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Bunty

How come the Four Marys are still in the Third Form at St Elmo's? Have they really been kept down for thirty odd years....

Cabbage Patch Kids

The most popular kids of the 80s had ugly squished faces, stumpy arms and chubby little hands . . . They were The Cabbage...

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...

Canyon Bomber

Part of the beauty of early arcade games was the preponderance of "truth in advertising". What you read was what you got. So when...

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...

Captain Action

With a change of clothes and mask, Captain Action could alter his identity into some of the mightiest heroes on the planet. The basic 1966...

Cascade

Battery-powered thing from Matchbox which launched ball-bearings onto 3 bouncy drums in succession and then onto a scoring receptacle at the other end. The ball would then...

Catapult/Slingshot

Young boys have always been fascinated with war toys, but most were just that: toys. No matter how fancy that cap gun got, it...

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...

Cluedo/Clue

The board game's inventor was a British law clerk named Anthony Pratt, who dreamt it up circa 1947, while walking his beat as a...

Colorform Aliens

In 1968, the Colorform company made a bold attempt at cracking the action figure market with a set of seven bendable rubber "Outer Space...

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...

Computer Space

The history of coin-operated video arcade games began not with a whimper, but with several explosive bangs, rendered in simple black-and-white graphics by a...

Conkers

Conkers are the hard fruit of the Horse Chestnut tree. These are collected in autumn (we used to throw sticks up the trees to...

Cootie/Beetle

Designed for pre-schoolers, Cootie (or Beetle as it was known in the UK, where the word "Cootie" has no meaning whatsoever) hit its mark...

Corgi Toys

As with many great British companies, the origins of Corgi lie overseas. In 1933 Philip Ullman, head of Tippco - a very successful German...

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...

Crazy Foam

     

Creepy Crawlers

Creepy Crawlers were the first species to emerge from Mattel's 'Thingmaker' concept - other do-it-yourself kits would follow in the decades to come, like...

Criss Cross Pop Up

If you were tired of scratching out tic-tac-toe games on sweaty notebook paper that you passed back and forth in the middle of history...

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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...