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Silly Putty

Silly Putty was invented by accident, the result of a failed experiment undertaken during World War II to develop a synthetic alternative to rubber.

Atari Centipede Board Game from IDW Games

Fans of the classic Atari Centipede game will get a kick out of IDW Games’ officially licensed analog version. The Atari Centipede Board Game pits two to four players against each other in a race to eliminate their opponent.

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Top 10 Toy Tales Articles of 2018

A year-end top 10 list of the most popular articles on Toy Tales based on readership statistics and engagement through various social media channels.

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Joshua Lionel Cowen: Fast Track to Success

Cowen applied his talent for engineering and innate curiosity to create model trains that captured the attention of rail enthusiasts for generations.

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Golferino from Hubley (1962)

Released in 1962 by Hubley, Golferino was a 9-hole tabletop miniature golf course molded in high-impact plastic.

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Bob Ross: Happy Little Accidents Game from Big G Creative

Big G Creative’s Happy Little Accidents is a “positive party game” inspired by the chill and wisdom of Bob Ross, the legendary painter and host of the PBS television program The Joy of Painting.

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Collector Spotlight: Nick Prueher

Nick Prueher’s fondness for obscure VHS videotapes led him to co-found VCR Party Live! and the Found Footage Festival with his childhood friend and fellow videotape collector Joe Pickett. Nick talks about his collection and reveals the story behind one of their most treasured acquisitions.

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LEGO Trains Book from No Starch Press

In LEGO Trains Book from No Starch Press, author and hobbyist Holger Matthes provides an in-depth look at brick model-railroading.

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Operation

The game Operation was invented in 1962 by John Spinello, while he was an industrial design student at the University of Illinois.