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Taleia - May 22, 2007 - Report this comment
I had this one, same color and design, and mine came with the Huggamumps, or Heffalumps slideshow and Alvin and the Chipmunks slideshow.
Stacey - July 18, 2007 - Report this comment
I had a red one. These were cool. I remember I had a sesame street one.
Tree - July 30, 2007 - Report this comment
Yes, I too had one; what a neat toy.
Kelly - August 30, 2007 - Report this comment
I had so many of these. My Little Pony was my favorite. I don't even have a Viewmaster anymore, but I do have some Rainbow Brite reels. Hmm...
Missy - November 27, 2007 - Report this comment
Loved Viewmaster! In '80 we had Dracula(scary at the time!)and one with sharks while the Jaws hysteria was at its peak. I never see the scary ones anymore. Oh, and I had a Flipper reel from way back. Now I only see Winnie Pooh and Dora in stores.
Nighthawke - May 09, 2008 - Report this comment
I had one of the plastic models, but Grandma had one of the metal models that had came out in the 50's. It had some great vintage reels and a couple that would make the PC police boil with anger. "Little Black Sambo"?
Marky D. - June 03, 2008 - Report this comment
I had the red one with Banana Splits and even a Famous American Monuments one. If you got good lighting behind one of them the 3-D viewing was excellent! This was one of my favorite toys.
Stewie - September 06, 2008 - Report this comment
I had a couple of these when I was a kid. My favorites were the Peanuts ones and I even liked to turn the discs around and look at them backwards as well!
Kirsty - October 21, 2008 - Report this comment
I was thinking of these this morning. I remember buying a red one that came Rainbow Brite reels. Pretty sure I still have it, along with all the other reels I got for it. I remember buying The Secret of NIMH reels when I was about 12, cost $5 back then.
Jenn T - November 18, 2008 - Report this comment
I use to have a Viewm,aster But it broke.
val - November 19, 2008 - Report this comment
this toy deff kept me occuoied. I still have some from my cousin from the 70's and early 80's
Daniella - December 09, 2008 - Report this comment
There was a view master light up light stick.
Mel - December 18, 2008 - Report this comment
Dukes of Hazard viewfinder, baby. That was awesome!
Angie - February 10, 2009 - Report this comment
I have collected a few of the disks I had as a child. You have no idea how collectible these things are. People want an astonishing amount of money for these disks. Like 2 dollars for 1 disk from 1989. They are even harder to find in their original packaging.
Jeff - February 14, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember my grandmother giving me a whole box of reels and a viewmaster projector, was one of my favorite things to play with...b/c it was like being a teacher and projecting something onto the wall.
Jennifer - September 03, 2009 - Report this comment
me and my sister both had view masters.
T - November 10, 2009 - Report this comment
I had a red one with a bunch of reels. I don't remember what all I had on the reels. I think I had one from Jaws. Maybe Flipper and Benji. Some other stuff, too, but I can't remember. I used to get them at Christmas a lot.
Retronut - November 24, 2009 - Report this comment
This was one of my favourite toys. I had a red one from the 70's. It was all angles and points and not very comfortable to hold, but I still loved it. The 3D effects on the reels were amazing. I always wanted one of those projectors so I could sit in my closet and pretend I was at the movies. Alas, I never got one.
teneille ( australia) - December 10, 2009 - Report this comment
gee i must be the eighties collector i have a few things still from growning up & the red view finder is one of a few ...i have reels of barbie & the jungle book... i just brought more reels for my lil girl for christmas & thought i might pass them down...
Jazz - January 11, 2010 - Report this comment
I had the red viewmaster that a friend lent me and I never gave it back! It had a few reels, He-Man, ET, a few others. Then I got The Fox & The Hound and I can't remember what else. Maybe Lady & The Tramp. Some reels are still in the packaging. I used to love putting them in backwards too!
Cionn - January 25, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved this toy.
zenburgler31 - March 29, 2010 - Report this comment
I had a huge collection of disks and both the viewer and the projector. On Weekends, I used to set up all the spare chairs in the house in my room and pretend to run a theater. I even copied the text from the disks and read them outloud. Looking back, I think it's sad I didn't go to Hollywood to get in da moovies. LOL
Ordale - August 25, 2010 - Report this comment
I was slow...or ambitious as a kid. I'd take the discs and try to make the projector out of a flashlight. lol
Nathan - September 04, 2010 - Report this comment
I had slides of the A-Team, Knight Rider, Wizard of Oz, and He-Man. The 3D in these slides was better than 3D movies now!
Melissa - February 08, 2011 - Report this comment
I got a ViewMaster for my 4th or 5th birthday, and after my mom told me how to use it, I ran into my bedroom where there was a window with good light, held it up and looked into it, and the image of Bert and Ernie in a pumpkin patch was so startlingly realistic and 3-dimensional that it terrified me - and I promptly threw the thing across the room! Then I felt stupid, retrieved it, and never told anyone what I'd done. But after I got used to it, I loved it. It was like peering into a real world that was just out of reach.
Me - February 24, 2011 - Report this comment
I had one of the first ones to come out. I remember looking at the Star Trek one and seeing the man dressed in fur holding an axe. I believe it was Kirk who was going to be really scared me. LOL
B. - March 10, 2011 - Report this comment
I had a red one with a ton of reels. One year for Easter I got religious-themed reels-The story of Moses. (Frogs! Locusts! The Nile turning to blood in still-life 3-D! It blew my eight year old mind.) I can't even imagine where my parents found those.
Sarah - September 27, 2011 - Report this comment
I can't believe nobody talked about the Mickey and Minnie Mouse reels that came with a blue projector so you could see the reels on your bedroom wall when all the lights were out! Was that not a common upgrade to the Viewmaster?
elicia - December 08, 2011 - Report this comment
i have a bunch of veiw master reels all from 1948 to 1996 to thriller to wizard of oz, im looking for more info and maybe to help if someone is a collector on them
Nikki - January 01, 2012 - Report this comment
@elicia - how much would you sell the really old ones for? Like the wizard of Oz? Feel free to emai.l me at thanks! I have a view master and some Disney reels with Donald Duck getting bothered by Chip and Dale.
Scott - June 27, 2012 - Report this comment
"Hold out from the sixties, still around today." Wow, who writes this stuff? The View-master has been around since 1939, seriously.
Nicole - March 11, 2013 - Report this comment
Just found mine at my mom's house. Best reel: John Travolta a la 70's. Awesomeness.
Valkerie - April 06, 2014 - Report this comment
I remembered using this from Disney movie and I had a red one and with white circle disks I viewed like 12 per disc. it was awesome/.
Richie - August 02, 2014 - Report this comment
Like all my other mint condition collectible toys from that era, mom eventually threw my viewfinder and all the disks in the trash without asking me during her spring cleaning. I wanted to keep my toys just for sentimental reasons then, but much later I hounded her about how much money they'd be worth now!
christitotally80's - December 23, 2014 - Report this comment
i remember this i had one the ones i really remember viewing i had were cinderella snow white and beetlejuice the cartoon
Rob Lambert - June 24, 2017 - Report this comment
Scott from 2012 was right about 1939. The original maker of View Master was Sawyers, and GAF bought them out in 1968. Most of the early product was single reels, selling for about a quarter. Three-reel packs first came out around 1957. About the last Sawyer release was the "Lost In Space" 3-reeler from 1967, and based on an actual episode. View Master viewers ranged from cheap, battery-powered ones to full electric projectors. Talking View Master reel sets first came out in 1971. Movie and TV star Henry Fonda was a paid spokesman in the early 1970s.

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