Toys that he had in the 5th Grade


Jeffrey Ballard sent me an email with these pictures of some skate toys he retrieved while visiting his parents house last Christmas. He distinctly remembers getting them when was in 5th grade, which makes him… old, but not as old as me. The guy on top is still being produced in a couple forms. I’ve seen that form in a couple of sizes attached to parachutes. There’s a handstand guy too. On the bottom right there’s the first generation of commercial fingerboards every 80’s skater remembers. Clear plastic enclosing an offset printed board graphic. Super brittle and non functional, but sort of cool at the time. I remember thinking they could have done a better job the first time I saw one of these, but they were just toys, and Tech Decks with $75 truck replacements were decades away. I think they made this type of fingerboards into the new millennium, so maybe Jeffrey isn’t as old as I think. Then again that Dan Wilkes graphic on a tracker board would suggest otherwise.





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