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The Greatest Army Toy Accessories Ever!


army toys of the 60s

Seeing these again is like a trip back into yesterday! If you were a kid growing up in the early 60's, you will recall that the fun that you had depended mostly on your imagination. You could easily spend your weekly-or monthly allowance on a great selection of cool toys at even cooler prices.

I used to buy many of my army toys at the 88 cent store on 82nd and Foster. I also bought alot of toys in Newberry's toy basement. I had a sturdy collection of these plastic army men and vehicles. With a bit of imagination I could set up elaborate battle scenes for long afternoons of fun. When it rained, or was too cold outside, I just set up in my bedroom, or in friend's basements. When playing with them outside, mud puddles became lakes, Grass became jungles, and bushes were deep forests. There was absolutely no limit to what could be done.

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Plastic Army Helmet     1960's Price: 88¢

Remember the feel of the plastic strap under your chin? It was usually uncomfortable and awfully sweaty. I always had to hold on to my helmet when I ran because I wouldn't fasten the strap.

vintage toy army helmet
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Plastic Canteen     1960's Price: 88¢

It's a given that water never tasted better when drunk from this canteen. You just can't beat that taste of polyetheline. Kool-Aid tasted even better.

vintage toy army canteen
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Plastic Grenade     1960's Price: 49¢

These grenades were great. The only downfall: they got lost easily when thrown. When we would play army, we often used pine cones instead. This is how it worked: You pulled your plastic grenade, pretended to pull the pin, pretended to throw, then at the last minute, you threw the pine cone hidden in the palm of your hand.

vintage plastic toy grenade
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Plastic Mess Kit     1960's Price: 59¢

I can still recall the sounds of the plastic silverware rattling around inside my plastic messkit. Though I never really played with it that much, it was still considered necessary army gear, and looked really cool attached to the belt. As for actual army playing, the plastic eating utensilsrattling around inside were far too noisy.

vintage toy mess kit
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Plastic Field Helmet (with Netting)     1960's Price: 88¢

This one was far more cool than the regular green plastic helmet. Just like the guys in "Combat", I would often tear a bit of the net to make it look "battle worn." A veteran in good standing of numerous war movies, I would carry a pack of (candy) cigarettes inside the netting like real soldiers did.

vintage toy army helmet with netting
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Remco Bazooka     1960's Price: $7.95

A kid in our neighborhood had this gigantic bazooka that fired huge shells. I remember being so impressed with it because it was expensive and way out of my meagerly financial reach. Unfortunately, the thing broke very quickly, bringing this big bad bazooka to an early retirement. Another black eye on the face of toy technology.

remco monkey division
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Army Accessories     1960's Prices: 29¢-99¢

This one was far more cool than the regular green plastic helmet. Just like the guys in "Combat", I would often tear a bit of the net to make it look "battle worn." A veteran in good standing of numerous war movies, I would carry a pack of (candy) cigarettes inside the netting like real soldiers did.

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German Army Figures     1960's Price: 10¢ / Helmet: 99¢

I went crazy over this German army helmet when I first discovered it! It was a must-have for my collection. I also loved the 5" plastic German soldier figures by Marx that sold for 10¢ apiece.

vintage german army toys
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I have to admit that playing army with the real gear certainly added a dynamic to the game that I hadn't expected. The real stuff soon replaced the most of my plastic stuff. I do remember that the helmet was much heavier though. I actually had all the gear that's pictured here. In the 60's you could buy it cheap. I had authentic backpacks, ammo belts, canteens, mess kits, and jackets. I even had an army sleeping bag, entrenching tool and a real army tent.

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