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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.

Green Ghost from Transogram (1965)

Transogram’s Green Ghost game originally appeared in 1965 and was touted as, “the luminous game you can play in the dark.”

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The Friday Five

The Friday Five: Richard Gottlieb

As CEO of the Global Toy Group, Richard Gottlieb has a finger on the pulse of the toy and play industries. He’s a popular industry commentator and an outspoken proponent of the importance of play in our lives. On this edition of The Friday Five, we ask Richard about trends in the industry and how he sees technology affecting how we play.

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Link Roundup: WarGames Movie Edition

The WarGames movie from 1983 is being remade into an ‘interactive experience’ and 7 other things we wanted to share this week.

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Wink Fun: Pie Face

A cream pie in the face! It’s an ageless slapstick comedy routine that is also the inspiration for Hasbro’s Pie Face Game. Thanks in part to a viral video, this equally ageless game is sure to inject a little slapstick comedy into your next family gathering.

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A Gamut of Games

For anyone interested in game theory, design, and play, A Gamut of Games is required reading and a worthy addition to your bookshelf.

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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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