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We've got your cheesy '70s toy commercials right here! - VIDEO

by Joel Keller, posted May 24th 2006 4:01PM
SSP Smash 'em derbyHere's what I remember about most of the toys my parents bought for me and Rich in the 1970's: most of them looked great in the commercials but in reality were either crappily made or poorly conceived. We'd either break them (for instance, I rendered a See 'n' Say -- with the old-fashioned pull string -- useless soon after receiving it) or quickly get bored of them. These commercials, which all seem to be from around 1972, reinforced that notion to me. There's a glow-in-the-dark owl game which looks cool but has no point to it, an SSP demolition derby set whose parts would be lost five seconds after it left the box, and a Parker Brothers game where you bid on works of art! It's amazing what toymakers thought kids would be interested in buying in those days. Makes me wonder if, with all the money our parents spent on those cruddy toys, we could have gone to Ivy League colleges if we just stuck to Tinkertoys.

(Though the first product in the reel, Bing Bang Boing, looked pretty cool. Though in the Keller household, the ball bearings would have disappeared within a week.)

The embedded YouTube video is after the jump.

[via BoingBoing and Pop Candy]

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Cyberphin

Reminds me of my old video tape of the star wars Christmas special that has the commercials still intact. Favorite is Tobor the robot, the commercial explains the name at the end, "Tobor is robot spelled backwards"

May 24 2006 at 7:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ErricZ

Yay, Now With SONIC SOUND!

Can you believe some of the terms they tried to flop on us back before the 80s?

May 24 2006 at 5:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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