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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.

Collector Spotlight

Collector Spotlight: Peter Trott

Peter Trott was fascinated by Doctor Who the first time he watched Tom Baker, the fourth Doctor, on the BBC science fiction series. Peter talks about his adventures in collecting and gives insight into what Tom Baker is like in person.

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Collector Spotlight: Nick Prueher

Nick Prueher’s fondness for obscure VHS videotapes led him to co-found VCR Party Live! and the Found Footage Festival with his childhood friend and fellow videotape collector Joe Pickett. Nick talks about his collection and reveals the story behind one of their most treasured acquisitions.

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Collector Spotlight: Ellen G. K. Rubin

Ellen G. K. Rubin (aka the Popuplady) is a pop-up book collector and historian. We talk with her about her extensive personal collection and the history of pop-up books.

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Collector Spotlight: Jim Blaine

Jim Blaine is a Pez collector. We asked him about his collection and why Pez is more than a simple plastic toy.

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Collector Spotlight: Phil Chapman

Phil Chapman collects vintage tinplate toys. In this first installment of Collector Spotlight, Phil shares his collecting philosophy and explains why human connection is the key to a strong vintage toy collection.

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