Tuesday, January 11, 2011
When we were kids my siblings and I would spend hours playing in our grandparent’s attic. They had a very large attic and it was chock full of toys and stuff that once belonged to my father and his siblings. I wish I had the foresight to grab up some of that stuff that has now been lost to time. At one point my grandmother hired some guy to come in and “clean” out her attic. I’m sure he was just tickled to find all this stuff that my grandmother regarded as “junk”.
One thing we played with was Colorform sets. I remember that there were a few different ones although I’m at a loss to recall any of them (Peanuts?). Colorforms were a fun diversion on a rainy day. Of course it’s possible that I’m remembering them nostalgically rather than accurately when it comes to their play value. I recently picked up the Welcome Back, Kotter Colorform set from The Toy Vault. I purchased it partially because of my memories in my grandparent’s attic and partially because I find any product related to Welcome Back, Kotter to be hilarious for some reason. I mean, what kid wants to play with the Sweathogs?
It turns out that Colorforms aren’t much fun. In fact, they lose their “stickiness” over time. Fortunately there is a way to revive them, check it out. I also have the Pee-Wee set pictured at the top of this post. It runs out that many, many properties were turned into Colorform sets. I’m trying to track down the KISS and Space 1999 sets.