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Posted: 1/7/2006 8:46:34 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 8:49:21 AM EDT
Many of them took trips off my porch to fight in the grass below. Loved em.
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 8:50:11 AM EDT
IIRC< there is a hole in their back, supposidy to pack the 'chute in.


God! I DO remember these!
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 8:51:00 AM EDT
many trips up and down the stairs
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 8:51:12 AM EDT
Sure. Fun stuff.
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 8:51:28 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/7/2006 8:51:54 AM EDT by CMOS]
Better than that: we used to take our GI Joes and make our own parachutes for them. We'd toss them up 50-75 feet then try to shoot em with our BB guns on the way down.

Man. That was fun.


CMOS
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 8:52:02 AM EDT
They snag easily on dogwood tree branches.

Link Posted: 1/7/2006 8:52:46 AM EDT
Oh man does your post bring back momories of all the fun we had as kids.
Outside all day ( unless it was raining buckets) cold weather was no problem. On the bike everywhere.
Plastic army men of all kinds, massive distruction always involved fire and fireworks.
And the parachute men, we used slingshots to get extra height.
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 8:55:25 AM EDT
yup, I remember them. You can get them here for aroung $4/dz.

Paratroopers
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 9:00:39 AM EDT
Loved those little guys...only i think I was too rough with them cuz their lil chutes would always rip shortly after purchase.... poor guys never had a chance
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 9:20:37 AM EDT
I'll bet there are still some of those in a box at my parents house. I may have to go and dig them out the next time I get home.

Many memories of these toys. Some of mine didn't make it though, there was a horrible napalm attack once or twice! Then the enemy artillery (.22 LR) would be firing at them too.
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 9:21:12 AM EDT
Yup, I spent a lot of time with them.

But does anyone remember the goofy looking parachute guys? They were like little trolls or something and much better quality, and I believe that came with a cheap slingshot for launching them real high.
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 9:24:20 AM EDT
You could make new chutes from plastic garbage bags, kite string, and tape.
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 9:25:24 AM EDT
I loved them when I was a kid. I tossed one off the roof of a 27 story dorm building when I was in college.
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 9:25:47 AM EDT
Oh man I loved those things!!!! I ended up getting on the roof of my house to throw them even higher!!!!!!
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 9:26:17 AM EDT

Originally Posted By MudBug:
Yup, I spent a lot of time with them.

But does anyone remember the goofy looking parachute guys? They were like little trolls or something and much better quality, and I believe that came with a cheap slingshot for launching them real high.




You mean the ones with the screaming faces and the goggles - in different colours?

I used to slingshot those little bastards out of the fort/treehouse/sniper perch when I was little...
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 9:27:01 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Wingnut116ACW:
yup, I remember them. You can get them here for aroung $4/dz.

Paratroopers



They have no guns, are neon, and are chinese paratroopers.

I could go for some dark green army men paratroopers.
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 9:27:52 AM EDT
I've got a Curious George parachuter.

I give it a toss once in a while.
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 9:34:20 AM EDT
We used to make 'chutes out of large trashbags for our G.I. Joes......then got out the bb guns.....poor Joe.

Also used to take model ships and line the hulls with metal from pop cans.....and have our own Naval wars .......again..with bb guns.
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 9:36:39 AM EDT
I gave my son two for Christmas. He loves them although one has a twisted set of lines and won't fly right unless you take the time to untangle him and what 10 yr old boy takes the time when its attack or else time!
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 9:37:20 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/7/2006 9:42:33 AM EDT by MudBug]

Originally Posted By teknofear:

Originally Posted By MudBug:
Yup, I spent a lot of time with them.

But does anyone remember the goofy looking parachute guys? They were like little trolls or something and much better quality, and I believe that came with a cheap slingshot for launching them real high.




You mean the ones with the screaming faces and the goggles - in different colours?

I used to slingshot those little bastards out of the fort/treehouse/sniper perch when I was little...




Yeah, that was them.. (I don't know why I thought trolls) but yes, they had goggles and screaming faces.


We also made a lot of parachuting rocks when I was a kid out of handkerchiefs or pieces of cloth, string, and of course rocks.


ETA:

The best (Or worst depending on your PETA status) was the parachute I made from a surplus flare chute, small dog harness, and my cat.

We had an office building in our area that was shaped like a right triangle

It was 3 stories tall and you could just walk up to the top. My cat made a few trips off there untill one trip the shoot didn't open very well and we started feeling bad for the cat.
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 9:39:30 AM EDT
<----- Feeling old.
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 9:41:57 AM EDT

Originally Posted By MudBug:

Originally Posted By teknofear:

Originally Posted By MudBug:
Yup, I spent a lot of time with them.

But does anyone remember the goofy looking parachute guys? They were like little trolls or something and much better quality, and I believe that came with a cheap slingshot for launching them real high.


You mean the ones with the screaming faces and the goggles - in different colours?


Yeah, that was them.. (I don't know why I thought trolls) but yes, they had goggles and screaming faces.


Maybe the same thing, maybe not, but. Those I remember were rubber sport jumpers in a variety of goofy poses. The ring wasn't necessarily on top of their heads. I like those the best, but never had more than a couple.

Anybody remember the parachutre you could send away for your GI-Joes? You could pack the chute and it had a little ripcord/plastic pin. You'd pull the pin out so the chute could open. It strapped onto the 3.5" GI-Joes.
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 9:44:50 AM EDT
+ =

Used to get my dads ladder and throw em off the roof of my garage.
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 9:44:54 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Wingnut116ACW:
yup, I remember them. You can get them here for aroung $4/dz.

Paratroopers


Those are too big. These are closer, and cheaper.

But I agree, they are too neon and too unarmed. Bring back the green army men.
And fix the molds. The last bag of green army men I saw looked pretty crappy compared to what I had as a kid.
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 9:45:09 AM EDT
Those were the good 'ole days. I can barely remember them now. I played with those parachute men and styrofoam gliders that I could get at the local general store along with candy, BB's and a pack of hooks. I wish kids could grow up like I did.

Everyday during the summer seemed like it would go on forever. Every morning I would get up get on my bike and head for the river or the pond. Catch snakes, lizards, gig frogs, fish for bass and catfish. I am grateful to my parents for protecting my childhood. Kids are exposed to too much stuff this day and age.
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 9:45:12 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Stryfe:
Maybe the same thing, maybe not, but. Those I remember were rubber sport jumpers in a variety of goofy poses. The ring wasn't necessarily on top of their heads. I like those the best, but never had more than a couple.




Same thing, the more you describe them, the more I remember what they were, and they are what I was thinking of.
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 9:45:40 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Cape_hunter:
<----- Feeling old.



+1

Now the kids need PSP and such or they're bored.
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 9:48:53 AM EDT
The ones I had were probably second generations... no rubber band or anything, just a cheap chute and string to hold it all together. Many combat jumps were made. Even taped two onto my lego spaceship to have a nice controlled decent.


Unfortunatly the wind took it to the left and missed the landing zone. Spent the rest of the day picking up the millon and a half peices and rebuilding my ship.
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 9:51:10 AM EDT
The root of my BRD
Not parachutists, but what I think of when I think green army men.
Toy Story had a parachute version of them.
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 9:51:51 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/7/2006 9:54:23 AM EDT by Stryfe]

Originally Posted By MudBug:

Originally Posted By Stryfe:
Maybe the same thing, maybe not, but. Those I remember were rubber sport jumpers in a variety of goofy poses. The ring wasn't necessarily on top of their heads. I like those the best, but never had more than a couple.




Same thing, the more you describe them, the more I remember what they were, and they are what I was thinking of.


They remind me of captainpooby.
Or captainpooby reminds me of them.
Whatever.
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 9:52:56 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/7/2006 9:54:02 AM EDT by MudBug]

Originally Posted By VTHOKIESHOOTER:
Those were the good 'ole days. I can barely remember them now. I played with those parachute men and styrofoam gliders that I could get at the local general store along with candy, BB's and a pack of hooks. I wish kids could grow up like I did.

Everyday during the summer seemed like it would go on forever. Every morning I would get up get on my bike and head for the river or the pond. Catch snakes, lizards, gig frogs, fish for bass and catfish. I am grateful to my parents for protecting my childhood. Kids are exposed to too much stuff this day and age.




I spent every summer with my grandparents in a small town in NE AZ, and from the time I was about 11 my brother and I would just walk out with our 22's and a Huge crowbar. We would make the 2 or 3 mile hike up to the top of Flat Top mountain and shoot anything we saw. We would also use the big crowbar to roll big boulders down the side of the mountain, watching them tear out trees and bushes on the way down.

Or building rafts and floating down the Little Colorado river, fishing, and dragging home frogs, toads, salamanders, and snakes.
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 9:55:56 AM EDT
Yep, sure do remember those.

IIRC the parachute was plastic.

Link Posted: 1/7/2006 9:56:58 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 10:02:48 AM EDT
I miss my youth
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 10:06:07 AM EDT

Originally Posted By streetfighter:
I miss my youth



I vowed never to leave it.

Life got in the way - some good, some bad.

I'm trying to get back there now.
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 10:07:07 AM EDT

Originally Posted By MudBug:
We would also use the big crowbar to roll big boulders down the side of the mountain, watching them tear out trees and bushes on the way down.


I still do that. On some tracts of land there are areas that are really steep and rocky. Sometimes I can coax a boulder to roll down the hill. Last year I found this one rock that was huge. I figured all it would take was a little help to roll. Well I laid on my back and pushed the rock with my legs and off it went. It was haulling ass down the mountain taking out trees as it went. I laughed myself silly.
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 10:08:48 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/7/2006 10:23:38 AM EDT by El_Abogado]

Originally Posted By CAR-10:
I've got a Curious George parachuter.

I give it a toss once in a while.



Do you ever have to spank him too?
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 10:09:46 AM EDT

Originally Posted By UmpaLumpa:
Oh man I loved those things!!!! I ended up getting on the roof of my house to throw them even higher!!!!!!



+1
I just saw a bunch at the arcade in the mall last night.
Damn...brings back memories.
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 10:10:01 AM EDT
Whoa, talk about a sudden rush of memories.

I swear those where my FAVORITE toys growing up.
I scaled large tree's just to acheive more airtime with those things.

I remember, my mom bought me a couple packs of those every year for my stocking stuffers.

Ah yes.
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 10:16:13 AM EDT
Man I just found one of them the other day when I was cleaning my basement. Took him out but his parachute has some kinda oil-like substance on it and I tore it when I opened it. So his last fight was into the bonfire.

I see them all the time in those cheap dollor stores, try lookn in one. (maybe by the birthday stuff)
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 10:24:39 AM EDT

Originally Posted By VTHOKIESHOOTER:

Originally Posted By MudBug:
We would also use the big crowbar to roll big boulders down the side of the mountain, watching them tear out trees and bushes on the way down.


I still do that. On some tracts of land there are areas that are really steep and rocky. Sometimes I can coax a boulder to roll down the hill. Last year I found this one rock that was huge. I figured all it would take was a little help to roll. Well I laid on my back and pushed the rock with my legs and off it went. It was haulling ass down the mountain taking out trees as it went. I laughed myself silly.



We became pros at it, I learned about "Mechanical Advantage" and perfected our fun by using the 5 foot long crowbars and sometimes a small truck jack. I was just a kid and I owned the damn mountain.
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 1:44:01 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Stryfe:

Originally Posted By Wingnut116ACW:
yup, I remember them. You can get them here for aroung $4/dz.

Paratroopers


Those are too big. These are closer, and cheaper.

But I agree, they are too neon and too unarmed. Bring back the green army men.
And fix the molds. The last bag of green army men I saw looked pretty crappy compared to what I had as a kid.



Used to be in an ad in the back of comic books. Something like 99 cents for 25 of them. I remember mailing away on many occassions then waiting the 4-6 weeks, looking in the mail every day for them.
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 1:49:01 PM EDT
My son and I still plays with 'em!
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 1:59:42 PM EDT
Yep, bought some poopa troopers a couple weeks ago. They're great off of tall parking garages.


They're about a $1.00 for a 4 pack at Fred Meyers.
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 2:13:05 PM EDT

Originally Posted By brentwal:

Originally Posted By Cape_hunter:
<----- Feeling old.



+1

Now the kids need PSP and such or they're bored.



Hey im 19 and I loved those things as a kid! I loved to experiment with different cute packing techniques. Hours and hours of running up and down the stairs. Good times!
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 2:28:22 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/7/2006 2:29:40 PM EDT by FishKepr]

Originally Posted By Stealth:
Yep, bought some poopa troopers a couple weeks ago. They're great off of tall parking garages.


They're about a $1.00 for a 4 pack at Fred Meyers.



Believe it or not we use those Fred Meyer packs to potty train our daughter. Every time she pooped she would get a Poopa Trooper. We have a two story house with an interior balcony. Great for Poopa Trooper drops.

The Museum of Flight in Seattle sells them for about 45 cents each.
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 2:29:47 PM EDT
I myself would set them on fire, then deploy the parachute.
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 2:40:51 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 2:45:22 PM EDT
Hell yes 82ndAbn!!! I use to have a few of those toy soldiers and would toss them out of my second floor elementary school window before lunch time. Great old memories and times. Thanks for the memories of my child hood days.
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 3:03:16 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 82ndAbn:

Originally Posted By FishKepr:

Originally Posted By Stealth:
Yep, bought some poopa troopers a couple weeks ago. They're great off of tall parking garages.


They're about a $1.00 for a 4 pack at Fred Meyers.



Believe it or not we use those Fred Meyer packs to potty train our daughter. Every time she pooped she would get a Poopa Trooper. We have a two story house with an interior balcony. Great for Poopa Trooper drops.

The Museum of Flight in Seattle sells them for about 45 cents each.



Pretty creative. Did you think of that?



Sort of. During the latter stages of her potty training period she had the urine part down pretty good but not pooping. One day she said that she wanted a Poopa Trooper and I told her OK, but that she would have to poop in the potty first. Sure enough the next day she did it. So for months we would take a pack of Poopa Troopers everywhere we went. If she pooped in a toilet she would get one.
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