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Monopoly Turns 80!

To celebrate World Monopoly Day, here are 8 fun facts about the game.

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Masterpiece: The Art Auction Game from Parker Brothers

Which flamboyant bidder did you play? Was it Baron Dietrich von Oberlitzer, “Bitsy” Rich Wong Dobrowski Keyes, Count François du Bonnet, Millicent Friendly, Roxy “Big D” Warrenson of Dallas, TX, or V. Elton Whitehall Esq.?

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Close ‘n Play Phonograph from Kenner (1975)

The popular Close ‘n Play Phonograph from Kenner simplified one of the most challenging aspects of operating a turntable: setting the needle on the record.

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Lincoln Logs FacTOYd

Lincoln Logs were invented by Frank Lloyd Wright’s son John.

Book and Record Sets from Power Records

Book and Record Sets from Power Records deftly combine three of my favorite things: comic books, reading, and vinyl records.

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Join the Dinky Starfleet

Join the Dinky Starfleet!

In 1976, Dinky Toys produced the first die-cast metal version of the USS Enterprise. This model fired plastic discs and included a plastic shuttle craft.

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Star Wars Death Star Space Station by Kenner

Released in 1978, the Death Star Space Station from Kenner is 20 inches tall and features four floors of action-packed fun, including a laser canon, retractable bridge, detention block, and trash compactor.

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Then & Now: LEGO, Tinker Toys & Lincoln Logs

Growing up, we had a large playroom in our basement. The benefits were two-fold. From my parents perspective, it prevented “toy sprawl.” But to me, it was the perfect place to unleash my inner engineer using construction toys like Tinkertoy, Lincoln Logs and Legos.

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Sesame Street FacTOYd

Actor James Earl Jones was the first celebrity to appear on Sesame Street.

Hot Wheels Grand Prix

“Set up your Hot Wheels Grand Prix today. Then throw out the the challenge. See if Dad can stand the pace.”

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Cereal: Snap, Crackle, Pop Culture

Cereal: Snap, Crackle, Pop Culture from author Ed Daly is a humorous look at an industry that, despite recent downturns in sales and on-going health questions, remains a multi-billion dollar business in North America.

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View-Master

Keeping it Reel with the View-Master

Recently at the 2015 New York Toy Fair, Mattel announced that it’s teaming up with Google to reboot the View-Master, the iconic 3D stereoscopic picture viewer that has fostered exploration, entertainment and discovery for 75+ years.

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