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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.

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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$20.50 Cash Refund Booklet from Kenner (1973)

Throughout the 1970s and ’80s, Kenner routinely advertised and placed premiums inside of some of General Mills most popular cereals, like Cheerios. Usually in booklet form, these promotions offered cash refunds on all of the company’s popular toys, including the Easy-Bake Oven.

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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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Voice of the Mummy from Milton Bradley (1971)

Released by Milton Bradley in 1971, Voice of the Mummy lets players imagine they are explorers hunting for jewels inside the tomb of an ancient pharaoh.

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Grabitz from International Games (1979)

Following the success of UNO, International Games Inc. (IGI) released another family-friendly card game, Grabitz, in 1979. Inspired by Spoons, Grabitz is also a last-person-standing game for 2 – 6 players.

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Presto-Molder Sets from Kenner (1972)

In the early 1970s, Kenner released a series of Presto-Molder playsets for children to make a variety of shapes and objects from Play-Stone molding compound.

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Cottage Games: The Joy of Analog Play

Sean Jacquemain – a lifelong game enthusiast and gaming-focused writer – shares his fondness for analog play and the connections it forges.

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Toothache from Kohner Bros. (1971)

If the thought of a toothache gives you anxiety about an emergency trip to the dentist’s office, the game Toothache will give you a different perspective. Launched in the early 1970s by Kohner Bros., the mechanical puzzle put an upbeat spin on dental malady.

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Classic Arcade Preservation

Tony Temple – arcade game historian, collector, and writer – divulges the ups and downs of arcade collecting and restoring.

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