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

The Real Toy Story

Part history primer, part exposé, The Real Toy Story is a literary roller-coaster ride. Author Eric Clark offers up a robust, hard-hitting look at the toy industry circa 2007.

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A Gamut of Games

For anyone interested in game theory, design, and play, A Gamut of Games is required reading and a worthy addition to your bookshelf.

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Totally Tubular ’80s Toys

Published in 2010, Totally Tubular ’80s Toys highlights a decade of the toy industry that was characterized by synergistic tie-ins to companion movie franchises, television shows, and books.

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A Toy is Born

First published in 1974, A Toy is Born is still an enjoyable read for anyone interested in a look back at the origins of some classic toys and games and the national issues of advertising and toy safety that faced the industry at the time.

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Cereal: Snap, Crackle, Pop Culture

Cereal: Snap, Crackle, Pop Culture from author Ed Daly is a humorous look at an industry that, despite recent downturns in sales and on-going health questions, remains a multi-billion dollar business in North America.

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WHAM-O Super-Book

The WHAM-O Super Book – Celebrating 60 Years Inside the Fun by Tim Walsh deftly chronicles the first 60-years of the California toy company’s existence.

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The Road to Happy Days

The Road to Happy Days by Stephanie Sadagursky is one of my favorite types of books to read: historical non-fiction that is colorfully written and filled with fascinating and insightful anecdotes. Throughout the book’s 188 pages, Sadagursky vividly recounts her and her husband Paul’s 30-year journey into the world of buying and selling antique and collectible toys.

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