In my childhood was the golden age of cheap Plastic Toy Solider. They come with all type of colors but mostly Green. One of outstanding plastic toy solider is none other than the Parachute troopers aka Airborne Ranger.
A paper or plastic Parachute and a Plastic toy solider with a ring on top of it helmet. It is a simple toy concept and affordable during my times...even now too. The concept of this toy was inspired by the World war II era I guess.
The parachute was made up by a thin layer of plastic often with strips design. The one that I recently acquire has Chinese wording "道锐玩具" on the Parachute.
The parachute will come with a chunk of strings at one end. All you need to do is to group the strings and tie the end on the ring of the plastic trooper. Remember to be careful not to entangle the strings but tie it as firmly as you can on the ring.
Now you are ready to play. Just tossed the toy high up into the sky and the parachute will do it's work half way through the landing.
When the parachute is fully open, it will be a graceful sight carry away by the wind if there are any.
The trooper will serve as a weight in the mid air stabilizing the parachute. I recalled playing these toys with my neighbors and it was so fun to watch.
As soon as the toy hit the ground, the fun ended. You can toss the trooper up in the air again and admire the beauty of airborne. This graceful act however is only good to view from the ground level. So don't bother thinking of throwing such toys out of the window and look down. It is dangerous and you may get yourself in trouble if you stay in an apartment. As fun as this toy is, it is rather rare to find such toy again. Maybe kids now are more into Computer games than any fun toys...
The one who taught of such simple, cheap and fun toys was a genius. These toy are fading away through times unless we do something about it.
Feel free to share this with anyone who you think also share such memories and hopefully such toys will still remain in days to come. .
Join me next Sunday for more of my yesteryear toys. :)