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Planet of the Apes figures

Few science-fiction concepts were as durable as the one that fueled Planet of the Apes. The success of the first Planet of the Apes film in...

Odyssey

Before there was Atari, before there was even Pong, there was the Odyssey. We take it for granted now, of course, but try to...

Micronauts

In 1977, Martin Abrams of the Mego toy corporation was in Japan negotiating with a company called Takara for the right to produce a...

Merlin

Introduced in 1978, Merlin was made of red plastic and was powered by six double-A batteries. It was divided into three sections: The top...

Mego Super Heroes

Starting in 1972, the cream of the crop from DC and Marvel comics worlds joined Mego’s 8" range of poseable, clothed action figures. The...

Major Matt Mason

"Mattel’s Man in Space!" Space exploration was the dream of many a young mind in the late 1960s, and Major Matt Mason helped bring some...

Mad Libs

Co-creators Roger Price and Leonard Stern came up with the Mad Libs idea when the two worked as writers for The Steve Allen Show....

Lone Ranger action figures

Gabriel Toys introduced the Lone Ranger toyline in 1973, creating a vast array of action figures, horses, and playsets based on the successful radio,...

Lawn Darts (Jarts)

Lawn Darts began to appear in sporting goods and toy stores in the 1960s and were made by various manufacturers (Sears Department Stores even...

Game of Jaws, The

Steven Spielberg’s 1975 summer blockbuster shark flick didn’t spawn a whole lot of licensed merchandise, but it made up for it with The Game...

Intellivision

It was an Atari world back in the late 70s and early 80s, but Mattel’s Intellivison staged a pretty good coup. The Atari VCS (aka the 2600)...

Evel Knievel toys

Ideal Toys, the major manufacturer of Evel Knievel toys, got their start in the Knievel business in 1972 when they released the first Evel...

Easy-Bake Oven

The Easy-Bake oven was introduced in 1963. Powered by a 60-watt bulb, the oven came with a couple of different mixes and cake pan...

Darci

Kenner dipped its foot iInto the dark, monopolised waters of the late 70s toys-for-girls market with Darci. She was a bit taller and a bit...

Crayola crayons

In 1885, cousins Edwin Binney and C. Harold Smith took over the Peekskill Chemical Company in the US, named it Binney & Smith, and...

Colorforms

In the early 1950s, a company called Colorforms hit the educational toy market with their eponymous products. The original sets contained basic shapes or letter...

Snakes & Ladders

The game of Snakes and Ladders actually began as a game called Moksha-Patamu in ancient India, where it was used to teach Hindu children...

Cap Guns

The first cap guns were born out of economic necessity. After the American Civil War ended in 1865, several gun manufacturers found themselves with...

Candy Land

Imagine that the Brothers Grimm invented a board game. Now take out the witches. Welcome to Candy Land. Eleanor Abbott was recovering from polio when...

Boggle

The world has its share of word games, but perhaps none as hyperactive as Boggle, which was first released in 1973. Sixteen letters, three minutes,...

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Discman

Sony launched the digital audio revolution in 1983 with the first compact disc player. In 1984 they went one better, by introducing a miniaturised CD player...

Drugs in the 1970s

There was a really jolly period during the 70s before everyone figured out how bad drugs really were for you and got all 12-step...

Richard Nixon

1 9 1 3 - 1 9 9 4 Unless you were actually there, it's hard to imagine just how utterly loathed and reviled Richard...

Apple Computers

The Lisa (pictured at right) was named after Steve Job's daughter and was first introduced in early 1983. It worked on a Motorola 68000...

Chatty Cathy

Dolls were always good for lending a listening ear after a tough day at preschool, but Chatty Cathy actually talked back. Tired of having to...

Air Blaster Gun

Was there ever a toy gun as cool as Wham-O's Air Blaster? Not only did the thing look like a spaceman disintegration ray, it...