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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.


Space Invaders

The Space Invaders arcade game was created by Tomohiro Nishikado and originally published by Taito in 1978.

Hall of Fame 1998

Among the first 11 toys to be inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998 were the Erector Set, Barbie, and Etch A Sketch.


A plangonologist is a person who collects dolls.

Doom Buggies

The black carriages that carry visitors through Disney’s Haunted Mansion attraction are known as Doom Buggies.

Toys and Hobbies Forecast

Statista forecasts that the worldwide toys and hobbies market will reach US$545 billion in revenue in 2023.

Shirley Temple Doll

Ideal Toy Company debuted its Shirley Temple doll in 1934.

Beatrix Potter Collection

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London preserves the world’s largest public collection of illustrations, writings, and other materials from Beatrix Potter.


Spider-Man made his first appearance in the Amazing Fantasy #15 comic published in August 1962.

Jake, the Jailbird

The illustrated character on the ‘In Jail’ space on the Monopoly board is named ‘Jake, the Jailbird’.