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Dice FacTOYd

The circular dots on a die are called “pips.”

The Friday Five: Dr. Steven Cyr

Dr. Steven Cyr has developed OsteoCorps, a superhero universe designed to help alleviate the anxiety experienced by his young patients. Through OsteoCorps, children are put at ease, taught about their illness, and their own body’s ability to heal. I wanted to find out from Dr. Cyr how all this began and his plans for the future.

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Gigantic Frankenstein

The Gigantic Frankenstein All Plastic Assembly Kit was a model kit produced by Aurora in the 1960s that stood a whopping 19-inches tall.

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Sesame Street Turns 46!

Sesame Street turned 46 this week. Here are 9 fast facts brought to you by the number 46!

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Apt613: Indie Toy Store Roundup

In this article on Apt613, I give readers the low-down on a few of my favourite indie toy stores in the Ottawa-area.

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KerPlunk

“KerPlunk is the game where you take your pick and pull a stick. If all the marbles fall, you lose it all! You’re only sunk if they go… KerPlunk!”

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Rubber Duckie FacTOYd

In 1970, “Rubber Duckie” by Sesame Street’s Ernie reached #16 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Betty Crocker (you sweet talker!)

The venerable Easy-Bake Oven was launched to the masses this week on November 4, 1963. An important time in the toy oven’s fifty-plus year history began in 1967 when General Mills acquired Kenner Products.

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Omnibot 2000

The Omnibot 2000 was the “state-of-the-fun” toy robot produced by TOMY in the 1980s.

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Green Ghost from Transogram (1965)

Transogram’s Green Ghost game originally appeared in 1965 and was touted as, “the luminous game you can play in the dark.”

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The Friday Five

The Friday Five: Richard Gottlieb

As CEO of the Global Toy Group, Richard Gottlieb has a finger on the pulse of the toy and play industries. He’s a popular industry commentator and an outspoken proponent of the importance of play in our lives. On this edition of The Friday Five, we ask Richard about trends in the industry and how he sees technology affecting how we play.

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Wink Fun: Pie Face

A cream pie in the face! It’s an ageless slapstick comedy routine that is also the inspiration for Hasbro’s Pie Face Game. Thanks in part to a viral video, this equally ageless game is sure to inject a little slapstick comedy into your next family gathering.

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