Hoppity Hop

Hoppity Hop

Something about being a little kid brings out an irrepressible need to jump and bounce. Who among us didn't assault our bedroom mattresses as if it were a circus trampoline? If you wanted to bounce down the block to a friend's house, and if you weren't quite coordinated enough to handle a Pogo Stick, there was only one real choice - the Hoppity Hop (or Hippity Hop, if you prefer). Continue reading...

hot-wheels

Hot Wheels

In the world of die-cast toy cars, attention to detail is appreciated, but what kids really crave is speed. And for over forty years, Mattel's Hot Wheels have delivered the goods, proclaiming themselves not only fast, but the fastest. As such, they have remained enormously popular (and collectable) ever since they were first introduced in 1968. Continue reading...

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Ask any random group of people what their favorite holiday television show is and you will get more than a few votes for How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Based on a children’s book written in 1957 by Theodor Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss), his characters were brought to life (in animated form) on television for the first time during the 1966 holiday. Over 40 years later, there are no signs of diminished popularity. Continue reading...

Hugo, Man Of A Thousand Fac

Hugo, Man Of A Thousand Faces

Let’s face facts – Mr. Potato Head, lovable as he may be, really couldn’t hold a candle to Hugo, the Man of a Thousand Faces. This was advanced cranium alteration, the opportunity to turn Hugo into the doll of your dreams, or your nightmares. Let’s take a look back at this unforgettable mug. Continue reading...

Hula Hoop

Hula Hoops

Fads are not an easy thing to explain, especially to future generations. Take a kid who is accustomed to being surrounded by computers and gaming consoles and try to get them to understand the impact that a simple ring of plastic could have on the populace and you are likely to be met with the blankest of stares. They might even accuse you of making the story up. But truth is often stranger than fiction and the truth is, this single ring of plastic known as the Hula Hoop was something that, at one time, was the most coveted toy in existence. Its popularity transcended both gender and age and got a whole generation to gyrate their hips (and other body parts) with reckless abandon. Let's go back in time. Continue reading...

hippos

Hungry Hungry Hippos

Scientists claim that hippos (Hippopotamus amphibious) are herbivores, but millions of kids can attest otherwise. Their experience suggests that these gentle beasts have an insatiable appetite for little white marbles. Many a feeding frenzy has been observed during the course of a rousing round of Hungry Hungry Hippo. Continue reading...

Huskies

Huskies

Many a boy had willingly worn the large-size 'Huskies' for years, naïvely wearing whatever mom bought and put in the closet. Huskies were like any other pants, weren't they? They looked the same: the same color, the same stitching, but why did they have to be bought in a special department? Continue reading...

Ice Cubes

Ice Cubes

No, they won’t keep you cool on a hot summer’s day, nor do they belong in a tall glass of lemonade. But for those who love chocolate, these little foil-wrapped squares have been delighting the taste buds for decades, thanks to the German confectioner, Moritz, proud makers of Ice Cubes. Continue reading...