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Toy-Ventures: 1981 Toys R Us Catalog

Toy-Ventures: 1981 Toys R Us Catalog Toy-Ventures this week digs into the archive with this sweet 1981 Toys R Us Catalog! We look at the hottest toys Toys R Us had to offer in this blast from the past. Mego Superheroes, Remco Monster and Smokey and the Bandit? You bet.     You can now […]

1975 Toy Store Newspaper Circular

Newspaper circulars for toy stores are a tough thing to find, often thrown out immediately it’s a shame when you realize what a wonderful window into our world they truly are. Take this one for a store called “Hagensick’s Playroom” (great name) in Wisconsin, which features a veritable “who’s who” of hot items for the […]

Barbie’s Friend Ship

After showing Big Jim’s Sky Commander earlier in the week, it seems fitting to show the Barbie Equivalent.  During this particular segment, Ken had the fish, so Barbie had to land the plane. New Six Million Dollar Man Shirt in our Redbubble store! Don’t forget to join our new facebook group. Get the expanded digital […]

A double Shot of 70s Barbie

I always seem to fixate on boy’s toys over the Christmas season and that’s kind of a shame because I always glossed the Barbie section in envy over all the cool stuff she had. Here’s a double shot from the Simpson’s Sears 1979 Catalog, click on it to embiggen it.

1980 JC Penny Toy Land Flyer

I am a complete junkie for toy store newspaper flyers, they are just such a wonderfully illustrated time capsule of our childhoods. This beautiful piece from JC Penny in 1980 is a pretty terrific example of why I love these, so many old friends are here. From bikes to big wheels, Barbie to Ms Piggy, […]

Hasbro 1973 World of Love Catalog

Hasbro described Love dolls as: “She’s what’s happening. She’s today’s American teenager and she’s part of the World of Love“. This was an interesting to attempt to combine  Fashion dolls with what was left over of the hippie movement in the early 1970s as Hasbro hoped little girls would clamour to enact adventures for Love […]