Welcome to MacTalk Australia

the largest Australian community for Apple discussions and topics

ป Join the discussions, Register Now!
Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 30
  1. #1

    Default 1978 Toy of the Year - Struts!

    G'day,

    Hope this works



    When I was a kid, I had Struts! I had a barrel full of them, and later received some more from a family whose kids were "all grown up".

    A few months ago I rediscovered them in a box atop a cupboard, and dusted them off for my 2.5 year old to try out. He was a little interested, but they're probably still a bit old for him.

    My fianc้e, unbeknownst to me, found some on eBay (pictured above), and bought them. They are in an UNOPENED, SHRINKWRAPPED BOX!

    The box brags that they were toy of the year in 1978, 79, 81 and 83, or something like that, plus other prizes. And I Have an unopened box of them, scored for $28 inc postage.

    So, I thought - much as I love my son - I better look and see what these things are really worth. I've seen toy guns from the original V sell for over US$150 after all... And - I can't find a single bloody reference to them! Not even pictures.

    Anyone else here play with Struts?

    Cheers

    cosmic
    MacTalk - the bianca's of geekdom
    thecosmichobo - as seen on YouTube - "How Doomsday Should Have Ended!" • "Bigger on the Inside?" • "The Doctor Falls - With Hartnell!" and lots more!

  2. #2

    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Inner Space
    Posts
    5,522

    Default

    hell yeah...

    although all the brown flexable connectors ended up being chewed to death...but I had a big box of them when I was a kid...loved them

    I also had some other building toy that looked like it was made of plastic tubing..it had cubes and triangles and red clips that held them all together....forget what they were called. I remember building a functioning optimus prime because my parents were too cheap to buy me a real one (TBH, the transformation of G1 Optimus was pretty basic)
    This opinion intentionally left blank.

  3. #3

    Default

    I used to build spaceships from Starblazers with my Struts...




    Mobilo!

    We had that in primary school. My son's childcare centre have it in the room he's just gone up to. My fianc้e (childcare worker, 1996-2007) would LOVE to get jimhobo some. Very pricey tho.
    MacTalk - the bianca's of geekdom
    thecosmichobo - as seen on YouTube - "How Doomsday Should Have Ended!" • "Bigger on the Inside?" • "The Doctor Falls - With Hartnell!" and lots more!

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Melbourne, Australia ;)
    Posts
    3,182

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by cosmichobo View Post
    I remember playing with those when I was a kid! And sitting here writing this my 5 year old says "we have them at Pre School"... seems some toys just stay around forever
    Many Shiny Toys with Apple Logos | Some Microsoft Toys too
    If it has an engine or a heartbeat it's going to cost you.
    Drive a VW?

  5. #5

    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Inner Space
    Posts
    5,522

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by cosmichobo View Post


    Mobilo!
    That's the stuff...we had a big red bucket of it.

    for some reason I kept my struts in the original box for about a year...carefully placing every piece back inside their pre-formed plastic enclosure. Then my little sisters started chewing on them and that was the end of that.
    This opinion intentionally left blank.

  6. #6

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by bartron View Post
    Then my little sisters started chewing on them and that was the end of that.


    My brother used to use them as sonic screwdrivers/anything else the Doctor was holding at the time... and chewed on them too, tho I don't recall the Doctor chewing on the "sonic".

    I was shocked when I read that Struts were Toy of the Year for so many years, over a 5 year period. What does that say about toys in the 70's/80's...?
    MacTalk - the bianca's of geekdom
    thecosmichobo - as seen on YouTube - "How Doomsday Should Have Ended!" • "Bigger on the Inside?" • "The Doctor Falls - With Hartnell!" and lots more!

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Menai (Sth Sydney)
    Posts
    1,474

    Default

    No way these thing's win toy of the year over Lego

  8. #8

    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Perth, WA
    Posts
    278

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Balthazar View Post
    No way these thing's win toy of the year over Lego
    Hear hear!

    I was a very big Lego fan, half my bedroom was a Lego city!
    Where the people fear the government you have tyranny. Where the government fears the people you have liberty.

  9. #9

    Default

    Whilst I enjoyed lego as a kid, I really only liked playing with the space rocket set



    I always found all I ever really built was a pyramid or a house... I would say it could have been a lack of imagination, but with Struts, I made plenty of things...
    MacTalk - the bianca's of geekdom
    thecosmichobo - as seen on YouTube - "How Doomsday Should Have Ended!" • "Bigger on the Inside?" • "The Doctor Falls - With Hartnell!" and lots more!

  10. #10

    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    127.0.0.1
    Posts
    541

    Default

    I played with Struts in the 80's, left overs from my older brothers. I think they all died, none are left. I vaugely remember introducing screws to them and attaching non struts objects and things. Hmm.

  11. #11

    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Inner Space
    Posts
    5,522

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Darwiniandude View Post
    I played with Struts in the 80's, left overs from my older brothers. I think they all died, none are left.
    This opinion intentionally left blank.

  12. #12

    Default

    A memorial service will be held at -

    Screws! Now, I guess my imagination WAS lacking, or it was the beginning of my obsessive compulsiveness, cos there was no way toys of one kind were to be melded with toys of a different kind. I mean - sure - building a prison out of struts for Megatron to house Optimus was fine, but to say, use mechano and lego together... no no no.
    MacTalk - the bianca's of geekdom
    thecosmichobo - as seen on YouTube - "How Doomsday Should Have Ended!" • "Bigger on the Inside?" • "The Doctor Falls - With Hartnell!" and lots more!

  13. #13

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by bartron View Post
    I remember building a functioning optimus prime because my parents were too cheap to buy me a real one (TBH, the transformation of G1 Optimus was pretty basic)
    Classic. I had to build my own Optimus Prime out of Lego because my parents wouldn't buy me one either.

    That Mobilo stuff is available form those fundraising toy catalogues that daycares have. My son prefers it to Lego at the moment.

  14. #14

    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Menai (Sth Sydney)
    Posts
    1,474

    Default

    I had a real die cast Optimus Prime, My mum gave it away before i was old enough to realise how retro cool it was.

    Then Michael Bay ruin Transformers for everyone and i dont care anymore.

  15. #15

    Default

    ...
    Last edited by MarkW; 2nd September 2010 at 06:45 PM.

  16. #16

    Default

    G1 Optimus, or something different?
    MacTalk - the bianca's of geekdom
    thecosmichobo - as seen on YouTube - "How Doomsday Should Have Ended!" • "Bigger on the Inside?" • "The Doctor Falls - With Hartnell!" and lots more!

  17. #17

    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Northern Beaches , Sydney
    Posts
    2,989

    Default

    I never knew Mechano went broke. That's sad :-(
    I had boxes of the stuff when I was a kid. Mum & Dad bought a starter kit and then someone Dad worked with gave him a big box of old toys etc one day. We got it home and tossed the toddler stuff and low and behold there was a trillion bits of Mechano in it. No wonder he complained about how heavy the box was.
    We built dozens of things with that setup over the years and Mum said it was the best thing to keep us busy with on wet days.
    Loved it to death , but yeah she used to get the shits like your Mum MarkW when she walked across the carpet barefoot and ended up standing on little screws.

    Stewie
    Lotsa Macs - PM's , G3's , G4's & Powerbooks - Love 'em
    ----------------

  18. #18

    Default

    I only had a few bits of mechano, so appreciated it, but couldn't love it. Now, the new mechano looks too commercialised...
    MacTalk - the bianca's of geekdom
    thecosmichobo - as seen on YouTube - "How Doomsday Should Have Ended!" • "Bigger on the Inside?" • "The Doctor Falls - With Hartnell!" and lots more!

  19. #19

    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Menai (Sth Sydney)
    Posts
    1,474

    Default



    All credit to the mighty Oatmeal

  20. #20

    Default

    ...
    Last edited by MarkW; 2nd September 2010 at 06:45 PM.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •