Released in 1973, the Blue Streak Freight Train set from Lionel is one example of why Lionel Trains were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2006. These comprehensive train sets remain popular with collectors and train enthusiasts to this day.
As iconic toy company Mego returns, we reflect on the impact it had on a generation.
In 1971, Argo Industries launched a line of Junior Chef “See-It” toys that included the See-It-Bake Oven.
Released in 2002 by Hasbro, the Queasy Bake Mixerator was a blender designed to complement the Queasy Bake Cookerator.
For a large part of the 20th century, Transogram Toys and Games produced an array of toys, games, outdoor sports sets, and kid-sized furniture. This dealer catalog from 1961 illustrates the company’s diverse product offerings.
First introduced by Ideal in 1971, Rebound is a table-top shuffleboard for 2 to 4 players, ages 10 and up.
“Think quick, act fast, text your reflexes,” that’s the modus operandi of the Reflex game from Lakeside.
Collecting toys can be a wild ride, with various factors unpredictably affecting a toy’s value. But LEGO products are historically reliable, climbing in value year after year, thanks in part to the company’s practice of retiring sets after about two years. Check out these five LEGO sets that stand out as collectors’ Holy Grails.
Standing a whopping 19” tall, Robot Commando represents one of Ideal Toy Company’s most memorable playthings for children.
Despite its name, The Doodler from Kenner has nothing to do with the popular pastime of scribbling absentmindedly on a piece of paper.
Released in 1963 by Ideal, and designed by Marvin Glass & Associates, Mouse Trap was one of the first mass-produced, three-dimensional board games.
Designed by Marvin Glass & Associates and released by Schaper in 1970, the Moon Blast Off game is set on the moon’s surface, and players race to return their astronauts to Earth.
It’s pinball-inspired target practice with The Junk Yard Game from Ideal.
Released in 1979 by Milton Bradley, Big Trak was a computerized, battery-operated, futuristic-looking tank.
Released in 1959 by Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based Hubley the Tic-Toy Clock was lauded by Science & Mechanics magazine with a Merit Award as one of the best toys of 1959.
The Toy Manufacturers of the U.S.A. was founded in 1916, resulting from a meeting of more than 45 American toy makers in New York City.
In an attempt to capitalize on the popularity of the show, Emergency! Milton Bradley released The Emergency! Game in 1973.
For budding cinephiles in the 1960s & ’70s, Kenner rolled out a whole host of toys for watching movies and cartoons of popular characters of the day. One of the more short-lived and quirky toy lines was the Cassette Movie Projector.