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Easy-Bake Oven

Since its release in 1963, more than 30 million Easy-Bake Ovens have been sold.

Bionic Beauty Salon

A 1976 ad from Kenner for the Bionic Beauty Salon – the place where the Bionic Woman would unwind after doing battle with the Fembots.

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KerPlunk

Rock out to this 1993 TV commercial for KerPlunk from Tyco Toys.

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Tonka FacTOYd

Tonka released its Mighty Dump Truck in 1965, and it became the company’s best-selling toy of the century.

Shoop Shoop Hula Hoop

WHAM-O reinvigorated the hula hoop craze by adding sound! The Shoop Shoop Hula Hoop sported a new, brighter colour palette and had six ¼-in.-diameter ball bearings placed inside of it to give it a “whirry” sound.

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Verbot from TOMY (1980s)

Driven by the popularity of sci-fi movies like Star Wars, the Verbot was part of a family of “home entertainment robots” released by TOMY in the mid 1980s.

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Ornithopter Mark I from Kenner (1969)

Released in 1969, the toy with the tongue-twister name combined fun with scientific principles and drew its design inspiration from Leonardo da Vinci’s 15th-century drawings of imaginary flying machines.

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Volvo P1800 from Dinky Toys

A fantastic TV commercial from the 1960s for Dinky’s Volvo P1800. The voice-over is from Australian radio personality John Laws.

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USS Enterprise from Dinky Toys (1976)

Originally released in 1976, Dinky Toys’ incarnation of the Star Trek flagship space vehicle integrates a removable orange shuttlecraft and rapid-fire “phaser” defense system into a die-cast metal body.

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Rubik’s Cube FacTOYd

There are approximately 43 quintillion possible configurations of a Rubik’s Cube, and only one is correct.

The Hollywood Squares TV Game from Ideal (1974)

Released in 1974 by the Ideal Toy Company, The Hollywood Squares TV Game is modeled after the game show of the same name, which originally aired on NBC from 1966-1981.

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