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Top 10 Toy Tales Articles of 2019


2020 has arrived – the perfect time for a top-10 list of the most popular articles on Toy Tales in 2019. The list was curated based on Google Analytics and engagement through various social media channels. If you missed them the first time, this is your chance to see what you missed. If you read them before, it’s worth taking another look! Enjoy:

  1. Little Miss No-Name from Hasbro (1965)
    With large sad brown eyes, a drooping mouth, and mop of unkempt blond hair, Hasbro’s Little Miss No-Name was designed as the antithesis of the impossibly glamorous Barbie.
  2. Time Bomb – Milton Bradley (1964)
    Designed by Marvin Glass & Associates and released in 1964 by Milton Bradley, Time Bomb draws inspiration from the children’s game of “Hot Potato” albeit sans musical accompaniment.
  3. Caravelle Radio Transmitter and Receiver from Remco (1962)
    The Caravelle is an easy-to-assemble transistorized AM radio receiver and transmitter from Remco that allows you to dazzle anyone within a 500-foot radius with your DJ skills and gift for the gab.
  4. Suzy Homemaker Super Safety Oven from Topper Toys (1966)
    Released in 1966 by Topper Toys, the Suzy Homemaker Super Safety Oven was the company’s answer to Kenner’s Easy-Bake Oven.
  5. Uncle Sam’s 3-Coin Register Bank
    The Uncle Sam’s 3-Coin Register Bank is a toy bank that brought forced savings to an entirely different level.
  6. Chutes and Ladders from Milton Bradley (1943)
    Chutes and Ladders has been a hit with the kindergarten set since it was introduced in the United States in 1943, by Milton Bradley.
  7. Milky, the Marvelous Milking Cow from Kenner (1977)
    Milky, the Marvelous Milking Cow stands as one of quirkiest entries in the Kenner Products toy line.
  8. Midgetoy (1946-1982)
    In 1943, brothers Alvin and Earl Herdklotz established the A & E Tool and Gage Co. in Rockford, Illinois as a defense-based precision tool-and-die business. After World War II, focus shifted primarily to toy making. Operating under the name Midgetoy, the company began to produce basic, smaller-scale die-cast vehicles and airplanes at low price points.
  9. Robot Commando from Ideal (1961)
    Standing a whopping 19” tall, Robot Commando represents one of Ideal Toy Company’s most memorable playthings for children.
  10. The Wing Thing from Gilbert Toys (1963)
    In 1963, Gilbert released The Wing Thing, an “all-weather flying vehicle” that stood a whopping 36-inches long by 48-inches wide.