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GeneralToys for Christmas

13th Nov 2015 21:31 UTCcascaillou

Christmas is coming, so here are mineralogy, geology and mining related toys and gadgets.

...yeah that thread is against all parents wallets :-D

Let's start with antique toys:

Meccano Pithead, 1930's

Atomic energy lab set, 1950's (including various uranium ores, radiation detection devices, guide to uranium prospecting...)

Read more here:

Rock tumbling set, 1960's

Geology lab set (including specific gravity, chemical analysis....), 1960's

Coal miners automaton, ca. 1910

look at their blissful smile...clearly shows how much fun it was do be working as a coal miner ;-)

Mining train, 1910's

Another mine train set, ca. 1930

Mechanised mining excavator, ca. 1920

Mechanised mining excavator and minecart

Railway from the mine to the smelting plant, 1930's

Coal mine and railway, ca. 1960

Pif Gadget n°374 "mysterious diamond" (crystal growing kit), 1970's

Pif Gadget n°167 "mysterious crystal" (puzzle), 1970's

Road King miniature mountain mining set, 1974

16th Nov 2015 16:49 UTCcascaillou

Some modern toys now...

Hand-carved coal miner puppet:

Mineralogy kit:

"Space age" crystal growing kit

Volcano kit:

Lava lamp volcano:

Infinity mirror mine:

Gemstone 3D puzzle:

Paleontoloy kit (extract a glow-in-the-dark dinosaur skeleton from matrix):

"Dino Xcavator" board game (grab bones without setting off the 'roar' alarm):

Earthquake set:

Rock monster with illuminated amethyst tits:

It's from the 'Skylanders Prism Break' serie.

Another terrifying rock monster:

It's from the 'Rocks & bugs & things' serie (which features 4 more rock monsters).

Some nice whooly mining set:

The cuttest cuddly trilobite ever

There are also cuddly belemnites and ammonites around:

Lego ammonite:

Very modern Lego mining set:

...versus a more traditional vision of mining:

Playmobil mine set:

Micro Machines mine set:

Funny one (read descriptions for a good laugh):

Mining vehicles toy models (Caterpillar, Komatsu, Atlas Copco, Sandvik...):

Scale model mine set:

And here's a video of some impressive scale-modelling (underground mine):

"gold mine" board game:

At last, here's an idea to entertain kids at mineral shows: why not build a large watertight sandbox (using a thick plastic tarp), add a good layer of sand&gravels with tiny pyrite grains mixed in, fill with water, and provide the kids with large plastic plates (with conical rim). Just don't make water level too high so younger kids can't drown (adult watch required).

16th Nov 2015 16:52 UTCcascaillou

And for highly-connected today kids: video games!

Saurian, a dinosaur simulator:

Gold Rush, a gold mining simulator:

For industrial scale mining, here is Underground Mining Simulator:

There's also a Surface Mining Simulator version of this game.

Cybermine, a professional mining simulator:

Let's go for a Komatsu ride in cockpit view:

While it's nowhere near as realistic as the previous games, let's still mention Minecraft (which is a sandbox construction game which involves mining for ressources, such as ore and stone, before building anything):

This very popular game even has its own dedicated mindat article:

16th Nov 2015 17:15 UTCcascaillou

And if you don't yet have a gift for your better half...

Rock soap:

Tourmaline tumbler glasses:

Edible geodes (chocolate and crystal sugar):

Pebble pillows:

Agate rugs (wool and silk):

A robotic vacuum cleaner known as the "Electrolux Trilobite":

Eventually, your better half will fully realize how serious your condition is :-D

16th Nov 2015 17:30 UTCRob Woodside Manager

Great!!! Thanks so much. Somebodies Xmases will be merrier.

16th Nov 2015 18:57 UTCChester S. Lemanski, Jr. Manager

What a wonderful assemblage of interesting mining-related stuff. Many are obscure for sure!

16th Nov 2015 22:27 UTCcascaillou

personal favourite: the cuddly trilobite!

16th Nov 2015 23:02 UTCJake Harper Expert

I really enjoyed this!

My favorite is the Atomic energy lab set!
I am probably one of the few living survivors of the Atomic Energy Lab. :-D

17th Nov 2015 05:53 UTCJoel Dyer

Wow, some really cool stuff in there - brought back some memories of various gadgets! For me, too, the trilobite is a favorite - where can I get one? One could cuddle up to the Trilo, and weep with him / her about broken or lost crystals on rock trips, or fantasize about great, rare micromineral finds one has just dreamt about :-)

The pebble pillows are great, too; esthetically pleasing furniture elements, which would fit in very well over here in Fennoscandia, as well as in Japan, surely.

Thansk for this thread!


17th Nov 2015 06:31 UTCcascaillou

Unfortunately I'm not sure this model is still available for sale (maybe ask

17th Nov 2015 12:59 UTCMatt Courville

Thanks for the fun post! (tu)

17th Nov 2015 16:30 UTCcascaillou

Glad you people enjoy it :-)

15th Dec 2015 21:53 UTCcascaillou

A blog dedicated to dinosaur related toys:

24th Nov 2017 11:37 UTCcascaillou

one month till christmas...

24th Nov 2017 17:18 UTCDonald B Peck Expert

WOW! What a collection. Wish I could find that toy store!

26th Nov 2017 09:05 UTCJolyon Ralph Founder

For some more fantastic mining technology, try this

26th Nov 2017 12:04 UTCJohn Montgomery Expert

Love the rock soap... great thread cascaillou

28th Nov 2017 14:39 UTCcascaillou

better choose the soaps with veined inclusions, which will still look like rocks after dissolution of the facets.

19th Nov 2019 07:07 UTCJolyon Ralph Founder

The Kyanite Squad!!!
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