When I was a kid, back in the 70s, my parents bought me the "Stretch Armstrong Toy" and I was thrilled. It's so much fun looking back at those memories, because I had such a sense of wonder. Now, I just wonder what happened?
Keep in mind, I asked my parents for this gift, and was crossing my fingers that Santa would bring it. As a kid, I thought Santa would do it, but I asked my parents, just in case he got to busy and forgot. Hey, to me as a kid, nobody was perfect.
Christmas morning comes and I unwrap a big box, and it was Stretch Armstrong. I played with him more than any other toy on Christmas that year. I would put my feet on his arms and pull him with my hands, and watch him stretch.
It was not only fun, but it was great exercise. Forget Pilates or Yoga, and get yourself a Stretch Armstrong, and you will be in superior shape in no time. In fact, I would have my dad hold him and then I would pull him as far as I could. Of course, there was a lot of grunting and groaning.
Now, here's what's weird, as a kid, I didn't worry about him coming apart or my dad letting go and me hitting the wall, like a sack of potatoes. As a kid, it's all about experimenting, pushing limits, risk taking, having fun and adventure.
This became one of my favorite toys, because it was so bizarre and out of the ordinary. Not one my friends, that I knew of had Stretch Armstrong, which I thought was weird. Who wouldn't want something you could pull and tug on?
Question: Could Stretch Armstrong have been one of the first stress relievers? Today we have balls we can squeeze to deal with emotions of anger. Just look at all the stress reducing toys on the market today!
This was an innovative toy for its time, and it was introduced by Kenner in 1976. A good number of my toys, were Kenner toys. This was a company, that really knew what kids wanted, and came out with the coolest toys I've ever seen.
Not to mention, I'd never seen a gel-filled toy figure like Stretch Armstrong. Of course, there were the plastic toys and rubber toys, but nothing you could stretch and pull on.
This toy seems a little sadistic, but hey, it's all good. You can tie him in knots and stretch him up to four times his size. This almost sounds like my last relationship, and believe me, there were a lot of twists and turns.
Anyways, it's outstanding, that they brought Stretch Armstrong back, where today's kids get a chance to have a blast from the past! Incredibly, this toy did not cost a whole lot back in the 1970s. In fact, I think it cost almost $12.00, but amazingly, Kenner ended up making over $50 million freaking dollars.
What's the lesson here folks? Start a toy factory with clever toy concepts, that can rival a company like Kenner, and you'll possibly be filling your pockets with millions!
Do you know who came up with amazing Stretch Armstrong ? It was toy designer and creator Jesse D. Horowitz. Success does leave clues.
If you want to give your teenager a Christmas gift to remember, get him Stretch Armstrong. If you had a Stretch Armstrong when you were a kid, do your kid a favor, and let him see what it was like to have one of the hottest toys of 70s. And if he or she takes care of it, they just might be able to sell it for a small fortune someday. You never know!
As you can see in the picture below, the "Stretch Armstrong Toy is The Best Teen Christmas Gift" you can give, because you can tie, stretch, squeeze, and joyfully do this for hours on end.
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