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Thread: Childhood friends that didn't play with action figures..

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    Childhood friends that didn't play with action figures..

    Looking back over my grade school years, I had some friends that showed no real interest in action figures whatsoever and as a result came across as a bit odd to me at the time. And it wasn't like they were poor and their parents couldn't afford to buy them toys.

    One friend was more into fireworks, chemistry sets, and taking apart things to see how they work. Today he's a surgeon. Another friend showed no interest in anything playable, no discernible toys, no Nintendo, etc. Suffice to say he went on to be the HR director for Harvard. Even as a kid, I thought models were boring. I'd want my dad to build it- which defeats the purpose of model-making. Or even with Legos, I'd have my dad build the Lego castle set, then I'd play with it.

    Even by 5th grade, many of my chums that grew up with action figures, we trading Garbage Patch Kids cards or playing Nintendo. Why I still played Nintendo, I still showed much interest in action figures. Even so, when I was out with friends at the mall, I'd be ridiculed for buying figures at Kay-bee.

    I guess, luckily for me, by high school- 1989, action figures became pretty lame.

    Nontheless, I couldn't imagine growing up as a child without any interest in action figures (circa 1977-1985)
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    I cannot think of any good friends of mine who didn’t like action figures.

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    yeah, I had some friends like that. suffice to say I did not play with them much

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    Pretty sure I had some that didn't but I probably didn't hang out with them as much since we had less in common. Long snowy winters led to a lot of indoor action figure adventures.
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    He wasn't a close friend, but there was a kid in my neighborhood that had absolutely no interest in action figures, but was obsessed with playing with toy cars. He didn't relate to other kids very well. Looking back now, the childhood friends who were most interested in action figures turned out to be the most creative and interesting adults.

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    Most of the kids I knew growing up were more into sports. They always thought I was the weird one for liking stuff like that.

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    My cousin didn't play with action figures. He had one He-man style Olympic figure and that was it.

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    I knew kids at school who seemingly didn't have any toys, just played sports. I remember we had a field day in 3rd or 4th grade, and many of us brought our action figures. One of the sporties scoffed at us even then, and we were like 9 or 10.

    All of the friends I played with were into action figures, and had some of their own they'd bring over to play with. We also played sports too, so we were better rounded. ;-)

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    ^ Right. I remember in the 6th grade that a lot of the boys on the sports teams were “too old” for toys and their was some peer pressure to comply. I didn’t. I still loved action figures at 12. In fact, I played with them until I was 13 or 14. I just outgrew them on my own. However, by junior high, I wasn’t advertising my love of action figures. I wonder how many of the boys who were on sports teams actually played with toys, including action figures, even though they wouldn’t have admitted it.

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    ^Sounds pretty similar to me. The weird thing was, just as I was getting out of "playing" with toys and started collecting them, suddenly many of my sport friends were getting into the then-new Starting Lineup figures, which were advertised in the same Kenner catalogs I was getting with my Batman: Dark Knight Collection figures.

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