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A daily look back at the toys, games, and objects that captured our attention as children and continue to fascinate us today.

Can-Doo from Aurora (1970)

Released in 1970 from Aurora, the Can-Doo game challenged two or more players to test their moxie by sliding Campbell’s Soup cans out of a stacked pyramid display.

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The Hobbit Café – Houston, Texas

For almost 50 years, the Hobbit Café has been serving up a slice of Middle Earth to diners in Texas’s largest city.

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Midgetoy (1946-1982)

In 1943, brothers Alvin and Earl Herdklotz established the A & E Tool and Gage Co. in Rockford, Illinois as a defense-based precision tool-and-die business. After World War II, focus shifted primarily to toy making. Operating under the name Midgetoy, the company began to produce basic, smaller-scale die-cast vehicles and airplanes at low price points.

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Jigsaw Puzzles

Jigsaw puzzles were invented by British cartographer John Spilsbury in 1766.

Punch King from Firebox

Fans of classic boxing arcade games can enjoy the pastime in their own home thanks to Punch King from Firebox.

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TheDominoKing YouTube channel features one artist’s quest to replicate some of the most recognizable characters from the world of video games using only dominoes.

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Quiz Wiz from Coleco (1979)

Released in 1979 by Coleco, Quiz Wiz was a computerized question-and-answer game that challenged players to answer 1,001 questions from a variety of categories.

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Mile High Comics Mega Store – Denver, Colorado

Located in Denver, Colorado, Mile High Comics’ Jason Street Mega Store offers patrons access to more than 5 million comic books available in a whopping 45,000 square feet space.

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The Friday Five: Matt Proulx

Matt Proulx oversees location-based entertainment at Hasbro. Here, Proulx shares Hasbro’s plans for a theme park at West Edmonton Mall in Alberta, Canada, as announced in December 2019.

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Poochie from Mattel (1983)

Released in 1983 by Mattel, Poochie was a plush stuffed animal with sassitude.

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Comics with Problems

Since 2005, Austin, Texas-based archivist, sound artist, and cartoonist Ethan Persoff has shared old, out-of-print, and decidedly off-the-wall educational comics on his website, Comics with Problems.

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Tigeroo from Ideal (1965)

Released in 1965 by Ideal, Tigeroo was a roaring tiger made to attach to a child’s bike or trike.

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Novelty Automation – London, England

Part fun-house, part arcade, Novelty Automation offers a cheeky look at life and play through a collection of “satirical home-made machines”.

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