LEGO

Lego

Perhaps the most foremost and beloved building blocks of all times, Lego is known the world over for their constructive and colorful bricks that can build most anything - from an airplane to an x-wing fighter, from an airport to a pirate ship to just about anything you can dream of. Today, we take a look at the history of the Lego company and their legacy of toys, video games and theme parks. Continue reading...

Pop-a-Point Pencils

Pop-a-Point Pencils

You wouldn't get far in your scholastic studies without a pencil, sharp and ready to go at a moment's notice. The wooden graphite variety served us well for centuries, but with the 80s came innovation in the form of the the Pop-a-Point pencil. They were stylish, fashionable and, for better or worse, they eliminated the need for a sharpener. Continue reading...

Electric Football

Electric Football

When it comes to football, there are plenty of electronic options today that simulate the game right down to the minute details. The grunting players look identical to their real-world counterparts, the stadiums are replicated to the last detail and gameplay options allow one to do virtually anything that's possible on a real field. In decades past, however, electric football games couldn’t tout realism as a selling point, so they made up for it by offering sheer fun. Continue reading...

Baseball Games

Baseball Games

More than a half-century before anyone would ever know what a video game was, pinball games reigned supreme in the local arcade and enjoyed a long and colorful history that continues today. But another game emerged back in the 30s, one called a “pitch and bat,” which led to a series of wonderful pinball-esque baseball games that are still fondly remembered to this day. Continue reading...

Nintendo

Nintendo

It started when a Japanese playing card company decided to get their feet wet in the world of arcade games. They introduced an addicting little video game about a plumber battling an ape and, within five years, the name Nintendo was synonymous with home video game systems. Every family in America didn’t have a deck of Nintendo playing cards in their living room but millions had one of their Game Systems. For a kid from this golden era, it was simply the only game to have. Continue reading...

Chips Ahoy

Chips Ahoy!

1963 was a good year for cookie lovers, thanks to the introduction of Chips Ahoy! Though maybe not as good as the homemade version, Chips Ahoy! were certainly a fine and addictive substitute. Paired with a generous glass of ice-cold milk (much like a glass of wine paired with a gourmet meal), it was entirely possibly to devour the whole bag in one sitting, leaving you pawing your way through cookie fragments hiding at the bottom. Continue reading...

Atari

Atari

The granddaddy of all platform and handheld game stations, the Atari Video Computer System remains a classic. In the tradition of trench warfare and bayonets, Atari maintains its appeal despite its antiquity. And, like Kleenex or Xerox, the word itself became synonymous with the activity it represented. In the late 70s and early 80s, nobody played video games at home; they played Atari. One had to go to the arcade or to the corner of the local sandwich shop to play video games. Atari, on the other hand, offered a comparable selection of games, required no quarters, and could be played at all hours from the comforts of your living room. Continue reading...

Milky the marvelous milking cow

Milky the Marvelous Milking Cow

There was once a time when a young tyke had to grow up on a farm to get a little cow-milking experience. But what about those poor city kids, whose urban existence didn’t expose them to such organic experiences. Luckily, Kenner Toys was around to ensure that kids from all walks of life could get down and dirty with the barnyard beasts, and pretend they were the proprietors of their very own dairy with the one, the only, the amazing – Milky, the Marvelous Milking Cow! Continue reading...