Get Out the Green Army Men

The other day I was wrestling with a task that a lot of parents do, trying to get my boys to clean up their room. As I was “lecturing” I thought back to when my brother and I shared a room as kids and we fought we my father on the same subject. A few particular memories stood out, our green army men and our cowboys and Indians .

My brother and I would spend an entire day (it seemed) setting up some epic battles . We had a few green army men helicopters that we would tie fishing line to and thumb tack to the ceiling. The best part of our battle scene was the Navaron playset. It was a tall plastic fortress that was open on the backside with openings that had large yellow cannons. We had so much fun with the Navaron fortress. In a recent treasure hunt in my mothers basement I was unable to find the set.

[via] Remembering the 1970s
[via] Remembering the 1970s

We also had another set, Fort Apache . This set wasn’t new for us, I believe it was a hand me down set but we loved it all the same. It was also a plastic set that had a folding case. The Fort Apache set was not used as much as the Navaron playset but I would love to have had hung onto this one as well.

So with these memories stirred up I will try to maybe be more forgiving of their scenes that they create with their figures.


I grew up in western New York in the late 70's early-mid 80's playing with my Star Wars and Fisher Price adventure people. I have to say it was a good time.

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