Wednesday, June 21, 2006

RETRO TOY FLASHBACK # 41: Shrinky Dinks

For your consideration today, another great 1970s toy: Shrinky Dinks! (from the Skyline Company). In particular, I present for your approval my somewhat worn (as you can tell from the pictures...) Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Shrinky Dink set from 1979.

What are Shrinky Dinks? It's not what you think...a derogatory name for something...flaccid. No, on the contrary, it's "Creative fun for Everyone!" Just: "Trace - Color - Cut - Bake!" and the toys shrink like magic to 1/3 original size (adult supervision required during 4 minute baking...).

What can you make with your Shrinky Dinks? How about: Light Switch Decorations, Stick-Ups, Key Chains, Gift Tags, 3-D Plaques and Zipper Pulls?

Here's what came with the Buck Rogers set: shrinkable plastic and and sheets ready to color, colored pencils, a "stickum" pad, a key chain, a zipper pull and the all-important direction and idea book! Now you can sling Twiki around your neck, or put Tigerman on a key chain! Bidi-bidi-bidi-bidi...

Yep, Shrinky Dinks mean hours and hours of fun for everyone. I'm going to crack this toy open when my firstborn child (coming this October!!!) is old enough to play.

By then, who knows - maybe Buck Rogers will be back in fashion...

1 comment:

  1. Just to let you know, Shrinky Dinks are still being made. I saw a set at Hobbytown a couple of weeks ago.

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