Cap Guns

Cap Guns

To the dismay of parents everywhere, very few children grow up making a hero out pacifists. No kid ever ran outside excited for a rousing game of bankers and philanthropists or begged their parents for a talking Ghandi doll. No kid ever looked at a RISK board and wanted to play as the U.N. peacemaker. Continue reading...

Sea Wees

Sea Wees

Since time immemorial, kids have dreaded the drudgery of bath time. Enterprising toy companies took advantage of that fact and produced a huge variety of tub and pool toys: boats, submarines, and solid plastic action figures. Most of these toys however appeal to boys and that left girls in the lurch. Enter Sea Wees, the Barbies of the sea! Continue reading...

Parcheesi

Parcheesi

It stands to reason that some of those favorite board games from childhood don't always hold the same appeal for adults. It's rare to see a group of grown-ups playing Candyland, for example. But one game has always had its share of cross-generational interest. Perhaps that's one of the reasons that Parcheesi has remained a favorite for some sixteen centuries. Continue reading...

Dominoes

Dominoes

Planning is about to meet execution. You can't move a muscle, you can hardly breathe, lest you (or one errant sneeze) accidentally lay to waste your hours spent slaving over piece after endless piece. But now it is here, the moment of reckoning, as you prepare to fell your arch-rival - the domino, and all the troops behind him. One tiny touch, and clickity-clackity, it's over. Continue reading...

Penny Racers

Penny Racers

When you purchased one of Takara’s Penny Racer toy cars, you made sure you had an extra penny left over. One small cent made all the difference. It made for stunt car spinning happiness, with Matchbox and Hot Wheels track driving seeming bland and dull when compared to these 80s marvels. Continue reading...

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

In the world of toy action figures, every superhero eventually gets their day in the sun. But once in a while, a real person has such a larger than life persona that they achieve the same honor as their comic book counterparts. And, if ever there was a larger-than-life character whose gregarious nature simply screamed action-figure status, it was “The Greatest,” Mr. Muhammad Ali. Continue reading...

Jacks

Jacks

Twosies and threesies were okay, but if you really wanted to be considered playground royalty, sixies and sevensies were almost always required. And if any of this makes sense to you, you probably have experience playing a modern version of an ancient game that's come to be known as Jacks. Continue reading...

Monchhichi

Monchhichi

In the mid-70s, the Japanese unleashed the cuddly, thumb sucking monkeys called Monchhichi on an unsuspecting world. But it wasn’t until 1980, when Hanna-Barbera decided to follow up their decidedly cute Saturday morning offering, The Smurfs, with another adorable addition. Working with Mattel Toys, the two conspired to bring the lovable Monchhichi to the airwaves and, of course, the toy stores. Continue reading...