Silly Putty

Silly Putty

What an inert, innocent appearance for such a versatile toy. Silly Putty would just sit there like a lump—literally—until you deigned to pick it up. But then, oh then…it came alive. Well, not really; there was a fair amount of elbow grease involved in getting enjoyment out of the Putty. It bounced; it flowed (if given enough time); it stuck to the wall; it stuck to newsprint and comic books and copied whatever was on the page; it even picked up pet hair and dust, should the average 8-year old feel a sudden urge to clean the living room. It could be kneaded and bent, stretched and flattened. And it owed its existence to an accident. Continue reading...

Silver Spoons

Silver Spoons

If you ever fantasized about arcade games in your living room, a car-shaped bed, or just living with Ricky Schroder, then Silver Spoons was right up your alley. This kid-friendly sitcom arrived in the 80s and quickly became a favorite among the school age set. Continue reading...

SimCity

SimCity

For those who grew tired of fighting the video game villains in the 80s, a new type of game arrived in 1989 that put an entire metropolis under your watchful eye. SimCity not only offered an alternative to battle-based games, it launched a whole new genre, the simulation game, one that proved enormously popular. Continue reading...

Simon

Simon

As the 70s came to a close, and with video games clearly the wave of the future, many a Christmas wishlist contained a single word towards the top - Simon. From its inception, this Milton Bradley classic was a must-have game, and it remains a beloved icon from the era, a multi-colored musical light show who served as a loyal friend on a lonely day. Let's take a look back at this addictive little toy. Continue reading...

Sit 'n Spin

Sit ‘n Spin

It is a scientific fact that if you take a child, place them in a featureless void, forbidden to speak, they will still find a way to entertain themselves. How? By spinning in place, of course. Every kid everywhere spontaneously invented spinning and the activity never lost its appeal. Confusing your inner ear was the first natural high experienced by all toddlers, which was why they always pleaded to go on one more Tea Cup or Tilt-a-Whirl ride at the carnival, even if they were already staggering around like drunks. Enter Sit ‘n Spin, an amusement park for one. Continue reading...

Slap Bracelets

Slap Bracelets

If you grew up in the 80s and 90s, there’s no point in denying you had one. Bringing out the masochist in each of us, the slap bracelet made it okay to hit yourself with something, all in the name of fashion. Beloved by kids and adults of all ages, these colorful accessories were sold by the millions. Continue reading...

Slime

Slime

If there's one thing the 70s taught us about toys, it's that anything with an "ick" factor is likely to sell very well. This is perhaps best demonstrated by a viscous green matter packaged into plastic garbage cans called Slime. Introduced by Mattel Toys in 1976, Slime proved immediately popular, a must-have on many a kid's Christmas list that year. Let's take a look back. Continue reading...

Slinky

Slinky

Everyone knows the Slinky. Beloved by children and physics teachers alike, this toy debuted in 1945 and has yet to ever slink away. Odds are good that every kid had at least one Slinky during their lifetime and if they didn’t actually own one, they’ve certainly played with one owned by somebody else. How did a simple metal coil become such a childhood icon? Let's take a look back at this marvelous toy and find out. Continue reading...