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Slinky FacTOYd

Pennsylvania designated the Slinky as the official State toy in 2001.

View-Master

A 1979 ad for View-Master Gift Paks. Gift Paks were packaged in branded canisters and included a View-Master Viewer and seven full-color 3-D reels, 49 scenes in all.

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Spirograph from Kenner (1965)

A mashup of educational toy, creative design tool, mathematics lesson, arts & crafts project – Spirograph is all of these things and fun to boot. With a shelf-life approaching 50 years, Spirograph’s longevity can be traced to its simplicity and the fact that it taps into a child’s desire to draw and doodle.

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Blythe Fashion Doll

Released by Kenner Products in 1972, The Blythe doll is easily identified by her large head and eyes. Her enduring popularity with enthusiasts has made her a cult classic.

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Teddy Bear FacTOYd

Mississippi designated the teddy bear as the official state toy in 2002.

The Thing

This battery operated novelty toy bank is based on the disembodied hand (Thing) made famous on The Addams Family television show.

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Totally Tubular ’80s Toys

Published in 2010, Totally Tubular ’80s Toys highlights a decade of the toy industry that was characterized by synergistic tie-ins to companion movie franchises, television shows, and books.

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Ants in the Pants from Schaper (1969)

Released by Schaper in 1969, Ants in the Pants is a classic game that still endures with the preschool set, thanks to its simplicity and the fact that a parent can legitimately be beaten at the game by a three-year-old.

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Major Matt Mason

Introduced by Mattel in 1966, Major Matt Mason lived and worked on the moon with his team of astronauts.

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Hungry Hungry Hippos

The original Hungry Hungry Hippos were named Henry, Lizzie, Harry, and Homer.

Big Burger Grill from Kenner (1967)

Powered by a single 150-watt light bulb, the Big Burger Grill from Kenner “allowed boys and girls to enjoy drive-in treats at home.”

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