Major Matt Mason

Major Matt Mason

Long before Buzz Lightyear was blasting off into space, kids have held an affinity for space-related toys – perhaps never more so than during the space race of the 1960s. As man reached for the stars, kids reached for the ultimate astronaut hero of the toy world – a well-equipped action hero known as Major Matt Mason. Continue reading...

Mastermind

Mastermind

Sitting across the highly polished table sits a suave well-dressed gentleman and his exotic companion, inviting you into the cunning realm of espionage – where codes are made and codes are broken. No, this isn’t a casting call for yet another James Bond – just the box top for a simple little game of logical deduction called Mastermind. Continue reading...

Masterpiece board game

Masterpiece

Ah, the art of wheeling and dealing – the opportunity to start at the bottom and work towards financial riches and unfathomable wealth. But along with the potential for affluence comes the risk of losing it all. For those not quite ready to take such a risk in real life, board games have long offered a safe way to try one’s hand at this wheeling and dealing world, without the danger of financial ruin. If real estate was your area of interest, you might take a stab at Monopoly, but those with their eye on the art world, Masterpiece was the way to go. Continue reading...

Matchbox

Matchbox

One might think that a delightful collection of scale model cars would be something that a child would want to lovingly protect from harm. Something about a car, however, brings out a more sadistic side to kids. Try as they might, they can’t help being lured into a world of fantastic car crashes and death-defying stunts - paint scratches be damned. Probably no other toy has consistently faced the abuse that Matchbox cars have been put through; an impromptu demolition derby is just too enticing to pass up. But for over fifty years, these little die-cast metal beauties have won the hearts of kids everywhere and somehow a small portion have survived unscathed enough to be coveted by collectors everywhere. Continue reading...

Mattel Electronics Football

Mattel Electronics Football

Prior to 1977, a football game was something a kid could only experience as an outdoor group activity. Can’t find enough kids to play? Weather uncooperative? Tough luck. It would take the advent of hand-held electronics games to bring the pigskin into the bedroom, the school bus and anywhere else where tackling each other was probably a bad idea. Today, we take a look at the game that started it all, Mattel Electronics Football. Continue reading...

Mego Superheroes

Mego Superheroes

The superheroes spawned by comic books such as Marvel and D.C. enjoyed what might be considered the Golden Age in the 1970s. From movies such as Superman to the Saturday morning mainstay Super Friends, to prime time television series such as Wonder Woman and The Incredible Hulk, it seemed that wherever one turned, a cape-wearing do-gooder was fighting the good fight against the forces of evil. It was inevitable that toy companies would seek out a piece of the superhero pie and the leader of the pack was Mego, with their official line of World’s Greatest Superheroes. Continue reading...

Memory

Memory

Every once in a while, a game manages to teach a few valuable skills to unsuspecting players and make them smarter without them ever realizing it. Candyland snuck in some color recognition mentoring. Hi Ho! Cherry-O stealthily gave kids the ability to count, and Hot Potato … well, that taught the valuable lesson that if you holding something that is hot, you should hand it to someone else immediately. But in terms of developing concentration and matching skills, the name of the game was Memory – a simple card game that taxed those brain cells to no end. Continue reading...

Merlin game

Merlin

With the emerging popularity of video games in the late 70s, it was only a matter of time before the technology was introduced into a plethora of hand-held devices. Many of these disappeared as quickly as they arrived, but the ones that proved both challenging and versatile enjoyed much greater success. One such game was Merlin, introduced by Parker Brothers in 1978. Boasting a wide variety of game variations that included everything from memory games to Blackjack and even a musical sequencer, Merlin had all the magic necessary to become a hit. Continue reading...