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Just skimmed through a TV channel aimed at children. Most bizarre were the adverts.

From "Tranformer like" robots, to a weird illuminated makeup unicorn.

All rather Japanese.

What happened to books, paint sets, and games compendiums?

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30 minutes ago, MrPin said:

Just skimmed through a TV channel aimed at children. Most bizarre were the adverts.

From "Tranformer like" robots, to a weird illuminated makeup unicorn.

All rather Japanese.

What happened to books, paint sets, and games compendiums?

Surely you jest Mr. Pin. Even when I was a kid in the 60s I would still rather have had the robots. The only few kids who get excited by a jolly games compendium are unable to escape from their Enid Blyton novel.

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Just now, Funn3r said:

Surely you jest Mr. Pin. Even when I was a kid in the 60s I would still rather have had the robots. The only few kids who get excited by a jolly games compendium are unable to escape from their Enid Blyton novel.

Yes, I had a Japanese robot which lit up, and a space station that moved around the floor. And a train set.

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33 minutes ago, MrPin said:

Just skimmed through a TV channel aimed at children. Most bizarre were the adverts.

From "Tranformer like" robots, to a weird illuminated makeup unicorn.

All rather Japanese.

What happened to books, paint sets, and games compendiums?

I can’t remember my kids actually yearning for a physical toy in the last eight years. My 14 year old wanted a particular remote control car when he was 5 or 6. The younger one wanted a Ben 10 watch thing when he was about 3. Since then no interest in anything that isn’t computer game software.

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46 minutes ago, MrPin said:

I remember when "Cabbage Patch Dolls" were all the rage, Mr @Hail the Tripod

So do I, but I don’t remember them ever being all the rage for boys. 

I don’t think enough kids even watch broadcast TV for advertising there to generate any buzz in the playground, even if the toy was AMAZING.

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Just now, Hail the Tripod said:

So do I, but I don’t remember them ever being all the rage for boys. 

I don’t think enough kids even watch broadcast TV for advertising there to generate any buzz in the playground, even if the toy was AMAZING.

Dunno, there was always that "must have" item that ran out before Christmas.

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Just now, MrPin said:

There's a shop here full of this plastic cute tat. I think they will close.

There used to be a HUGE Toys ‘R Us in Woking. I was probably a little too old by the time it opened (about 13) but it was still a thing of awe and wonder for me. For my kids it was barely different to being dragged round the makeup department of Debenhams, except for the video games bit.

Actually they took a passing interest in some of the Lego sets, but even there it didn’t translate into any fervent desire. 

Now it’s gone anyway, and their reaction was a shrug.

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1 minute ago, MrPin said:

Kids are more into on-line gambling and illegal highs, than plastic unicorns nowadays, Mr @Hail the Tripod

It’s not just knives and snoods, despite what many on here believe about the south east. You’d be pleased to know that lots of them play guitar, and many are really very good.

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The 80s I thought was the age when they went full out with creating plastic junk to sell.  Famously creating things like he man and thunder cats in order to push a line of tat through TV advertising and the like.

Could be mistaken but nowadays you do have a few cartoons doing similar (paw patrol) but a lot is more thought through like the Lego empire going strong now.

The whole media spectrum changed too where kids or parents can drill into whatever niche TV show or game/ hobby they like thanks to the internet.

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34 minutes ago, Hail the Tripod said:

It’s not just knives and snoods, despite what many on here believe about the south east. You’d be pleased to know that lots of them play guitar, and many are really very good.

A load of free time + unlimited YouTube tutorials and you should really be damn good. :D

My excuse is, there was no YouTube when I was 14. Only porn, and Age of Empires online.

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My kids are still under 5, they love Lego, paw patrol, frozen and books but mainly they know how to operate our old DVD and VHS players and have a growing collection of age appropriate movies, mainly Marvel, Paddington, Lego and Paw Patrol. Most were $1 from charity shops.

Whilst we still limit screen time, i prefer this to them being attached to iPhones (which most of their playschool mates seem to be) or Netflix as you immediately start to lose the content control, next thing you know they end up on fortnite at 4 in the morning...

They are generally disinterested in the piles of colourful plastic tat that pass for toys and gradually takes over the house.

The toy section in Kmart is pretty uninspiring except for Hot Wheels & Matchbox who still do a great selection of new and old models in good detail. 

For Xmas they'll be getting pedal cars.

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