THEY DON'T MAKE 'EM LIKE THEY USED TO; New Book Lists Some of the Wackiest Cult Games and Toys

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THEY DON'T MAKE 'EM LIKE THEY USED TO; New Book Lists Some of the Wackiest Cult Games and Toys


Byline: BY LORNE JACKSON

Bumper Book Of Fads And Crazes, lists some of the wackiest cult games and toys ever unwrapped by an excited child on Christmas day

CHRISTMAS is just a ho-ho-ho away.

Each year a new gizmo is introduced to the market, catching the imagination of children everywhere.

Richard Lewis's new book The Evel Knievel was an all-action American daredevil whose real name was Robert - but there was nothing fake about the risks he took as he jumped cars, buses, trucks and canyons. They can now fetch up to pounds 300

Meccano was introduced in 1901 by Liverpudlian Frank Hornby. Using perforated tin plates and nuts and bolts, you could build almost anything. Or at least anything that looked like Meccano

The Barbie doll was created to inspire young ladies in the ways of the world. American Ruth Handler launched the doll in 1959 and named it after her daughter. Curiously enough, she named Barbie's beau, Ken, after her son.

Which means Barbie and Ken are brother and sister. Don't go there

He had a crew cut, a scar on his cheek and killed people for a living. Every small boy loved Action Man, the only doll ever to bowl over boys. And no wonder! He might have been created in 1966 but he was no hippie. You could even get him dressed as a German stormtrooper

Supercool dudes in the 1970s grew long hair, walked barefoot and smoked funny smelling cigarettes. And they advertised how groovy they were by wearing Snake Belts. This was an elasticated, stripy belt, fastened using interlocking S-shaped metal snakes

Rolf Harris didn't actually invent the Stylophone. …

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