Odyssey Video Games

The Odyssey video game system was the #1 choice of dads who purchased a video disk player instead of a VCR. Don’t forget to join our new facebook group. Get the expanded digital edition of Rack Toys here.

Parker Brothers Video Games

Parker Brothers really seemed to dominate my video game purchases in the early eighties and seeing this toyfair ad from ’83 made me smile. They had my favourite arcade game of all time (Tutankham) and the Star Wars license, so my loyalty was assured… If I didn’t have one of their games, it surely was […]

Child World Toy Sale from 30 years ago

Seeing that it’s close to Christmas, let’s take a trip back 30 years and see what toys were on special with the 1981 Child World Flyer, celebrating the best playthings that 1981 had to offer.  You’ll find a lot of familiar faces in this one including Star Wars figures, Mego Superheroes, Intellivision, Jordache dolls, Fisher […]

Video World of Sports

An open message to all children of the 1990s, this is what we had and we liked it dammit! Sure, Super Mario was cool but did his console have a wood grain finish? I didn’t think so…

The Ultimate Home Gaming System

The Oddessey by Magnavox (the TV people) was the world’s first home gaming system, it came with plastic sheets you could put over your TV to simulate colour game play. I found one of these in my aunt’s basement one day around 1980, even though it was only a few years old it looked like […]

Atari Wars

I am a veteran of the video game wars, fought mostly on my schoolyard. I, being of the clan of Atari, waged daily combat against those who had sworn allegiance to George Plimpton and quoted from the Book of Mattel. Mostly about how much superior the Intellivision system really was. I can remember HATING kids […]

Even More Vintage Toy Store Pictures

I’m always happy when I have enough of these images to fill another page. In our sixth installment we visit several toy stores on Halloween (kind of fitting). See a store visit by a giant MonChichi in 1983 and check out the many images from the video game explosion of the early eighties chockfull of […]