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Gaming is a huge deal, with a long history around the world and loads of amazing inventions along the way. For example, what's the best-selling Playstation game of all time? What was the inspiration behind Pokemon? And what was that scratch-and-sniff Fifa disc all about? Yep - you'll need to be a real genius to get 100% on this toys and game quiz!
If you had this doll you could make him get into all sorts of trouble!
Dennis the Menace Doll
Dennis is a freckle-faced 5-year-old boy with a troublesome but good-hearted personality. His long-suffering parents, Henry and Alice Mitchell, can only shake their heads and try to explain their son’s antics to others, yet they very much love and care for him. The comic efficacy of Dennis’s personality lies within how his genuine attempts to help others in need, combined with his youthful energy and enthusiasm, frequently lead to trouble wherever he goes
This toy is so popular that it became the generic name for every other toy like it!
A hula hoop is a toy hoop that is twirled around the waist, limbs or neck. They have been used by children and adults since at least 500 BC. The modern hula hoop was inspired by Australian bamboo hoops. The new plastic version was popularized in 1958 by the Wham-O toy company and became a fad. Hula hoops for children generally measure approximately 70 centimetres (28 in) in diameter, while those for adults measure around 100 centimetres (39 in). Traditional materials for hoops include willow, rattan (a flexible and strong vine), grapevines and stiff grasses. Commercial hoops are usually made of plastic tubing.
This doll brought balance to the boy/girl dynamic of the doll world.
Ken is a doll and fictional character introduced by Mattel in 1961 as the counterpart of Barbie, who was introduced two years earlier. Ken was invented by Elliot Handler. Like Barbie, Ken is named after one of Ruth Handler’s children, Ken Handler, who died in 1994 of a brain tumor. Ken is from Willows, Wisconsin.
This squishy little toy was made out of silicone polymers. It can bounce, rip apart, flow, and conform!
Silly Putty is a toy based on silicone polymers that have unusual physical properties. It bounces, but it breaks when given a sharp blow, and it can also flow like a liquid. It contains a viscoelastic liquid silicone, a type of non-Newtonian fluid, which makes it act as a viscous liquid over a long time period but as an elastic solid over a short time period. It was originally created during research into potential rubber substitutes for use by the United States in World War II.
These little creatures were created in 1959 by a woodcutter named Thomas Dam. They still haunt our dreams today.
A Troll Doll is a type of plastic doll with furry up-combed hair depicting a troll, also known as a Dam doll after their creator Danish woodcutter Thomas Dam. The toys are also known as good luck trolls, or gonk trolls in the United Kingdom. The dolls were first created in 1959 and became one of the United States’ biggest toy fads in the early 1960s. They became briefly popular again during the 1970s through the 1990s and were copied by several manufacturers under different names. During the 1990s, several video games and a video show were created based on troll dolls.
A steady hand and a focused mind could lead you to victory. Be careful, don’t touch the sides!
Operation is a battery-operated game of physical skill that tests players’ eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills. The game’s prototype was invented in 1964 by John Spinello, a University of Illinois industrial design student at the time, who sold his rights to the game to renowned toy designer Marvin Glass for a sum of US$500 and the promise of a job upon graduation (a promise that was not upheld).
What’s the one game in the world that could lead self-respecting adults into positions like this?
Twister is a game of physical skill produced by Milton Bradley Company and Winning Moves Games USA. It is played on a large plastic mat that is spread on the floor or ground. The mat has six rows of large colored circles on it with a different color in each row: red, yellow, green, and blue. A spinner tells players where they have to place their hand or foot. The game promotes itself as “the game that ties you up in knots”.
This ultra-popular toy was initially created as a tension spring for battleship engines!
A Slinky is a precompressed helical spring toy invented by Richard James in the early 1940s. It can perform a number of tricks, including travelling down a flight of steps end-over-end as it stretches and re-forms itself with the aid of gravity and its own momentum, or appear to levitate for a period of time after it has been dropped.
Don Rickles voiced this toy in the legendary Toy Story films.
Mr. Potato Head
Mr. Potato Head is an American toy consisting of a plastic model of a potato “head” to which a variety of plastic parts can attach — typically ears, eyes, shoes, hat, nose, pants and mouth. Mr. Potato Head was invented and manufactured by George Lerner in 1949, but was first distributed by Hasbro in 1952, was the first toy advertised on television and has remained in production since.
Whether you were watching the cartoon or playing with the toys, any cool kid had a couple of these figures around the house.
G.I. Joe is an American media franchise and a line of action figures owned and produced by the toy company Hasbro. The initial product offering represented four of the branches of the U.S. armed forces with the Action Soldier (U.S. Army), Action Sailor (U.S. Navy), Action Pilot (U.S. Air Force), Action Marine (U.S. Marine Corps) and later on, the Action Nurse.
This game could single-handedly bring a family together or leave them bickering by the end of the night.
Monopoly is a multi-player economics-themed board game. In the game, players roll two dice to move around the game board, buying and trading properties, and developing them with houses and hotels. Players collect rent from their opponents, with the goal being to drive them into bankruptcy.
If you liked finger painting then this little artistic toy was probably on your Christmas List!
Etch A Sketch is a mechanical drawing toy invented by André Cassagnes of France and subsequently manufactured by the Ohio Art Company and now owned by Spin Master of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. An Etch A Sketch has a thick, flat gray screen in a red plastic frame. There are two white knobs on the front of the frame in the lower corners. Twisting the knobs moves a stylus that displaces aluminum powder on the back of the screen, leaving a solid line. The knobs create lineographic images. The left control moves the stylus horizontally, and the right one moves it vertically.
What game are you playing if someone declares: “Colonel Mustard in the kitchen with the candlestick!”
Cluedo known as Clue in North America, is a murder mystery game for three to six players (depending on editions) that was devised in 1943 by British board game designer Anthony E. Pratt. The game was first manufactured by Waddingtons in the United Kingdom in 1949.
In which game are you trying to supply the most cities with power and purchase power plants and commodities to power them?
Power Grid is the English-language edition of the multiplayer German-style board game Funkenschlag designed by Friedemann Friese and first published in 2004. Power Grid is published by Rio Grande Games. In the game, each player represents a company that owns power plants and tries to supply electricity to cities. Over the course of the game, the players will bid on power plants and buy resources to produce electricity to provide power to the growing number of cities in their expanding network.
What is the name of the game where players each play a red card on one green description card, and one person decides which red card best matches the green description card?
Apples to Apples
Apples to Apples is a party game originally published by Out of the Box Publishing Inc., and now by Mattel. Players start with a hand of seven “red apple” cards, which feature nouns. A player is selected to be the first judge, and that judge plays a “green apple” card, which features an adjective.
What is the name of the cooperative board game where players team up to stop four viruses from creating epidemics while looking for cures?
Pandemic is a cooperative board game designed by Matt Leacock and first published by Z-Man Games in the United States in 2008. Pandemic is based on the premise that four diseases have broken out in the world, each threatening to wipe out a region.
What could be more fun than watching two robots beat each other up? Nothing!
Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots
Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots is a two-player action toy and game designed by Marvin Glass and Associates and was first manufactured by the Marx toy company in 1964. It features two dueling robot boxers, Red Rocker and Blue Bomber, mechanically manipulated by the players, and the game is won when one player knocks the head off of the opponent.
It’s “The Ultimate Upright Checkers-Dropping Challenge!”
Connect Four is a two-player connection board game, in which the players choose a color and then take turns dropping colored tokens into a seven-column, six-row vertically suspended grid. The pieces fall straight down, occupying the lowest available space within the column. The objective of the game is to be the first to form a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal line of four of one’s own tokens. Connect Four is a solved game. The first player can always win by playing the right moves.
What is the name of the deck building game, where you play as one of the great cities of the Ancient World?
7 Wonders is a board game created by Antoine Bauza in 2010 and originally published by Repos Production (part of Asmodee Group). 7 Wonders is a card drafting game that is played using three decks of cards featuring depictions of ancient civilizations, military conflicts, and commercial activity.
This toy features thin cardboard ‘reels’ that allowed you to get an up close look at all sorts of crazy things!
View-Master is the trademark name of a line of special-format stereoscopes and corresponding View-Master “reels”, which are thin cardboard disks containing seven Stereoscopic 3-D pairs of small transparent color photographs on film. It was originally manufactured and sold by Sawyer’s.
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