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G.I. Joe voted top toy of the century
upi ^ | Sept. 13, 2012

Posted on 09/14/2012 7:06:46 AM PDT by JoeProBono

Visitors to the Children's Museum of Indianapolis' website have picked G.I. Joe as the top toy of the past century followed by Transformers and Lego blocks.

Museum officials picked their top 100 toys of the past 100 years and more than 24,000 votes were cast online to narrow the list down the top 20, which was topped by G.I. Joe, Transformers, Lego blocks, Barbie and the View-Master.

The list also included the bicycle, Cabbage Patch Kids, Crayons, Play-Doh, Monopoly, Raggedy Ann, Spirograph, Etch A Sketch, Little Golden Books, Hot Wheels, Lincoln Logs, Candyland, Roller Skates, Silly Putty and Mr. Potato Head.

"The feedback and support from the public for this initiative has been extraordinary," said Jeffrey Patchen, president and chief executive officer of the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. "The stories people have shared about intergenerational learning, family traditions and memories has been heartwarming and life-changing in some cases. Toys are a powerful tool for exploration and imagination as we learn and grow. They foster many shared memories across generations and, as was represented in the voting and story sharing for 100 Toys, across cultures as we read stories submitted from Germany, Canada, Australia and Israel."


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Hobbies; Military/Veterans
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The term “action figure” was coined by the collectors of G.I. Joe first released in February 2nd, 1964.


1 posted on 09/14/2012 7:06:52 AM PDT by JoeProBono
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Sorry it’s the Hot Wheel for me...coolest toy I ever owned. (Besides my 1987 Fender American Strat and my F150)


2 posted on 09/14/2012 7:12:59 AM PDT by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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We had quite a collection of the original GI Joes — the large ones. I don’t remember what I did with them (probably went to the Goodwill) but I wish I’d kept them. They’d be worth something today. We lived in Berkeley, and there was only one little boy whose parents would allow him to play with those dolls with my son.

We also had a huge collection of Johny and Jane West — Barbie-sized dolls with plastic clothes and horses, barns, etc — even a buffalo — that all 4 kids played with. That way the girls could be in the game.


3 posted on 09/14/2012 7:13:27 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (Joe Biden is reported to be seeking asylum in a foreign country so he does not have to debate Ryan.)
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To: JoeProBono
Visitors to the Children's Museum of Indianapolis' website have picked G.I. Joe as the top toy of the past century followed by Transformers and Lego blocks.

Yo Joe!

4 posted on 09/14/2012 7:14:43 AM PDT by Alex Murphy (At the end of the day, you have to worship the god who can set you on fire.)
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To: JoeProBono

When my Dad saw these he said “boys do not play with dolls” he was in the military for 37 years.


5 posted on 09/14/2012 7:15:33 AM PDT by ar10
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To: JoeProBono
I see Mr. Potato Head gets an honorable mention. But no Miss Potato Head????

(It was the only way mom could get me to eat my veggies)

6 posted on 09/14/2012 7:15:33 AM PDT by bigheadfred
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7 posted on 09/14/2012 7:16:12 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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GI Joe and BB guns kept me busy for many hours during the summers out in the woods...


8 posted on 09/14/2012 7:18:38 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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I recall having at one time six GI Joes, all with the plastic hair (no fuzzie/no Kung-fu Grip), my first GI Joe was actually Black.

Spent many an hour recreating scenes from the TV show Combat. Unfortunately with them being so large I couldn’t get away with digging foxholes or breastworks. Simply used large river stones.... I even had the Mercury -7 spacecraft... what I wouldn’t give to have some of those things back...


9 posted on 09/14/2012 7:19:25 AM PDT by Cliff Dweller (No such thing as a threat... just targets)
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Dolls are for girls.

Daisy BB-gun or an Erector Set or StingRay Bike are what real boys wanted when I was a kid.

If I had to vote among the toys listed, I’d give the nod to Lincoln Logs.


10 posted on 09/14/2012 7:20:46 AM PDT by nonsporting
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To: JoeProBono

Have’nt seen a dogtag with the notch in it for quite a while.


11 posted on 09/14/2012 7:22:07 AM PDT by silentreignofheroes
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To: JoeProBono

YO JOE!


12 posted on 09/14/2012 7:22:48 AM PDT by epluribus_2
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13 posted on 09/14/2012 7:23:10 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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No Erector Set...electric trains...cap pistols...”spaldeens”?

But then again, this nation voted for Obama so I kinda understand.


14 posted on 09/14/2012 7:23:55 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: Cliff Dweller

EBay is your friend. (Maybe)


15 posted on 09/14/2012 7:25:04 AM PDT by epluribus_2
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16 posted on 09/14/2012 7:26:18 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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No G.I. Joes, but I have a collection of dogtags from various time periods. I LOVE it when someone asks me to explan what the notch is for. I get to watch them squirm when I tell them.

As far as I can tell the notch passed out of use circa 1975. I guess it was bothering the volunteers.

17 posted on 09/14/2012 7:27:55 AM PDT by jboot (This isn't your father's America. Stay safe and keep your powder dry.)
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To: JoeProBono
The European See & Say.

"The cow says 'shazooooooooo!'"

"Where?? Where does the cow say that???"


18 posted on 09/14/2012 7:28:12 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (Romney/Ryan 2012)
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To: ar10
They aren't dolls

THEY ARE ACTION FIGURES!

Opps, sorry, that I what I had to tell my dad when he'd make fun of my Godzilla toys.

My dad just didn't want me to be a big Pansy, so when I was old enough he got let me use his Favorite toy when he was a kid.

A Remington pump action .22.

With a thing that tells time!

19 posted on 09/14/2012 7:28:19 AM PDT by KC_Lion ( Wherever I find myself standing, I forever stand with Israel.)
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20 posted on 09/14/2012 7:28:54 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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