Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Retro Toys: Plasticine.


Memories of hot summer evenings sat in my back yard dreaming up things to make with a malable ball of this stuff. Back then it was anything to do with Gerry Anderson and his supermarionation hardware - Fireball XL5 and Thunderbird 1 were particular favourites I recall. Made to childish perfection with thumbprinted care. The only limit was my imagination and tea time. Plasticine had a sensory pleasure of its own - the tacky touch and that peculiar smell it had when the colours had all been rolled and mixed into one. Opening a new packet of plasticine was also very satisfying as you slowly peeled off the plastic cover and removed each coloured strip one by one. The ultimate kids plaything? Probably..

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