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The Friday Five: Ed Catto

A superhero universe that combines space operas, westerns, and spy adventures? Yep! Captain Action was one of the first toy superheroes on the scene in the 1960s. Thanks to CA Enterprises, the characters are being brought to life once again. I spoke with Ed Catto of CA Enterprises to find out the history behind this sometimes overlooked superhero and what makes Captain Action relevant today.

The Real Toy Story

Part history primer, part exposé, The Real Toy Story is a literary roller-coaster ride. Author Eric Clark offers up a robust, hard-hitting look at the toy industry circa 2007.

Dice FacTOYd

The circular dots on a die are called “pips.”

The Friday Five: Dr. Steven Cyr

Dr. Steven Cyr has developed OsteoCorps, a superhero universe designed to help alleviate the anxiety experienced by his young patients. Through OsteoCorps, children are put at ease, taught about their illness, and their own body’s ability to heal. I wanted to find out from Dr. Cyr how all this began and his plans for the future.

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.