Toys & Games

girl playing with polly pockets

Move Over Barbie, Polly Pocket & These Other Toys are Getting Films too

Some of these sound pretty strange!

image from the 1975 movie

I Really Want to Play That ‘Killer Shark’ Arcade Game Shown in ‘Jaws’

A brief scene in Steven Spielberg’s classic 1975 thriller ‘Jaws’ shows a kid at a beachfront arcade playing an early ’70s ‘electro-mechanical’ game called ‘Killer Shark’ that still looks pretty cool.

American Girl dolls

American Girl Bringing Back Classic Dolls + Which Ones Are Now the Most Valuable?

You might have an American Doll worth some $$$ sitting in your closet!

Toy Story Mr. Potato Head, 1995

6 Wacky Facts About Mr. Potato Head

Do you remember when Mr. Potato Head was an actual potato?!

FAMILY AFFAIR, from left, Johnny Whitaker, Sebastian Cabot, Brian Keith, Kathy Garver, Anissa Jones, 1966-71. courtesy Everett Collection

Exclusive: Mrs. Beasley Is Making a Comeback! The Most Iconic Doll in Television

It took a strong upbringing to survive playing Sissy and Hollywood, but Kathy Garver is still acting and on a mission to share Mrs. Beasley.

A Monopoly game is seen during the Monopoly U.S. National Championship tournament at Union Station April 15, 2009 in Washington, DC. 28 finalists are competing for the title of National Champion who will represent the U.S. in the World Championship in October in Las Vegas

Bizarre History & 5 Fun Facts About Monopoly Board Game Ahead of New Margot Robbie Film

There are over 1,000 different versions!

MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC, (top): Rainbow Dash, (bottom, from left): Rarity, Fluttershy, Applejack, Pinkamena Diane 'Pinkie' Pie, Twilight Sparkle, Spike, (Season 4, ep. 410, aired Jan. 18, 2014).

‘My Little Pony’ Convention Gets Shut Down in Moscow Due to Fears of “LGBTQ+ Propaganda”

This past Sunday, police were called to Moscow to shut down a convention for fans of the children’s show ‘My Little Pony.’

black and white image from a 1966 commercial for Mattel's

Remembering Mattel’s Creepy 1960s ‘Baby Secret’ Doll

The baby doll actually had moving lips as it spoke pre-recorded phrases activated by a pull string, phrases like, “I like to whisper in the dark.”

Ken and Barbie breakup

Barbie & Ken Broke Up 20 Years Ago. The Drama Explained

Why did the iconic couple break up?

DRAGON'S LAIR, Dirk the Daring, Princess Daphne, 1984-85,

The Best Dragons in Pop Culture From Every Decade

In honor of Lunar New Year and the Year of the Dragon, we celebrate the best dragons in film, TV, songs, books & more!

G.I. Joe 1964 ad

The Original Action Figure, G.I. Joe, Celebrates His 60th Birthday

G.I. Joe was created in the 1960s since Hasbro wanted their own piece of the doll craze.

Cereal boxes without the logo on

‘The Floor’ Contestants Can’t Guess These Famous Bands & Cereals, But Could You?

Losing over Mueslix cereal is hard to digest, so is missing these bands.

What Is Something That Has 1 Head, But Could Have 2 or 3 Heads?

Come to think of it, it could also have no heads!?!

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31: Cabbage Patch Kids at the launch of Dream Toys 2012 at St Mary's Church on October 31, 2012 in London, England

How Cabbage Patch Kids Led to the Black Friday Craze

Cabbage Patch Kids were one of the first toys people fought over on Black Friday.

promotional image for the 1978 Godzilla cartoon series from Hanna-Barbera. Standing on a beach in front of a cliff, on the left of this illustration, is the animated figure of Godzilla; his body is light green, scales running down his back are darker green. He is facing the right of the image and his holding a ship in his left hand. Just below him and to his right, and much smaller, is the character Godzooky, who looks similar to Godzilla but has flaps beneath each arm that are lifting him aloft a few feet off the beach. Godzooky looks smiling and happy, while Godzilla has a serious look on his face.

Godzilla’s Best Non-Movie ’70s Appearances

In the late 1970s, after the first wave of Godzilla movies ended, there were still plenty of other fun outlets where fans could enjoy the King of the Monsters: toys, models, cartoons, records and even a Marvel Comics series.

Original Ken Doll Mattel

I’m Just Ken: The History of the Ken Doll

Today we celebrate Barbie’s Ken on National Ken Day!

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 01: Stevie Nicks performs during at Madison Square Garden on October 01, 2023 in New York City

Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks is Now a Barbie Girl

Stevie Nicks was seen gushing about the Barbie in her likeness which is already sold out.

picture of the 12 finalists for 2023 induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame. Pictured are the board game Connect Four; the Ken doll; a Cabbage Patch Kid; a Little Tykes Cozy Coupe; a Nerf ball; slime; Bop It; Battleship game; a box containing a bingo game; a Choose Your Own Adventure book; decks of baseball cards; and two Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle figures.

The 12 Finalists for 2023 Induction Into the National Toy Hall of Fame

Nerf, the Ken doll, Cabbage Patch Kids, Battleship, Connect Four and slime are the classic toys and games that are among the potential inductees — which will be announced in November — and you have a limited time to cast vote for your favorites!

MY LITTLE PONY AND FRIENDS, 1986.

‘My Little Pony’ Turns 40 with a Brand New Remix

Of course, collectible toys are available too!

an image of the Atari 2600+ video game console, a smaller version of the original Atari 2600 Video Computer System console of the 1970s that is backfitted to play original games as well as new ones.

A Modernized Atari 2600 Is Coming in November 2023

The Atari 2600+ will be a faithful re-creation of the four-switch Atari 2600 console released in 1980 (albeit smaller), complete with joystick and a cartridge containing 10 games, including Adventure, Missile Command and Yars’ Revenge. You can also play your old 2600 and 7800 cartridges on it!

Aloha Beanie Baby

New Beanie Baby Will Raise Money for Hawaii Wildfire Victims

The bear is named Aloha.

Connect Four

Opinion: Pretty Sneaky, Sis.

Enjoy your Connect Four triumph now, for soon you will taste bitter defeat.

LEGO Concorde

LEGO Goes Supersonic With New Concorde Set

Build the legendary supersonic airliner that last flew 20 years ago.

Funko Pop Collage

Those Quirky Little Funko Pops: Why Are They so Collectible?

Funko Pops! have bolted to the top of collectors lists as a must-have item. Find out the history behind the big-headed figures and how one recently sold for $210,000.

HAUNTED MANSION, from left: Rosario Dawson, Tiffany Haddis, LaKeith Stanfield, Owen Wilson, 2023.

‘Haunted Mansion’ Rides Into Theaters Again

As ‘Haunted Mansion’ hits theaters this weekend, let’s take a look back at the ride that started it all.

Barbie Dreamhouse Challenge Ashley Graham

Nostalgic Stars Working on ‘Barbie Dreamhouse Challenge’

A New Kids on the Block star showed up to renovate!

Unemployed Skeletor Cosplay

He-Man Has Lost Power: Netflix Not Making ‘Masters of the Universe’ Film After All

The big-budget action/fantasy film will be shopped to other studios or live on in Eternia.

Margot Robbie Barbie

Margot Robbie Takes Inspiration From a 1960s Barbie for the ‘Barbie’ Red Carpet

Margot Robbie is channeling her inner Barbie.

Furbys

Attention ’90s Kids: Furby is Back and Cuter Than Ever

The beloved creatures still speak Furbish.

Beanie Collector magazine

9 Things You Didn’t Know About Beanie Babies

Ty Warner, the creator of Beanie Babies, was the Willy Wonka of the toy industry. Learn more about the mysterious man, the people behind the craze and where to get your Beanie Babies appraised now.