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Discover books, magazines, podcasts, and blogs that celebrate toy history, pop culture, and collecting.

Purple Pawn

The Purple Pawn website covers the world of tabletop games though articles written for new and seasoned gamers alike.

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Enter

Enter, published in the United States from October 1983 to May 1985, was a technology magazine aimed at informing school-aged children about computers and related tech.

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Watch It Played

The Watch It Played YouTube channel gives tabletop game enthusiasts overviews of setup, gameplay, and playability of new and upcoming games.

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EC Henry

The EC Henry YouTube channel takes an analytical look at two of pop cultures most recognizable science fiction franchises, Star Trek and Star Wars.

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Imagination

Imagination was a magazine featuring science fiction stories by genre luminaries Philip K. Dick, Robert Sheckley, John Wyndham, and a host of other inspired writers. 

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Fold ‘N Fly

Soar to new heights with the Fold ‘N Fly website, a database of paper plane designs for individuals of all skill levels.

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The Repacked Podcast

The Repacked Podcast features comprehensive conversations about action figures and the franchises behind these toys and collectibles.

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Zap! Ray Gun Classics

Zap! Ray Gun Classics is a sure-fire nostalgia trip for anyone who grew up in the Space-Age era of Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, and Tom Corbett.

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Vintage Computing and Gaming

The Vintage Computing & Gaming (VC&G) website explores the computer and gaming technologies that inform contemporary life and work.

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Defunctland

The Defunctland YouTube channel examines the history of extinct theme parks and themed entertainment experiences.

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SERVO Magazine

It’s all robots, all the time, in SERVO Magazine.

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Cheap Laffs: The Art of the Novelty Item

If you enjoy the harmless pranksterism of silly things like joy buzzers, whoopie cushions, fake dog poop, or snake nut cans, Cheap Laffs: The Art of the Novelty Item will be right up your alley.

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Found Footage Festival

Found Footage Festival spotlights the absurd, funny, and peculiar VHS products of decades past.

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LEGO Life Magazine

The 1964 Johnny Seven toy line of playsets and facsimiles of military equipment from Topper Toys was marketed exclusively to boys.

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Toyland: The High-Stakes Game of the Toy Industry

This book uses the two-year development process of the Dino-Riders action figure line by Tyco Toys as a springboard for discussion on history, advertising strategies, politics, and the sobering economic reality of seasonal sales cycles in the toy industry.

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The Man Who Changed How Boys and Toys Were Made

Author Bruce Watson paints an insightful portrait of toy industry legend Albert Carlton (A.C.) Gilbert, the inventor of the Erector Set and founder of the A.C. Gilbert Company.

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