8 Interesting Facts About The Toys We Grew Up Playing With

As kids, we spent all year waiting for Christmas because it was the only time of year we’d get new toys. Come December and we’d meticulously write out our letters to Santa Claus and then wait till they’d magically appear under the tree.
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say then, that toys occupied a special place in our hearts and in our homes. They kept us engaged for hours and our childhoods just wouldn’t be the same without them.
In tribute to those happy times, here are some lesser-known facts that make our favourite toys all the more interesting!

1. Lego Bricks are part of a universal system

A LEGO brick from 1958 would still interlock with a LEGO brick made today.
Also, bonus fact: The largest commercially produced LEGO set is the Taj Majal.

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2. Barbie has a star on Hollywood Boulevard

In 2002, Ruth Handler, Barbie’s creator immortalized her hand and footprints in cement on Hollywood Boulevard.

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3. Earring Magic Ken was the biggest-selling Ken doll

Because of his outfit choices and what appeared to be a “cock ring” around his neck, Earring Magic Ken was a big hit with gay men in 1993. Despite the sales, Mattel was forced to pull it off the shelves because of complaints and issue this interesting statement:

“We’re not in the business of putting cock rings into the hands of little girls.”

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4. Love Play-Doh? You can smell like it!

To commemorate its 50th anniversary, Demeter Fragrance Library worked with Hasbro to create a Play-Doh fragrance for “highly-creative people, who seek a whimsical scent reminiscent of their childhood.”

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5. The 1969 Pink VW “Beach Bomb” could make your rich if you sold it to a Hot Wheels Collector

In 1969, Hot Wheels unveiled a Volkswagen with removable surfboards that unfortunately didn’t fit properly on the tracks. After 16 tries, a new design finally fixed the problem, but that only made the skinny prototypes all the more desirable to avid collectors.

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6. The introduction of Beyblade corresponded with the broadcast of the anime television series

Developed and manufactured by Takara Tomy, the line of customizable spinning top toys first released in Japan in 1999. In 2002, Hasbro began international sales that coordinated with a country-by-country release of localized versions of the TV series.

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7. GI JOE is Marvel comics’ number one subscription title

The G.I. JOE comic was a huge success and was also a subtle advertisement for the toy. G.I. JOE also almost had no villains or women because Hasbro didn’t think they would sell. They were proven wrong when villains accounted for 40% percent of the sales and characters like Lady J and the Baroness ended up in the movie because of their popularity.

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8. Game Boy has been to space!

Cosmonaut Aleksandr A. Serebrov took his Game Boy along on the Soyuz TM-17 space mission to the Mir station in 1993. The console orbited the Earth 3000 times before safely returning home.

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Guess its time to unearth those childhood treasures for one last game, yeah?

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