Holly Hobbie Oven

Holly Hobbie Oven

It arrived on the toy aisle almost a decade after its Easy-Bake competitor, but its appearance gave the impression that it was century older. Fashioned after an antique stove, the Holly Hobbie Oven gave youngsters the ability to bake cookies and cakes just like mom ... or more appropriately, just like grandma. Continue reading...

He-Man

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

Every generation has its pantheon of great toys. In the 1980s, toys such as Transformers and G.I. Joes were the Titans of the toy world. But the masters were He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Clad essentially in nothing but furry briefs and all-terrain Ughs, He-Man nevertheless captured the fancy of thousands if not millions of little boys across the country. Continue reading...

Glamour Heads

Glamour Heads

For years, little girls rummaged through Mom’s makeup bag, anxious to delve into a world of lipstick, eyeliner, blush – pretty much anything else that would give them that look of stylish sophistication that all the older girls possessed. Therefore, moms everywhere rejoiced at the introduction of the Glamour Head series of styling centers, allowing little girls to practice their beauty secrets to their little heart’s content. Mom could relax knowing that little Mary was tarting up a plastic head, rather than making herself look like an up-and-coming circus performer for all the neighbors to see. More importantly, mom no longer had to worry about her makeup stash being prematurely depleted. Continue reading...

Uno

Uno

Nothing brings a family together like a nice game of cards. But many games are either too complex for the little ones to get a handle on, or too simplistic for the older crowd to enjoy. Then, along came Uno - a card game that could be learned in a few minutes but proved addictive enough to keep families playing until the wee hours of morning. This balance of simplicity and challenge has made Uno one of the most beloved card games of all time. Continue reading...

Rainbow Brite

Rainbow Brite

Rainbow Brite had one goal in life – to bring color back to Rainbowland. Along with her friends, the Color Kids and the furry Sprite animals, a world of black and white stood no chance. Meanwhile, back in realityland, Rainbow Brite toys were quite popular in the 80s and spawned a sizable multimedia franchise that lasted well into the next century. Continue reading...

Suckerman

Suckerman

Toy fads come and go. Most are short-lived in both their production, and in the memory of those that initially fell for their seductive allure. Every once in a while though, one stands out as being so darn cool that its memory far outlives its shelf life. And just about everyone that was sucked into buying a grotesque little creature called Suckerman retains a fond recollection of a toy that managed to stick in their memories about as well as it stuck to walls, floors and just about everything else it was ever flung against. Continue reading...

Intellivision

Intellivision

The video game console wars of the early 80s were reminiscent of the video format wars a few years earlier, where VHS won the popularity contest hands-down, yet Betamax still boasted a better quality. In this arena, the Atari 2600 played the role of the VHS tape and underdog challenger was Mattel’s Intellivision, a fine little video game system that never quite captured the same spotlight, but will forever be remembered by many from that era as the superior system. 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...