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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.

Volvo P1800 from Dinky Toys

A fantastic TV commercial from the 1960s for Dinky’s Volvo P1800. The voice-over is from Australian radio personality John Laws.

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USS Enterprise from Dinky Toys (1976)

Originally released in 1976, Dinky Toys’ incarnation of the Star Trek flagship space vehicle integrates a removable orange shuttlecraft and rapid-fire “phaser” defense system into a die-cast metal body.

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Rubik’s Cube FacTOYd

There are approximately 43 quintillion possible configurations of a Rubik’s Cube, and only one is correct.

The Hollywood Squares TV Game from Ideal (1974)

Released in 1974 by the Ideal Toy Company, The Hollywood Squares TV Game is modeled after the game show of the same name, which originally aired on NBC from 1966-1981.

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A vintage ad from 1975 for Snap-Together model kits from Revell. “No Gluing! No Painting! They’re a snap!”

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Vincent Price’s Shrunken Head Apple Sculpture Kit from Whiting (1975)

Vincent Price, the actor with the distinctive “horror movie” voice, would have been 104 years old this week. This makes it a perfect time shine a spotlight on one of the toys he endorsed in the mid-1970s: the Vincent Price Shrunken Head Apple Sculpture Kit.

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Chatty Cathy from Mattel

Chatty Cathy was a pull-string, “talking” doll produced by Mattel from 1959 to 1965.

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Pac-Man Turns 35!

Pac-Man is turning 35. Here are 7 fun facts about the video game.

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Twister FacTOYd

Twister was the first game invented that required people to use their bodies as playing pieces.

A Toy is Born

First published in 1974, A Toy is Born is still an enjoyable read for anyone interested in a look back at the origins of some classic toys and games and the national issues of advertising and toy safety that faced the industry at the time.

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A vintage ad from 1967 for Monopoly from Parker Brothers. “Mother cleans up again! But this time it’s fun…”

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May 16th is National Sea-Monkey Day, a perfect time to check-in on one of my favorite oceanic “instant pets.” *spoilers ahead*

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