As Christmas slowly fades and the New Year's realities take hold its fun to day, Old Christmas Day or Twelfth Night, to recall those very minor toys we got as kids.
When I say minor toys I mean those gifts that weren't the main event. They weren't even the support act. They were often stocking fillers and ended up under the sofa.
The Slinky would fit into this category. Often available in lots of smaller shops, the metal toy that could walk downstairs, would be added to the Christmas pile or stuffed into the stocking with a coil of alloy sticking out saying 'play with me play with me'. Once Major Matt Mason or Project SWORD had been played with the Slinky was indeed sent on its debut mission down the stairwell.
Slime was another filler. You know the stuff. Its been around for years. A sort of alien goo that lived in a plastic tub. You could pour it on things like Action Man or Sindy or shove your fingers into the tub to make farty sounds and blame your Grandma! Slime felt quite wonderful and disgusting at the same time. Cold. Wet. Flatulance in a canister.
Chinese Metal Puzzles always came in a small red cardboard box. I think there released by Spears. They were basically steel rings and triangles that could be clipped together and then unclipped if you could. They were puzzles after all. These often ended up stuffed down the side of the settee only to surface during the summer with a coating of crumbs.
These are just three I remember. I'm sure you can remember more readers.