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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.

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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