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.
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.
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.
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.