGE! The game of Trivial Pursuit involved making your way around a circular board, collecting six different coloured wedges. You earned these wedges by answering questions. Each wedge was […]

Operation

Careful…….. careful……. carfBZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!!!!!! Operation had been going for years, but my first experience of it was in the late 70s to early 80s. It was one of the first electronic board games I had played and probably the one that got me hooked on them. Inside the box there was a picture of a man […]

Mousetrap

What a brilliant game that was. The idea was to go round a playing board, and when you landed on specific squares you could add bits to the overall contraption that was called “The Mousetrap”. Once construction had been completed, the objective was to land on a particular square in order to be allowed to […]

Monopoly

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Kerplunk

This was another game originally from much earlier than the 80s, but one that I played throughout the 80s. It was also another game that took much longer to set up than it did to play. Set up involved joining two tubes together, then individually threading thin plastic sticks through two facing holes in the […]

Jaws

Jaws! RUUUNNNN! The Jaws game was the opposite of Buckaroo. In Buckaroo you had to place items onto a donkeys saddle. Place too many on and the donkey will kick out and throw all the items off. In Jaws, however, you had to remove items from Jaws mouth. Take the wrong thing and he’d actually […]

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