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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.
Lionel Trains FacTOYd

The first Lionel train was not designed as a toy. It was created as part of an animated display to attract attention.


Reminisce is a nostalgia-themed magazine from Reader’s Digest Association. The magazine features reader-contributed photographs, stories, and memories of the 1900s to the 1980s.

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Chatter Phone from Fisher-Price (1962)

For over 50 years, the friendly-faced Chatter Telephone from Fisher-Price remains a classic pretend play pull toy for generations of young children.

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Spirograph from Kenner (1971)

A mashup of educational toy, creative design tool, mathematics lesson, arts-and-crafts project, Spirograph was first marketed in the UK and migrated stateside in 1966.

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Dino Sphere from BioPop

Move over Sea-Monkeys! California-based BioPop has developed a unique spin on a water-based ecosystem, the Dino Sphere.

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Brickmania – Minneapolis, Minnesota

The brainchild of independent designer, Daniel Siskind, the Brickmania Toys company is focused on creating LEGO kits that fall outside of LEGO’s official product lines.

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Little Green Army Men

Long before their 1995 spy mission in Pixar’s animated hit movie Toy Story, little green army men inspired hours of make-believe war-play for children.

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Level One Game Pub

With Level One Game Pub on the scene, Ottawa-area gamers have one more reason to love the city.

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The Lampster

The Lampster is part superhero-themed sculpture and part retro desk lamp.

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Barbie FacTOYd

Since 1959, more than 125 million yards of fabric have gone into creating outfits for Barbie and her friends.