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Vintage Toys & Games

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

Hands Down from Ideal (1964)

Released in 1964 by Ideal, Hands Down was a high-energy game that encouraged 3-4 active participants to get “slap happy.”

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Speak & Spell from Texas Instruments (1978)

Before helping E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial find his way home in 1982, the Speak & Spell from Texas Instruments (TI) made a splashy debut in June 1978 at the Summer Consumer Electronics Show in Chicago.

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Mr. Potato Head: He’s a Real Spud

Kids play with the food they don’t want to eat. George Lerner, an inventor who figured that vegetables and fruits with a little personality might have a better chance, created a set of silly face parts that could be stuck into produce. The result is a toy that would evolve to become a beloved object of play for generations.

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Probe from Parker Brothers (1964)

Originally released in 1964 by Parker Brothers, Probe is a Hangman-style word game fun for the whole family. Sets are still readily found in thrift shops and on eBay for an accessible price.

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Tru-Vue Viewers from Tru-Vue Company (1950s)

From the early 1930s through the ’60s, U.S. based Tru-Vue manufactured a series of stereoscope viewers that featured filmstrips of 14 stereo frames each.

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LEGO: 61 years of trend setting

It’s International LEGO Day and we’re celebrating the birthday of the classic LEGO brick with Graham Hancock, LEGO collector and deputy editor of Blocks magazine.

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Yakkity Yob from Eldon Industries (1961)

Yakkity Yob’s quirky design, operation, and full-colour, store-quality display packaging make this toy a highly valued fan favourite in the world of collectible robots.

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Top 10 Toy Tales Articles of 2018

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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Revisting Mego’s Christmas Hits

With iconic toy manufacturer Mego returning to toy shelves, we’re faced with the wonderful notion that for the first time in 35 years, children (and many adults) will unwrap Mego toys this Christmas. We thought it would be fun to look at just a few of Mego’s most popular Christmas items from their glory days.

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Then & Now: Polly Pocket

First launched in 1989, Polly Pocket has been rebooted by Mattel. With a new “Tiny is Mighty” tagline, the miniature playsets feature some serious upgrades.

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The Holiday 2018 Gift Edition

We recommend these ingenious, creative, and obscure items to surprise and thrill the people on your gift list!

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Operation from Milton Bradley (1965)

For over 50 years, budding physicians have been able to hone their fine motor skills by playing the game of Operation, the “wacky doctors’ game.”

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