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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2010
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    @kelvin - oh yeah! My first bike. Definitely a major, major win.
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      CommentAuthorAlastair
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2010
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    I remember mailing off the coupon on Christmas day. I also remember asking my mother everyday after that: "is it here yet?" poor woman. I was an exhausting 7 year old.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2010
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    Looking over some of the above entries, I realize that I really missed out on the advent of geek culture. There were a few space men figures (Major Matt Mason) and spaceship models (a neighbor kid had the Fireball XL-5 rocket, which was wonderful), but even though Star Trek and Lost in Space were running there were remarkably few actual geeky SF&F toys. Ones with meaty back-story.
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    @StefanJ- not even Mego stuff? I had a Planet of the Apes Cornelius one:



    and a Star Trek Spock:



    never understood why the phasers were aqua colored on those Star Trek figures.

    I wish I still had those.
    • CommentAuthorTimbo
    • CommentTimeDec 21st 2010
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    @ninewhile & @stefanj

    i got a shoe box full of action men (GI Joe for the US) one . They were hand me downs from older cousins etc!

    I was especially pleased with one who had a 'real' beard!

    I couldn't have been happier.

    The best new Christmas gift I got as a kid was the milennium Falcon. We used to think that kids who got the AT-AT were spoiled though! Go figure.

    Hope that all your presents in these recessionary times still elicit excitement.
    • CommentAuthorkaregon
    • CommentTimeDec 21st 2010 edited
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    choper bike

    on of these just before i hit my teens. considering i got it in the early 90's, i certainly got a lot of attention.
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      CommentAuthorkelvin
    • CommentTimeDec 21st 2010
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    @raz Yes. Marvellous mechanism for causing trouble out of the sight of disapproving eyes :)
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    @ LokiZero
    SNAKE. MOTHERFUCKING. MOUNTAIN.


    And the annoying fun it was to use the echoing snake microphone for hours...

    Also, this:

    The Mother Luvin Technodrome

    or this:

    Ewok Village
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeDec 21st 2010
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    Action figures were pretty much limited to G.I. Joe when I was of the age to play with them. (And these were the BIG G.I. Joes, more than a foot tall.) A cousin had a few, plus the big vehicles that came with them; a neighbor kid had the amazing G.I. Joe Mercury capsule, which was a damn fine thing.

    Either through politics or money troubles, my parents never got me any, not that I had a serious jones for combat play.
    • CommentAuthorErisah
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd 2010
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    The best Xmas present I ever got was a second-hand copy of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory when I was about seven. It's still one of my favourite books.

    Second best is the camera Mum bought me when I turned 17.
    • CommentAuthorMaC
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd 2010 edited
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    @oldhat

    I totally had the firehouse! It was the best playset ever, it crapped all over the Wayne Manor playset. I had the cars too, I remember trying to put the proton packs in the back of the car so it'd be like the movie. I broke the arm grips on so many packs :x. I remember losing my mind cause the GB2 toys turned different colors when you put them in water and looked slimed.

    My favorite stuff was the Proton Pack and the Slime Cannon thing, I just loved that roleplay stuff when I was little. But the holy grail of my Ghostbusters toys was

    I looked at the trap Ray.

    @GovernmentSpy

    I remember towards the end of Elementary School when the new wave of Star Wars toys for the re-released movies started coming out I learned my much older cousin in virginia had the Ewok Tree House and never stopped wanting it.
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      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd 2010
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    @ StefanJ - I had the G.I. Joe Space Capsule. I gave it to my cousin. No, I don't know why.
    @William Joseph Dunn - I had all the Mego Star Trek figures, including the aliens in the second series. I still have a complete McCoy but I only have Spock's head (which I often carry around with me as a good luck charm/cheap prop - "Give me a reading, Spock") and Lt. Uhura's head (which I have converted into a cat toy. It's jolly good fun to toss it an exclaim "BRING ME THE HEAD OF OPRAH WINFREY!" and watch the horrified looks on people's faces as the cat goes scampering after it. Yes, I DO do this.)

    Glad to see so much love for the Falcon.
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    @MaC I had both the Ewok Tree House, and Yoda's Degobah Hut, and I used to put Degobah on top of the tree house, so that if you fell into the "quicksand" on Degobah, you fell into the top of one of the Trees. Yes, I'm that kid.
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    My brother doesn't read comics, but he found out I wanted this and tracked down a copy on the cheap when I was 13 and it was wildly beyond my finances.

    Guy Gardner's first appearance
    Guy Gardner's first appearance

    Best big brother ever.
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      CommentAuthorm3t4lfi3nd
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd 2010
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    My very first console, 12 years of age
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      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd 2010
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    I went through my 70's Mego doll phase, and this one was my fave, hanging in my stocking one morning:


    A few years earlier, I remember really being into puppets, wanting to do shows for my sibs, etc. These two guys showed up one Xmas morn, much to my joy:
    • CommentAuthorPow
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd 2010 edited
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    we did a poundshop secret santa in the work and I got this which has been wowing everyone all morning. I'm quite easily pleased.

    Best ever was the my Megadrive w/ Sonic 1, oh yes, or maybe this mad terminator toy where you make skin and then rip it off the exoskeletons.

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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd 2010
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    For the longest time, my wife had this huge anti-"nerd gift" bias. She'd ask me what I'd want, and I'd tell her about some game, a comic, something like that. She'd flat-out say "no".

    Then one year, she got me the first new "Prince of Persia" game, "Full Spectrum Warrior", an original X-Box wireless adapter with an X-Box Live subscription, this big "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" gift set, and a bottle of Holy Grail Ale.

    I legit teared up. It wasn't the fact that she got me nerd shit; it was the fact that she got me things she knew would resonate with me. I still get emotional when we talk about that Christmas.
    • CommentAuthormunin218
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd 2010
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    My Pretty