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Gigantic Frankenstein

The Gigantic Frankenstein All Plastic Assembly Kit was a model kit produced by Aurora in the 1960s that stood a whopping 19-inches tall.

KerPlunk

“KerPlunk is the game where you take your pick and pull a stick. If all the marbles fall, you lose it all! You’re only sunk if they go… KerPlunk!”

Rubber Duckie FacTOYd

In 1970, “Rubber Duckie” by Sesame Street’s Ernie reached #16 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Betty Crocker (you sweet talker!)

The venerable Easy-Bake Oven was launched to the masses this week on November 4, 1963. An important time in the toy oven’s fifty-plus year history began in 1967 when General Mills acquired Kenner Products.

Omnibot 2000

The Omnibot 2000 was the “state-of-the-fun” toy robot produced by TOMY in the 1980s.

The Friday Five

The Friday Five: Richard Gottlieb

As CEO of the Global Toy Group, Richard Gottlieb has a finger on the pulse of the toy and play industries. He’s a popular industry commentator and an outspoken proponent of the importance of play in our lives. On this edition of The Friday Five, we ask Richard about trends in the industry and how he sees technology affecting how we play.

A Gamut of Games

For anyone interested in game theory, design, and play, A Gamut of Games is required reading and a worthy addition to your bookshelf.

LEGO FacTOYd

A LEGO brick from 1958 would still interlock with a LEGO brick made today.