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Vintage Toys & Games

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

Poke-A-Bone from Wham-O (1971)

In the legacy of wacky products that Wham-O released in the 1960s and 1970s, Poke-a-Bone is surely top of the list.

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2019 Holiday Gift List

Some items featured on Toy Tales stick in our minds, many of them would be fantastic gifts. This is our 2019 holiday gift guide, chock full of objects that are sure to delight and inspire conversation about the ingenious nature of the gift and the gift-giver!

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Tru-Action Electric Sports Car Race from Tudor (1940s)

Before the proliferation of handheld electronics and computer-based video games, there were the Tru-Action sports simulation tabletop games – powered by a rudimentary engineering concept: vibration.

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Payday from Parker Brothers (1975)

Payday from Parker Brothers challenges players to make it through a month of bills, financial pitfalls, and monetary gains to be the player with the most cash at the end of the month.

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Monster Magnet from Wham-O (1964)

Released by Wham-O in 1964, Monster Magnet is one of the many zany toys that were key to Wham-O’s success in the 1960s.

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Orbiting Spaceway from Kenner (1970)

Junior astronauts could control a fleet of spaceships with the Orbiting Spaceway, released in 1970 by Kenner.

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Bash! from Milton Bradley (1965)

Bash! is a Milton Bradley game for one or more players that puts a hammer in children’s hands.

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Kryptonite Rocks from Fan Club Corporation of America (1977)

In 1978, Fan Club Corporation of America (FCCA) began selling glow-in-the-dark Kryptonite Rocks. The idea was to cash in on the waning Pet Rock fad as well as tie into the forthcoming release of Superman: The Movie.

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Finger of Fate from Colorforms (1971)

Released by Colorforms in 1971, the Finger of Fate was a fortune-telling “crystal ball,” a mashup of Magic 8-Ball and a Ouija board.

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The Magnajector from Rainbow Crafts (1959)

Released in the late 1950s, the Magnajector from Rainbow Crafts (1959) was a kid-friendly opaque projector, and the company’s first foray outside of its iconic Play-Doh modeling compound.

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LEGO Pirates: 30 Years of High Adventure

Thirty years ago this year, the LEGO Group sailed into uncharted waters with all-new product line captivated children around the world: LEGO Pirates.

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Happiness from Milton Bradley (1972)

Released in 1972 by Milton Bradley, the Happiness Game is a throwback to the days of flower power and hippie love culture.

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Poppin Hoppies from Ideal Toy Company (1968)

Released by Ideal Toy Company in 1968, Poppin Hoppies is a heart-pounding, quick-action family game for two to four players ages five and older.

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