Given the nearly limitless depth of knowledge here on ATS, I'm wondering if we have any toy collectors or people knowledgeable about vintage toys.
Hopefully, this might turn out to be a fun thread.
I used to dabble a little in collectable toys so I've got bit of historical knowledge (which I will get into a bit later), but first I am trying to
find out some information on a specific toy. This one stumps me...and I even had one once (for a while...which is another story). I'm hoping someone
here on ATS may be able to shed some light on a mystery which has eluded me for nearly 50 years. I know almost everything about where it was
purchased, the year, what it looked like and everything else BUT what it was, and who made it.
As a kid back in the 1970's there were lots of cool toys for kids. Seems like there were a lot more than there are today. By "cool" I mean toys
which were realistic in form and scale. Many of the toys I see now days are nearly totally devoid of both scale and realism. It seems like many of
the toys today are more fantasy type things and exaggerated in one respect or another (which seems like kind of a bummer to me...if I were a kid
The toy I am searching for is a scuba diver / frogman action figure. It was a highly realistic action figure like toy which was about 1/2 the size
(perhaps a bit smaller) than the GI Joe action figure of that era. GI Joe was one of the toys I collected as a kid so I'm fairly knowledgeable about
those, and this toy was not
a GI Joe.
I know it was purchased at the US store known as Toys R Us in late 1973 - early 1974. It seems like they might have come in a set with more than one
figure. Again, the figures were highly realistic, they had removable diving equipment and they were moveable / pose-able. They were made from some
kind of plastic, almost a rubberized plastic with a rigid internal 'skeleton' (maybe wire). They were not hollow, but rather solid and kind of heavy.
They were waterproof, so you could play with them in the water (tub / pool, whatever). They didn't float, but they didn't sink like a stone either.
They weren't motorized in any way (battery/wind up, etc.). Above all, they were realistic; they looked like almost an exact scale model of a real
human SCUBA diver. They weren't military (i.e. no guns, etc.), it seemed like they were more akin to undersea exploration (think...Jacques
When I was about 9-10 my friend got some of these and he brought one to play in the pool with. He had more than one, and they were so cool I
eventually convinced him to trade me one for something else I had. I was completely STOKED because this was the coolest toy I'd ever seen! However,
in a bizarre twist of fate the toy was soon lost to a nearby roof (picture two boys wrestling and playing keep-away). Next thing I knew Mr. Cool
Frogman was airborne...and vanished. We looked, and looked, and searched every square inch for about a mile (including the roof), but it was gone.
The very next day I had my Mom take me to Toys R Us to search for this toy (I was going to buy another one with my lawn cutting money). I raced to
the spot where I'd seen them in the store, but they were out of stock. I must have checked back at that store 100 times if I did once. No luck. As
an adult I've even been known to go looking in Toys R Us just to see if I could find something similar. Again, no luck.
For most of my adult life the scuba diver / frogman toy has been an enigma for me. I don't know why really, I guess it had to do with how
over-the-top happy I was to get one...only to lose it forever seemingly moments later.
ATS is a place of research, and I'm wondering if some of the bright minds here might be able to shed some light on what this toy might have been.
edit on 5/17/2016 by Flyingclaydisk because: (no reason given)