Toy Time!: From Hula Hoops to He-Man to Hungry Hungry Hippos: A Look Back at the Most- Beloved Toys of Decades Past [NOOK Book]


What was your favorite childhood toy?

Do you have fond memories of fighting unseen enemies with your G.I. Joe action figures, demolishing fleets of vehicles with your Tonka Toy Trucks, or Karate-chopping imaginary street thugs with your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?  

What about carefree summer ...
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Toy Time!: From Hula Hoops to He-Man to Hungry Hungry Hippos: A Look Back at the Most- Beloved Toys of Decades Past

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What was your favorite childhood toy?

Do you have fond memories of fighting unseen enemies with your G.I. Joe action figures, demolishing fleets of vehicles with your Tonka Toy Trucks, or Karate-chopping imaginary street thugs with your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?  

What about carefree summer afternoons counting ticks on your Skip-It, scooting around the neighborhood on your Big Wheel, or soaring down your backyard  Slip 'n Slide?

Still a little bitter that your parents never let you have a  Nerf Super Soaker, or a Barbie Dream House?

Did you prefer to unleash your inner artist with your Etch a Sketch, or your inner chef with your Easy-Bake Oven? D

id you like to challenge your friends to  a rousing game of Mousetrap, or did you prefer to get tied up in knots over a round of Twister?

In Toy Time! you’ll be reunited with all these classic toys and more.  No matter when you grew up, or what types of play ignited your imagination, Toy Time! will take you on a journey of rediscovery, allowing you to relive those carefree, innocent, and fun-filled days of childhood.

Charming, playful, and full of photos of vintage toys, Toy Time! is an exploration and celebration of the toys that roused our imaginations, shaped our memories, and touched our lives.
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Why did your mother sell them all or give them away? The toys that occupied us during childhood and, let's admit it, somewhat beyond, have vanished, but all those Barbie's and GI Joe's and Cabbage Patch Kids helped make us the people we are today. (And let's not forget Mr. Potato Head!) "Toy guy" Christopher Byrnes knows that we all wish we could still spend our days doodling on Etch-a-Sketch or stretching our lead on Candyland, but for the time being at least, we'll have to content ourselves with his wonderfully abundant romp down Toyland's memory lane in this trade paperback and NOOK Book original. Editor's recommendation.

Library Journal
Who doesn't love toys? Byrne (content director,, an industry insider known as "the Toy Guy," profiles over 100 toys here, categorized by type, such as dolls, outdoor toys, those traditionally for boys, those needing batteries, and classics. Covering a span of several decades beginning in the 1950s, Byrne gives each toy at least two illustrated pages, explaining "Why We Loved It" (and in some cases also "Why We Hated It") and "Where Is It Now?" His discussion places each toy in the context of its time, showing why it was popular. The book is studded with fun facts (e.g., a 2008 study at Yale found that the scent of Crayola crayons is one of the most recognizable to Americans), and the information on the current production and variations of these toys is useful. For instance, the game "Simon" is now available as an app and as an online multiplayer challenger. Other toys turn out to have been one-hit wonders. VERDICT Not a comprehensive handbook or collectors' price guide, this is, says Byrne, "an exploration—and a celebration—of the almost magical effect toys have had on us individually and as a culture." Guaranteed to bring a smile to most faces, especially baby boomers' and Gen Xers'; for all toy lovers and nostalgia buffs.—Holly Hebert, Brentwood P.L., TN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385349130
  • Publisher: Crown/Archetype
  • Publication date: 10/8/2013
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,436,180
  • File size: 33 MB
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Meet the Author

Christopher “The Toy Guy” Byrne is content director for, the leading U.S website covering toys and all things play.  Widely regarded as one of the toy industry’s leading experts, he appears regularly in the national media and speaks at major toy conferences throughout the U.S., Asia, and Europe.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: My Dolly and Me
Barbie (1959)
Chatty Cathy (1959)
Liddle Kiddles (1966)
Beautiful Crissy (1968)
Baby Alive (1973)
Rub-a-Dub Dolly (1973)
Strawberry Shortcake (1979)
Cabbage Patch Kids (1976 and 1983)
My Little Pony (1982)
Care Bears (1983)
Rainbow Brite (1983)
Chapter 2: Outdoors with That!
Wiffle Ball (1953)
Frisbee (1957)
Slip ’N Slide (1961)
Jingle Jump (1964), Lemon Twist (1976), and Skip-It
Super Ball (1965)
Big Wheel (1969)
Nerf Ball (1969)
The Green Machine (1975)
Chapter 3: Batteries Not Included
Mr. Machine (1960)
King Zor (1962)
Big Loo (1963)
Operation (1965)
Teddy Ruxpin (1985)
Simon (1978)
[CE1] Chapter 4: Mom, Look What I Made!
Colorforms (1951)
Play-Doh (1956)
Crayola 64 Crayons (1958)
Etch A Sketch (1960)
Vac-U-Form (1962)
Easy-Bake Oven (1963)
Creepy Crawlers Thingmaker (1964)
Spirograph (1967)
Lite-Brite [CE2] (1968)
DoodleArt [CE3] (1973)
Shrinky Dinks (1973)
Fashion Plates (1978)
Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine (1979)
Chapter 5: Gotta Have That!
Hula Hoops (1958)
Trolls (1959)
Wizzzers (1969)
Clackers (ca. 1970)
Pet Rock (1975)
Rubik’s Cube (1980)
POGs (1991)
Chapter 6: Boys Will Be Boys
Tonka Trucks (1947)
Matchbox Cars (1952)
Johnny Reb Cannon (1961)
Air Blaster (1963)
G.I. Joe (1964)
Johnny Seven O.M.A. (1964)
Major Matt Mason (1966)
Hot Wheels (1968)
SSP Racers (1970)
Six Million Dollar Man (1975)
Stretch Armstrong (1976)
Star Wars Action Figures (1977)
He-Man and Masters of the Universe (1981)
Transformers (1984)
MicroMachines (1986)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1988)
Chapter 7: For Two to Four Players
Nok Hockey (ca. 1942)
Cootie (1948)
Mouse Trap (1963)
Crazy Clock (1964)
Green Ghost (1965)
Mystery Date (1965)
Twister (1966)
Rock ’Em Sock ’Em Robots (1966)
Careful (1967)
Hands Down (1967)
Ker-Plunk (1968)
Uno (1971)
Dungeons and Dragons (1974)
Othello (1975)
Hungry Hungry Hippos (1978)
Trivial Pursuit (1982)
Chapter 8: The True Classics
LEGO (1932; arrived in the United States in 1961)
View-Master (1940)
Magic 8 Ball (1950)
Little People (1950)
Silly Putty (1950)
Mr. Potato Head (1952)
Gumby (1955)
Uncle Milton’s Ant Farm (1956)
Show’N Tell (ca. 1957)
Give-A-Show Projector (1959)
Thimble City (1964)
See ’N Say (1965)
Sit ’n Spin (1974)
Weebles (1971
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