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...

Dolly Pops

Dolly Pops

One must crawl before they can walk, walk before they can run - and snap before they can zip. That last part will only makes sense to those who ever fumbled endlessly with doll clothing before their little hands were quite up to the task. All those buttons, hooks, eyes and zippers made the average costume change a daunting task. Dolly Pops offered a glimmer of hope to those with underdeveloped manual dexterity by simplifying the process. Continue reading...

Domino Rally

Domino Rally

While Dominoes are really nothing more than a form of playing cards stamped onto blocks of wood, they’ve become infamous for something they were never intended to do ... fall over. The Pressman Toy Company took note of this in the early 80s, releasing Domino Rally - a toy that allowed you to arrange colorful falling blocks in ways you never imagined. Continue reading...

Dominoes

Dominoes

Planning is about to meet execution. You can't move a muscle, you can hardly breathe, lest you (or one errant sneeze) accidentally lay to waste your hours spent slaving over piece after endless piece. But now it is here, the moment of reckoning, as you prepare to fell your arch-rival - the domino, and all the troops behind him. One tiny touch, and clickity-clackity, it's over. Continue reading...

Don’t Break The Ice

Don’t Break The Ice

At one point during the 1960s, toy companies raised eyebrows with a line of games seemingly designed to bring out the megalomaniac in every child. With Ants in the Pants, kids launched plastic bugs into a pair of trousers. Cootie taught children the value of constructing even more bugs. But of all these games, nothing came close to being as diabolically fun as Milton Bradley’s Don’t Break The Ice. Continue reading...

Dungeons & Dragons

Dungeons & Dragons

What began as a simple love for the fantasy of Lord of the Rings turned into Mecca of Geekdom when Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson invented Dungeons & Dragons back in 1973. From their tiny stone came a ripple effect that would not only rock the gaming world, but also the nation at large. Continue reading...

Easy Bake Oven

Easy-Bake Oven

Moms don’t generally relinquish control of their kitchen appliances to the kiddies, especially the oven, and for good reason – a 450-degree chamber isn’t the best place for kids to stick their hands. And yet, the oven is where all those delicious baked goods come from – moist cupcakes, gooey chocolate chip cookies, basically the finest treats a kitchen can offer. And what about all those future culinary wizards, eager to get a head start in the world of batter and frosting concoctions? Luckily, for the upcoming chefs of the world, and the rest of the kids who simply dreamt of their very own bakery - where they could escape the “don’t touch that” limitations imposed by nervous adults and churn out a never-ending supply of tasty concoctions, there was the iconic Easy-Bake Oven. Let’s take a look back at a toy that offered the sweetest of rewards. Continue reading...

Electric Football

Electric Football

When it comes to football, there are plenty of electronic options today that simulate the game right down to the minute details. The grunting players look identical to their real-world counterparts, the stadiums are replicated to the last detail and gameplay options allow one to do virtually anything that's possible on a real field. In decades past, however, electric football games couldn’t tout realism as a selling point, so they made up for it by offering sheer fun. Continue reading...