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A daily look back at the toys, games, and objects that captured our attention as children and continue to fascinate us today.

Colorforms Brand, LLC

An inspired idea from two New York City artists became one of the best-selling playthings of all time.

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Desktop Curling Set from Running Press

The Desktop Curling Set from Running Press provides everything needed to run your own two-player bonspiel, all from the comfort of your desk.

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Monster Magnet from Wham-O (1964)

Released by Wham-O in 1964, Monster Magnet is one of the many zany toys that were key to Wham-O’s success in the 1960s.

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Steiff Museum – Giengen an der Brenz, Germany

The Steiff Museum opened in 2005 to commemorate the company’s 125th anniversary. It features more than 2,000 Steiff toys displayed throughout 2,400 square meters, a small working factory, giant plush slide, gift shop, and bistro.

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Collector Spotlight: Andrea Katelnikoff

Andrea Katelnikoff collects Barbie dolls and related items. Here, she explains why she started collecting and what keeps her interested in the hobby.

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Marbles were first mass-produced in Akron, Ohio in 1884 by Akron Toy Company.

Fantha Tracks

The Fantha Tracks website keeps Star Wars enthusiasts up to date on the latest developments in the Star Wars canon.

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Nickelodeon Universe – Bloomington, Minnesota

Situated at the centre of Bloomington’s Mall of America, Nickelodeon Universe offers a dizzying array of rides and spectacles for adventure-seeking families and is working on becoming a Certified Autism Center (CAC).

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The Friday Five: Kelly McClain

Kelly McClain serves as consignment manager of Hake’s Auctions. Here, McClain tells Toy Tales how Hake’s came to auction the Boba Fett J-slot rocket-firing prototype and explains why the demand for pop culture collectibles has changed over time.

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Prop Shots from Marx (1976)

In 1975, Marx Toys released a squadron of six high-flying planes called Prop Shots.

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