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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.

The Friday Five: Christian Braun

The hobby of collecting grows exponentially year after year. With that growth, comes the importance of documenting collectibles as a way of preserving history. hobbyDB CEO Christian Braun talks about how his site takes on that task while also making the world of buying and selling collectibles easier for everyone.

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Mattel originally sold picture frames before making their mark in the toy industry.

Laser Chess from ThinkFun

What do you get when you combine the spatial-thinking skills of chess with Class 1 lasers? A STEM-focused toy from ThinkFun called Laser Chess, the Beam Deflecting Strategy Game.

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Purple Pawn

The Purple Pawn website covers the world of tabletop games though articles written for new and seasoned gamers alike.

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Yakkity Yob from Eldon Industries (1961)

Yakkity Yob’s quirky design, operation, and full-colour, store-quality display packaging make this toy a highly valued fan favourite in the world of collectible robots.

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Vintage Radio and Communications Museum – Windsor, CT

Located in Windsor, Connecticut, the Vintage Radio and Communications Museum is dedicated to sharing and preserving this history of electronic communications and how it has dramatically impacted our lives.

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Collector Spotlight: Peter Trott

Peter Trott was fascinated by Doctor Who the first time he watched Tom Baker, the fourth Doctor, on the BBC science fiction series. Peter talks about his adventures in collecting and gives insight into what Tom Baker is like in person.

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Enter, published in the United States from October 1983 to May 1985, was a technology magazine aimed at informing school-aged children about computers and related tech.

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OZ Museum – Wamego, Kansas

OZ Museum hosts a collection of over 2,000 artifacts from the stage, screen, and literary interpretations of L. Frank Baum’s classic novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

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The Friday Five: Nicole Rousmaniere

Manga takes centre stage at an upcoming British Museum exhibit titled The Citi exhibition Manga マンガ.  Nicole Rousmaniere, IFAC Handa Curator of Japanese Arts at the British Museum, explains the history of manga and its impact on modern-day culture.

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