Most Wanted We all have our holy grails. Here are my main ones

These are all the priority things that I would love to get my hands on but haven’t managed to get hold of yet. If anyone knows anything about any of these or where to get them etc then please do Contact me. Thanks a lot!

Dinasour Eggs – These were made by Willy Wonka’s and I remember having them in the mid 80s. Big gobstopper type things which slowly changed colour and flavour in your mouth. You could keep it going for about a week and stick it back in the box. They were truly awesome. I know I’m never going to eat one again unless they reissue them but I’d love to just get some of the packaging. Eating one of these is probably my ultimate, impossible Holy Grail. Oh, for a time machine.

Crossbows and Catapults – Loved this game when I was younger. I need to get my hands on one. Even just the box art is amazing.

Transformers Sideswipe – I’d really love a G1 Sideswipe in the box. Doesn’t have to be mint or closed. Open box is fine. I’d just love to have the figure and the box with it, with all the box art and bits and bobs that come with it. Hound is the other one I’d love in the box.

Rough Riders – I have the A-Team van, K.I.T.T. and Airwolf Rough Riders but I’d love to add Face’s Vette, Magnum P.I.’s Ferrari, and The Duke’s General Lee to the collection.

He-Man (mint on card) – I have a few He-Man figures but I would love an original 80s He-Man mint on card. Just to hang up in Retromash HQ. I’d be happy settling for a Skeletor, Faker or Trap-Jaw.

Coke Spinners yo-yos – Remember these? There were Coke ones, Fanta and Sprite. Plus special gold Coke versions. I loved these back in they day and anytime I’ve seen them on eBay they’ve gone for too much. I have now managed to get a normal Coke and a Pro Fanta and Pro Sprite. I need to at least add the Pro Coke one and then hunt for a Gold Coke one!

Casio Databank watch – I’ve managed to get one of the original versions of these in the metal strap but I’d love to get my hands on a plastic version as that’s what I had back in the day.

Giant Swatch watch wall clock – Remember these massive versions of Swatch watches you could hang on your wall? Always wanted one. Still do.

Can you name?…

Here are some things that I have a vague memory of but I can’t remember exactly what they were or what they were called. Please help me out if you can!

Helmet Racers? – This is one I can’t even find anything about online. It’s the little motorbike helmets, about the size of a tennis ball or baseball, and the visor flipped up to reveal a little stunt bike which could be shot out by pressing a button. I did manage to get my hands on one of these recently which is great, but can anyone help me work out what they were called?!

Slimeballs? – I have memories of some toys that were a bit like Madballs but you could put slime in the back and it would squeeze out of their mouths. But I can’t remember what they were called and can’t find them online anywhere.

Nutty People? – These were cool little statues that I used to see in shops in Devon when I went on holiday with my family to Torquay or Padstow. They were kind of like little sculptures of walnuts that were made into people, a bit like the Smurf toys as you could different ones like Nutty Golfer, Nutty Astronaut or Nutty Footballer in different football strips etc. I think they must have been locally made in Devon, but I would love to get my hands on one.

Already got…

Here are some holy grail items that I have already managed to get my hands on.

Konix Navigator joystick – The Konix joysticks were love ’em or hate ’em. For example I never liked the Speedking model. But the Navigator one was one that I loved. Hours of fun playing Speedball and Eliminator on the Atari ST with this thing. Fitted perfectly in your hand (but did cause a few blisters).

Usborne Guide to the Supernatural – This book is fantastic. Really well made, informative and with some gorgeous artwork. That skull on the cover was just amazing. So glad that I managed to pick one up.

Street Hawk toys – I had a Kenner Street Hawk toy bike and I loved it. After lots of searching online I finally got my hands on one.

Treasure Island board game – I remember playing a board game which was on a treasure island and you had little cards of people that you put in little plastic stands and moved them about the squares on the board. I finally found it and it’s great.

Casio digital/analogue watch – This Casio AE-9W was a digital watch that had a faux analogue face. For the geek who wanted to look sophisticated. Loved it so much and managed to get one in 2017. Watches are just so hard to find in good condition but this one looks great.

Shrinky Dinks ‘Kooky Comics’ – We used to put empty crisp packets in the oven so that they shrunk, and then made them into keyrings. But I also have some memories of Shrinky Dinks, and there was one Shrinky Dinks in particular that I’ve got fantastic memories of. We’re talking huge nostalgia here. It had a book/leaflet which had a bunch of head shapes, eyes, noses, ears etc. You then got one of the sheets of plastic and traced the elements to make up a monster/cartoon face/body of your own. You then cut round it and put it in the oven. Fantastic memories of this and I got to do it with my own kids recently after I finally found one on eBay.

Kronoform/Quartz robot watch – There are a few makes of these but it’s the one with Quartz on the front that I wanted. The one I had was a grey one when I was a kid so I needed to find myself one of them. Very pleased when I managed to get one at last.

Rubik’s Snake – There are modern versions of these available but they’re not quite the same. I really wanted to get the brown and cream version that I had as a kid. There was also a book that I had that was so cool which had all the various shapes you could make with it. It was called ‘Shaping Rubik’s Snake’ by Albie Fiore and I managed to get one of them too. I can still remember how to make the ball, which was the shape that used to impress everyone.

Asterix figures – I loved the Asterix books when I was a kid. The artwork was fantastic. And the action figures were amazing 3D representations of the great artwork. But they seem to be really rare to find online. I did manage to get a few at last. Not quite all the ones I wanted but it’s a great start.

Hot Wheels Crack Ups – I loved these as a kid but they’re really hard to find now. I did manage to get one but it wasn’t one of the ones I had as a kid, so I’m still looking. I’ve only seen a couple of later models online or others that are in really bad condition.

Star Wars Airfix Hoth Battle Snapfix scene – I could never remember exactly what this was. I just knew I had a battle scene that had model AT-ATs and Snow speeders. It was only after loads of research I worked out it was an Airfix model kit. I then found one of my own old Snow speeders at my parents’ house. After loads and loads of hunting I have finally been able to find one on eBay. And it is in absolute mint condition. Brilliant.

Raleigh Vektar – This BMX seriously looked like something out of Street Hawk back in the day. I always wanted to get my hands on one. I was lucky enough to be given two by my mate Ally The RetroHunter, which I hope to refurbish.