I recently found This site that led me to think a lot about what toys I played with as a kid, specifically, of course, my army men.
Years back (not too many, but still, many), I had loads of army men, I had 'machine gun guys' 'snipers' 'radio guys' (radio guys were probably my most useless, but I used them to coordinate my forces). I had minesweepers, the guys that hold their gun above their head (I called them bayonet guys), I had grenade guys, you name it, I probably had it.
Along with my different soldiers, I had tanks, trucks, jeeps, a few cannons, and a medical tent. But my crown jewel was something far better then all of those combined, it was the pinnacle of my army, the deciding factor, the widow maker, the harbinger of death, The Hercules.
Yes my friends, I could fit a tank in that gunship, I could obliterate the enemy with a single fly-over. This was my favorite toy, capable of destroying anything and everything in it's path.
If the last 5 men of my green army were pinned down, with Tans closing in all around, you bet The Hercules would be there to rescue them, if not air-dropping a tank for the greens to use, then laying down massive amounts of fire onto the tan army.
Of course, I needed a little variety in my play, I would dig trenches and "bases" for my armies in the back yard, I would cover my tanks in grass and leaves to camouflage them. Sometimes a select team of men would be chosen to rescue a captured ally, while also obliterating the enemy base in the process.
I don't have the time to do this kind of stuff now, no, I'd much rather build an online nation and collect taxes. But I did buy my little brother a good amount of army men, he owns 6 tanks, two large armies, but sadly, I couldn't find another Hercules.
Somethings may just have to remain in my memory.