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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.

A LEGO brick from 1958 would still interlock with a LEGO brick made today.


The toy line was produced by Mego between 1976 and 1981 and included a series of interchangeable space toys (figures, vehicles, and playsets.)

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Matchbox Super Spin Car Wash from Mattel (1980s)

Wouldn’t it be fun if the spin cycle worked the same way in real life?!? This vintage commercial from Mattel is one of Seth Green’s first acting gigs.

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Super Soaker FacTOYd

The Super Soaker was invented by NASA engineer Lonnie Johnson. It was originally called the Power Drencher.

Link Roundup: Toy Hall of Fame Edition

The Strong National Museum of Play has named their 2015 Toy Hall of Fame finalists and 7 other things we wanted to share this week.

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Good Housekeeping: A Look Back at the History of Easy-Bake Ovens

Good Housekeeping, the century-old publication for all things lifestyle related, published an article on their website that takes a look at the Easy-Bake Oven throughout the years. The article pays homage to the iconic toy oven with a visual history and brief overview of featured models.

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Operation from Milton Bradley

“Operate. Operate?! Where’s the dog?” Enjoy this classic commercial for Operation from Milton Bradley.

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Star Wars FacTOYd

Rejected Star Wars toy ideas include a Death Star basketball, a Darth Vader lava lamp, and an R2-D2 portable wet bar.

Etch A Sketch from Ohio Art Company (1960)

For more than 50 years, the Etch A Sketch from Ohio Art Company has provided a creative outlet for both children and adults. Since its release in the United States on July 12, 1960 at a price of $2.99, the toy has sold over 150 million units.

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