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

Where’s the Fun From? – Pet Rock Edition

In this installment from his YouTube series, Where’s the Fun From?, Guest Contributor Tim Walsh discusses how a copy writer named Gary Dahl found the perfect timing and turn of phrase to turn the Pet Rock into “the fastest-selling and most publicized novelty gift product in retailing history.”

Turtle Tracks Podcast

The Turtle Tracks Podcast spotlights the people responsible for bringing the many forms of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) content to life.

Scouting for Toys

UK-based television channel, Yesterday, is coming out with a new documentary series focused on the world of toy auctions.

Model Car Science

During a nine-year run in the 1960s and 1970s, Model Car Science blended editorial content and advertising in support of the then-popular hobby.

My Life in Gaming

The My Life in Gaming YouTube channel reflects on the history of video games by exploring the systems and games that powered the industry.

White’s Guide to Collecting Figures

In the mid-1990s, Richmond, Virginia-based Collecting Concepts Inc. published White’s Guide to Collecting Figures for collectors of action figures, sports figurines, and other character collectibles.

Pinball News

The Pinball News website is a treasure-trove of the latest information about the popular arcade game.

Hidden Role Podcast

The Hidden Role Podcast reveals the people behind toys, games, and companies that fuel playtime and game nights.

G.I. Joe Magazine

In the mid-1980s, Telepictures Publications published G.I. Joe Magazine for fans of the military action figure from Hasbro.

Retrofied

Retrofied is a quarterly print and digital magazine focusing on pop culture nostalgia from the 1980s and 1990s.

The Sid Sackson Portal

The Sid Sackson Portal is an online archive devoted to the prolific game designer, author, and collector, Sid Sackson, thanks to the Brian Sutton-Smith Library & Archives of Play at The Strong.

Solid Brix Studios

The Solid Brix Studios YouTube channel introduces new LEGO sets and showcases custom builds to a loyal legion of AFOLs.

Mental Floss Throwback

Online magazine, Mental Floss, extends its trivia-focused pop culture content to nostalgic objects with the Throwback playlist on its YouTube channel.

Meccano Magazine

From 1916-1981, Meccano Magazine offered builders and fans a printed repository of articles, tips, and new developments in toy construction kits.