I think it’s a sign that you ‘re getting older when your childhood toys begin to become collectors items. This came to my attention when making a recent purchase of the board game Crossfire, also known as CROSSFIYEAAH! A friend at work purchased one and I was instantly jealous which caused me to start stalking some ebay Auction. I was a little shocked to find out that a Crossfire game with most its parts will run you at least $50-$60 bucks on ebay if you’re lucky. People on Amazon want at least $99 for one and they aren’t even new.
Crossfire, as I know it, is a little bit different than the original from 1971 which was a little lack luster in appearance and didn’t feature a curved playing surface to facilitate the metal balls returning to either side. Other than that the game hasn’t changed much. I think what made the game so popular was the commercial that ran in the mid-90’s. It featured two boys, in what we can only assume is the future, flying into the smoke and fire filled Crossfire arena on large Crossfire pucks, surrounded by a crowd of cheering people. They begin their epic Crossfire battle with the looser spinning and flying off into the distance in defeat. Of course who can forget the theme song and tag line “Crossfire… you’ll get caught up in the… Crossfire”…followed by a long scream of CROSSFIYEAAH at the end of the commercial.
All of that to say I hope I don’t have many more nostalgic moments from my childhood because I don’t think I can afford it.