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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.
Tetris Factoyd

An estimated 170 million copies of Tetris have been sold since its debut in 1984.

Computer “play” and the development of transferrable computer skills

A recent study from the Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) at the University of Washington Information School illustrates a direct correlation between using computers for entertainment purposes and the development of computer skills that are transferable to more “productive” computing tasks.

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Aurora Plastics Corporation

Most famous for their plastic model kits of classic Hollywood monsters, New York-based Aurora Plastics Corporation also produced a series of licensed models based on other characters from movies, television shows and comic books in the 1950s and ’60s.

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Rubik’s Cube from Ideal (1980)

Is it a toy, math puzzle or logic game? When it comes to the Rubik’s Cube, the answer is a definitive yes to all three questions. Invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and architecture professor Erno Rubik, the cube recently hit mid-life crisis status and celebrated its 40th birthday.

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Candy Land FacTOYd

Inventor Eleanor Abbot, a recovering Polio patient, created the Candy Land board game as a way to provide entertainment to other children stricken with the disease.

Barbie FacTOYd

Barbie’s real name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.

My Books That Talk and Record Player from Kenner (1968)

Over forty years before Blackberry introduced their PlayBook tablet, Kenner Products rolled out a decidedly lower-tech version of the term as part of the My Books That Talk and Record Player

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Regional Contact: Joel Haslam Interviews Author Todd Coopee

Joel Haslam of CTV’s Regional Contact talks with author Todd Coopee about his book Light Bulb Baking: A History of the Easy-Bake Oven. The two discuss the appeal of nostalgia and the popularity of the Easy-Bake Oven. They also bake a cake in the toy oven and play a rousing game of Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots.

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Toronto Star: The Light Bulb Moment – A History of the Easy-Bake Oven

Written for the Toronto Star by award-winning author and toy historian Todd Coopee, The Light Bulb Moment – A History of the Easy-Bake Oven takes an affectionate look back at Kenner Products, the Easy-Bake Oven, and the efforts of the toy manufacturer to launch what would become one of the most popular toys in North America.

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