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The Friday Five: Adam Borton

Adam Borton uses his experience in the toy and game industry to teach other designers how to hone their craft through his Toy and Game School program. In this edition of The Friday Five, Borton explains how he got his start in the industry and shares some common misconceptions about the business.

Toy Industry Hall of Fame

The Toy Industry Hall of Fame was established in 1984 to recognize the individuals and businesses that have made a significant contribution to the toy industry.

Bits N’ Bricks

The Bits N’ Bricks podcast is a LEGO Group production sharing the history of and stories behind LEGO Games.

Frenzy from Marx (1974)

Released in 1974 by Marx, Frenzy has all the attributes worthy of its name. Patience, a steady hand, and fast reflexes are paramount to success.

Playmobil

This German company pivoted from making casket accessories to producing plastic playthings and became one of the country’s most successful toy companies along the way.

Where’s the Fun From? – Who Invented Play-Doh?

In this installment from his YouTube series, Where’s the Fun From?, Guest Contributor Tim Walsh tells the origin story of one of the most beloved toy products ever created, Play-Doh, which was first manufactured as wallpaper cleaner.

Astrolite from Hasbro (1969)

In 1969, Hasbro released Astrolite, a psychedelic building set that combined the creativity of building-toys like LEGO with the eye appeal of Lite Brite.