My love for action figures or toys, as they were back then, began before I can even remember. My parents had very little money. My dad was a fireman, who worked multiple jobs and my mother was a college student. Our lack of funds never stopped my parents from buying me what my little heart desired. I look back now and think about what they gave up to please me and I feel conflicted. I feel so loved that they would put me first and on the other hand I feel guilty because I never stopped asking for more. That is something for me to ponder later. There were so many great toys back then but, I will only name a few.

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I was born in 1982 and the first toy I fell in love with was He-Man. The cartoon came on directly after General Hospital. I would sit in front of our huge console TV that was as big as a couch with only a 19 inch screen, and stare blankly. I could not wait to see what new character would become my latest toy must have.

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I could not wait until we made the bimonthly trek to Wal-Mart so I could grab my next prize. I had so many figures that I could not name them all.
The only one that got away from me was article imageRamMAN.

There were so many great figures.
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The castles and playsets were great too.
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I remember the Christmas I got Eternia. It was one of those great Saturday Christmas', presents and cartoons.

There were some cool vehicles too.
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There is no telling how many countless hours I spent playing with He-Man and his friends. I said earlier that I never had a RamMan; I bought one off ebay with my very first post college paycheck.

The next thing that took control over me was also a cartoon, a Saturday morning cartoon.
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles took over my life like a drug. I loved these things and I also had a large variety of them as well.

My mom came home with these guys one day and my life was never the same again.
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Here are some of the best:
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Man, those were great. I never grew bored of playing with them. I just grew to think I was too old.

This may be one of the greatest playsets of all time.
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I loved the turtles like nobodys business. Those guys ruled my life.

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I spent alot of time in my life playing with Ghostbusters as well.

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Some of the figures became too odd for me.
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The best was the firestation. It was one of those great playsets of yesteryear.
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Pretty close, huh?

The final toy to really alter my childhood was
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This was the last toy group that I got really into. I played with them right up until junior high. Then I was so into sports that I had little time to play. I also did not want my friends to find out either. That was a strange time in my life. Many of you know what I am talking about.


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Here are some Honorable Mentions:

Terminator 2 Judgement Day Action Figures
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Thundercats
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Superhereos
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I spent alot of time in my childhood playing with these kinds of toys. I can still remember my dad begging me to go outside and play but I was content sitting at the kitchen table playing away. I still walk down the toy aisle today looking and praying for that day when I can play with those toys again... with my kids of course.