Christmas Morning, 1978: Battlestar Galactica and the Old Chair

Christmas 1978 2W2N

Yours truly, aged six, holding the triple-missile-firing Colonial Scarab. I had the original Viper and Cylon Raider too, before they were reissued with non-firing missiles.

The weird thing about the BSG line is that the vehicles came with 2-inch figures that fit into the cockpits, so you couldn’t actually use—not without awkwardness, anyway—the official 3¾” figures with the vehicles.

BSG Scarab 1978

BSG Scarab 1978-2

There’s a race track on my left, possibly the Hot Wheels Double Scare Speedway. Wish I knew what was in those other presents. I’m assuming Star Wars. The green one right in front of me looks tasty, right? Is that a Micronaut next to my right knee? A jigsaw puzzle next to my left knee?

Let me tell you about that chair. It rocked and swiveled, and when my parents weren’t around I beat the everliving crap out of it. I flung myself into it at full speed, rode it like a bucking bronco, rolled off the top when it bent all the way back and slammed against the ground. I put one knee on it and spun myself around like it was a cheap playground merry-go-round. I hid unwanted food items in its crevices.

It was Tatooine, G.I. Joe Headquarters, an obstacle in the Danger Room, a rock that hid me from the Ringwraiths, a starfighter.

I curled up on it every morning and watched cartoons on the only TV in the house.

That damn chair was hideous-looking, dirtier than a dump, and dangerous as a box of rattlers.

How I miss it.

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One more post on Monday, and that’s it for me until 2014. I’ve got a nasty cold, and my plan this weekend is to stay in bed and watch Christmas movies. It’s time for the kid to meet Santa and the Three Bears

11 Responses to “Christmas Morning, 1978: <em>Battlestar Galactica</em> and the Old Chair”


  1. 1 WEBmikey December 20, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Wonderful! I have a missile-firing Viper and Raider in pretty good condition, but I would give anything to open them again on Christmas day. Thanks for a year of awesome blogging!

  2. 3 leftylimbo December 21, 2013 at 12:18 am

    I actually appreciated the fact that they made those tiny little figures roughly to scale with those vehicles. They got lost or misplaced so easily though (at least in my neglectful case)…lol. I was a huge stickler for scale and proportion even in my earliest years, so there was always a part of me that wasn’t 100% satisfied with the SW spacecraft, especially the Millennium Falcon, which I knew was supposed to be much larger than what it was.

    • 4 2W2N December 21, 2013 at 4:17 am

      The illusion worked with SW for me, because at least the figures could live inside the vehicles and playsets. And the Falcon was giant for the time.

      It’s weird, but action figures have to be a certain size and have to maintain a certain amount of detail to be taken seriously by the imagination.

      • 5 leftylimbo December 21, 2013 at 6:22 am

        True; although those BSG figs were to scale, they were practically useless as far as playability. I just remember having the Cylon pilot and watching his arms and legs flail helplessly whenever I tried to play with him.

        I did enjoy the SW toys like every other kid on the block, but as far as action figures went, I’ve gotta say when GI Joe came out with the “swivel-arm battle grip,” that was the absolute best thing to ever happen to me. I remember the first time I swiveled my Snake Eyes’ arms, the very first thing that went through my head was wishing that my old SW figs did the same thing. lol

  3. 7 Jay McDowell December 21, 2013 at 3:04 am

    We had a similar rocker/swivel chair (though, not as big), that I used in much the same way. If we had room now, I’d so have another one!

  4. 10 leftylimbo December 21, 2013 at 6:23 am

    Dood, um, now it’s time to figure out what the heck your pajama art is from. Geez.


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