Toys and Imagination……Then and Now

Did your Toy Box look like this?

Or this….from handmade toys to toys you hold in your hand, toys have changed so much over the past 40 years.  Kids as young as 3 years old are getting electronic toys for Christmas and birthdays and the prices for these items are extraordinary. 

Remember Family Game Night…Did it look like this? 

Or does it look like this?

   Not everyone knows how to work a game controller but it seems as though in order for people to spend time together, they have to know how to play the latest video games.  Board games and cards were more inviting and made room for everyone to play.

Remember arcade games….this was how I played games….

This is how they play now….

PlayStation, X-Box and other game consoles use these controllers for gaming.  From my experience with these, there are 10 or more different commands for using these and you have to use them at the same time..phew.  Hats off to those who are able to keep up.  Don’t get me wrong, some of the games are really fun but I would rather have three buttons on my joystick(which is what we called it)…lol.

Other ways for game play now….the ever popular latest creation to technology…

 

The Smartphone(used to download all the latest in video games and applications)Classic games like PacMan, Frogger and Uno have been made available on these devices.  The only problem with these devices after long-time use, your device can sustain a virus or over-heat. 

10 of the best toys of the 70’s and 80’s…taking a look back! Can you name all 10?

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Recommended movie….this month 2019

  My family and I saw this and we loved it!! If you have not seen 1-3 yet…you will love these characters.  From the beginning, these characters have been going on wonderful adventures together and have made us laugh for decades now.  They created Toy Story 4 after waiting 9 years.  Here is the trailer.

Toy Story 3-(2010)

Toy Story 2-(1999)

Toy Story 1-(1995)

Many characters in this series played by… Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Wallace Shawn and many more!!  Fun for the whole family, I hope they make another one-I cried in 3 and 4, can’t wait to see them go on another adventure!!

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Black History Legends….Day 22

Lonnie Johnson

(October 6, 1949-

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Pictured above: Lonnie Johnson-The creator of one of the most fun things to play with in the summertime to cool-off….introducing…

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Super Soaker!!!  Greatest toy invented by Johnson that shoots water for fun and play!!

 

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Pictured above: His ideal for the Super Soaker originated in the U.S. Air Force.  The Super Soaker to date is the best selling item in the toys product line and continues to make billions since its release in 1990’s.  It was reported that he received 73 million in back royalties for his product after being underpaid for many years for his Nerf products.  He holds more than 120 patents to date and is married with 4 children in Atlanta Georgia.

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Think about Lonnie G. Johnson when you buy your next Nerf Toy and Super-Soaker…Have fun!!Image result for lonnie  johnson

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More to come in Black history tomorrow…