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Frank Hovis

Deprived childhood - toys you wanted but didn't get

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Eagle transporter from Space 1999 in metal. I had a look on eBay for interest, all just plastic kits but the metal model did exist.

Raleigh Chopper - didn't we all? XYY posted about having one the lucky get.

 

And I'll do the PS4 and six cans of Pepsi line to save the trouble. And the Toc H lamp to be extra safe.

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I did Frank. 1973. Bright red. Best Christmas present ever.

I would not have mentioned PS4s and Diet Pepsi as you made the post - those comments are for newcomers who appear to be bots. 

You're not a bot are you Francis...?

 

XYY

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Crossfire was good. You had to put plasters on the triggers though, if you played it all day you'd end up with blisters and bloody fingers.

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Just now, The Prick said:

Crossfire was good. You had to put plasters on the triggers though, if you played it all day you'd end up with blisters and bloody fingers.

Fuck off. I wouldn't know. And yes, it is still a sore point.

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Sega megadrive.

Well, that's not strictly true, I did get one eventually but I had to enter almost Brexit-like negotiations with my parents and basically promise not to be a little shit for at least a year.

That deal lasted about 2 weeks I think.

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Big Trak.

I think I had more chance of landing on the moon. In fact the amount I wanted something seems, retrospectively, inversely proportional to the chances of me actually getting it. I now need to work out why this was without causing myself a breakdown.

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I always wanted a pedal tractor with a front loading shovel. If I'd got one I might have acquired a lot less unnecessary heavy machinery as an adult.

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Same here.  Never managed to get any of the cool Raleigh bikes.  Most of the other kids had them.  I remember filling out an entry form that was in Wizzer and Chips comic, to win a Grifter XL.  Spent days thinking up the best tiebreaker as to why I wanted the bike.  I waited 6 weeks to win it, dreaming about it.  Didn't win it.  The cunts.

 

 

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3 minutes ago, The Prick said:

Same here.  Never managed to get any of the cool Raleigh bikes.  Most of the other kids had them.  I remember filling out an entry form that was in Wizzer and Chips comic, to win a Grifter XL.  Spent days thinking up the best tiebreaker as to why I wanted the bike.  I waited 6 weeks to win it, dreaming about it.  Didn't win it.  The cunts.

There are probably lawyers prepared to take that case on.

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It's scarred me.

I was crapping myself about having to explain to my parents where this Grifter XL came from.:D

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8 minutes ago, The Prick said:

Same here.  Never managed to get any of the cool Raleigh bikes.  Most of the other kids had them.  I remember filling out an entry form that was in Wizzer and Chips comic, to win a Grifter XL.  Spent days thinking up the best tiebreaker as to why I wanted the bike.  I waited 6 weeks to win it, dreaming about it.  Didn't win it.  The cunts.

 

 

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It caught my eye on another thread that none of this done up Grifters have the right original wide tyres on them which are presumably unavailable. I had the red Grifter but was never really happy with it as preferred the blue one. I was from the sort of low income household where spunking a lot of money buying the kids the latest things was de rigueur.

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Just now, SNACR said:

 I was from the sort of low income household where spunking a lot of money buying the kids the latest things was de rigueur.

That would have been me, if there'd been any money.

I had a Burner. Kind of like a second rate Grifter.

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6 hours ago, Frank Hovis said:

Raleigh Chopper - didn't we all?

I had the smaller version the "tomahawk" was always dead jealous of anyone with a chopper.

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Absolutely glorious, the closest thing a kid could have to a moterbike

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I really wanted a Play-doh factory. I even got in for Christmas one year but it broke straight out of the box and  the shop didn't have any more when we went to exchange it.

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32 minutes ago, gilf said:

Then of course there was the even smaller Budgie, a friend of mine had one of those.

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That reminds me of our Fiat in that, even though it's small in itself, the wheels are disproportionately smaller again. 

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Blimey, I can tell we are all of a certain age as I remember drooling over some of these toys in my mum's Kays catalogue. 

I'd have really liked a computer of some kind as the entire 80s home computing thing completely passed me by due to my parents being skint. I'd didn't get to use a computer in anger until about 91 at university. 

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Just now, SCC said:

Blimey, I can tell we are all of a certain age as I remember drooling over some of these toys in my mum's Kays catalogue. 

 

Er..... we get the picture, thanks. And the picture was on pages 261-292.

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