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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.
Sesame Street FacTOYd

In 1970, Sesame Street’s Ernie reached #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 with his signature song “Rubber Duckie.”

Tunnels & Trolls

While it may be tempting to dismiss Tunnels & Trolls as merely a D&D knock-off, doing so would do a grave disservice to the entire product line and most certainly raise the ire of its dedicated fan base.

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If you were looking for help “popping a wheelie” on your Sting Ray bike, the Wheelie-Bar from WHAM-O was your ticket to ride (literally).

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Bop the Beetle from Ideal (1962)

If you’re looking to let off some steam, the Bop the Beetle game might be the release you need.

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Robot Commando from Ideal

Released in 1961 by the Ideal Toy Company, Robot Commando was a 19-inch tall robot constructed of red, blue, yellow, black and white plastic.

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Mr. Potato Head FacTOYd

Mr. Potato Head is the official travel ambassador of Rhode Island, home to toy company Hasbro.

Mr. Machine from Ideal (1960)

Designed by Marvin Glass & Associates and released in 1960 by Ideal Toy Company, Mr. Machine became an instant hit for the company. The toy was essentially an updated version of the popular metal robots of the 1950s, except that Mr. Machine was made primarily of plastic.

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Link Roundup: LEGO Turntable Edition

Showcase your Bay City Rollers album collection using this working LEGO turntable and 7 other things we wanted to share this week.

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Space Pilot Helmet

In 1952, Tarco Toys allowed you to “whiz through space” with your very own Space Pilot Helmet.

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Link Roundup: Christmas Catalog Edition

You can rekindle nostalgic toy memories via a 1982 JC Penney Christmas Catalog and 7 other things we wanted to share this week.

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Swing Wing from Transogram

The Swing Wing was “a hula hoop for your head” – proof positive that the 1960s were where it was at! Somebody get these kids to a neck specialist stat!

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Slinky FacTOYd

It takes 63 feet of wire to make a Slinky.

Turn-A-Tune from Kenner (1958)

Released in 1958, Kenner Products’ Turn-A-Tune is a mashup of a vintage phonograph and a modern turntable.

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