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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 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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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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