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TV Cream Toys: Presents You Pestered Your Parents for [Hardcover]

Steve Berry
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1 Nov 2007

Do you remember tearing down the stairs at five in the morning, in wide-eyed anticipation of the mountain of wrapped boxes under a Woolies' fireproof silver tinsel tree? Do you remember the sense of disappointment when what you'd asked for wasn't among them? Or – worse – when you found a cheap, knock-off version of a toy you really wanted?

Lavishly illustrated and with over 300 colour photographs, TV Cream Toys celebrates the presents that we hoped, wished and prayed would turn up in the Christmas stockings of yesteryear. From Big Trak to Buckaroo!, Mastermind to Merlin, Sorry! to Strawberry Shortcake, each peerless plaything from the '60s through to the '90s is examined and catalogued (in the Argos, rather than the scientific, sense).

Culled from award-winning retro website TV Cream, this book lists a wealth of fondly remembered toys, games, and novelties, and unearths quite a few of the oft-forgotten classics that, even to this day, remain treasured in the hearts of our inner children.


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: The Friday Project (1 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905548273
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905548279
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 19.3 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Steve Berry is an author and a freelance writer for TV, magazines, newspapers and the internet.

He occasionally appears on radio and TV shows talking about his specialist retro subjects (television, toys, sweets and snacks) so you might have seen him on Channel Five's Greatest Moments series, UK Gold's Porridge and Doctor Who weekends, BBC Four's The Hard Sell or C4's Top Ten TV and 100 Greatest Toys.

He lives in Hertfordshire with a wife (his own), a daughter (also his own) and some cats (their own).

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'Hilarious and heart-warming…'
Richard Herring

'Brilliant, life-affirming and very, very funny…'
Ally Ross, The Sun

'Amazing… took me back to a forlorn, inner longing…'
Harry Hill

'Stirred up all kinds of nostalgic memories…'
Al Murray

'I only wish he'd called it F*** You, Father Christmas…'
Charlie Brooker, The Guardian

About the Author

Steve Berry is a writer and one of the founders of - the UK's foremost nostalgia website.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
TV Cream toys has a surprise in store for everyone. If you think you remember all the toys you had or wanted as a kid, this book guarantees to show you one you'd forgotten about for over a decade. Thats the magic of it. For me the 'Purple People Eater' and the 'Merit Chemistry Set' struck a chord of joy. It's cool, its beautifully designed and bloody funny.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Big Blast of Nostalgia 29 Jan 2008
By Mr Tony
Steve's book gave me real physical pain from all the rose-tinted yearning it caused me to do. Brilliantly researched, frequently very funny, but most of all an essential purchase for grown-up children of a certain age.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 24 Nov 2007
Bought back lots of memories from my childhood. Buy it! I guarentee the toys you forgot you ever had will be in there. It is tres cool :)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 6 Jan 2008
This is one of those great books you find yourself flicking through, stopping every few pages to loudly exclaim "I had one of those!" to the annoyance of all around you. Big Trak, Star Bird, Crossfire, Action Man, Sindy, Cascade - they're all here. Clearly a labour of love, Steve Berry has worked wonders on this wonderful book, and the humorous text is a joy to read. Even my girlfriend loved it, frequently snatching it off me to do the same flick, point, shriek "I always wanted one of those!" thing I'd been annoying her with for the last hour or so. A cracker of a book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'A Great Fun Conversation Starter' 17 Dec 2007
By Antony May TOP 1000 REVIEWER
If you are aged between 30 and 45 and would like to revisit your childhood for a moment or two you will love this book. Full of colour, the text in this book is both light hearted, cheeky and informative (there's even a rough guide to each items Ebay value!). It's an ideal 'coffee table' book and is packed with photographs and information about of so many of the popular toys and games from yesteryear (and my youth!). For example, do you remember 'Haunted House' game (the one where you put the skull down the chinmey)? Or 'Battling Tops' (Wind 'em up and let 'em go!). Yes, of course you do (if your my age (42) HA HA) and I bet you loved 'Cross Fire' (shoot the puck with the marble guns to score a goal) collected 'Top Trumps' and played with loads of 'Action Man' toys too! Happy memories coming back yet? I bet they are and that's the real joy of this book. Show this to a group of your friends and I guarantee you'll have a lot of fun reminiscing about which of the toy's and games in this book you once owned! Well, I'm off now for a ride around the block on my 'Chopper'! BUY AND ENJOY!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Girl's World 4 Feb 2008
Very funny, especially loved the Girl's World and Kerplunk pieces. Can't wait to buy my own future children pointless pieces of plastic one day and smile knowingly at their enchanted faces as they clap their hands in glee.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TV Cream Toys Evoking Childhood Memories. 2 April 2012
TV Cream Toys by Steve Berry could so easily have been another book full of facts and figures about the toys we remembered as children growing up in the 70's and 80's. It could have documented the price at the time, and the value on todays market. It could have explained their development and origins, it could even have catalogued the boxed contents, but it skims over these facts and figures to concentrate on what really matters to the child in all of us. That is of course how these toys and games made us feel, both before and after we owned them. The book goes into how they were presented to us in advertising, and more importantly, what they were actually like to play with. Were they the fantastic toy they were promoted as being, or a dust gathering disappointment?

I could happily write a review of almost any page in this brilliant book, as with each random flick of the page, you are treated to one of your childhood memories. For me it was not just toys that I had, but just seeing some reminded me of events in my life, or people I knew, and Steve's descriptions seem to mirror so many of my own recollections of them. Descriptions of setting up Action Man on the lawn, and struggling to get him to stand up, or have to shelter behind a convenient leaning, I mean hiding place. My first experience of Mattel's slime, which at the time was matched by my parents fascination of it. Just seeing Paul Daniels magic tricks brought back memories of taking my pocket money down to Rays Toys in Aldershot, and his description of the Haunted House game reminded me that I never had my own copy, but had to go to a friends to play it.

I could go on, but I won't.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Call me old fashioned but... 16 July 2011
Whilst this book is fun to flick through I found the wording really unnecessary, especially as I was flicking through it with my 7 year old nephew who is very good at reading!

Heading under Speak & Spell - remedial alphabet tutor

Sorry! Ludo for bastards.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Redundant without the photographs
Free it may be, but waste not your Mb on the Kindle edition. There are scant photographs to illustrate the toys, creating a feeling of deep resentment against the people behind... Read more
Published 16 hours ago by Henry Proctor
5.0 out of 5 stars Must buy if you're an 80s kid
I love this book, well written and amazing to see toys I had forgotten about! I have been endlessly looking to buy the ones I remember after reading the book on ebay and amazon... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Forensicfox
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood Memories
Very interested book, loads to jog your memory about a lot of forgotten toys and even some you may not remember or heard of
Published 10 months ago by Phill Mckenzie
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Presents You Pestered Your Parents For'... seeing them again now, you...
This book proved invaluable to me as a really useful little conversation starter during my recent cruise around the Fjords. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Hermes Love
4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia's not what it used to be...
An interesting look back at the toys we loved and/or wished we had when we were younger, but sometimes the efforts to be funny don't just quite make it.
Published 13 months ago by Robert Rimmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic trip down memory lane
Chose this book towards a birthday present for my brother who I am confident will love this book. Couldnt resist a quick flick through myself and loved it.
Published 13 months ago by Cheryl Alicia Murray
3.0 out of 5 stars Very good but could have been even better
I enjoyed this book it brought back some very happy memories I just wish it had better and more illustrations
Published 13 months ago by David Slade
4.0 out of 5 stars Reeling in the Years
Bought it for the Kindle. Ideal 'train' reading! It takes you right back to your childhood and triggers some memories that have long been forgotten. Enjoy.
Published 14 months ago by MR B FARRELL
5.0 out of 5 stars Trip down memory lane....
Take a trip down memory lane with all the toys that you wanted, some of those that you had and the ones that you don't remember forgetting! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Next Generation Vampire Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars Dip into the past
Most of the book contain toys that I lusted after as a child [not the girl stuff!].
Some them still draw me and if I saw them at a boot sale of junk shop I would be tempted to... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
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