There are so many wonderful things about the 60’s. Some of the great toys that were invented during that decade still bring smiles to many faces now. Some of those toys are being brought back today for Retro game nights and Throw back parties. This lets you know that people still enjoy the fun times of years long gone. Things that are really great never go away; they simply fade into the background until we are ready for them once more.
1. BIG Wheel. This plastic tricycle with the big front wheel was introduced to the world in 1969. This toy became very popular in the United States after consumer groups deemed it safer than the traditional tricycle. This brand was reintroduced to the public in 2003 and was inducted in the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2009.
2. GI Joe. These action figures were introduced to the world in 1964. They were made as representations of the military to include The Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. The "GI" in GI Joe stands for Government Issue and ironically this word is still used in the military today. GI Joes were actually responsible for the term “Action Figures.” These toys were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2003.
3. Batman Utility Belt. The Company Ideal introduced the ultimate must have toy for any Batman fan in 1966; the Batman utility belt. This belt had all the necessary tools for a junior caped crusader. It consisted of a grappling hook, small flashlight, a plastic batarang, bat cuffs, and a little toy gun. This item marked a great turn in Super Hero memorabilia as it was one of many toys made just for the newly crazed fans of such series as Batman.
4. Easy Bake Oven. This working toy was created by Kenner products in 1963. Resembling a conventional oven in colors of turquoise and pale yellow; little girls could play homemaker for hours. The greatest part is that she could actually make little cakes that she could eat and share with your friends. In 1993 as Kenner became a part of Hasbro, they introduced the Easy Bake Oven and Snack Center. The oven was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2006.
5. The Wham O Super Ball. An extremely bouncy ball was invented in 1964 by Norman Stingley. Mr. Stingley’s invention was actually turned down by Bettis Rubber Company prior to being bought by Wham-O. After 2 years of working to make the ball more durable, it was introduced to the public for sale. Starting as a fad and gaining momentum; by 1965 over 6 million Super Balls had been sold. Interesting side note: Lamar Hunt, founder of the American Football League coined the phrase “Super Bowl” after observing the fun his children had playing with the Super Ball.
Wonderful memories are wrapped in the toys of the 60’s. Many of them are still in existence today. Maybe you should check out some retro parties in your town and pretend that you’re a kid again. The fun that many of people had with these toys is the same kind of fun they want to share with their kids today.