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Crossfire

Crossfire was heavily promoted in 1971 on television, but never really lived up to expectations. It was advertised as "The fastest rapid-fire action game ever",...

Dandy, The

One of the most popular children's comics of all time, and the oldest still in publication, The Dandy was launched on 4 December 1937 by DC...

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...

Dawn Dolls

Dawn was essentially a poor man's Barbie . . . but sexier, funkier and a bit hipper! Released by Topper Toys in 1970, she was six...

Dinky Toys

In 1931, British toy maker Frank Hornby - already a household name with his pre-war invention 'Mechanics Made Easy' sets (later and more commonly...

Dolls

Angel Babies Annie Baby Alive Baby Sweet Dreams Baby Tenderlove Baby That-A-Way - had a switch on her back and when you switched her on she would crawl Barbie Superstar Barbie Bionic...

Dolly Pops

Knickerbocker introduced Dolly Pops in the late 70s. There were blonde and a brunette dolls, three inches tall, with very long hair and, in...

Don’t Break the Ice

Through the 1960's, toy company Schaper had a number of games to their credit: Don't Break the Ice, Don't Spill the Beans, Ants in the...

Don’t Spill The Beans

Don't Spill The Beans was popular during the late 60s and came from a games company called Schaper. The game was all about filling...

Double Dragon

In the near future, with half the world ravaged by a nuclear war and violence ruling the streets in America, Marian is kidnapped by a violent...

Dungeons & Dragons

By the late 1970s, Dungeons & Dragons had become a favourite pastime of certain types of too-smart-for-their-own-good, socially awkward adolescents who preferred to think...

Eagle

Eagle had good-quality paper, full colour photogravure, excellent artwork and front-page hero Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future, the greatest astronaut of all time (by...

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...

Erector Sets

There are toys that every kid can understand - trucks, toy guns - and then there are the Erector sets of the world. Some young...

Ertl Die-cast Toys

When toy collectors think 'farm toys', they think Ertl. Since the mid-1940s, the Ertl Toy company has established itself as the finest farm-toy maker...

Etch-A-Sketch

The closest most people got to Pop Art in the 60s was the Etch-A-Sketch - a popular device that enabled you to make disposable black and...

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...

Fighting Fantasy Books

The Fighting Fantasy series were books based on role playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons. The idea of books such as The Warlock of...

Fisher-Price Little People

Some people believe your imagination is at its strongest when you are a child. Good evidence for this theory is provided by the enduring...

Flight Deck

Toys were much simpler in the old days. Forget Playstations, Robosapiens and Lego Mindstorms . . . In the early 70s all kids wanted...

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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...