Before Amazon. Before the internet. Before comic book stores became a thing. I am talking the mid to late seventies, where if you wanted something specialized you would need to go through mail order; not by going online but by ordering out of a catalog.
The year was 1978 and I was going to be turning eleven in May. I had kept seeing a commercial on television for a new toy coming out and I was so excited. It was a talking robot by one of my favorite toy companies Mego, and it was called 2-XL (as in “to excel”). This toy at the time sold for just over $50 and because it used 8-track tapes, each of which was a different topic, I honestly did not think it was something I would ever be able to have.
As I get older I find myself getting more nostalgic for things that I had or experienced as a child. It may be as simple as opening a new comic book, reading a book that has stayed with me or even any of the cool toys I had growing up.
When it came to toys I was very partial to the Mego toy lines with such great toys like Micronauts and the World’s Greatest Superheroes 8″ action figures. My favorite though was monsters. In fact, I would get monster toys from other lines just to incorporate them into playtime with the toys I already had.