The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were part of everyday life at our home. All three of my 20-something kids had the figures, pajamas, tent, Halloween costumes and more. We were avid viewers of the TV show too.
Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael were named for Renaissance painters. They loved pizza and their fearless leader Splinter, a rat — this does take place in a sewer, after all. Michelangelo made expressions like “Cowabunga” and “dude” part of every conversation. My oldest flushed all four of the shelled friends down the toilet to send them home one time. Dude, the plumber saved them.
Many of the 20-somethings and moms and dads will also remember the dreaded Furby. My sister gave my daughter, Kelly, a Furby when she was a tween. The critter was promptly buried in the closet and made enough noise to scare us all. Kelly removed the battery and said it was the only time that beast spoke English telling her that she was killing it. I swear it is still hidden in a box somewhere.
Other items Jennie listed were favorites — some more mine than any of the kids. The Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends toys and books were great entertainment. Several versions exist, but the PBS Shining Time Station episodes with narrator George Carlin as the conductor were my favorites. And Ringo Starr, also made an appearance.
I’m always happy to see Legos on the list of popular toys. These aren’t just toys — they teach engineering skills, and I know we still have Legos — and permanent indentations in our feet from stepping on them.
Everyone at our house is too old to play with any of this stuff, but I may pull these retro relics out just for fun for the holidays. How about you?