LIttle Professor

Little Professor

In the 1970s, electronic games emerged as an exciting new form of entertainment quickly embraced by the nation’s youth. Arcades were no longer rooms containing pool tables and pinball machines, instead allowing for a rousing game of Pong and a few other modern marvels. The Atari game system even allowed this emerging technology into the comforts of our homes. With the kids completely enthralled by everything electronic, it became possible to sneak in an educational game or two under the radar. One of the more successful was the Little Professor, a hand-held device that taught math to unsuspecting kids. Continue reading...

Lone Ranger Action Figures

Lone Ranger Action Figures

The masked vigilante known as the Lone Ranger, along with his faithful companion Tonto, have kept the Old West safe for over 80 years. The pair mesmerized kids of the 30s on radio, and kids of the 50s on television. So famous were they that Gabriel Toys released an extensive line of toys and accessories in the 70s - two decades after the show went off the air - and they still flew off of store shelves. How's that for legendary status? Continue reading...

M.U.S.C.L.E.

M.U.S.C.L.E.

Comparatively speaking, the wrestling warriors of the World Wrestling Federation were a rather tame bunch compared to a small arm of rubbery beasts known as M.U.S.C.L.E. (Millions of Unusual Small Creatures Lurking Everywhere). Adorned with such odd features as fins, horns, fur and teacup shaped heads, these little guys made a big splash on the toy market, one that is still felt today. Continue reading...

Mad Libs

Mad Libs

Juggling between silliness and real educational value, Mad Libs is just about the most hilarity one can have while learning the parts of speech, a fill-in-the-blank party game that arrived in the 50s and continues to introduce new generations of fans to its whimsical wordplay. Continue reading...

Madballs

Madballs

It has long been understood by toy manufacturers that kids hold a fondness in their heart for all things disgusting and gross, and there has never been a shortage of toys that catered to this phenomenon. First, there were Creepy Crawlers, Wacky Packages and Slime in the 70s. In the decade that followed, the ante was upped with Garbage Pail Kids and a wonderful assortment of disturbing, dismembered heads forever known as Madballs. Continue reading...

Magic 8 Ball

Magic 8 Ball

When you are in need of some quick advice, what better place to turn than to a trusted, all-knowing billiard accessory. For more than 50 years, people have been posing questions to the Magic 8 Ball, a toy that is never at a loss for words and ready to offer enigmatic solutions to all of life’s problems with a quick shake and a glance into the murky window of destiny. Let’s take a look back at this classic toy. Continue reading...

Magic Sand

Magic Sand

Few natural substances are as appealing to kids as sand and water – each offering a seemingly endless supply of playtime potential. Well, as long as you don’t try to mix them. Water can not only reduce the structural integrity of any sand sculpture in the blink of an eye, but wet sand sticks to just about everything, becoming a gloppy pile of unusable mud. Continue reading...

Magna Doodle

Magna Doodle

While the magic of the Etch-A-Sketch was well documented by the mid 1970’s, its prevalence as the dominant magnetic means of making art was soon brought into question by small group of Japanese engineers. The erstwhile developers tinkered with numerous designs, eventually stumbling upon the means to create a toy they dubbed the Magna Doodle. While similar to the aforementioned Etch-A-Sketch, Magna Doodle replaced knobs with an actual plastic pen that made for far more accurate drawing. Continue reading...