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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.

View-Master

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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Blythe Fashion Doll

Released by Kenner Products in 1972, The Blythe doll is easily identified by her large head and eyes. Her enduring popularity with enthusiasts has made her a cult classic.

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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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