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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.

Collector Spotlight: Andrea Katelnikoff

Andrea Katelnikoff collects Barbie dolls and related items. Here, she explains why she started collecting and what keeps her interested in the hobby.

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Marbles were first mass-produced in Akron, Ohio in 1884 by Akron Toy Company.

Fantha Tracks

The Fantha Tracks website keeps Star Wars enthusiasts up to date on the latest developments in the Star Wars canon.

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Nickelodeon Universe – Bloomington, Minnesota

Situated at the centre of Bloomington’s Mall of America, Nickelodeon Universe offers a dizzying array of rides and spectacles for adventure-seeking families and is working on becoming a Certified Autism Center (CAC).

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The Friday Five: Kelly McClain

Kelly McClain serves as consignment manager of Hake’s Auctions. Here, McClain tells Toy Tales how Hake’s came to auction the Boba Fett J-slot rocket-firing prototype and explains why the demand for pop culture collectibles has changed over time.

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Prop Shots from Marx (1976)

In 1975, Marx Toys released a squadron of six high-flying planes called Prop Shots.

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LEGO Holiday Ideas: More than 50 Festive Builds

Up to 50 build ideas for LEGO holiday decorations, crafts, and games, are presented over the course of 80 pages in LEGO Holiday Ideas: More than 50 Festive Builds.

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Musée du Jouet – Colmar, France

Located in Colmar, France, the Musée du Jouet showcases a collection of more than 1,000 toys dating from the 19th century to today.

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Collector Spotlight: Robert Murch

Robert Murch collects talking boards. Here, the Ouija’storian and collector shares his history with the often misunderstood spiritual tool and explains his theory on what happens when people use talking boards.

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