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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: Kelly McClain

Kelly McClain serves as consignment manager of Hake’s Auctions. Here, McClain tells Toy Tales how Hake’s came to auction the Boba Fett J-slot rocket-firing prototype and explains why the demand for pop culture collectibles has changed over time.

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Prop Shots from Marx (1976)

In 1975, Marx Toys released a squadron of six high-flying planes called Prop Shots.

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LEGO Holiday Ideas: More than 50 Festive Builds

Up to 50 build ideas for LEGO holiday decorations, crafts, and games, are presented over the course of 80 pages in LEGO Holiday Ideas: More than 50 Festive Builds.

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Musée du Jouet – Colmar, France

Located in Colmar, France, the Musée du Jouet showcases a collection of more than 1,000 toys dating from the 19th century to today.

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Collector Spotlight: Robert Murch

Robert Murch collects talking boards. Here, the Ouija’storian and collector shares his history with the often misunderstood spiritual tool and explains his theory on what happens when people use talking boards.

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Chess Moves

The longest game of chess that is theoretically possible is of 5,949 moves

Dinosaur Fossils (21320) from LEGO

Adult fans of LEGO (AFOLs) will soon be able to add LEGO palaeontology to their list of marketable skills thanks to the release of the Dinosaur Fossils (21320) toy building kit.

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British Pathé

The British Pathé website is an archive of newsreel footage highlighting major events, cultural trends, science news, travel, and culture from an era past.

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Frazier History Museum – Louisville, Kentucky

Tucked inside the Frazier History Museum in Louisville, Kentucky is The Stewart Historic Miniatures Collection, one of the most comprehensive public collections of toy soldiers and historical miniatures in the world.

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The Friday Five: Katie Edwards

A new exhibit called Toy Boom! at the North Carolina Museum of History showcases toys of the 1950s and ’60s. Here, curator Katie Edwards talks about the role of the museum in preserving the cultural heritage of North Carolina and how toys fit into that mandate.

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