Toy Record Players

Toy Record Players

In a world where portable music devices are commonplace, it seems unfathomable that it wasn’t always possible for a youngster to play their favorite music in the confines of their bedroom. Sure, mom and dad had the fancy, expensive stereo in the living room but it wasn't exactly kid-friendly. One was likely to face the wrath of an angry parent if caught mishandling their prized phonograph collection. But, as usual, the toy industry came through to save the day, allowing children the same pleasures of the adult world. With the introduction of toy record players, now a kid could close the bedroom door and have complete control of their listening choices. The world would never be the same. Continue reading...

Trac-Ball

Trac-Ball

Jai-Alai, in Basque, means “Merry Festival.” The game originated there over a century ago and has been billed as the “world’s fastest ball game.” Of course, a part of that excitement and intensity comes from its infamous reputation for crippling players permanently. Not the case with Whamo-s version, called Trac-Ball. But that didn't mean that there weren't a few dangers worth watching out for. Perhaps its no wonder that this game is so fondly remembered. Let's take a look back at Trac-Ball. Continue reading...

Trix Rabbit

Trix Rabbit

Usually when one repeats the same task and yet expects a different result, it is a textbook example of insanity. But there are exceptions. When a generous helping of Trix cereal is involved, you can’t really blame that bunny for repeatedly trying to snag himself a bowl. In fact, it’s hard not to sympathize. And for all that effort, one thing is indisputable; Trix Rabbit has sold a heck of a lot of cereal over the years. Continue reading...

Trolls

Trolls

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Troll Dolls have seemingly been around forever. Modern generations can thank the retro-crazed 90s for the resurgence of a more-brightly hued version of the little lucky toys, while older generations can thank Thomas Dam, a Danish woodcutter who, as legend has it, simply didn’t have enough money to buy his lovely daughter a toy. Rather than put on a sad face over the whole matter, Dam delved into Nordic fairy tales for a bit of inspiration and carved up a troll doll for his daughter. She loved it, dressed it up and showed it off to anyone that might take a look. Slowly but surely the ugly little doll won a spot within the hearts of the townspeople and thus, the beginning of the Troll Doll. Continue reading...

Trouble

Trouble

Sometimes the simplest of challenges are the ones most frustrating, which pretty much encapsulates a little board game called Trouble. Introduced by Kohner in 1965, it brought out the competitiveness in everyone who played, sometimes raising their stress levels to the point that the game maker thought it wise to protect the lone die behind a globe of plastic, lest it get flung across the room. Continue reading...

Twinkie the Kid

Twinkie the Kid

One third of the trinity of Hostess snack cake mascots, he’s the rootin’, tootin’ crème-filled cowboy, ready to save the day and offer up a tasty Twinkie to anyone who needs a little yummy goodness in their lives. Let’s take a look back at this memorable mascot that has graced every box of Twinkies (and more than a few television commercials) since the 70s. Continue reading...

Underoos

Underoos

After eons of wearing simple white undergarments, something magical occurred in 1978 that would forever transform an underwear-wearing kid into a hero among mere mortals. Soon, herds of kids that wouldn’t have been caught dead displaying their skivvies in public were proudly displaying them for all to see. From under-dressed tot to Aquaman in a single bound, kids were transported into a wonderfully fun world of make-believe, thanks to a little fashion innovation lovingly known as Underoos. Let's take a look back at perhaps the most fondly remembered underwear of all time. Continue reading...

Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood

Americans have had a love affair with movies for over a century, not to mention the mystical place that produces them known as Hollywood. This is where it all happens, right? And if you should happen to visit Tinsel Town, what could be more fun than seeing how the movies are made? The special effects, the elaborate sets, the glamorous stars? Well, how about two out of three? Continue reading...