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10 Weird Fad Toys Every Kid Had to Have for Christmas

You can always spot a parent around the holiday season. Their hair is a frazzled mesh of cow licks and stray strands as if it’s been pulled by a crowd of frantic people. Their eyes dart around in all directions desperately seeking something that could suddenly appear at a moment’s notice. They break down and cry during commercials that advertise “the hottest toy of the holiday season.”

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90s Toys
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20 Forgotten Toys From the ’90s

Remember Madballs and Popples? If you, like us, managed to successfully block out most of your childhood, the answer is a resounding "no"!

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Monster High
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Goth Dolls Digging a Grave For Barbie Sales

Barbie has some monster-sized competition.

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10 Things You Didn't Know About GI Joe
Tim Finn
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About G.I. Joe

With 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' coming to theaters, now is a good time to look over the almost 50-year history of the world's most popular action figure and take stock of its origins, mysteries and innovations. Use this handy guide and now you'll know all you need to win half of your tri

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Weird Playmobil Sets
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8 Weird Playmobil Sets

Ah, Playmobil. Basically Lego's weird cousin, Playmobil offers all of the imaginative environments and changeable figures of Lego without having to actually build anything.

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Etch a Sketch
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Etch A Sketch Inventor Dies at Age 86

Andre Cassagnes, the man responsible for inventing the venerable Etch A Sketch, a toy that inspired countless children ever since it was introduced in 1960, has died at age 86 in France.

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Hasbro Introduces Easy-Bake Oven for Boys
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Hasbro Introduces Easy-Bake Oven for Boys

Ever since it was introduced in 1963, the Easy-Bake Oven has been marketed exclusively to girls, leaving aspiring boy chefs out in the cold. But that's about to change thanks to a campaign led by a teen girl on behalf of her four-year-old brother, who loves to cook.

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Teen Launches Campaign for Gender-Neutral Easy Bake Oven

Thirteen year-old McKenna Pope is fighting mad at Hasbro, and this little activist wants some positive changes now. The eighth grader, who hails from Garfield, New Jersey, has started a petition on Change.org asking Hasbro to make their Easy Bake Ovens more gender-neutral.

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Toy Company Debuts New Gender-Blind Catalog

Scandinavian Toys"R"Us licensee Top-Toy has taken a new approach to making sure kids get what they really want for Christmas: a fully gender-blind catalog that erases the line between boys' and girls' toys.

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Swedish Toy Company Defies Gender Stereotypes for Unique Christmas Catalog

In a pleasantly surprising move, a Swedish toy company called Top Toy has made a giant leap for gender equality amongst children. Top Toy's Christmas catalog features an interesting twist: the boys are the ones who are playing with dollhouses and the girls are happily playing with the Nerf guns.

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Own Your Own ‘Success Kid’

This is a timelapse video of the process involved in taking the "Success Kid" meme and turning it into a tiny sandstone statue. Don't you want a tiny "success kid" you can keep in your pocket like a lucky rabbit foot?

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Is This the Most Disturbing Toy Ever?
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Meet Hugo, the Freakiest Toy Ever

Toys in the '70s sure were awesome, but let's face it -- they weren't always well-thought-out. In that spirit, we present 'Hugo: Man of a Thousand Faces,' a large plastic doll that surely qualifies as one of the most disturbing toys of all time. If you owned one, you have our sympathy.

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G.I Joe Voted Best Toy of the Last Century

G.I Joe has been selected the best toy of the last century, according to the people who voted online at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis’s webpage. The poll, which ranked the best toys for the last 100 years, was set up by staff at this fun museum in order to see which childhood plaything would come out on top.

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Man Builds Enormous K’Nex Machine

It's pretty obvious what this guy likes to do with his spare time. This enormous K'Nex ball machine has over 41,000 pieces, 21 different paths, 450 feet of track, eight motors, five lifts, and a computer-controlled crane

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Carnival Game Expert Can Clean Out a Carny’s Plush Toy Stock

Peter Dragos, a native of Detroit, Michigan, gets a lot of strange looks from carnival barkers when he walks down the midway. That's because he's a natural at carnival games. In fact, he regularly has to bring plastic bags and shopping carts with him to carry home all of the stuffed toys and trinkets he wins.

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