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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.

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.

Playset Magazine

Take a trip back to your childhood with Playset Magazine. Published six times per year the magazine is primarily focused on atomic age play sets from the Louis Marx & Co. toy company.

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Video Varmints from Ideal (1983)

Released in 1983 by Ideal, Video Varmints has the look and feel of a two-player, Tetris-style video game, but it is actually air-powered.

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Careful from Ideal (1967)

Designed by Marvin Glass & Associates and released in 1967 by Ideal, Careful The Toppling Tower Game is a game that requires “steady nerves and steady hands” to win.

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