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Vintage Toys & Games

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

Battleship from Milton Bradley (1967)

Milton Bradley’s Battleship game pits two players against each other in an effort to decimate the opponent’s navy fleet before losing their own.

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Instant Replay Record Player from Mattel (1971)

In 1971, Mattel released Instant Replay Record Player, offering sports fans a new way to re-live the “agony and ecstasy” of famous play-by-play moments in sports.

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Banjo-Matic from Kenner (1962)

In 1962, Kenner released a toy musical instrument called the Banjo-Matic that allowed a child to “play real banjo music.”

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Ants in the Pants from Schaper (1969)

Released by Schaper in 1969, Ants in the Pants is a classic game that still endures with the preschool set, thanks to its simplicity and the fact that a parent can legitimately be beaten at the game by a three-year-old.

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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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