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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.


A group of friends joined forces to create a toy company and ended up entertaining generations of children and families.

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Hula Hoop

Indonesia initially banned the Hula Hoop upon its release in 1958 because the government feared it caused sexual feelings and behaviour.

PRIMO Classic from Ambosstoys

The PRIMO Classic from Ambosstoys is a kid-powered mini-scooter styled after iconic Vespa models of the 1960s.

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Big Max and his Electronic Conveyor (1957)

Released by Remco in 1957, Big Max and his Electronic Conveyor introduced children to the concept of automated conveyor belt systems.

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The Nostalgia Box – Perth, Australia

The Nostalgia Box in Perth, Australia is the place to go to marvel at the evolution of video games and game consoles.

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The Friday Five: Nathan Vernon Madison

Once considered a lowbrow form of entertainment, pulp magazines went on to influence major contemporary filmmakers. The Pulp Magazine Project’s editorial board member, Nathan Vernon Madison, talked to Toy Tales about the genre’s journey from guilty pleasure to respected art form.

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The Karate Kid from Remco (1986)

Remco’s The Karate Kid toy line was the official, licensed toy line for the movie franchise of the same name.

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LEGO Stationery Collection from Chronicle Books

Chronicle Books has teamed up with the LEGO Group for a new stationery collection. AFOLs can add plastic construction toys into their mix of office supplies, including note sheets, a journal, and an eraser set.

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Intelligent Collector

Intelligent Collector magazine is an award-winning print publication for antique collectors and dealers from esteemed auction house, Heritage Auctions.

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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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