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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.

Toy Tales Weekly: Ferris Fest Edition

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Chicago is hosting Ferris Fest and 7 other things we wanted to share this week.

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Excelsior! – 9 Fast Facts about Stan Lee

Free Comic Book Day is this Saturday, May 7th. To celebrate, here are 9 fast facts about Stan Lee, former president and chairman of Marvel Comics.

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Gumball Banks from Hasbro (1968)

In 1968, Hasbro released a line of toy gumball banks based on popular children’s characters, including Bozo the Clown, Popeye, Fred Flintstone, and Mickey Mouse.

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Battleship FacTOYd

Battleship originated in 1900 as a game played on paper. The first board-game version of Battleship wasn’t produced until 1943.

DC Comics Miniature Comics Tile Collection from Cryptozoic Entertainment

Before the advent of specialty shops, building a comic book collection usually involved a trip to the corner store to check out the latest issues, which were often nestled in a “Hey!! Kids Comics” spinner rack. The Miniature Comics Tile Collection is a nod to this nostalgic memory.

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Classic Console

Produced by a team of volunteer retro-gaming aficionados, Classic Console showcases video game classics from 1972-1999.

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Lunch Box Museum – Columbus, Georgia

A stop at the Lunch Box Museum in Columbus, Georgia will let you relive that feeling of childhood wonderment of standing in front of a department store shelf trying to decide which lunch box should accompany you to school.

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Dino Lamps from Firebox

Firebox’s new LED lamp series combines dinosaurs, plastic, and origami into prehistoric panache.

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The Toy and Action Figure Museum – Pauls Valley, Oklahoma

Action-figure enthusiasts will get their fill at the Toy and Action Figure Museum. Opened in 2000, it houses more than 13,000 action figures as well as hundreds of original drawings from some of the state’s noted cartoonists.

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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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