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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.

Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots

This two-player action toy featuring dueling robot boxers proved to be a hit for the Marx Toy Company when it was released to the North American market in 1966.

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Silly String FacTOYd

Silly String was originally developed as a spray-on cast for broken bones!

Link Roundup: Ralph Baer Edition

RIP Ralph Baer, the inventor of the first video game console and 7 other things we wanted to share this week.

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Mouse Trap Game

An early television commercial for Ideal Toy Company’s Mouse Trap Game. Inspired by the work of cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg, the game was originally released in 1963. Hasbro is still selling it today.

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The name ‘LEGO’ is an abbreviation of the two Danish words “leg godt”, meaning “play well”.

Then & Now: Barbie Dream House

When you’ve had upwards of 140 job changes over 50+ years in the workforce, you surely need a posh place to live. Since her debut in 1959, the Barbie Dream House has always reflected design trends of the day – and now rivals some of the “McMansions” of today. Will there be a downsizing in her future?!?

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Silly Putty

A vintage comic book ad for Silly Putty – “The Wonder Toy of the Twentieth Century.”

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With an ancient origin and operating under a variety of different names, few games of skill can boast the staying power of jacks. Historical evidence shows that children all over the world have been playing some form of the game for over two millennia.

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Collecting it Forward with Creations for Charity

Interested in LEGO? Check out Creations for Charity, an annual fundraising event that provides new LEGO building sets to underprivileged children during the holidays.

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The Big Wheel FacTOYd

The Big Wheel was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2009.