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Vintage Advertising

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

Monopoly

A vintage ad from 1967 for Monopoly from Parker Brothers. “Mother cleans up again! But this time it’s fun…”

Rebound Game from Ideal

It’s the Watsons vs. the Klepels in this 1974 commercial for the Rebound Game from Ideal. Which family will win the $1,000,000 Rebound Championship?!?

Tinkertoys

An advertisement for Tinkertoys from Playskool. The company acquired Tinkertoy in 1985 and redesigned the toy in 1992 for its 80th anniversary. Tinkertoys were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998.

Barbie from Mattel

The first commercial for Barbie aired on the Mickey Mouse Club in 1959. The doll made its debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York on March 9, 1959.

Wheelie-Bar

If you were looking for help “popping a wheelie” on your Sting Ray bike, the Wheelie-Bar from WHAM-O was your ticket to ride (literally).

Robot Commando from Ideal

Released in 1961 by the Ideal Toy Company, Robot Commando was a 19-inch tall robot constructed of red, blue, yellow, black and white plastic.

Swing Wing from Transogram

The Swing Wing was “a hula hoop for your head” – proof positive that the 1960s were where it was at! Somebody get these kids to a neck specialist stat!

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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!