Monopoly

Monopoly

Let’s face it - most of us are never going to be filthy rich. Most of us are never going to wheel and deal and build a gigantic real estate empire filled with hotels, railroads and entire city blocks. And yet, just about every person in the civilized world has an inkling into what it might feel like for there are few among us who have never spent a few hours feeling like a big shot. Continue reading...

Monster Magnet

Monster Magnet

Few toys possess the sheer animal magnetism as the Monster Magnet. First, there was the name. As any marketing executive worth his weight can tell you, include the word "monster" in the name of a toy and you are pretty much assured a hit - especially in 1964. But this wasn’t just about the name, it was about abilities - and this fierce little guy had plenty, making him a most attractive addition to any kid’s collection. Continue reading...

Mouse Trap Game

Mouse Trap

Just one glimpse of the elaborate mechanism, known as a Rube Goldberg Machine, is enough to get any kid begging for their parents to buy them a Mouse Trap game. Granted, it is perhaps the most inefficient way ever concocted to catch a mouse, but that’s really beside the point (or maybe it actually is the point.) Regardless, kids have been enjoying this simple game for almost five decades and its popularity shows no sign of slowing. Continue reading...

Mr. Machine

Mr. Machine

Children have long been fascinated with taking things apart and (hopefully) putting them back together again. Let a kid get their hands on a few of dad’s tools, and it is almost a certainty that they will start disassembling anything that lay in their path. Nothing is safe, from their own toys to their parent’s household appliances. Noting this particular universal fondness, Ideal Toys created the perfect plaything in 1960, a mechanical buddy, ready to be un-built and put back together again at will. His name was Mr. Machine. Continue reading...

Mr. Microphone

Mr. Microphone

Few that watched television in the 70s could ever forget the presence of a man named Ron Popeil, who regularly hawked the products manufactured by his company, Ronco. A master of mail order merchandising in his day, Popiel gave the world such memorable devices as the Pocket Fisherman, the Veg-O-Matic (and plenty of other “O-Matic" gadgets) and the iconic Ginsu knives. But while all of these products were marketed toward adult audiences, there was one particular gizmo that was geared towards kids and teens, a little device known as Mr. Microphone. Continue reading...

Mr. Mouth

Mr. Mouth

There is a time-honored childhood tradition that often takes place at the dining table while parents have their attention focused elsewhere. For eons it seems, children have been known to catapult food from one end of the table to the next, hoping to score a three-pointer in their sibling’s mouth. And perhaps this beloved sport was the catalyst for Tomy's Mr. Mouth game. With his jabbering jaw and revolving bald, yellow head, Mr. Mouth taunted you to fill him to overflowing. Continue reading...

Mr. Potato Head

Mr. Potato Head

Amusing small fries for over fifty years, Mr. Potato Head has been made from a variety of materials. But whether his stout stature was comprised of Styrofoam, plastic, or even the common solanum tuberosum (that's MISTER Solanum Tuberosum to you), this master of disguise has become more than just a toy: he's a movie star, a spokespud, and an American icon. Continue reading...

MyBuddyFinal

My Buddy

Not since Jack Jones sang the opening to The Love Boat has a theme song been as exuberantly performed as the one that accompanied My Buddy. Of course, the kid that sang this composition had plenty to be enthusiastic about – My Buddy was a pretty unique playtime pal. A departure from conventional marketing wisdom, this was a doll marketed for male children. Continue reading...