To long for the good old days...

(26 Posts)
laikalooo Wed 17-Jul-13 19:16:29

When plastic toys weren't so cheap and nasty? I bought my DS the fisher price garage and couldn't believe how badly made it was and very cheap looking! My wonderful mother has since come round with fisher price house and camper van complete with all the furniture and people from when I was a toddler and they are beautiful - so well made! What has happened to the toy industry? Needless to say I have disassembled the garage and returned it.

Euphemia Wed 17-Jul-13 19:17:44

People want stuff cheap.

laikalooo Wed 17-Jul-13 19:20:35

But, much of it isn't cheap! Even then, there isn't really any alternative if you did want to spend a bit more and have something you could pass down or sell. Not everyone wants stuff cheap.

HugAMoo Wed 17-Jul-13 19:22:06

There is so much choice now with toys, so many things available. Back then there always seemed to be just one or two toys that everyone had/wanted. The old fisher price toys were great and well made..I remember the record player well and the garage. My parents also have an a la carte kitchen stored away for my DC..anyone remember that?!

morethanpotatoprints Wed 17-Jul-13 19:24:06

Sylvanians aren't cheap, well made and last.
But I do agree there aren't many toys you could keep for years if they had been well used.

laikalooo Wed 17-Jul-13 19:25:34

I don't remember the kitchen but loved the record player!! Fisher price have actually re-released the player in their "retro" range along with the pull along phone.

pictish Wed 17-Jul-13 19:25:36

I agree OP!
Toys are flimsy crap these days...nothing like the toys of our childhood.
Fisher Price is a shadow of how it used to be.

Cheaply made...expensively sold.

laikalooo Wed 17-Jul-13 19:26:37

The only toys that seem to have any care taken over them seem to be wooden ones really.

You are not wrong. Buckaroo, Mousetrap, Kerplunk are all crap now.

laikalooo Wed 17-Jul-13 19:28:16

Flimsy crap is the word (or words)! The garage was a total joke and cost £40!!

pictish Wed 17-Jul-13 19:30:04

Yup - I remember being similarly disappointed with the FP garage when we bought one for our eldest, and we had the same discussion ourselves.

Remember the FP family house? Pure gold!

shinytoe Wed 17-Jul-13 19:31:57

I had a Fisher Price kitchen!! I loved it and probably still have the plastic egg and lettuce hanging around my mum's house somewhere. Do they still make them?

laikalooo Wed 17-Jul-13 19:33:37

I have the family house here!! It's brought back so many memories and I'm sure DS is going to love it. He's already spent ages today just putting people in and out of the under stairs cupboard! I think it may have just started an obsession with buying what are now (scarily) called vintage fisher price toys!

Euphemia Wed 17-Jul-13 20:06:26

The 1985 Fisher Price garage sold for £19.99. Tesco have the current version for £26.

The inflation increases since then would put the garage at about £50. Plastic toys are definitely cheaper now.

ChickenLickenSticken Wed 17-Jul-13 20:11:30

Omg. I used to LOVE my record player!! I'd totally forgotten about that, thank you for reminding me!!

complexnumber Wed 17-Jul-13 22:18:32

Please remember that it wasn't that long ago that a 2 y/o could pull the eye out of a teddy bear and it would have a sharp spike on it.

Not really 'the good old days'

pictish Wed 17-Jul-13 22:42:21

Yes...let us not laugh lest we forget the horror.

Lego ... Not really changed but the ranges are amazing (bar the pink/purple rubbish).

Lasts forever.

MacaYoniandCheese Wed 17-Jul-13 22:54:33

Oh yes. Board games...I opened a brand new box of Connect Four the other day and almost wept...even the boxes are shite and last about five seconds sad.

greenfolder Thu 18-Jul-13 18:04:20

Was the record player the one with clair de lune?

crockydoodle Thu 18-Jul-13 18:27:56

Guess who is rubbish now. Really flimsy compared to the one my sister had 30 odd years ago.

LilacPeony Thu 18-Jul-13 18:34:21

We had the record player that played clair de lune!

NobodyPutsTomArcherInTheCorner Thu 18-Jul-13 18:39:18

I agree Buckaroo has taken a turn for the worse. The mechanism on ours was too sensitive and spoiled the game because it wouldn't stay down long enough to play.

Dd used to shout BuggerYou. This was done in all innocence I hasten to add because she couldn't say Buckaroo; but I did kind of agree.

I do remember doing eye surgery (ie eye removal) on my dollies though in the good old days. My dolls used to look horrific.

shinytoe Thu 18-Jul-13 18:43:09

BuggerYou grin

Yes, I used to get the nail clippers out and snip the hands off my Barbies. I was a serious feminist back then.

Leeds2 Thu 18-Jul-13 19:08:43

I think Playmobil, like Lego and Sylvanians, is still decent quality.

I did actually shudder when I opened my DD's Operation game.

Board games certainly, I'm not sure for others. My DD got a vintage Fisher Price house and the roof broke clear through - they're kinda thin.

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