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Vintage Toys & Games

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

Verbot from TOMY (1980s)

Driven by the popularity of sci-fi movies like Star Wars, the Verbot was part of a family of “home entertainment robots” released by TOMY in the mid 1980s.

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Ornithopter Mark I from Kenner (1969)

Released in 1969, the toy with the tongue-twister name combined fun with scientific principles and drew its design inspiration from Leonardo da Vinci’s 15th-century drawings of imaginary flying machines.

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USS Enterprise from Dinky Toys (1976)

Originally released in 1976, Dinky Toys’ incarnation of the Star Trek flagship space vehicle integrates a removable orange shuttlecraft and rapid-fire “phaser” defense system into a die-cast metal body.

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The Hollywood Squares TV Game from Ideal (1974)

Released in 1974 by the Ideal Toy Company, The Hollywood Squares TV Game is modeled after the game show of the same name, which originally aired on NBC from 1966-1981.

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Vincent Price’s Shrunken Head Apple Sculpture Kit from Whiting (1975)

Vincent Price, the actor with the distinctive “horror movie” voice, would have been 104 years old this week. This makes it a perfect time shine a spotlight on one of the toys he endorsed in the mid-1970s: the Vincent Price Shrunken Head Apple Sculpture Kit.

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Pac-Man Turns 35!

Pac-Man is turning 35. Here are 7 fun facts about the video game.

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Sea-Monkeys

May 16th is National Sea-Monkey Day, a perfect time to check-in on one of my favorite oceanic “instant pets.” *spoilers ahead*

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Movie Viewer from Kenner (1975)

Kenner’s Movie Viewer was used to feature a variety of the company’s licensed properties, including Snoopy, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, Star Wars and the movie Alien.

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Tunnels & Trolls

While it may be tempting to dismiss Tunnels & Trolls as merely a D&D knock-off, doing so would do a grave disservice to the entire product line and most certainly raise the ire of its dedicated fan base.

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Mr. Machine from Ideal (1960)

Designed by Marvin Glass & Associates and released in 1960 by Ideal Toy Company, Mr. Machine became an instant hit for the company. The toy was essentially an updated version of the popular metal robots of the 1950s, except that Mr. Machine was made primarily of plastic.

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Turn-A-Tune from Kenner (1958)

Released in 1958, Kenner Products’ Turn-A-Tune is a mashup of a vintage phonograph and a modern turntable.

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Monopoly Turns 80!

To celebrate World Monopoly Day, here are 8 fun facts about the game.

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Close ‘n Play Phonograph from Kenner (1975)

The popular Close ‘n Play Phonograph from Kenner simplified one of the most challenging aspects of operating a turntable: setting the needle on the record.

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