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Vintage Advertising

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

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!

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.

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.

Silly Putty

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