It’s an unwritten law that any nostalgia kick from a boy growing up in the ‘60s and ‘70s has to include his unrequited ambition to own a Johnny Seven gun, that multi-purpose piece of juvenile military hardware lauded by Jonathan Ross and, in truth, well out of Christmas wish list range for most of us as we studied the Kays catalogue with wistful eyes. And, yes, I would have liked one, but actually was far happier with my Airfix FN Rifle, that scaled-down version of the SLR replacing the Lee Enfield .303 as the standard issue weapon of the British Army. However, I’m wandering from where I meant this to go (sorry, it’s the opportunity to mention Airfix – gets me off track every time). I’m currently dipping occasionally into the superb TV Cream Toys, an offshoot publication from the encyclopaedic TV Cream website, listing all those toys of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s that leapt from the TV screen onto our Christmas lists. Lots of likely candidates in there, a good few of which did enter our household and stay there thanks to the good judgement of Mum and Dad, but page after page of desirable toyware sparked memories of a few items that forever eluded me and seem likewise to have escaped the TV Cream pages. So here goes, and if anyone fancies making a belated Xmas present of them at Mid Century Villas, there’s still plenty of time left!