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...

G.I. Joe

G.I. Joe

He is the foremost hero of the toy world, an iconic figure to boys and girls everywhere, and the world's first action figure. His name is G.I. Joe and he has helped to keep the globe safe from evildoers for over half a century and counting, selling millions of toys along the way. Continue reading...

Gobots

Gobots

In the great robot toys wars of the 80s, the clear winner was Transformers, but that's not to say they didn't have some stiff competition in the field. Three years earlier, Tonka issued the Gobots line, a worthy adversary to be sure, but one that couldn't quite push their competitor off of their perch. Still, they managed a strong second place finish and remain quite collectable in their own right. Continue reading...

Operation

Operation

We'll never know how many surgeons got their start by removing spare ribs and funny bones. Nor will we ever know how many cardiac doctors have woken up in the middle of the night from a terrifying dream where someone's nose lit up like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer due to their incompetence. One thing is clear though - to play the Milton Bradley game of Operation, one needed a steady hand and patience, or they were apt to lose their patients. Continue reading...

Upsy Downsy

Upsy Downsy

The year was 1969 and lava lamp-laden hippies roamed the earth. Besides gathering together for the lovefest that was Woodstock, they also helped to create a fashion style that went so far as to invade the toy world. The result was a set of colorful characters that had their own little commune of psychedelic happiness, the groovy and ever-lovable Mattel Upsy Downsys. Continue reading...

Battling Tops

Battling Tops

Assuming you didn't have access to cockfights and bare-knuckle boxing bouts as a kid, the next best thing to getting your gladiatorial fix was Battle Tops. Once you released your spinning top into the plastic arena, you could sit back and watch the carnage erupt as you cheered on your fearless plastic cohort and hoped that, once the dust cleared, it emerged the last one standing, er, spinning. Continue reading...

Bionic Woman Toys

Bionic Woman Toys

Who says a girl can’t have a little adventure with her own action figure? If Steve Austin could traipse around town showing off his nifty cyber-eye and superhuman strength, certainly a female doll could show off her mechanically-enhanced espionage abilities as well. Introducing Jaimie Summers, The Bionic Woman - a gal that had some very special talents all her own. Continue reading...

Marbles

Marbles

For most toys, pinning down the era in which they originated is an easy task. The longer a toy has been around, however, the more challenging the task becomes. In the case of marbles, it’s literally anyone’s guess. In a nutshell - they’ve likely been around for as long as man has been able to roll little balls into each other. Continue reading...