Maybe not totally obscure, but I don't see these on any of the '70s kids' lists. I had to dig deep in my brain for some of these memories. I loved being a kid much happy on this list.
  1. The Littles - the dollhouse furniture more than the dolls. Oh, that armoire. The thing was cast iron, super high quality you won't find in toys now.
  2. Fashion Plates. I'd spend hours concocting beautiful outfits, no actual drawing talent required.
  3. Spirograph. Same, but beautiful geometry.
  4. The little orange record player. Portable. Couldn't close it with a 33 in it. Always fought my sister over who had to turn over the record (must not have had the automatic arm thing?).
  5. Read along books to play on the little record player. Had many but Three Little Pigs definitely stands out most in my mind. What a great way to learn to read. And it probably gave my parents a much needed break.
  6. Lite Brite. Ok, this one still gets a little play on the nostalgia lists but it was important to me so had to include it. Seeing a trend in loving things that allowed me to create without having any actual artistic talent.
  7. Checkers. So simple, so plain. Didn't retain any chess knowledge but I could play the shit outta some checkers.
  8. Tiddlywinks. I loved this game! I'm actually surprised how many games my sister and I played as kids. My kids generally destroyed games, didn't play much.
  9. Tinkertoys. How in the hell was this given to children? I literally choked on one as a child. But, I lived, so it's all good. Fuck Lincoln Logs, these were the bomb!
  10. Plush Smurfs. Sure, the cartoon was ok, but these miniature blue friends were the best. Perfect round noses. Perfect round heads. Loved to snuggle them, and I wasn't otherwise into stuffed animals.
  11. Tiny plastic Smurf figurines. Also loved. I think it was the miniature thing, they were tiny and perfect and frankly, the craftsmanship was fantastic. Had a pretty big collection.
  12. Butter Rum Life Savers. Are these, like, a less intense version of butterscotch? Rum > scotch? Anyway, yes, these and the Lifesavers books are still huge for the holidays, but Christmas = butter rum in my head, so...its a happy and nostalgic flavor. :) (Also - "the candy with the hole". Does the package still say that?!)
  13. Sesame Street Fever. The cassette tape. Kind of associated with humiliation also - it's when I discovered no one else can hear the music in my headphones so I sound like a moron singing along at the top of my lungs - but hours of fun anyway.
  14. Baton. I don't know why we were allowed to play with weapons as children but I loved this thing. We had a few but my fave was blue. I hit my sister over the head with it. She's ok.
  15. Dress up clothes. O. M. G. I literally begged to wear a dress every day one summer, I always wanted to be fancy and have a twirly dress (guess I got that out of my system!). Fave pieces were from mom - her old pink prom dress with layers of tulle and some lavender pumps. Maybe not together. But maybe together idgaf.