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Construct-o-Straws from Parker Brothers (1974)

Parker Brothers’ Construct-o-Straws combined multi-coloured drinking straws with red plastic connectors to create an easy-to-use construction set for children of all ages.

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Castle Halloween Museum – Altoona, Pennsylvania

Castle Halloween Museum offers the public a chance to view the private Halloween collection of author and Halloween Queen™, Pamela E. Apkarian-Russell. Apkarian-Russell’s 35,000-piece collection has been amassed over decades of careful curation. Visitors to the Museum are treated to a display of Halloween-related folk art, sculptures, books, toys, dolls, games, and novelty items from… Read more »

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The Friday Five: Meghan Melvin

Winnie-the-Pooh’s world comes to life at a new exhibit hosted by the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Curator Meghan Melvin shares her thoughts about why Pooh’s world remains universally popular.

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Hop ‘n Stomp from Kenner (1969)

The Hop ‘n Stomp offered kids an “indoor game with outdoor action.” After all, we could all use a little “hopping, stomping, romping fun” from time to time!

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Slinky

The initial run of 400 Slinky toys sold out in 90 minutes when they were showcased at Gimbel Brothers department store in 1945.

Play-Doh Poop Troop Set

The Play-Doh Poop Troop set from Hasbro is a poo-a-palooza!

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LEGO Life Magazine

The 1964 Johnny Seven toy line of playsets and facsimiles of military equipment from Topper Toys was marketed exclusively to boys.

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Johnny Seven from Topper Toys (1964)

The 1964 Johnny Seven toy line of playsets and facsimiles of military equipment from Topper Toys was marketed exclusively to boys.

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Collector Spotlight: Jim Blaine

Jim Blaine is a Pez collector. We asked him about his collection and why Pez is more than a simple plastic toy.

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Sony PlayStation Classic

Sony’s new PlayStation Classic is the newest retro console on the market, in a form factor 45% smaller than the 1994 version.

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Toyland: The High-Stakes Game of the Toy Industry

This book uses the two-year development process of the Dino-Riders action figure line by Tyco Toys as a springboard for discussion on history, advertising strategies, politics, and the sobering economic reality of seasonal sales cycles in the toy industry.

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Gnip Gnop

Gnip Gnop from Parker Brothers (1971)

Released in 1971 by Parker Brothers, Gnip Gnop isn’t one of those games you could play quietly with a friend in the wee hours of the morning while your parents were sleeping – a fact I can attest to from personal experience!

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