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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.

Link Roundup: Rock Lords Edition

A look at Rock Lords and other failed toy lines of the ’80s along with 7 other things we wanted to share this week.

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Yahtzee from Milton Bradley

This game goes back to the 1940s when it was known as Yatzie. Enjoy this classic commercial!

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Slinky FacTOYd

Pennsylvania designated the Slinky as the official State toy in 2001.


A 1979 ad for View-Master Gift Paks. Gift Paks were packaged in branded canisters and included a View-Master Viewer and seven full-color 3-D reels, 49 scenes in all.

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Spirograph from Kenner (1965)

A mashup of educational toy, creative design tool, mathematics lesson, arts & crafts project – Spirograph is all of these things and fun to boot. With a shelf-life approaching 50 years, Spirograph’s longevity can be traced to its simplicity and the fact that it taps into a child’s desire to draw and doodle.

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Link Roundup: Mr. Dressup Edition

Keep your crayons sharp and your sticky tape untangled with Mr. Dressup and 7 other things we wanted to share this week.

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Blythe Fashion Doll

Released by Kenner Products in 1972, The Blythe doll is easily identified by her large head and eyes. Her enduring popularity with enthusiasts has made her a cult classic.

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Teddy Bear FacTOYd

Mississippi designated the teddy bear as the official state toy in 2002.

The Thing

This battery operated novelty toy bank is based on the disembodied hand (Thing) made famous on The Addams Family television show.

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Totally Tubular ’80s Toys

Published in 2010, Totally Tubular ’80s Toys highlights a decade of the toy industry that was characterized by synergistic tie-ins to companion movie franchises, television shows, and books.

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Major Matt Mason

Introduced by Mattel in 1966, Major Matt Mason lived and worked on the moon with his team of astronauts.

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Hungry Hungry Hippos

The original Hungry Hungry Hippos were named Henry, Lizzie, Harry, and Homer.