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Vintage Toys & Games

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

Little Green Army Men

Long before their 1995 spy mission in Pixar’s animated hit movie Toy Story, little green army men inspired hours of make-believe war-play for children.

Careful from Ideal (1967)

Designed by Marvin Glass & Associates and released in 1967 by Ideal, Careful The Toppling Tower Game is a game that requires “steady nerves and steady hands” to win.

Tinkertoys

What do you get when you combine design based on the geometric principles of the Pythagorean theorem, distinctive mailing tube packaging, and a 100+ year track record? Tinkertoys!

Time Bomb from Milton Bradley (1964)

Designed by Marvin Glass & Associates and released in 1964 by Milton Bradley, Time Bomb draws inspiration from the children’s game of “Hot Potato” albeit sans musical accompaniment.

View-Master Viewer DLX

At this year’s New York Toy Fair, Mattel announced the Fall release of the View-Master Viewer DLX, the latest virtual reality (VR) update for the toy.

2-XL Robot from Mego (1978)

The 2-XL robot represents an early example of an electronic toy that both entertained and educated. Short for “To Excel”, the toy encouraged learning through interactivity – asking and allowing users to answer questions through the use of eight-track tapes.

Batman Command Console from Mego (1977)

It’s been more than 75 years since DC Comics first introduced Batman to the world. He was embraced by comic book fans and eventually grew to become one of DC Comics’ most celebrated (and profitable) superheroes.

Frustration Ball from Remco (1969)

With advertising that touted its “three-dimensional madness” and innate ability to “drive you up the wall”, Remco’s Frustration Ball is an excellent example of truth in advertising.

Atari Video Computer System (1977)

Released in September 1977, the Atari Video Computer System (VCS) was one of the earliest video game systems and is widely credited with helping lay the foundation for what would become a multi-billion-dollar industry.

Bubbl-Matic from Kenner (1965)

Bubble-based toys were some of Kenner Products’ earliest sales successes. One of its most popular offerings, the Bubble-Matic, was a plastic gun (available in red or blue) that shot bubbles with every squeeze of its trigger.