Remco Frogman

March 22, 11

This guy showed up on the doorstep the other day. It was no accident.

Frogman (1960) by Remco.  He’s just over two feet tall.  He’s got dual airtanks attached to his back with a wire that helps him to find the surface. 

Don’t we all wish for a wire to find the surface sometimes?

Sad.  I can remember having a much smaller version of this guy.  He went right along with the constant Cousteau viewings and shark posters. 

By the time I was 14, not yet able to drive, I wanted to learn to scuba dive so badly that I just couldn’t wait any longer. 

This toy was kind of a gateway object.  The gauges, the decompression calculations, the knife strapped to your shin to cut your way out of monstrous kelp forrest snags.  I’ve never really understood why folks think toys are mostly silly things.

3 Responses to “Remco Frogman”

  1. paul says:

    Had one of these way back when….played with it for years. When it finally got too tired to fix anymore, we used parts of it to build new model boats.

    Thanx for the memories,

  2. Tom says:

    Hey Paul! Thank YOU for the memory shared. That’s a pretty cool re-purpose. Weren’t these awesome? I have him on the wall right now charging to the surface! What happened to all the love for the undersea adventure? I say … bring it back. Take care – Tom

  3. paul says:

    Remco had some of the best toys, with the TV ads to follow. As kids we always were attracted it seems to the water toys. We played for hours with the small baking soda powered submarines that used to get in the cereal boxes along with the candle powered “putt putt” boats.

    Those were the days

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