I think LEGOs are one of the best toys ever developed.
– Adam Savage (MythBusters)
Hot Wheels released its 1968 “Custom Corvette” before General Motors released the actual car.
Known as the 2-XL Type 3 to collectors, the 1992 Tiger Electronics’ version of the educational toy originally released by Mego in 1978 offered enhanced sound quality, and a technology upgrade.
A look at the Lunch Box Museum along with 7 other things we wanted to share this week.
A 1984 ad for Trivial Pursuit. The initial release of the Genus Edition in 1981 was followed by a series of subsidiary card sets, including the Baby Boomer Edition, Young Players Edition, and the Silver Screen Edition.
In 1968, Hasbro released the Pie Face Game, a cream-pie variant of Russian roulette.
A look at Rock Lords and other failed toy lines of the ’80s along with 7 other things we wanted to share this week.
This game goes back to the 1940s when it was known as Yatzie. Enjoy this classic commercial!
Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.
– Fred “Mr.” Rogers
Pennsylvania designated the Slinky as the official State toy in 2001.
Creating your own action scenes with Letraset Action Transfers and 7 other things we wanted to share this week.
A 1979 ad for View-Master Gift Paks. Gift Paks were packaged in branded canisters and included a View-Master Viewer and seven full-color 3-D reels, 49 scenes in all.
A mashup of educational toy, creative design tool, mathematics lesson, arts & crafts project – Spirograph is all of these things and fun to boot. With a shelf-life approaching 50 years, Spirograph’s longevity can be traced to its simplicity and the fact that it taps into a child’s desire to draw and doodle.
Keep your crayons sharp and your sticky tape untangled with Mr. Dressup and 7 other things we wanted to share this week.
Released by Kenner Products in 1972, The Blythe doll is easily identified by her large head and eyes. Her enduring popularity with enthusiasts has made her a cult classic.
Play is training for the unexpected.
– Marc Bekoff
Contemporary American biologist
Mississippi designated the teddy bear as the official state toy in 2002.
A look back at the Shazam/Isis Hour and 7 other things we wanted to share this week.
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