I was envious about some of these toys when I was a kid. I did not ever get a GI Joe recoilless rifle, jeep, or navy diver outfit. I never got a “Krack-a-Jap” cannon or submachine gun from WW2. I never got one of those plastic toy sets advertised in comic books in the 1960s. I looked up prices of some of these toys and the space toys from ebay and realized I would never own them. But they are nice too look at.
Lets start with the GI Joe toys and accessories:
Excepting the last picture which is a “Go Joe” era fort, the GI Joe toys were owned by a couple of my buddies.
Next are some war related toys for girls:
The “Spear-Em” could not be sold today. Even the pictures on the box would cause an attorney to break out in hives. Darts are thrown at enemies on horse back with different point values. Even the dog is in danger on the box.
Comic books advertised plastic toy sets of all sorts of combat: the Alamo, Indians attacking a Fort, etc…..
Every boy my age had plastic soldiers.
Earlier generations has metal soldiers. There was an awesome display of Winston Churchill’s toy soldiers that I saw at his family estate in England back in the 1970s. Sorry, no Churchill toy pictures but I do have these:
I’d love to have that WW1 era wind up tank.
The Japanese were especially hated in WW2 and are a favorite adversary in boy’s toys from the time.
Last is a Merchant Marine game that I would try today. The Trap the Jap in Tokyo would teach kids geography in a third of the planet.
My pictures are of what interested me. If you are interested in US toys of any type, you would enjoy a visit to the National Toy and Miniature Museum.