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Time Bomb – Milton Bradley (1964)

Designed by Marvin Glass & Associates and released in 1964 by Milton Bradley, Time Bomb draws inspiration from the children’s game of “Hot Potato” albeit sans musical accompaniment.

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Skedoodle – Hasbro (1981)

Released by Hasbro in 1979, Skedoodle is one part Spirograph and three parts Etch A Sketch.

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Turtle Mail from AE Dreams

AE Dreams’ Turtle Mail, a wooden mailbox for kids with a high-tech playtime twist, is bringing the excitement of snail mail deliveries back to the mainstream.

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Starlog

Starlog was a magazine published between 1976-2008 that focused on science fiction films and television programs. Issues have now been digitized for your viewing pleasure.

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Toy Tales Weekly: ThingMaker Edition

Mattel is bringing back 1960s fave ‘ThingMaker’ as a 3D home printer and 7 other things we wanted to share this week.

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Twister from Milton Bradley (1966)

“Gets you all twisted and tangled it’s a Twister. Spin the spinner and call the shots, Twister ties you up in a knot!” A classic commercial for Twister from Milton Bradley.

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Star Wars Pop! Ceramic Mugs from Funko

Funko, one of my favorite purveyors of pop culture, recently unveiled a new line of Pop! Home ceramic mugs shaped like iconic characters from the Star Wars universe.

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Colorforms FacTOYd

In 1957, Popeye became the first licensed character to be featured in a Colorforms cartoon set.

View-Master Viewer DLX

At this year’s New York Toy Fair, Mattel announced the Fall release of the View-Master Viewer DLX, the latest virtual reality (VR) update for the toy.

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2-XL Robot from Mego (1978)

The 2-XL robot represents an early example of an electronic toy that both entertained and educated. Short for “To Excel”, the toy encouraged learning through interactivity – asking and allowing users to answer questions through the use of eight-track tapes.

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Comp IV from Milton Bradley (1977)

Released in 1977 by Milton Bradley, the game is an electronic equivalent of the code-breaking board game, Mastermind.

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Republic 66 Media

If you’re a fan of LEGO, Republic 66 Media has you covered, with two LEGO-themed magazines: Bricks and Bricks Culture.

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Batman Command Console from Mego (1977)

It’s been more than 75 years since DC Comics first introduced Batman to the world. He was embraced by comic book fans and eventually grew to become one of DC Comics’ most celebrated (and profitable) superheroes.

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