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...

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...