I used to have a lot of Simpsons memorabilia, including t-shirts and trading cards. The unopened figures in the back are from my original collection but the rest belonged to my nephew. He moved into my aunt's side of the house once she passed away and handed me a shopping bag with all of these figures as a Christmas gift/downsizing of his collection.
Michael is only six years younger than me and grew up with a lot of the same toys I had, like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
The Pizza Thrower in particular was one of my faves. I have vivid memories of four year-old Mike picking up the pizzas I shot across the kitchen floor.
That said, I thought it was called a Pizza Shooter so my memory ain't that great, lol.
Most kids had cans of Play-Doh, but we took that to the next level with our canisters of ooze:
There were other gross toys in our collection, too. I had a couple Madballs back in the day. Some were passed down to my nephew. He might still have a couple of these:
One of my favorite action figures as a kid were the Dino-Riders play sets:
Before I got into sports I was really into dinosaurs. My mom took me to Dinosaur State Park a few times and I marveled at the fossils and exhibits. I also collected the little dinosaurs in the gift shop. One year, I came down the stairs on Christmas morning and found a giant inflatable Stegosaurus guarding the tree. It was the best gift of my young life. Somewhere there's a picture of my seven year-old self bear-hugging that thing.
There were other non-sports toys I enjoyed in the '80s - Pogo Ball, Teddy Ruxpin, Simon, Alphie, Lite Brite, and Lego come to mind. I also had a Super Mario Bros. table top pinball game.
And of course I had hundreds of Garbage Pail Kids stickers:
This Crystal Gale sticker is the last one left from my original collection:
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