Science fiction has always been a part of Christmas for me.
Guess that's not surprising as it's woven into most of the rest of my life as well.
I was a very lucky kid. I had so many wonderful toys given to me by my parents and grandparents, most of those gifts coming to me on Christmas morning. Nostalgic for happier times, I thought I'd share a few of my more cherished gift memories.
I had so many Star Wars toys, an embarrassment of riches, really. My fondest memory of such was getting the Death Star playset. I think I genuflected after unwrapping it.
Ah, the Six Million Dollar man. Didn't have many of these, but I sure remember poring over the pictures in the Wish Book. By the way, if you've never seen the Christmas episode, "A Bionic Christmas Carol", boy are you missing out on fine cheese.
The Micronauts Mobile Science Exploration Lab. Again, didn't have many Micronauts but this particular set was extraordinary. My parents, however, bemoaned all the tiny parts.
Around the same era I got the Kirk and Spock Mego dolls from the Star Trek line. Along with my Star Wars action figures, it's one of the first times I can remember trying to emulate character voices and writing dialogue for them.
The Eagle. Any 70s kid will tell you this was the toy to have. It's still at my parents' house, although it's certainly seen better days. I do enjoy seeing my nephews play with it, though.
Last but certainly not least is Mazinga of the Shogun Warriors. Came to me on Christmas Eve when I was six. My favorite toy of all time. It eventually became my brother's favorite as well. We still have it. Not only is it still fun but it has extra value as it was a gift from our Grandmother. Blessed memories indeed.
Anyway, thanks for indulging my nostalgia. Hope I at least brought back a few happy memories.
Happy Holidays, everyone.
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