Gnip Gnop

Gnip Gnop

Some prefer the leisurely pace of Stratego or Chess to fight their imaginary battles, but combat is rarely a casual affair, with little time for careful calculation. More often than not, it was pure chaos - a few minutes of frenzied fighting that left an opponent bloodied and battered. If that's the way you preferred your competition, Gnip Gnop was right up your alley. 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...

Green Machine

Green Machine

It’s the stuff from which legends are made. Endless skids and donuts, the gravel flying through your hair, a blur of emerald energy that made a Big Wheel look like kid’s stuff. This was a tricycle with attitude and fortitude, this was the Green Machine - perhaps the coolest tyke transportation ever conceived. Continue reading...

Hacky Sack

Hacky Sack

Over the years, kids have come up with many creative ways to alleviate boredom at school: some play paper football, some trade notes back and forth, and some just tune out the world with their iPods. One of the coolest ways to kill scholastic downtime is to play with a Hacky Sack footbag. This easily-learned activity became a hit with sports enthusiasts of all ages during the 70s and 80s by providing a fun activity that developed dexterity at the same time. As a result, it became a hit of international proportions. 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...

Hats Off

Hats Off

Humans sure have a fascination with flinging projectiles through the air at one another. From the historical catapults to the modern-era spitball, it just seems to be in our genes. It’s no wonder that a board game that allowed such behavior would find its way into the hearts of people everywhere. 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...

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...