What Were Your Favorite Childhood Toys?

12/18/2013 4:00 AM |

Illustration by Alex Konsevick

Hailed in: Hell’s Kitchen
Hails from: Atlanta
Hot Wheels were pretty awesome, and we had a ton of space in our house so I used to have this huge racetrack. My brother and I would have these huge ramps and jumps, loop-de-loops, all that stuff. I also had a bunch of remote control cars, but broke them all crashing them into things. That’s probably why my parents never got me a remote control airplane. [Ed: Your favorite toys all involved cars; do you think that’s why you took this job?] I never thought about that, but I hope not. My parents should’ve bought me a doctor’s kit or something.

Hailed in: Prospect Park
Hails from: Costa Rica
Anything that involved building. I loved Legos. Loved them. Like, I’d have a kid just so I could play with his. When I was older I built model airplanes, but I fell out of that fast. Models aren’t fun because you can’t play with them. Well, fashion models are fun, and you can definitely play with them. Those would be my favorite toy now.

Hailed in: Grand Central
Hails from: New Hampshire
Oh man, Nerf stuff and Super Soakers. I was a violent kid, so I had all that. Cap guns, a slingshot. I was deadly. But Super Soakers were great; that was pretty much the only thing my friends and I did over summer vacation, have these massive water fights. I don’t remember what it was called, but I just had the regular one, while my one buddy had this massive thing, like a water gun Gatling gun. That thing was awesome. Sometimes I think about keeping a squirt gun with me in the cab and squirting people out the window in the summer. Probably I’d get myself killed.

Hailed in: Midtown
Hails from: The Bronx
We didn’t have many toys because we couldn’t afford it, and our apartment wasn’t big enough to keep them. I think I had a GI Joe for a while, and I used to play my brother’s video games, like Mortal Kombat and Sonic. Probably the thing I used the most was my basketball. Because our place was so small my parents always kicked us out to play outside, so I spent a lot of time on the neighborhood courts.