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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.

The Lowdown on CompleteSet

Dubbed “the online treasure map for collectors”, CompleteSet is an web-based application that offers a nostalgia/collectors museum, user community, and an online marketplace to help you buy that special item needed to round out your collection.

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Then & Now: Candy Land

The current incarnation of Candy Land is clearly channeling its inner Justin Timberlake and bringing sexy back — well at least enough that Granny might have blushed a little.

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Green Machine by Marx

A 1978 television commercial for Louis Marx and Company’s Green Machine. What a ride!

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Best Wishes for a Happy and Healthy 2015

To paraphrase singer-songwriter and musician Brad Paisley, “Today, is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.”

The Road to Happy Days

The Road to Happy Days by Stephanie Sadagursky is one of my favorite types of books to read: historical non-fiction that is colorfully written and filled with fascinating and insightful anecdotes. Throughout the book’s 188 pages, Sadagursky vividly recounts her and her husband Paul’s 30-year journey into the world of buying and selling antique and collectible toys.

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Crayola Crayons FacTOYd

The 64-color assortment of Crayola crayons – complete with a built-in sharpener – made its debut in 1958.

The Street: Can We Get One?

Are pretend pets the perfect pets? In this article on The Street, I talk with Marilen Cawad about why pretend pets are perennial favorites with children.

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Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots

This two-player action toy featuring dueling robot boxers proved to be a hit for the Marx Toy Company when it was released to the North American market in 1966.

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Silly String FacTOYd

Silly String was originally developed as a spray-on cast for broken bones!