What's Your Favorite Car Toy?

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I'll make a confession. While I no doubt owned Matchbox and Hot Wheels toys as a kid, I wasn't that into 'em. I loved cars of course, and seeing how we managed to spend so much time in Beverly Hills and Newport Beach when I was young, I could wander the streets with my car geek friend David while our folks finished brunch and look at actual slant-nose 935s, Lambo Jalpas, Ferrari Mondials, Avantis and what ever else the merchants of bad taste deemed necessary that week. We did see an Aston Martin Lagonda parked in front of Nate & Als one Sunday, which was and continues to be one of the happiest moments of my life. What I am trying to say is that I am totally the wrong guy to be asking this question. So, I will let commenter Seth L,

"What is your favorite car toy? Matchbox? Tonka? Micro Machines? An amazingly complicated HotWheels track? Supercity?

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And for the record, my favorite car toy had to be my Green Machine. Mostly because the secret compartment held my Harlem Globetrotters lunch box, and that trick closely resembles the gun pockets found in the RS 4.

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Navalb
Al Navarro

Too many to mention all of them...I guess I didn't really have the deprived childhood I like to front for my kids and whomever will listen.

Child of the 80s so I really dug TCR, that slotless set up back in the day.

And also some off-branded hard plastic banked oval deal we bought at a church flea market...it had a catapult that you had to time just right to propel your car through another lap...miss a "shift" late and you wouldn't generate much "power", miss it early, and the catapult came up infront of your car and stopped it dead.

But the one that started it all was this Matchbox electric set...you used this special tape to affix a guide pin to any Matchbox car you desired, then stuck that pin into a slotted track that had a long spring imbedded in it. Said spring moved along the track by a gear in the power station/controller section of the track. Me and by bro and my Uncle Dan had good times with that.

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As a teen and adult I got into RC, ending up with some 40 mph electric Yokomo touring car that I still have. Right now also have a pretty amazing Ninco slot car track in the office...running the rally loops that let you run one car out and back using both lanes of the track.