There are a few toys I remember from my childhood, although picking a favourite is actually pretty hard:
- I had a teddy bear for as long as I remember. He was called Bear. I also had a cuddly dog with a big smile on his face who was my second choice in that particular category, and he was called Smiler.
- I collected action figures including Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles (as they were then) and Batman. In fact, I remember Batman’s grappling hook belt breaking as he was climbing up the fireplace one Christmas Day.
- Our Dad used to make my brother and I toys. I had a wooden castle and he had a farm set. We also had a Tracey Island made of chicken wire and plaster of Paris which was amazing! We also had a push go-kart that was blue with green panels and steered with a piece of rope.
- Both my granddads also made us toys. While one would fashion the Health and Safety Executive’s worst nightmare bows and arrows out of the front hedge, the other moulded us a chess set and even made a ride on electric Thomas the Tank Engine.
- As we got older I remember having Sega Game Gears and the original PlayStation, on which I played a lot of Sonic the Hedgehog and my favourite game even – Final Fantasy VII. That’s still one of the only games I have completed in its entirety, and I’ve done it twice.
The PlayStation links my past toys to my present ones quite nicely, having owned all of them up to the present day PS4 and Vita which I think I got for consecutive Christmases. I still like toys (to the despair of some), partly because they are a way of relaxing and partly because shopping for them can remind you that not everything in adulthood has to be serious.
In fact, tomorrow is my 32nd birthday, and I know for a fact that my birthday present from my parents is a Lego TIE Fighter!
Boy, and as the years go by
Our friendship will never die.
You’ve Got a Friend in Me by Randy Newman, from Toy Story.