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The Life and Times of Mr. Potato Head

We’ve talked about Mr. Potato Head before on the site, but let’s dig a bit deeper today and get at the root of what has made the ol’ tater such an enduring toy for generations. When you stop and think about it, the truth is that Mr. Potato Head is actually a dress-up doll, one […]

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The History of Rainbow Brite

Back in 1983, Hallmark Cards busted out Rainbow Brite to counter Muriel Fahrion’s older Strawberry Shortcake line from American Greetings. The character had been in development at Hallmark for about two years prior, starting in 1981. Beginning as a greeting card line, the Rainbow quickly stretched into various forms of character merchandise, licensed products, dolls, […]

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Strange news from the World of Barbie

At the risk of infuriating Mattel’s ever-present swarm of high-circling legal eagles, this week we’re going to talk about Barbie. Specifically, two pretty significant and even, dare I say, bizarre milestones in the history of the line have emerged this week. As I’ve mentioned before, the Mattel, Inc. v. MGA Entertainment battle for custody over […]

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Games You Should Have Played: Tomb Raider 1 and 2

When I find myself excessively bored, frustrated or just in need of a little stress relief, I turn to videogames. I’m sure pretty much everybody does these days. We all have our junk-food favorites- games we’ve beaten a hundred times and keep going back to even though we know all the rhythms and secrets, just […]

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Comic Book Club: Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld

It’s widely acknowledged that Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld, is both one of the most frustrating and intriguing of DC’s comic properties. Like Ambush Bug, she’s sort of an insider-secret to the DC ‘verse, a character with deep roots and hidden impacts that never achieved broad commercial recognition. Amethyst’s first issue came out in 1983, a […]

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Vintage Robot Toys

After traumatizing you all with freaky celluloid toys last week, I figured I owed it to everyone to counter this week with some good vintage toys – and because I really like robots, I figured I’d see what kind of vintage toy robots would be out there. It turns out there are a lot of […]

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Creepy Celluloids

I dunno how things have been going for you, but 2010 was a pretty rotten year for me for the most part. Thank goodness it’s 2011, right? Time for a fresh start. Putting the past behind us is basically a good thing. In some cases, it’s a great thing. Case in point: some vintage celluloid […]

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Toys of 2010 that were just plain bad ideas

It’s almost New Years, and that means everyone and their dog is trotting out their end of year lists. We’ve talked about toys to look forward to for 2011 and cool new toys from 2010, but I feel I would be terribly remiss if I let the year go by without remarking on its dark […]

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A Sneak Peek at 2011

2010 is almost outta here! As the New Year gets closer, let’s steal a glimpse at the year to come. We’re looking at a massive amount of line revivals this year- the 80’s are coming home to roost with major remakes of almost every definitive toy line you remember, and a couple you might not. […]

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5 Toys of 2010 I Wish I Had When I Was Your Age

Boy, you kids today have it good. All we had back in my day were G.I. Joe figures and first-gen Transformers and the Kenner Star Wars figures and He-Man and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and… Okay, fair enough. We had a lot of great toys. But what we had were basically action figures; largely immobile […]

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