I won't grow up and you can't make me

Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2008 by Travis Cody in

I'm nostalgic for my old toys. I guess I'm just "at that age".

I miss Legos and Tinker Toys and Lincoln Logs. I miss plastic green army guys and GI Joe. I miss the 4" tall plastic cowboys and Indians that you could get at the grocery store...remember the ones that came in all colors - red and yellow and orange?

I miss Hot Wheels and the orange race tracks. I miss helicopters that had pull strings that revved up the props so the chopper would fly erratically and crash nose first into the grass.

I know that I can go down to Target or Toys-R-Us and find most of those things. They have a Legos store in the mall.

But it's not really the same as having my toys...the ones I played with when I was a kid.

And the toy I miss the most...the Marx Fort Apache Carry All Action Tin Play Set...has been the most elusive of all. I've seen the all plastic one with the fort that snaps together. But that's not the one I had. Mine was made of metal and folded up into a carry case that held all the cavalry guys and the Indians, and all the horses and other pieces that went with it. I could just grab it out of the closet and take it anywhere.

Well, I found one a week ago and I just won the auction today. I'm doing the victory dance now y'all!


  1. Pauline says:

    Congratulations on your acquisition, Travis, now if you could find the missing leg from my baby rosebud doll....I lost it when I was about 5 and the doll has never been the same since.
    By the way, it goes without saying that I'm glad you're back so I won't say it......

  1. I think it is cool Trav, in Podunk I have a giant bucket of TinkerToys and lots of JigSaw Puzzles.

  1. JohnH985 says:

    I loved my old toys too. The Hot Wheels orange track, wow, that brings back memories. And the 12" tall GI Joes. And...well I could go on forever. Congrats on the win! It's nice to have some of those old things from childhood. Probably one reason I can't get rid of half the stuff I have cluttering up my home. :)

  1. very cool my friend! very cool indeed!

    smiles, bee

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    smiles, bee

  1. Yay for you Travis! Can I come over and play with you, pauline, sarge charlie, john, and bee??? Y'all got some really cool toys!

  1. Linda says:

    They just don't make toys like they used to. I couldn't believe it when my son was young and the GI Joe's he had were this tiny little figures rather than the big 12" fighting men my brothers had when they were kids.

    Congratulations on your win, I'd be doing the happy dance, too! Enjoy your new old toy!

  1. DrillerAA says:

    Believe it or not, I had an Alamo set that was very similar. It was made of tin as well. I have no idea where it went.

  1. the108 says:

    I do not miss them at all because I find myself stepping on them in the middle of the night when I am heading to the bathroom...LOL.

  1. Congrats on the auction! Thanks for this post--brought back some happy memories. I can almost smell Lincoln logs right now...

  1. I miss Tonka trucks made with real metal. These plastic trucks are not the same.

  1. Travis says:

    Pauline: You know, I saw a lot of vintage toy lots with dolls that had missing parts. And I even saw a lot or two of just parts of dolls. Weird.

    Sarge: Isn't it great that we can have toys?

    John: I took a look at some of the vintage GI Joe lots on Ebay...they are pretty expensive so I don't know if I'll be able to get any of those. But it sure is fun to see them all again.

    Miss Bee: I can't wait to get it!

    Misty: Hehehehehehe. Do we need to have a play date?

    Linda: I know! All those little teeny "action figures". Pppffffttt.

    Drilleraa: I saw a Comanche set that was similar too. The Fort Apache really was my favorite toy for a long time.

    Kyra: You need a miner's helmet with a flashlight mounted on top. Either that or you should sleep in hiking boots. Hehehe.

    Lana: Oh I know! If I had more space I'd have sets of Lincoln Logs, Tinker Toys, and Legos.

    Songbird: Oh yeah!

  1. Bond says:


    I had Army men... US and germans and plastic bridges that were spring loaded and when the germans 'marched across' you could hit the button and the bridge would explode by splitting in half...

    had some hot wheels but I was older when they came into being...Lincoln logs...now those were the best

    and metal tonka trucks...

    congrats on your find

  1. Roger says:

    Haha I am glad you got it!

  1. Travis says:

    V: I had the green plastic army guys but not the bridges and stuff.

    Roger: Me too!

  1. Julie says:

    I'll tinker with your toy!

    **runs off very quickly blushing**

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi! My name is Ron Ghetti Cohoes NY I had the cape kennedy set and the fort apache when i was a kid. They were a couple of the best toys i had ever played with. Johnny west also. I would love to get my hands on the carry all play sets again!! nostalgia
    I guess How about the arora monster scenes ? had them all! Later ron