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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 game Operation was invented in 1962 by John Spinello, while he was an industrial design student at the University of Illinois. 

Watch It Played

The Watch It Played YouTube channel gives tabletop game enthusiasts overviews of setup, gameplay, and playability of new and upcoming games.

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Revisting Mego’s Christmas Hits

With iconic toy manufacturer Mego returning to toy shelves, we’re faced with the wonderful notion that for the first time in 35 years, children (and many adults) will unwrap Mego toys this Christmas. We thought it would be fun to look at just a few of Mego’s most popular Christmas items from their glory days.

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The Friday Five: Ethan Klein

Just 15 years old, Ethan Klein has already co-created an award-winning STEM-based learning toy for children. Klein talks about his own STEM experience and explains why winning a 2018 TAGIE award is so important.

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Darth Vader Tie Fighter from Kenner (1979)

Released in 1979 from Kenner, the Darth Vader TIE Fighter was a modified version of the company’s original TIE Fighter vehicle replica from the movie Star Wars.

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EC Henry

The EC Henry YouTube channel takes an analytical look at two of pop cultures most recognizable science fiction franchises, Star Trek and Star Wars.

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Then & Now: Polly Pocket

First launched in 1989, Polly Pocket has been rebooted by Mattel. With a new “Tiny is Mighty” tagline, the miniature playsets feature some serious upgrades.

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The Holiday 2018 Gift Edition

We recommend these ingenious, creative, and obscure items to surprise and thrill the people on your gift list!

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Walt Disney

Walt Disney’s first animation studio was called Laugh-O-Gram.