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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.

Etch A Sketch

On July 12, 2015, Etch A Sketch will officially turn 55. Here’s a vintage ad from 1960 to help you celebrate.

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Blip – The Digital Game

Released by TOMY in 1977, Blip was a hand-held version of Atari’s popular Pong video game.

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Easy-Bake Oven

Since its release in 1963, more than 30 million Easy-Bake Ovens have been sold.

Bionic Beauty Salon

A 1976 ad from Kenner for the Bionic Beauty Salon – the place where the Bionic Woman would unwind after doing battle with the Fembots.

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Rock out to this 1993 TV commercial for KerPlunk from Tyco Toys.

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Tonka FacTOYd

Tonka released its Mighty Dump Truck in 1965, and it became the company’s best-selling toy of the century.

Shoop Shoop Hula Hoop

WHAM-O reinvigorated the hula hoop craze by adding sound! The Shoop Shoop Hula Hoop sported a new, brighter colour palette and had six ¼-in.-diameter ball bearings placed inside of it to give it a “whirry” sound.

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Verbot from TOMY (1980s)

Driven by the popularity of sci-fi movies like Star Wars, the Verbot was part of a family of “home entertainment robots” released by TOMY in the mid 1980s.

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Ornithopter Mark I from Kenner (1969)

Released in 1969, the toy with the tongue-twister name combined fun with scientific principles and drew its design inspiration from Leonardo da Vinci’s 15th-century drawings of imaginary flying machines.

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