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...

hippos

Hungry Hungry Hippos

Scientists claim that hippos (Hippopotamus amphibious) are herbivores, but millions of kids can attest otherwise. Their experience suggests that these gentle beasts have an insatiable appetite for little white marbles. Many a feeding frenzy has been observed during the course of a rousing round of Hungry Hungry Hippo. Continue reading...

Intellivision

Intellivision

The video game console wars of the early 80s were reminiscent of the video format wars a few years earlier, where VHS won the popularity contest hands-down, yet Betamax still boasted a better quality. In this arena, the Atari 2600 played the role of the VHS tape and underdog challenger was Mattel’s Intellivision, a fine little video game system that never quite captured the same spotlight, but will forever be remembered by many from that era as the superior system. Continue reading...

Jem

Jem

Many a doll maker have attempted to take a swipe at the iconic Barbie over the years. Most have failed, but in the case of Jem, she proved she had a few tricks up her sleeve and managed to hold her own, thanks to a revolution that was changing the entertainment world, a force known as MTV. Continue reading...

Jenga

Jenga

Jenga is a game that required steady hands and nerves of steel. Forget Operation, forget The Game of Jaws - these were child’s play by comparison. You were going to need some serious intestinal fortitude to make it through a game of Jenga, where one wrong move, one unintended twitch of the wrist would bring the game crashing down around you much to the delight of your nerve-rattled opponents. Continue reading...

KerPlunk

KerPlunk

Classic games become so for one reason, because no matter how many times you play them, they remain challenging and, more importantly, fun! A perfect example is a simple game where grasping at straws can make or break you and the sound of silence is most welcoming. Such is the challenge of those who choose to try their hand at KerPlunk – a test of hand/eye coordination and strategy that also requires plenty of sheer luck. Continue reading...

Keypers

Keypers

You’ve amassed a bounty of small childhood treasures - a few pieces of candy, that coveted plastic piece of jewelry from a gumball machine, a few coins you found under the couch. In a kinder world, you could trust the security of your bedroom door. But mere doors are no match for that roving group of pirates known as “siblings”, eager to rob you of your hard-earned trinkets the minute your back is turned. It’s going to take some crafty ingenuity to keep your valuables safe from the thievery of these prepubescent pillagers. You must find a place where they would never think of looking – say, perhaps, the belly of a cute plastic animal. Continue reading...

KISS Dolls

KISS Dolls

While many kids may hold certain pop stars and rock bands in awe, few, if any, ever spent hours at a time saving the world with their John, Paul, George, and Ringo dolls. Few, if any, Elvis action figures ever hip-swayed before rocking the imaginary enemy to a pulp. There was no remote control REO Speedwagon and Flock of Seagulls never had a cuddly plush. No girls looked forward to the Sunday paper containing all new fashionable cutouts to dress up their Boy George paper doll. The rock band, KISS, on the other hand, was a different story. Continue reading...