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Barrel of Monkeys

Lakeside Toys first introduced Barrel of Monkeys in 1966. It only took seconds to learn, but the challenge could keep players hooked for hours. Inside...

Battleship

"B-11". "nah!" "A-3" "D'oh . . . You sunk my battleship!". In this "classic naval combat game" the open seas were cluttered with ships of war,...

Battling Tops

Battling Tops was as close to watching gladiatorial combat as most kids got (except those kids whose dads took them to illegal cockfights!). Once you...

Bayko

             

Bazaar

One of the most frustrating things about almost every pinball game is the gap between the two flippers. No matter how good players are,...

Beano, The

Anxious to repeat the success of their comic, The Dandy, Scottish publishing house DC Thomson introduced The Beano just 35 weeks later. It was practically a replica of...

Betta Bilda

Betta Bilda was made by Airfix in the 1960s and 70s Plastic bricks with stud and socket connection between rows, very similar to Lego, but...

Big Jim

Big Jim was a poor cousin of GI Joe, so kids could still afford him on a newspaper delivery boy's salary. The 9.1/2 inch Jim had a...

Big Trak

Big Trak, the brainchild of an electronically minded Milton Bradley Company (who released Simon and Microvision during the same period), looked like a toy...

Big Wheel

There was nothing more glorious than getting a brand new Big Wheel. And nothing as inglorious as our mothers' mandates that we not ride in...

Billy Blastoff

He may not have looked as space-ready as Major Matt Mason, but don't let Billy Blastoff's cherubic little face fool you. This kid packed...

Bionic Woman

The Bionic Woman was a spin-off of another bionic-themed prime time hit, The Six Million Dollar Man. In the dramatic opening credits of the show,...

Blow Football

Blow Football was extremely simple. Each player had a straw and used it to blow the lightweight ball into the other person's goal. It required...

BMX

The BMX Burner from Raleigh (pictured below) was the action bike of 1982 in the UK. It was capable of stunt tricks and riders...

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,...

Bonanza Action Figures

Life was good at the Ponderosa Ranch in the mid-60's. Bonanza was the most-watched program in the USA, the Nevada mountains were still pristine...

Breakout

Designed by future Apple Computer founder Steve Jobs (though Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak reportedly did the bulk of the work), Breakout turned the video...

Buck-a-roo!

Buck-a-roo! came from Milton Bradley. The idea was to load the buck-a-roo mule with picks, shovels and all kinds of stuff. But if it got...

Bump ‘n’ Jump

You just had to love a game whose entire philosophy on life was summed up in its three-syllable title: Bump 'n' Jump. That's all...

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12-Inch Remixes

In the 1980s, if you liked a song you went out and bought the single on 7-inch vinyl. If you loved it you went out and...

16 Magazine

Founded in late 1958 by George Winters, 16 magazine set the standard for all teen magazines. many imitators popped up over the years, and 16 withstood some pretty...

2-XL

The 2-XL was a "robot with a personality" manufactured and released by Mego Corp. in 1978. This small 'talking' robot came complete with an 8-track...

3-D Movies

Stereoscopic films had been around since the 1920s, but the 1950s was unquestionably the golden age of 3-D, with excited teenagers flocking to the...

60s Speak

THE BAWL GAME Baby-sitting. Self explanatory really. BOSS We know who the boss is.... Bruce Springsteen, of course. And as a verb, it means to order someone...