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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.
Space Invaders FacTOYd

Space Invaders for the Atari 2600 was the first arcade to home video console license.

Atari Video Computer System

“We’re Atari. And if someone in your family hasn’t asked for us yet, get ready. They’re going to.”

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Movieland Drive-In Theater from Remco (1959)

I have fond childhood memories of enjoying drive-in movies in the back of the family station wagon – thus, the Movieland Drive-In Theater playset has great appeal for me. Released in 1959, it was one of the earliest toys released by New Jersey-based Remco Industries.

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Mystery Date by Milton Bradley

When you open the door will your mystery date be a dream or a dud? Dig that catchy jingle!

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Monopoly FacTOYd

The total amount of money in a classic Monopoly game is $20,580.

WHAM-O Super-Book

The WHAM-O Super Book – Celebrating 60 Years Inside the Fun by Tim Walsh deftly chronicles the first 60-years of the California toy company’s existence.

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The Imposters

“Suddenly a mild mannered street machine changes into nearly a foot of road gobbling racing machine.” They were kind of like Transformers… before Transformers!

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Board Games & The National Capital Region

The National Capital Region’s board game cafés/lounges/shops are proof positive that board gaming is an integral part of the social scene.

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Dial Typewriter from Marx (1950s)

The Dial Typewriter from Louis Marx and Company is a classic example of the type of tin lithograph toy that helped propel the company to global success in the toy industry.

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Barbie Dream House by Mattel

A 1960 television commercial for the Barbie Dream House from Mattel. It’s retro-chic!

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Spirograph FacTOYd

In 1967, Spirograph was the first mechanical drawing tool to be marketed as toy.