The Guns of Navarone

File under: Cool toys of the 1970s:

No electronics, no batteries required!

I always wanted one of these. But I never got my own Guns of Navarone playset.

Oh, well. I did get to play with it. 

One of the neighborhood kids, circa 1976, had the set in his basement.

There was a group of about four of us, who would spend hours staging mock WWII battles. 

These were the days when childhood play still required imagination, and was largely unplanned by adults, and unsupervised by adult eyes.

I can’t help wondering if today’s kids, with all their screens and video games, and carefully scheduled play dates, aren’t missing out on opportunities for spontaneity and the development of imagination. 

But then again, that might just be the old guy in me talking.

I’m a child of the 1970s and 1980s. I wish today’s children well, but I don’t envy them.  This century is for the young–and the young can have it.