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Happy Holidays from Toy Tales!

May your holiday season be all wrapped up with cheer and filled with celebration for the new year.

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The Friday Five: Nick Collins

Nick Collins’ Blockbuster-inspired basement video store and personal VHS collection has turned into a full-time pursuit. Here, he shares the origin of his unlikely hobby.

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Bild Lilli

Barbie creator Ruth Handler fashioned the Barbie doll after the German Bild Lilli doll released in 1955.

Vintage Arcade Superstore

Vintage Arcade Superstore is a California-based reseller and refurbisher of vintage arcade games that also serves as an educational resource for those interested in the history of video games.

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Trick Squirt Water Pistol from Kenner (1955)

Toy water guns have been a summer fun rite of passage for generations of children and in the 1950s, Kenner decided to get in on the action with the Trick Squirt water pistol.

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Collector Spotlight: Jim Garbaczewski

Jim Garbaczewski collects Hot Wheels vehicles. Here, he shares his start as a collector and explains why a collection isn’t likely to make money.

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Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine Figurine from Enesco

Folk Artist Jim Shore has put his personal spin on the Mystery Machine, the transportation of choice for Scooby-Doo and the rest of the Mystery Inc. gang.

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The Wing Thing from Gilbert Toys (1963)

In 1963, Gilbert released The Wing Thing, an “all-weather flying vehicle” that stood a whopping 36-inches long by 48-inches wide.

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Argos Book of Dreams

To celebrate the release of the 2019 Book of Dreams, Argos has assembled a digital repository of vintage catalogues from the past 46 years of the book’s print run.

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