Profiles of Ingenuity

Gain a deeper understanding of the characters – real and fictional – responsible for so many fond childhood memories.

George S. Parker: Game Changer

George S. Parker was one of the most prolific individual inventors in toy- and game-industry history and the force behind Parker Brothers, a pioneering toy and game manufacturer.
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Rod Serling: Altering Realities

Rod Serling’s radio and television productions are steeped in intrigue. As screenwriter, producer, host, and narrator of The Twilight Zone, Rod Serling challenged television audiences to open their minds to new realities and break free of social conventions.
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Scrabble: Squaring-off Family Game Night

Scrabble - the classic word game for two to four players - combined two concepts in a unique way. It's both jigsaw puzzle and board game - an innovation that was perhaps a barrier to success in the game's early days. Modern audiences, though, have embraced the game through its various evolving forms.
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Wham-O: Icons of Outdoor Play

Great toys have an indelible impact on the memories of children. While many manufacturers are lucky to produce just one such toy. Wham-O is one of the few to have consistently turned out hit after hit.
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Beatrice Alexander: Creating an Industry

Beatrice Alexander elevated the craft of doll making in the United States and around the world. Crowned the "First Lady of Dolls" by FAO Schwarz, her dolls are highly valued by collectors and museums alike.
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Louis Marx: Playtime Reinvented

Louis Marx was once referred to as "the Henry Ford of the toy industry". He was a toy tycoon from the 1920s into the 1970s whose toys elevated playtime and inspired creativity in children around the world.
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The Holiday Edition

Toy Tales regularly uncovers fantastic items that are perfect for gift-giving and 2017 was a stellar year for creations that captured our attention. To help our readers bypass the mediocre finds to discover the gifts that will make a lasting impression this holiday season, here are the ingenious, creative, memorable, and fun items we've unearthed this year.
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Clowns of Pop Culture

For centuries clowns have entertained and amused us while reaching into our deepest insecurities. As Halloween approaches, Toy Tales celebrates some of pop culture’s most recognizable clowns.
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Worldwide Day of Play

Worldwide Day of Play is an annual event created by Nickelodeon to encourage people to turn off the television, step away from their connected devices, and get outside to play.
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National Teddy Bear Day

In recognition of National Teddy Bear Day on September 9, we’re paying homage to four beloved bears that ignite curiosity, teach children valuable life-lessons, and provide comfort in times of insecurity.
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Disney Parks

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts announced in July the creation of Star Wars-themed lands in their Anaheim, CA and Orlando, Florida parks. As leaders in the theme park industry, Disney sets the standard. Let's take a look at past milestones of their historic parks in the USA.
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Pop Culture Dads

In honour of Father’s Day 2017 on June 18, let’s reflect on how dads are portrayed in pop culture and how they keep pace with society.
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International Tabletop Day

April 29 marks the 2017 edition of International Tabletop Day. In recognition of the day, let’s take a look back at some of the games that changed the way we think about the pastime and set the tone for modern-day play.
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Curious George: 75 Years of Boundless Curiosity

As Curious George celebrates 75 years of mischievousness, let’s take a slightly cheeky look back at the seven “Original Adventures” written by creators Hans Augusto Rey and Margret Rey that made this little monkey a household name.
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