Okay, so we've covered the grails that most of us could never have outside of our dreams, but what about something, be it a single toy or a whole line, that you really loved as a kid, but maybe doesn't get the respect it deserves. Sure, we all love Star Wars, He-man, GI Joe, Mego, etc, but these are huge lines that still garner place on toy shelves. I am talking about something that, while perhaps fleeting, left an indelible mark on your childhood play. Here are some suggestions to get you started (I apologise that these are weighted towards the 80s but like the man said, I write what I know) - Action Force - Blackstar - M.A.S.K. - Spinjas - Rock Lords - Crystar - Visionaries - Battle Beasts - Playmobil - Construx - Starcom - Britains OKay, I could go on here forever so I will just stop myself; but you get the idea. For myself, it was Fisher-Price. They build these toys in the 70s like nothing else, they were made to last, and believe me they did. I put my toys through a lot as a kid (sandbox, bathtub, roof-launchings...) and these guys might get a little beat up, but they never gave in. Two things that come to mind are the Fisher Price adventure people and castle playset. These provided me uncountable hours of enjoyment, were great designed figures (I still insist that is Capt Nemo!) and the best part of all of it was that the size of the accessories and vehicles made them perfect to play with my Star Wars or Joes guys, only in a tougher EU theme. I wish I could impart on others how great these seemingly lame figures were. The sea explorer and submarine in particular was perfect, it floated, had a kickass octopus, and you could stuff guys in the 'trap' in the bow. And the sub had a trigger-action claw you could grab guys with! Here are just a few pics from this line: Along with this for me came the FP castle. Forget the little people, this was the base for literally thousands of battles, sieges, rescue attempts, and all out free-for-alls in my play. The Empire and Joes alike spent many days crossing its ramparts. It had everything: turrets, a trapdoor to a dungeon, a moat w/ drawbridge, hidden passageway, a slide, cave, windows you could chuck guys out of, a springy flag, and, and.... I wish these pictures could do it justice. Just thinking about these toys again makes me happy. I can't wait to get home and raid my toy box!