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Vintage Advertising

Remember the toys and games of years past through vintage advertising – for better and for worse!

Join the Dinky Starfleet

Join the Dinky Starfleet!

In 1976, Dinky Toys produced the first die-cast metal version of the USS Enterprise. This model fired plastic discs and included a plastic shuttle craft.

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Star Wars Death Star Space Station by Kenner

Released in 1978, the Death Star Space Station from Kenner is 20 inches tall and features four floors of action-packed fun, including a laser canon, retractable bridge, detention block, and trash compactor.

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Hot Wheels Grand Prix

“Set up your Hot Wheels Grand Prix today. Then throw out the the challenge. See if Dad can stand the pace.”

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqqYTIZ5iuo

View-Master by GAF

A 1971 commercial for the View-Master by GAF with Henry Fonda and a young Jodie Foster.

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Atari Video Computer System

“We’re Atari. And if someone in your family hasn’t asked for us yet, get ready. They’re going to.”

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Mystery Date by Milton Bradley

When you open the door will your mystery date be a dream or a dud? Dig that catchy jingle!

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The Imposters

“Suddenly a mild mannered street machine changes into nearly a foot of road gobbling racing machine.” They were kind of like Transformers… before Transformers!

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Barbie Dream House by Mattel

A 1960 television commercial for the Barbie Dream House from Mattel. It’s retro-chic!

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Green Machine by Marx

A 1978 television commercial for Louis Marx and Company’s Green Machine. What a ride!

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http://youtu.be/4RVB2mZP3nI

Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots

This two-player action toy featuring dueling robot boxers proved to be a hit for the Marx Toy Company when it was released to the North American market in 1966.

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Mouse Trap Game

An early television commercial for Ideal Toy Company’s Mouse Trap Game. Inspired by the work of cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg, the game was originally released in 1963. Hasbro is still selling it today.

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Silly Putty

A vintage comic book ad for Silly Putty – “The Wonder Toy of the Twentieth Century.”

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Easy Bake, Easy Bake, Fast As You Can!

Easy-Bake birthday week continues with this #TBT post of a 1963 television commercial for the toy oven from Kenner Products.

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