Few people have heard of it, yet many consider John Blankenbaker's KENBAK-1 to be the first commercial personal computer.

Koss introduced these headphones over 40 years ago, and they remain affordable favorites to this day.

Zanbot 3 - Die-Cast Toys


You know how there are those certain playthings that you're really sentimental over?  This is one of mine.  Perhaps a missile firing robot isn't a typical winsome image, but this guy is for me.  There isn't a lot of info on Zanbot 3 on the internet, but it was a Japanese anime series from the late 70's.   When sniffing around to learn more about these toys I've gotten the impression that they may be worth a few bucks (if you've got any info, please post it in the comments section), but these are among the few things I will never, ever sell.

Zanbot05 It's not because I'm a crazy fan of the program (entitled "Invincible Super Man Zanbot 3" to be precise) - in fact I've never seen it.  Since the late 70's I've have two of the three "space base" toys, and they combine into two-thirds of a mega-vehicle.  Hopefully we'll be okay if we ever have to fight with two-thirds of Voltron. 

Also great is that each space-base actually shoots a missile.  Zanbot came out before the 1979 ruling that forbad toys that shot missiles small enough to choke a child.  So it looks like I had my robo-fun just in time, but that's still not why I'm hanging on to Zanbot.

Zanbotlogo_2 I've kept these toys over the years (in their boxes too... I was a real pain in the butt kid...) because I still like the same aspects of them that I did as a child.  I guess that I'm always going to love robots and spaceships, but now I also appreciate the bright color scheme and the design aspect.  American spaceships tended toward the monochromatic, and I don't remember any domestic robot with a spiked helmet like this guy.

If there is some melancholy in my reminiscence, it comes from my memory of first getting these ships.  As a boy, my father was frequently in the hospital, and sometimes, just sometimes, my mother would take me to buy a little toy.  These mini rigs were inexpensive enough to get a pair, and I whiled away many hours in that hospital room the way that only a little boy can - Zanbot04far flung battles across the galaxy, crazy mouth sound effects, and I seem to recall the destruction of a space fort made of plastic spoons.

I had some other simple toys to litter that room with - erasers shaped like rockets, a gyroscope... lots of the sorts of things that we've talked about in these pages.  I wish that I could somehow thank all the simple, cheap toys for their help back then.  I don't think that you should hide big problems from kids, but the big thrill from a little toy can certainly help in taking on Real Life Stuff.


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