A story of some things I got and one thing I didn’t:
When I was a kid, I was big into the TV show Knight Rider, with David Hasselhoff. What I wanted more than anything was the talking KITT car set with the Michael Knight action figure.
I guess I didn’t do a good job at first of telling my parents what I wanted, because they got me a Knight Rider electric racing set instead.
And the car wasn’t inside, so they had to return it to the store on Boxing Day. Eventually, I did get the KITT I wanted. I lost the car eventually, but had Michael Knight until I was well into adulthood. Kept him with my Star Trek action figures.
Speaking of Star Trek action figures, I collected the Star Trek: The Next Generation action figures when they first came out. First from Galoob, then from Playmates. I remember that Tasha Yar and Data were very hard to get, and my parents wanted us to keep them in the boxes, figuring they’d be worth some serious money one day. My sister and I, though, believed that toys are to play with, and so we ignored their advice. Good for us. The Tasha Galoob action figure is going for less than $10 on eBay even now.
I also had the Galoob die-cast Enterprise-D starship, which featured the brand-new starship separation.
A couple years before that, I just had to have Teddy Ruxpin, the talking toy that played the storybook cassettes. Could never find his pal Grubby, though.
Let’s see, what else.
When Sonic the Hedgehog 2 came out for Sega Genesis, I had to have it. I played a demo version of the first one at Toys 'R Us, and was hooked. Sure enough, one Christmas, there was a giant box under the tree. But I opened Sonic 2 (and Ms. Pac-Man, and Carmen Sandiego) before the Genesis. So I was thinking, “Either my parents are really stupid, or that big box is the Genesis.” Of course, it was.
One thing I asked for that I never got was the Deluxe Wheel of Fortune set, that came with wedges you could add to the wheel.
What did y’all want when you were a kid?