Xevious

A classic vertically-scrolling shoot-em-up Namco arcade game (distributed by Atari), Xevious sent your 'Solvalou' craft into solo battle against the invading Xevious armies. Unfortunately, the...

Yahtzee

The first version of Yahtzee was invented by a moneyed Canadian couple in 1956 aboard their yacht, of all places. Among the couple's boating coterie,...

Yes & Know Books

Any kid who had to make long car trips knew very well the pleasures of a good Yes & Know book. After spending so much time in...

Yo-Yo

A playground favourite for millions of schoolchildren the world over, the Yo-Yo is actually, according to some historians, one of the oldest toys around. Museums...

Zaxxon

1982 gamers had never seen anything like Sega/Gremlin’s Zaxxon. Players had flown spaceships into strafing raids and interstellar dogfights before, but Zaxxon did it in...

Zeroids

“Moving across the landscape, overrunning all obstacles as inexorably as the future itself, these amazing, efficient and powerful automatons have but one purpose -...

Zillion Bubble Blower

By themselves, the words 'bubble blower' didn't inspire much awe. Ten-cent sets of rings and bubble fluid could blow bubbles. Heck, even dish soap...

Zoids

Let's face it. Model toys took a long time to build. And for all the hours we sat hunched over the kitchen table, dizzy...

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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...