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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.
Teddy Bear FacTOYd

Mississippi designated the teddy bear as the official state toy in 2002.

The Thing

This battery operated novelty toy bank is based on the disembodied hand (Thing) made famous on The Addams Family television show.

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Totally Tubular ’80s Toys

Published in 2010, Totally Tubular ’80s Toys highlights a decade of the toy industry that was characterized by synergistic tie-ins to companion movie franchises, television shows, and books.

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Major Matt Mason

Introduced by Mattel in 1966, Major Matt Mason lived and worked on the moon with his team of astronauts.

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Hungry Hungry Hippos

The original Hungry Hungry Hippos were named Henry, Lizzie, Harry, and Homer.

Big Burger Grill from Kenner (1967)

Powered by a single 150-watt light bulb, the Big Burger Grill from Kenner “allowed boys and girls to enjoy drive-in treats at home.”

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This novelty music maker was like a kazoo for your nose.

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The National Toy Hall of Fame

The road to induction in the Toy Hall of Fame isn’t an easy one. Every year, nominations are solicited from the general public via web or general mail. The annual call for 2015 is currently underway and runs through Friday, July 31st.

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Ice Bird

“Ice Bird, Ice Bird, you’re such a nice bird. Let’s make an Ice Bird treat!”

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When Colorforms hit the market in 1951, it was the very first plastic-based creative toy.