Big Jim

Big Jim action figure

As the Vietnam War raged on in the early 70's, the public had tired of their usual fondness for war-related toys. Heck, even G.I. Joe took on more of a Steve Irwin persona, choosing a life of rugged adventure over another tour of duty. But he was no match in the brawn department to the one and only Big Jim. This was a man's man - a sports hero, martial arts master and adventurer, all wrapped up in one beefy package. Continue reading...

Big Trak

Big Trak

In the ever-expanding universe of toys, November of 1979 witnessed a significant advancement in the world of domestic science fiction with the entrance of Big Trak, a toy that appealed to every aspect of childhood imagination. Added to the idea of a tank were lights, noise, and a relatively new feature in the technologically burgeoning toy industry -the ability to program. Continue reading...

Big Wheel

Big Wheel

In the world of toys, there is the neat, the cool, the trendy, and the classic. But every once in a while, sometimes only once in a generation, comes a toy that defines the decade. Today, we look at one such toy, the beloved Big Wheel. Continue reading...

Blip

Blip electronic game

When Atari released Pong in 1972, the immediate popularity of this electronic version of table tennis would give birth to an entire video game industry. A few years later, the game would become one of the first available on the newly emerging home game systems. But, what if you didn't have one of those expensive systems? Furthermore, what if you wanted to play this game on a road trip or in a school cafeteria? The solution was a small handheld game called Blip. Released by Tomy in 1977, Blip was portable and certainly challenging. But, in the truest sense of the word, it wasn't really a video game; it just looked like one. Let's take a look back. Continue reading...

Boggle

Boggle

If you've ever played Scrabble, you know the feeling of staring slack-jawed at your opponent for seemingly hours on end while he tries in desperation to form a word out of four E's, a J and two O's. Maybe in those impatient moments, you cursed the makers of the game for not imposing a time limit in the rules. Or maybe, you were just better-suited for a word game introduced in the 70s called Boggle. Continue reading...

Bop It

Bop It

In the world of toys, simplicity often reigns supreme. Such is the case with a handheld electronic toy called Bop It. First released in 1996, this addictive game quickly rose in popularity, spawning an extensive line of sequels that continue to mesmerize and challenge kids to this day. Continue reading...

Bozo’s Grand Prize Game

Bozo’s Grand Prize Game

While working on the Chicago-based Bozo the Clown show in 1962, producer Don Sandburg had a great idea for a contest. Called the Grand Prize Game, it soon became apparent that seemingly every kid in the area wanted in on the action. The stakes were high – a silver dollar and a Schwinn bicycle for any kid that had the ability meet the challenge. Today, we take a look at this memorable game, both on television, and in the arcade game that followed. Continue reading...

Cabbage Patch Kids

Cabbage Patch Kids toy

1983 was a rather memorable year, one that saw the introduction of Swatches, the Chicken McNugget and Hooters. But for parents, it might be best remembered as the year when getting your child what they wanted most for Christmas meant enduring the inconvenience of long lines and a mob-like atmosphere. Yes, friends – this was the year of the Cabbage Patch Kid frenzy, perhaps one the craziest holiday seasons on record. Continue reading...

Candyland

Candyland game

Not since the days of the historical chocolate and peanut butter merge has there ever been a pairing so heavenly as that of board game and candy. Images of gooey confections, locales that would bring a diabetic to their knees, all wrapped in an easy-to-play board game – is it any wonder that it caught on with the little ones? Continue reading...

Care Bears

Care Bears

To a child, life can often be a confusing and downright cruel place. With a steady diet of playground taunts and sibling rivalry to cope with, nothing could be more welcoming at the end of a trying day than the companionship of a non-judgmental, and preferably fluffy companion. Enter the Care Bears, ready to set the world right with their never-ending affection that any kid would welcome with open arms. Continue reading...