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PostSubject: So I wasn't dreaming after all (nostalgic toy)   Thu Dec 11, 2008 4:24 pm

SH and I had a common friend in North York named Steven (or Stephen?) McGowan (sp?). When I was about 6 I remember being at SM's house and seeing a toy that consisted of plastic ingots and an oven-like device with a transparent dome into which the ingots would be placed. The heat would change them into shapes (e.g., dinosaurs), and if the shapes were reheated they'd change shape again. Nobody I've mentioned this to over the years had heard of this toy, and I'd begun to doubt my memory because the technology seems improbable.

Last night I found a page about the oven toy when searching for info about Joel Hodgson, who had a standup gag in which, by day, he was an "ordinary comic-magician holding a tuna casserole", but at night became (at this point a previously hidden rifle barrel and rifle stock spring out from either side of the dish) ". . . Agent J".

I was wrong about one thing: Reheated shapes didn't become different shapes as I seemed to remember (but wasn't certain about); in reality, reheated shapes softened so they could be compressed into plastic ingots again. Otherwise, everything about the visuals is as I remember them, down to the vacuum-formed green mountain habitat.


Link from discarded lies

Pix and a description of the toy and its technology are at "Strange Change AKA The Time Machine".
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PostSubject: Re: So I wasn't dreaming after all (nostalgic toy)   Mon Oct 05, 2009 6:27 pm

I actually had one of those as a kid. I'm pretty sure I picked it up at a garage sale or some such place. Definitely cool. Although the thing sure heated up! I doubt that something like this would be made today for fire hazard issues alone.
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PostSubject: Re: So I wasn't dreaming after all (nostalgic toy)   Mon Oct 05, 2009 7:37 pm

Fascinating...

Here's an explanation of the product and the science behind it (if you're so inclined).

http://www.snowcrest.net/fox/str.html
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PostSubject: Re: So I wasn't dreaming after all (nostalgic toy)   Tue Oct 06, 2009 10:51 am

obviously one of those times a few years makes a difference things, I never saw this product before.
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PostSubject: Re: So I wasn't dreaming after all (nostalgic toy)   Thu Oct 08, 2009 4:11 pm

Very Happy This was one of those things Lalanne would ALWAYS bring up when talking about past toys.
I am glad he has finally found it.
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