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Chinese Checkers in a Tin with Regular Checkers on the other side and marbles and red/black checkers inside

You know you had em...

slinky, slinky...

Banana Seat Bike

The pogo stick

90s kid

Childhood nightmares. No skills required to play this inane game. That is the good part. The decibel level of the vibrating and grinding sound are guaranteed to set your teeth on edge at the very minimum. I think we shattered a window once.

Who wouldn't want to wait hours for 2 bites of cake?

Many kids harbor a fondness for bugs. Not only are they fun to play with, but there is also the realization of the sadistic havoc you can wreak with them. Every family member had a target on their back and if you played your cards right, you could evoke a scream of blood-curdling fear with just the right placement.

“They stick like magic!” Well, truth be told, they stick like plastic. But, as plastic goes, when cut thin and flimsy and shaped like anything from a geometric equation to a sitcom star, it might even be cooler than magic.

Colorforms | Retroland

Enough said...

“You sank my battleship!” - Notice mom and the daughter in the background?

All games would like you to believe that they are oodles of fun to play, but only one can boast that it is as fun as a barrel of monkeys? In fact, it is a Barrel of Monkeys! And for over four decades, kids have played with these interlocking primates for hours on end in this endearing and enduring game that tests one’s patience and coordination like no other.

Some say it’s hard to keep a good man down. Nothing more true could be said about Army Men: green plastic soldiers fixed to a molded base, which stand defiant in the face of oppression, tyranny, and latent childhood aggression – as they have for over fifty years.

In 1949, the fine folks at Schaper managed to thwart mothers everywhere by successfully bringing bugs into the house

When a toy is yanked from store shelves after a relatively short run, it is usually for one of two reasons – it is either unpopular or unsafe. And perhaps not surprising to anyone, the unsafe ones are often pretty popular at the time they are pulled. Such was the case with the Wham-O Air Blaster, a toy with endless possibilities, some of them relatively dangerous

Ok, not exactly a toy, but definitely a part of my childhood in the 60's


Mr. Potato Head wasn't always the fat, hollow plastic lump with various accessories that we know him as today. When he was first created by Brooklyn-born toy inventor George Lerner in 1949, Mr. Potato Head was made of a real potato, leading to decades of kids jabbing tubers with plastic body parts. Those were the good old days.

Remember when Jarts still had that element of danger?