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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.

Ouija Board

A 1968 ad for the Ouija Board that featured the talking spirit board being used to answer important questions such as, “Shall I become a model, or fashion designer?” and “Should we go steady?”

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National Play-Doh Day

Today is National Play-Doh Day! Here are 10 facTOYds about the toy/modelling compound.

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Hungry Hungry Hippos from Hasbro

“It’s a race, it’s a chase, hurry up and feed their face!” Hungry Hungry Hippos was released by Milton Bradley (a division of Hasbro) in 1978.

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Hot Wheels FacTOYd

Hot Wheels released its 1968 “Custom Corvette” before General Motors released the actual car.

2-XL Talking Robot from Mego (1978)

Known as the 2-XL Type 3 to collectors, the 1992 Tiger Electronics’ version of the educational toy originally released by Mego in 1978 offered enhanced sound quality, and a technology upgrade.

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Trivial Pursuit

A 1984 ad for Trivial Pursuit. The initial release of the Genus Edition in 1981 was followed by a series of subsidiary card sets, including the Baby Boomer Edition, Young Players Edition, and the Silver Screen Edition.

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Pie Face from Hasbro (1968)

In 1968, Hasbro released the Pie Face Game, a cream-pie variant of Russian roulette.

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Yahtzee from Milton Bradley

This game goes back to the 1940s when it was known as Yatzie. Enjoy this classic commercial!

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Slinky FacTOYd

Pennsylvania designated the Slinky as the official State toy in 2001.


A 1979 ad for View-Master Gift Paks. Gift Paks were packaged in branded canisters and included a View-Master Viewer and seven full-color 3-D reels, 49 scenes in all.

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Spirograph from Kenner (1965)

A mashup of educational toy, creative design tool, mathematics lesson, arts & crafts project – Spirograph is all of these things and fun to boot. With a shelf-life approaching 50 years, Spirograph’s longevity can be traced to its simplicity and the fact that it taps into a child’s desire to draw and doodle.

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