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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.

Revisting Mego’s Christmas Hits

With iconic toy manufacturer Mego returning to toy shelves, we’re faced with the wonderful notion that for the first time in 35 years, children (and many adults) will unwrap Mego toys this Christmas. We thought it would be fun to look at just a few of Mego’s most popular Christmas items from their glory days.

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Then & Now: Polly Pocket

First launched in 1989, Polly Pocket has been rebooted by Mattel. With a new “Tiny is Mighty” tagline, the miniature playsets feature some serious upgrades.

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The Holiday 2018 Gift Edition

We recommend these ingenious, creative, and obscure items to surprise and thrill the people on your gift list!

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Operation from Milton Bradley (1965)

For over 50 years, budding physicians have been able to hone their fine motor skills by playing the game of Operation, the “wacky doctors’ game.”

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Christmas and LEGO: The Winter Village

Explore LEGO’s popular Winter Village sets with Graham Hancock, LEGO collector and deputy editor of Blocks magazine.

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KerPlunk from Ideal (1967)

KerPlunk debuted in 1967. There are Despicable Me, Jurassic World, giant, and mini variations.

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Jigsaw Puzzles – 250 Years of Fun

Anne D. Williams – puzzle historian, collector, published author, and professor – writes about the history and appeal of jigsaw puzzles.

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Trouble from Kohner (1965)

Trouble is a simple “roll-and-move” board game for 2 to 4 players that features the Pop-O-Matic, a small, clear plastic dome housing a single die.

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Construct-o-Straws from Parker Brothers (1974)

Parker Brothers’ Construct-o-Straws combined multi-coloured drinking straws with red plastic connectors to create an easy-to-use construction set for children of all ages.

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Johnny Seven from Topper Toys (1964)

The 1964 Johnny Seven toy line of playsets and facsimiles of military equipment from Topper Toys was marketed exclusively to boys.

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Gnip Gnop

Gnip Gnop from Parker Brothers (1971)

Released in 1971 by Parker Brothers, Gnip Gnop isn’t one of those games you could play quietly with a friend in the wee hours of the morning while your parents were sleeping – a fact I can attest to from personal experience!

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Powermite Mini Tools from Ideal (1969)

Released in 1969, each tool was a working metal and plastic replica of the electric-powered tools kids might have seen on the workbench at home in the garage or basement.

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Tammy Tea Set from Ideal (1962)

Introduced by Ideal in 1962, the Tammy doll was the company’s competitive answer to Mattel’s Barbie. The Tammy Tea Set is one of the activity sets that Ideal marketed as part of the Tammy toy line.

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