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A daily look back at the toys, games, and objects that captured our attention as children and continue to fascinate us today.

Vintage Toys & Games

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

2-XL Talking Robot from Mego (1978)

Known as the 2-XL Type 3 to collectors, the 1992 Tiger Electronics’ version of the educational toy originally released by Mego in 1978 offered enhanced sound quality, and a technology upgrade.

Spirograph from Kenner (1965)

A mashup of educational toy, creative design tool, mathematics lesson, arts & crafts project – Spirograph is all of these things and fun to boot. With a shelf-life approaching 50 years, Spirograph’s longevity can be traced to its simplicity and the fact that it taps into a child’s desire to draw and doodle.

The National Toy Hall of Fame

The road to induction in the Toy Hall of Fame isn’t an easy one. Every year, nominations are solicited from the general public via web or general mail. The annual call for 2015 is currently underway and runs through Friday, July 31st.

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.

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.

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.


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

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.

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.

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.