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Mr. Machine

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Aug 23, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Robots, Toys, 1960's

Protest over plastic dog

From 1959. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals protested inclusion of a plastic dog in a toy rocket ship.

I assume the plastic dog must have been inspired by Laika, the Soviet space dog, who was sent on a one-way ticket into space. Once people figured out that the Soviets hadn't bothered to plan any way for bringing Laika back from space (except for letting the rocket crash and burn), her launch pretty much turned into a PR disaster for them.

Source: San Rafael Daily Independent Journal - Oct 27, 1959
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Jun 12, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Toys, 1950's

Wonder Woman Roller Skates



These are triple-distilled nightmare fuel. How could a kid enjoy skating with a baleful Wonder Woman glaring up at the wearer like Mad Max as hood ornament?

I can only hope that these toys are re-released in conjunction with BATMAN V SUPERMAN next year.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jun 03, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Horror, Toys, Superheroes, 1970's

Is the new Barbie doll gonna be banned in the Pentagon like Furby ?


Is the Pentagon gonna ban this doll like they did the Furby?

Posted By: BrokeDad | Date: Tue Jun 02, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Toys, Regulations

Vibrate them bigger


Leave it to our overseas Asian friends to find a way to bigger tata's without surgery etc.


Posted By: BrokeDad | Date: Sun May 31, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Toys, Women

Creepy Crawlers

For every young girl or boy who aspires to become Dr. Phibes.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue May 26, 2015 | Comments (14)
Category: Animals, Insects, Toys, 1960's

Robot Commando Or Zeroids?  Your Choice!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon May 18, 2015 | Comments (10)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Robots, Toys, 1950's, 1960's

The gun safe enough to use as a toy

There seem to be layers of meaning in this ad. On one level, it's just a girl playing with her toys (and her gun). On another level, the doll clearly seems posed in a way to represent a dead person, shot perhaps by the girl who's looking down at the gun in her hand with regret. What's the message here?

Incidentally, wikipedia tells us that Iver Johnson revolvers were used in the assassinations of William McKinley and Robert Kennedy (and the attempted assassination of FDR).

Source: The Canadian Magazine - April 1904
Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Apr 21, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Guns, Toys, Advertising, 1900's

Miniature Menagerie

A portrait of the once-proud USA squeaky-toy industry in its glory days, before Asia kicked our squeaky butt.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Mar 26, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Business, Technology, Toys, 1950's

Follies of the Madmen #243

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Mar 10, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Music, Toys, 1960's
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