December 19, 2010

Sunday Question

Christmas is just a week away and I am kind of excited. I was thinking about past Christmases (is that a word? or is it Christmas'? actually I don't care, no one is paying me to write this), and all the cool toys and things I used to get as a kid and even as a teenager.

So here it is: What was the coolest thing you got for Christmas as a kid? (16 and younger)

There are very few things I remember opening as a kid and being so surprised that I didn't know which way to go first. In my house the gifts for Christmas usually end up being one big gift and a couple of little things. The earliest thing I can remember opening as a kid was a giant refrigerator sized box (I was maybe like 6 years old) and inside was a ginormous Woody Woodpecker stuffed animal. I loved him as a kid. I also got an adult like 10 piece drum set one year, too. That was cool.

13 comments:

  1. Interesting question. I think it would have to be a Starling Lineup Stadium Stars Nolan Ryan. The figure is like 12 inches tall and I still have it. They were Impossible to find that year and my dad found me one.

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  2. I got a Nintendo for Christmas one year. I wanted it so so bad and somehow, with little money, my parents came through. I played that thing until I had Nintendo Thumb. What they did was bought a stuffed Garfield and put it in a box. Of course it was too small and too light to be a Nintendo. I was ready to be disappointed, but when I opened it there was a note that said "Ask your dad where your Nintendo is."

    Next to me in the blackness lay my beige plastic beauty. The greatest Christmas gift I had ever received, or would ever receive. Gradually, I drifted off to sleep, stomping goombas, turtles and getting off spectacular hip shots.

    Then there was the box of 91 stadium club baseball I got for christmas. Dad found it at a mini mart for .50 a pack. That's when it still sold for $5 a pack.

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  3. I used to love Starting Lineups, I still have all of mine, too. I save everything (look for me on Hoarders).

    That is an awesome Nintendo story. =)

    I forgot all about Nintendo Christmas. I played Dunk Hunt that year until my eyes were crossed. Good call on that one. Dunk Hunt and RC Pro Am were the best (aside from Mario).

    I used to play my Nintendo on occasion until I could no longer connect it to my tv.

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  4. I remember Christmas 1993 when I got my box of Fleer Ultra Series 2 baseball. Man, what a fun time opening that box was! I remember on other various Christmases I got a Nintendo, Super Nintendo, and Nintendo 64. Hopefully Santa brings a Wii this year!

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  5. I still have mine, it works. I had to fix it a while ago. The cartridge reader was all screwed up so I ordered a new one and installed it. Works great. Still have my games too.

    I was the first person I knew to beat Mike Tyson, finished Zelda and the Coup De Gras..Mega Man.

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  6. I didnt get into baseball cards until the mid 80's when I was closer to 20, but I built models as a kid. With 8 kids in my family though it wasn't too frequently that I got them, but when I did...oh boy! One Christmas when I was around 11 I got 2 huge, full rigging sailing ship models, the USS Constitution AND the Cutty Sark. One alone would have been enough to blow me away. Those 2 kits kept me busy for a full year. The following Christmas I got 2 huge airplane models, the 1/48 scale B-17 and B-24. What great memories opening those up.

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  7. Quite often I still think about the gift I got circa 1986 or 87'. One of those years I got an Edmonton Oilers hockey jersey & I pretty much wore it every day that I could - to school, to my friends houses etc. I was especially proud to wear it when the pond nearby froze over & I got to play pond hockey with the other kids from the neighbourhood.

    Eventually I outgrew the jersey & it was passed along to a younger cousin. I still really wish I had it.

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  8. My best Christmas present was a Star Wars AT-AT walker when I was 5 or 6 years old. It still think it's one of the coolest toys ever made.

    Runner up would be an original Game Boy when I was 14 or 15.

    I still have both, but the AT-AT is in better shape than the Game Boy ... about half the screen is dead pixels after 20 years.

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  9. Great question... so many things to choose from. I'd have to say... my Atari 2600 or my Millenium Falcon.

    The 2600 saw a lot more action, because I played it with by myself, with my friends, and even with my family.

    I was a little younger when I received the Falcon... but it was by far my favorite space ship at the time... since Han Solo was my favorite character (at the time).

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  10. With me I don't recall every little thing (or even the big ones) but one package I do recall was one that was in a garbage bag it was so big and strangely shaped. I don't recall how old I was. The package turned out to be a stuffed Tas the Tasmanian Devil (from the Warner Bros. Bugs Bunny Cartoons) about 1.5ft tall I guess? I still have it after all these years.

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  11. CaptKirk -- I had that Woody Woodpecker for a few years until my younger brother got bored with his wrestling buddies and decided that WW was more of a challenge... He literally beat the stuffing out of it.

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  12. I would have to say my He-Men Eternia play set. That thing was enormous. We had a tradition in my family where we get to open one present on Christmas Eve and since that one was pretty obvious as to what it was, I opened that and spent the next few hours assembling it and putting on all of the stickers. I eventually fell asleep on the couch in the living room with The Monkees on before everything was completed.

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  13. In 1985 I got a 1976 complete mint Topps set for Christmas from my parents. Runner up would be an atari 2600.

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