No other time of the year holds more nostalgic memories for me than Christmas. All my life – from a kid, up through today – I spend all year long looking forward to this time of year, and making plans to make it as special as possible for my kids. The climax of the whole season is Christmas morning itself. That magical time of the year when you get up real early, and rush to the Christmas tree to see what Santa Claus has left for you.
It seems that Christmas morning is kind of a tally sheet for the year doesn’t it? Like, as a kid, you had all these things you wanted all year, and all those wishes would culminate in that one single morning. If you got a lot of loot, or very cool loot, your year was a success. If not, well…better luck next year kid. At least that’s the way it went in my mind all those years ago. I had a few of what I thought were less-than-stellar Christmas mornings, but then 1986 came along and changed all of that.
Nowadays, I like to look back on different people’s Christmas mornings of years past and marvel at how cool it must have been to be in their shoes on those mornings so long ago.
So first up, this kid looks pretty pleased to have gotten the Go Bots Command Center play set under his tree on Christmas morning. I was a big fan of the Go Bots cartoon, but only ever had two of the action figures….Loco and Dive-Dive. Now while I wish I had more of the figures, and would have loved the Command Center, I never put it on any of my Christmas lists because it wouldn’t have been very much fun without a lot of the action figures to go along with it.
In the background on his right, someone has gotten some kind of G.I. Joe play set, because we can clearly see the opened box. I’ve gotta take a few points away from this kid now knowing that he chose to pose with the Go Bots toy when he could have been posing with the G.I. Joe one instead.
I can’t really tell what his brother is holding in the background, but just in front of it is a nice looking piece of gold ribbon, which indicates their Christmas presents were probably well wrapped and made for a very nice presentation. And I am almost certain, that on the far right of this photo, you can see what is the box of a G.I. Joe Cobra Rattler!
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that these kids had a pretty damn good Christmas. A Go Bots play set, and a couple of G.I. Joe toys means a big Christmas morning, regardless of what other loot they may have found.
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Man these kids really hit the jackpot! You can clearly see a buffet of G.I. Joe play sets including the Cobra Rattler, Cobra Vamp, G.I. Joe Wolverine, and the G.I. Joe Dragonfly helicopter! I don’t see any carded figures in the picture, but one can only assume these kids already have several of those. I’m sure there was quite a battle fought between the Joes and Cobra later on this Christmas day.