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Vintage Toys & Games

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

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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Then & Now: LEGO, Tinker Toys & Lincoln Logs

Growing up, we had a large playroom in our basement. The benefits were two-fold. From my parents perspective, it prevented “toy sprawl.” But to me, it was the perfect place to unleash my inner engineer using construction toys like Tinkertoy, Lincoln Logs and Legos.

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View-Master

Keeping it Reel with the View-Master

Recently at the 2015 New York Toy Fair, Mattel announced that it’s teaming up with Google to reboot the View-Master, the iconic 3D stereoscopic picture viewer that has fostered exploration, entertainment and discovery for 75+ years.

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Movieland Drive-In Theater from Remco (1959)

I have fond childhood memories of enjoying drive-in movies in the back of the family station wagon – thus, the Movieland Drive-In Theater playset has great appeal for me. Released in 1959, it was one of the earliest toys released by New Jersey-based Remco Industries.

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Dial Typewriter from Marx (1950s)

The Dial Typewriter from Louis Marx and Company is a classic example of the type of tin lithograph toy that helped propel the company to global success in the toy industry.

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The Lowdown on CompleteSet

Dubbed “the online treasure map for collectors”, CompleteSet is an web-based application that offers a nostalgia/collectors museum, user community, and an online marketplace to help you buy that special item needed to round out your collection.

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Then & Now: Candy Land

The current incarnation of Candy Land is clearly channeling its inner Justin Timberlake and bringing sexy back — well at least enough that Granny might have blushed a little.

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Then & Now: Barbie Dream House

When you’ve had upwards of 140 job changes over 50+ years in the workforce, you surely need a posh place to live. Since her debut in 1959, the Barbie Dream House has always reflected design trends of the day – and now rivals some of the “McMansions” of today. Will there be a downsizing in her future?!?

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