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Vintage Toys & Games

Explore classic toys and games that captured our attention and never let go.

Tutor Typer from TOMY (1977)

In 1977, TOMY released the Tutor Typer, an educational toy designed to help children, ages 3 to 8, learn to spell, count, and use a keyboard. 

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Big Max and his Electronic Conveyor (1957)

Released by Remco in 1957, Big Max and his Electronic Conveyor introduced children to the concept of automated conveyor belt systems.

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Can-Doo from Aurora (1970)

Released in 1970 from Aurora, the Can-Doo game challenged two or more players to test their moxie by sliding Campbell’s Soup cans out of a stacked pyramid display.

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Quiz Wiz from Coleco (1979)

Released in 1979 by Coleco, Quiz Wiz was a computerized question-and-answer game that challenged players to answer 1,001 questions from a variety of categories.

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Tigeroo from Ideal (1965)

Released in 1965 by Ideal, Tigeroo was a roaring tiger made to attach to a child’s bike or trike.

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Barney’s Auto Factory from Remco (1964)

Released in 1964 from Remco, Barney’s Auto Factory was a follow-up to the company’s other successful car-themed playsets, such as the Movieland Drive-In Theater.

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Top 10 Toy Tales Articles of 2019

A year-end top 10 list of the most popular articles on Toy Tales based on readership statistics and engagement through various social media channels.

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Contack from Parker Brothers (1939)

Contack from Parker Brothers challenges two to seven players to use strategy and math skills to create winning combinations of colours and numbers.

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Trick Squirt Water Pistol from Kenner (1955)

Toy water guns have been a summer fun rite of passage for generations of children and in the 1950s, Kenner decided to get in on the action with the Trick Squirt water pistol.

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Poke-A-Bone from Wham-O (1971)

In the legacy of wacky products that Wham-O released in the 1960s and 1970s, Poke-a-Bone is surely top of the list.

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2019 Holiday Gift List

Some items featured on Toy Tales stick in our minds, many of them would be fantastic gifts. This is our 2019 holiday gift guide, chock full of objects that are sure to delight and inspire conversation about the ingenious nature of the gift and the gift-giver!

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Tru-Action Electric Sports Car Race from Tudor (1940s)

Before the proliferation of handheld electronics and computer-based video games, there were the Tru-Action sports simulation tabletop games – powered by a rudimentary engineering concept: vibration.

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Payday from Parker Brothers (1975)

Payday from Parker Brothers challenges players to make it through a month of bills, financial pitfalls, and monetary gains to be the player with the most cash at the end of the month.

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Monster Magnet from Wham-O (1964)

Released by Wham-O in 1964, Monster Magnet is one of the many zany toys that were key to Wham-O’s success in the 1960s.

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Orbiting Spaceway from Kenner (1970)

Junior astronauts could control a fleet of spaceships with the Orbiting Spaceway, released in 1970 by Kenner.

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