Hello Kitty

Hello Kitty

Surprisingly, it all started with a mere change purse, one adorned with the face of a sweet little mouthless kitty – a nice little product that one would imagine would make for a cute little short-lived fad. But “fad” doesn’t even begin to describe the magnitude, the enormous impact, the marketing machine, the iconic status that this darling little feline we know as Hello Kitty would have on the world. Continue reading...

Hi Ho! Cherry-O

Hi Ho! Cherry-O

Label a game as “educational” and it might just sit on a shelf gathering dust. Sometimes more covert tactics are necessary to get kids to put on their learning hat during playtime, perhaps by dangling a bunch of delicious-looking cherries from a tree. What youngster wouldn’t want to be a part of the picking action? Introduced in 1960 by Whitman Games, Hi Ho! Cherry-O was a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a learning game for kids in the 3-6 range that flew in under the radar because it was so much fun to play. One didn’t need to be able to read to play Hi Ho! Cherry-O, as everything was image-based. The board was laid out with four trees around the […] 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...

Hoppity Hop

Hoppity Hop

Something about being a little kid brings out an irrepressible need to jump and bounce. Who among us didn't mercilessly assault our bedroom mattresses as if they were a circus trampoline? And, if you wanted to go bouncing down the block to a friend's house, and if you weren't quite coordinated enough to handle a pogo stick, there was only one real choice - the Hoppity Hop (or Hippity Hop, if you prefer). In their heyday, these popular playthings filled suburban streets with their distinctive sounds, as happy children everywhere got their bouncing fix. Continue reading...

Hot Potato

Hot Potato

Forget Musical Chairs - a game for those whose idea of “fast-paced” meant the occasional recline in a comfy chair. Hot Potato utilized many of the same rules, but that’s where the similarity ended. This was an on-your-feet frenzy of crazed spud-tossing. And if you weren’t careful, you were likely to get burned. Continue reading...

hot-wheels

Hot Wheels

In the world of die-cast toy cars, attention to detail is appreciated, but what kids really crave is speed. And for over forty years, Mattel's Hot Wheels have delivered the goods, proclaiming themselves not only fast, but the fastest. As such, they have remained enormously popular (and collectable) ever since they were first introduced in 1968. Continue reading...

Hugo, Man Of A Thousand Fac

Hugo, Man Of A Thousand Faces

Let’s face facts – Mr. Potato Head, lovable as he may be, really couldn’t hold a candle to Hugo, the Man of a Thousand Faces. This was advanced cranium alteration, the opportunity to turn Hugo into the doll of your dreams, or your nightmares. Let’s take a look back at this unforgettable mug. Continue reading...

Hula Hoop

Hula Hoops

Fads are not an easy thing to explain, especially to future generations. Take a kid who is accustomed to being surrounded by computers and gaming consoles and try to get them to understand the impact that a simple ring of plastic could have on the populace and you are likely to be met with the blankest of stares. They might even accuse you of making the story up. But truth is often stranger than fiction and the truth is, this single ring of plastic known as the Hula Hoop was something that, at one time, was the most coveted toy in existence. Its popularity transcended both gender and age and got a whole generation to gyrate their hips (and other body parts) with reckless abandon. Let's go back in time. Continue reading...