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Godzilla FacTOYd

Godzilla’s original terrifying roar was created by rubbing a resin-coated leather glove over a base violin string.

The Gong Show Game (1977)

Released in 1977 from American Publishing, The Gong Show Game draws inspiration from its namesake T.V. show and is kind of like a zany Method-acting class.

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Mobile Crime Lab from Amsco (1976)

In 1976, well before fictional detective Horatio Caine (David Caruso doing his best William Shatner impression) surveyed a crime scene, donned his “sunglasses of justice”, and delivered an over-the-top one-liner to kick off another episode of CSI Miami, Amsco Toy Co. released their Mobile Crime Lab.

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The Friday Five: Lucky Penny Shop

With over one and a half million YouTube subscribers, Lucky Penny Shop is the go-to source for family-friendly, entertaining, and informative toy demonstrations. On this edition of The Friday Five, I asked Dave of Lucky Penny Shop what initially inspired him to create his videos and establish an online brand.

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Poochie from Mattel (1983)

Released in 1983 by Mattel, Poochie was a plush stuffed animal with sassitude.

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Super7 Magazine

Produced from 2001-2007, Super7 Magazine began with a focus on vintage Japanese toys and quickly expanded to include such innovative toy designers and artists such as KAWS, Baseman, and Bwana Spoons.

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Blythe FacTOYd

The original Blythe doll from Kenner was only sold for one year. She was rendered obsolete due to lack of interest.

Frustration Ball from Remco (1969)

With advertising that touted its “three-dimensional madness” and innate ability to “drive you up the wall”, Remco’s Frustration Ball is an excellent example of truth in advertising.

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