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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.
Clue FacTOYd

Clue: The Movie was the first film based on a board game.

Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed Playthings

Over the course of 144 pages, author Brian Heiler has paid tribute to an oft-forgotten niche of off-brand, easily breakable, and ultimately disposable plastic toys that were typically available in supermarket checkout lines, variety stores, and pharmacy shelves.

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The Friday Five: Paul “Yogi” Granger

In the age of console-gaming, what brings people out to play vintage arcade games? I talk with Paul “Yogi” Granger of Ottawa’s House of TARG about pinball, perogies and more!

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Bubbl-Matic from Kenner

Bubble-based toys were some of Kenner Products’ earliest sales successes. One of its most popular offerings, the Bubble-Matic, was a plastic gun (available in red or blue) that shot bubbles with every squeeze of its trigger.

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Astro Base from Ideal (1960s)

I don’t think the Astro Base really landed. It’s a conspiracy involving the government and Stanley Kubrick.

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McDonald’s FacTOYd

McDonald’s is the world’s largest distributor of toys!

Space: 1999 Eagle 1 Spaceship from Mattel (1976)

The recent news of Russia’s plan to build a permanent settlement on the moon by the 2030s caused me to revisit one of my favorite science-fiction television series, Space: 1999 and one of the sought-after toys that Mattel produced as a tie-in to the show: The Eagle 1 Spaceship.

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The Friday Five: Ed Catto

A superhero universe that combines space operas, westerns, and spy adventures? Yep! Captain Action was one of the first toy superheroes on the scene in the 1960s. Thanks to CA Enterprises, the characters are being brought to life once again. I spoke with Ed Catto of CA Enterprises to find out the history behind this sometimes overlooked superhero and what makes Captain Action relevant today.

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Hugo – Man of a Thousand Faces

Released in 1975 by Kenner, Hugo was a hand puppet whose appearance could be altered using a variety of accessories.

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The Real Toy Story

Part history primer, part exposé, The Real Toy Story is a literary roller-coaster ride. Author Eric Clark offers up a robust, hard-hitting look at the toy industry circa 2007.

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