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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.
Blythe FacTOYd

The original Blythe doll from Kenner was only sold for one year. She was rendered obsolete due to lack of interest.

Frustration Ball from Remco (1969)

With advertising that touted its “three-dimensional madness” and innate ability to “drive you up the wall”, Remco’s Frustration Ball is an excellent example of truth in advertising.

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Link Roundup: Code-a-Pillar Edition

Teach your preschooler how to code with the ‘Code-a-Pillar’ and 7 other things we wanted to share this week.

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Little People from Fisher-Price (1959)

Over its 55-year history, Fisher-Price’s Little People toy line has provided hours of entertainment, met with controversy, and undergone numerous transformations.

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Witch Dr. Head Shrinkers Kit from Pressman (1960s)

Is your child an aspiring witch doctor? Complete with a bag of “powdered flesh”, The Witch Dr. Head Shrinkers Kit from Pressman is exactly what they need for their apprenticeship!

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Pong FacTOYd

Pong was the first sports arcade video game. It was introduced in 1972 by Atari.

‘Klingon’ Battle Cruiser from Dinky (1976)

To complement the earlier release of its die-cast USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), in 1977 Dinky Toys released a replica Klingon D-7 Class Battle Cruiser.

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Atari Video Computer System (1977)

Released in September 1977, the Atari Video Computer System (VCS) was one of the earliest video game systems and is widely credited with helping lay the foundation for what would become a multi-billion-dollar industry.

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The Friday Five: Elizabeth Kondruss

For avid collectors, the process of collecting isn’t always an easy one. From acquiring items to cataloging, displaying, and storing items, collecting is serious business. Ottawa-area collector, Elizabeth Kondruss, knows a lot about this. As a long-time collector of Barbie and Barbie-branded objects, she knows more than most about how serious a business collecting is for some…. Read more »

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