Yes & No Books

Yes & No Books

Those long family road trips could be ever so tedious, sitting in those cramped quarters and enduring the taunts of your equally bored siblings. For parents who yearned for a little backseat peace and quiet, a Yes & No book provided miles of quiet entertainment. With a nifty invisible ink pen included, and a plethora of games contained within, these books worked like magic. Continue reading...

Dino Riders

Dino Riders

Between the electronic toys of the 70s and the quirky toys of the 90s came the clever toys of the 80s. Cartoon creators and toy makers combined their popular concepts into freakishly cool tie-in toys. Robots and vehicles collided to form Transformers. Machines and animals merged into Battle Beasts. And pre-historic creatures met the people of the future in the guise of Dino Riders. Continue reading...

Holly Hobbie Oven

Holly Hobbie Oven

It arrived on the toy aisle almost a decade after its Easy-Bake competitor, but its appearance gave the impression that it was century older. Fashioned after an antique stove, the Holly Hobbie Oven gave youngsters the ability to bake cookies and cakes just like mom ... or more appropriately, just like grandma. Continue reading...

Transformers

Transformers

With Transformers, the possibilities were endless: Toy vehicles that turn into toy robots that fight each other. Toy robots that turn into toy vehicles that you can actually drive. Toy vehicles that turn into laser-toting robots. Laser-toting robots that turn into … you get the idea. Continue reading...

He-Man

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

Every generation has its pantheon of great toys. In the 1980s, toys such as Transformers and G.I. Joes were the Titans of the toy world. But the masters were He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Clad essentially in nothing but furry briefs and all-terrain Ughs, He-Man nevertheless captured the fancy of thousands if not millions of little boys across the country. Continue reading...

Capsela

Capsela

Somewhere in the realm between Legos and the Radio Shack 50-in-1 electronics kits lay the most underrated construction toy of perhaps any generation. Capsela was more than just building or constructing. Capsela was engineering. Capsela rewarded both the mind that could think ahead and the one that discovered as it went. Continue reading...

Hangman

Hangman

A children's game centered around a virtual public execution might not seem the most politically-correct idea, but that hasn't stopped millions of youngsters from playing Hangman over the years. Much like the game of Battleship, generations of kids only needed paper and a pencil to play, but eventually a board game would follow to enhance the experience. Continue reading...

Aggravation

Aggravation

It's always been hard to find that "family game" balance. Make it too hard, the little tykes wouldn't get it. Make it too easy, and nobody else would want to play with the little tykes. But sometimes, that rare game got it right. Take, for example, the case of Aggravation, a board game marketed by Lakeside that bore a striking resemblance to the ancient game of Parcheesi. Continue reading...