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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.



The Pokémon franchise has garnered over $100 billion in sales since its launch in 1996.

Marvin Glass Toys and Games

Marvin Glass & Associates developed memorable toys such as Mr. Machine, King Zor, Madcap Molly, Lite-Brite, and notable games including Mouse Trap, Mosquito, Big Mouth, Gnip Gnop, Simon, and Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots.

Yo-Yo Manufacturing Company

Pedro Flores founded the Yo-Yo Manufacturing Company in Santa Barbara, California in 1928. He sold his interest in the company to Donald Duncan Sr. in 1932.

First Word Search Puzzle

The first word search puzzle was created by Oklahoma businessman Norman E. Gibat and published in March 1968.

Bent Larsen

In 1988, Bent Larsen became the first chess grandmaster to be defeated by a computer in a tournament game.

Charles M. Schulz

Charles M. Schulz illustrated, wrote, and lettered every one of the 17,897 Peanuts comic strips produced.

Statista Games and Puzzles 2022

Retail sales of games and puzzles in the United States is estimated by Statista to have reached roughly 3.5 billion USD in 2022.

Teddy Bear

The first teddy bear was displayed for sale on February 15, 1903.

G.I. Joe Silent Interlude

Marvel released the G.I. Joe Silent Interlude (#21) comic in 1984. Conceived by Larry Hama, the book contained no dialogue.