Monday, 9 November 2015
WHAT'S BIG AND GREEN AND LOOKS LIKE A NUMBER 2?
Back around 1966/'67 (possibly '68), I was on a day trip to Ayr with my family when I saw a boy running around on the grass near the seafront with a toy THUNDERBIRD 2. It was the CENTURY 21 (J. ROSENTHAL) model and I wanted it. Asking the lad where he'd acquired it, he pointed to a shop on the street, and my mother bought me my very own. Now, don't get the impression I was spoilt (despite being run over by a steamroller) - the times I was told "No!" far outnumbered the occasions my parents acquiesced to my requests.
I remember taking it into school one day and the teacher allowing me to display it on top of the floor cupboard next to the blackboard - I felt immensely proud of my TB2 and thought the world of it. It's therefore a surprise to me that I can no longer recollect its precise fate. It probably got broken over time and eventually discarded, but whether I threw it out or my mother did on one of her routine 'clean-ups', I no longer recall.
I've not yet got around to replacing it, but I did buy the MATCHBOX and VIVID IMAGINATIONS TB2s when they came out, purely because they reminded me of the one I'd had as a kid. I even bought a jeep (not pictured) to put in the pod, as that was what my childhood toy had instead of a TB4. Anyway, because the 'modern' versions (playsets) are such great items in their own right, I'd thought I'd show them here for all you lovers of super things to enjoy. Ain't I kind?
Did any of you have the Century 21 toy as a kid? Then sing its praises in our comments section.
Posted by Kid at Monday, November 09, 2015