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WWF Action Figures

Action figures had many faces in the early 80s - the blonde brawn of He-Man, the buzz-cut ruggedness of G.I. Joe - but few were as famous as Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, Rowdy Roddy Piper...

X-Ray Spex (Specs)

X-Ray Spex came about in 1964 when Harold von Braunhut (the mastermind behind Sea Monkeys) repackaged an optical effect made popular by a device called the Wonder Tube. Advertised in American comics, X-Ray Spex appeared to be...

Xenon

It wasn’t like pinball machines hadn’t been sexy before - many a lad had pumped his pocket money into Slick Chick just to spend more time with those painted-on bunnies - but there was something about Xenon that just dripped...

Xenophobe

Inspired by the Alien films and countless other sci-fi suspense flicks, this game sent a group of unlucky scientists and soldiers into a series of bases, each one overrun by slime-spewing, flesh-eating aliens. The game had...

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 Xevious could attack from the air and ground as well, putting...

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, the dice-rolling game was called "the yacht game", and everyone who...

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 close quarters with your family, there was nothing you wanted more...

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 hold examples of terracotta Yo-Yo's from ancient Greece, and wall-paintings in...

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 something approaching 3-D, putting a whole new perspective on action games. The...

Zeroids

“Moving across the landscape, overrunning all obstacles as inexorably as the future itself, these amazing, efficient and powerful automatons have but one purpose - to serve their masters at work and play!" The Ideal Toy Company's...

Zillion Bubbles (Wham-o)

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 could blow bubbles. Big deal . . . But add the...

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 from the combination of glue and indecipherable assembly instructions, the finished...

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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 bought the 12-inch version instead. This was an exciting innovation in popular...

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 stiff competition but always remained true to its beginnings. 16 was never the...

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 cartridge and a voice that sounded like Lou Costello. On the box,...

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 cinema to see such classic fare as The House Of Wax (1953),...

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 around - But in the early 60s "boss" was an adjective....