A few months ago I was out in NJ visiting my mom. By now, I’ve scoured every nook and cranny of the house I grew up in for remnants of toys from days gone by. My previous visit turned up a vintage MEGO Dukes of Hazzard General Lee (a week after I bought one on eBay). But that was in a far corner of the attic and it was the bottom of the barrel. So when I was out this time I didn’t think there was anything left to go through. My mom, however, pulled out a big box of old LEGOS. Just for fun I decided to separate all the pieces by color, put the sets in Ziplock bags, and have ma sell them at her next garage sale. Well, as I picked through the pieces I came across some miscellany related to the little plastic people …
Apparently, when playing with LEGOS as a kid, I invited other toys to the party. There was none of the sterile isolation my current toys are subjected to.
Every now and then as I went through the process of segregating primary colors I’d stumble on something was was definitely not of the LEGO universe. The small pile I was left with represented a good cross section of the toy lines that were a big deal to me. In this photo alone we have accessories from He-Man, G.I. Joe, Dungeons & Dragons, and Star Wars.
Then I saw the sword.
As you know, I’m a collector of vintage 3 3/4″ action figures. Most recently, I’ve been piecing together those old Gabriel Lone Ranger and Zorro lines. Its slow going to collect these loose since 99% of the time their little guns and swords are missing. Each of the four Zorro figures (Zorro, Amigo, Sergeant Gonzales, and Captain Ramon) come with the same sword. Now, I’ve got the four figures but I’ve only managed to acquire a couple swords. So, when I saw this little accessory in that pile of LEGOS I let out a little squeal. I guess in the grand scheme of things its not a huge deal, but it did feel like a serendipitous victory.
And Zorro can go back to carving “Z”s on people’s chests.