Blockhead, Vintage Game, Parker Brothers

Blockhead! from Parker Brothers (1975)

Released by Milton Bradley in 1975, the Blockhead! stacking game incorporated spatial reasoning, hand-eye coordination, and steady nerves to construct a tower of colourful blocks.

Johnny Express from Topper Toys (1965)

In 1965, Topper Toys released Johnny Express, a modular line of battery-operated, remote-controlled trucks and accessories designed to simulate their full-sized counterparts.

Slime Monster Game from Mattel (1977)

In Mattel’s Slime Monster, players competed against each other to defeat a creature that invaded a town and oozed the green, viscous compound.

Talking Pictures Schoolhouse, Mattel

Talking Pictures Schoolhouse from Mattel (1972)

Released in 1972 by Mattel Preschool, Talking Pictures Schoolhouse was a sight and sound system that taught children about themselves and the world around them.

77 Sunset Strip from Lowell Toy Mfg. (1960)

The roll-and-move game was positioned as a hipper version of Clue and a reflection of the TV series’ swinging, martini-drinking, sports car-driving style.

Ding-a-Lings from Topper Toys (1971)

In 1971, Topper Toys launched Ding-a-Lings, a line of robots from an imaginary universe.

Terrytoons Mighty Mouse from Milton Bradley (1978)

Published in 1978 by Milton Bradley, the Terrytoons Mighty Mouse game pitted the anthropomorphic superhero against the evil Dr. Catenstein in a race to save his girlfriend, Mitzi.

928 Galaxy Explorer, LEGO

928 Galaxy Explorer from LEGO (1979)

Graham Hancock, toy collector and editor of Blocks magazine, examines LEGO’s 928 Galaxy Explorer set from 1979.

Wacky Races, Milton Bradley

The Wacky Races from Milton Bradley (1969)

Published by Milton Bradley in 1969, The Wacky Races game involved players traversing an illustrated countryside in flamboyant automobiles attempting to race past their opponents for the win.

JA-RU Toys, Harvey Comics

Use and Reuse: JA-RU Rack Toys for Harvey Comics

Harvey Comics collector Jonathan Sternfeld explores rack toys manufactured by JA-RU for Harvey Comics’ characters Richie Rich and Casper.

Tickle Bee from Schaper (1956)

Published by Schaper in 1956, Tickle Bee was a manual dexterity game that challenged children to move a magnetic bee around a maze using a magnetic wand.

Bert 'N Ernie Radio, Concept 2000

Bert ‘N Ernie Radio from Concept 2000 (1976)

Released in 1976 by Concept 2000, the Bert ‘N Ernie radio let kids control their soundscape with a radio shaped like two of Sesame Street’s most beloved characters.