Upsy Downsy

Upsy Downsy

The year was 1969 and lava lamp-laden hippies roamed the earth. Besides gathering together for the lovefest that was Woodstock, they also helped to create a fashion style that went so far as to invade the toy world. The result was a set of colorful characters that had their own little commune of psychedelic happiness, the groovy and ever-lovable Mattel Upsy Downsys. Continue reading...

Pollyanna

Pollyanna

If there is one thing that a little girl named Pollyanna taught the world, it was to never underestimate the power of positive thinking. Granted, it’s often easier said than done, but perhaps if everyone were to become better versed in “The Glad Game,” the world would be a happier place. Continue reading...

Tie-Dye

Tie-Dye

The 60s were an era of psychedelic imagery, with everything from posters to album covers to electric lamps offering swirling rainbows of vivid patterns that perfectly accompanied the psychedelic music of the generation. In an effort To add the same colorful vibrancy to their apparel, people turned to an ancient art of tie-dye. Continue reading...

Battling Tops

Battling Tops

Assuming you didn't have access to cockfights and bare-knuckle boxing bouts as a kid, the next best thing to getting your gladiatorial fix was Battle Tops. Once you released your spinning top into the plastic arena, you could sit back and watch the carnage erupt as you cheered on your fearless plastic cohort and hoped that, once the dust cleared, it emerged the last one standing, er, spinning. Continue reading...

PAAS

PAAS

Decorating eggs for Easter is a practice that dates back centuries, but you needn't go through elaborate measures to join in the fun. For well over a hundred years, the folks at PAAS have offered a variety of inexpensive egg dyeing kits to help kids of all ages partake in this colorful tradition. Continue reading...

The Parent Trap

The Parent Trap

For fans of Disney’s Pollyanna who didn’t get enough of young actress Haley Mills, there was a an easy fix – give her two roles in the next film. Up for the challenge, Mills delivered a delightful pair of performances as twin sisters, Susan and Sharon Mills in the beloved 1961 family classic, The Parent Trap. Continue reading...

Marbles

Marbles

For most toys, pinning down the era in which they originated is an easy task. The longer a toy has been around, however, the more challenging the task becomes. In the case of marbles, it’s literally anyone’s guess. In a nutshell - they’ve likely been around for as long as man has been able to roll little balls into each other. Continue reading...

SweeTarts

SweeTarts

The yin and yang of sweet and sour has always had amble representation in the candy aisle. In the 40s, Lik-M-Aid Fun Dip was all the rage. In the next decade, the powdery goodness of Pixy Sticks prevailed. The 60s brought a less-messy, but equally flavorful tablet alternative called SweeTarts. Continue reading...