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UNO Makes 40

February 15th, 2011 · No Comments

El Segundo, Calif. -There is still time to get the 40th anniversary UNO game. The Mattel card game, a derivative of Crazy Eights, was invented in 1971, and is on the sales shelf at Walgreen’s now, though is available at Amazon.com from the company, as well. The game was invented in Ohio in 1971 by […]

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Fiddlestix: The Ideal Toys Brand Resurfaces

January 21st, 2011 · No Comments

The Ideal Toys brand has resurfaced at Big Lots, and on Amazon (see below). Ideal was one of the great American toy companies, and was the maker of one of the classic toys of the 1970s, Toss Across, which was basically a bean bag toss and tic tac toe. Wikipedia’s entry has the company has […]

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Wear St. Louis’ Alox Shoe Laces

June 16th, 2010 · No Comments

St. LOUIS – The walls of Cracker Barrel always have amusing signs, all real. One brand we saw along at one on I-95 in South Carolina were Alox Shoe Laces. Alox was founded by John Frier (1895-1974), who in 1919 invented a new way to make shoelaces by crimping a shoelace with a bit of […]

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Guillow’s Classic Balsa Wood Airplanes

September 5th, 2009 · 3 Comments

WAKEFIELD, Mass. – There are few toys more American than a balsa wood plane. And the great manufacturer of those model planes is the Paul K. Guillow Company. Guillow’s started as Nu Craft Toys in 1926, and with the ownership of Paul Guillow, grew into an iconic American toy brand, and now makes airplane kits, […]

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We Do Like Master Mind

July 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

The Invicta board game Master Mind sweeped the 1970s; part of the charm was the box. The Invicta game had an Asian woman and a “distinguished” man sitting below her. Many a college thesis could be written. Questions include: Was he smarter than her? Why was she standing? Why did she have her arm behind […]

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Hasbro’s New Discovery Cable Channel

May 1st, 2009 · No Comments

PAWTUCKET, R.I., and SILVER SPRING, Md. – Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS) and Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) will join to turn Discovery Kids into a new cable network. The most interesting point? They mention that Romper Room, a brand Hasbro dropped years ago, will be revived on the TV cabler. (Read our June 2008 […]

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Tags: Media · Toys

Each Brand Name a Dream

March 30th, 2009 · No Comments

What makes us believe in brands, true brands, is that they are expressions of a dream made real. When a good one is lost, or screwed up, it’s sad, not because we care about the brand itself, but instead we care about the human component that made it happen. It’s the story. And the unique […]

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Great Boy Brand Franchises

December 27th, 2008 · No Comments

In today’s Wall Street Journal, Rich Ross, President of Disney Channels Worldwide, reflects on 2009 and his goals. One of the goals is to program and create franchises for boys. That’s a good move for Disney (NYSE: DIS); with American Girl movies and the like there is plenty for girls but not enough for boys. […]

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Tags: Licensing · Media · Toys

Heat Miser Returns; Shows Value in Rankin Bass Animation Brand

December 8th, 2008 · 1 Comment

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ABC Family has brought back the Rankin Bass character Heat Miser in “A Miser Brothers’ Christmas.” The show, the first animated feature for the channel, premieres Saturday, December 13 at 8 p.m. ET and is based upon the characters Heat Miser and Snow Miser originally appearing in the Rankin-Bass classic “The Year Without a Santa […]

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Mrs. Beasley Returns This Christmas

November 25th, 2008 · No Comments

By Alice Pollard Mrs. Beasley was my favorite doll. Just like Buffy on Family Affair. (Above, Mrs. Beasley sits on a chair as Uncle Bill explains the birds and bees.) I don’t know if Mrs. Beasley was created for the show or if she was a popular doll made more popular by the TV show, […]

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