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Davy Crockett – A Legendary Line of Toys

ToysBulletin.com takes a look back at one of the best selling toys from the 50s.

Occasionally, Toys Bulletin likes to do a nostalgic review of a toy or game from years past. Today, we are going to take a brief look at the world of Davy Crockett.

davy crockett 1aDavy Crockett, born in 1786, was a noted frontiersman in the 1800s, and most famous for helping defend the Alamo, where he died in 1836. But in the 1950s, his fame grew to even greater heights. “Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter,” starring Fess Parker, premiered on ABC’s “Disneyland” TV show on December 15, 1954. It was an instant hit. That first show was quickly followed by “Davy Crockett Goes to Congress” on January 26, 1955 and then “Davy Crockett at the Alamo” on February 23, 1955. After all three episodes, of what was considered to be TV’s first mini-series, had aired, the Crockett phenomenon grew to epic proportions, and Walt Disney himself could not believe his good fortune. Seeing the success of the series, he immediately capitalized on the show by licensing the distribution and sale of all kinds of Davy Crockett paraphernalia. It seemed that every kid in the country had watched the shows, and everyone wanted a “coonskin” cap, a Crockett rifle (which Davy named Old Betsy), or maybe the biggest prize of all a “Leather Fringed Jacket.” The line of toys and other merchandise quickly included outfits for girls, games, plastic play sets, lunchboxes, furniture, pillows, bedspreads, tents, records, boots and lots more. The list would rival the volume of Star Wars toys available today.

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Ump-Rite: A Baseball Board Game from the Past

Ump-Rite 1ToysBulletin.com takes a nostalgic look back to 1975 and a most unique baseball game.

From time to time, we actually do come across a toy or game that we have not played with or even heard of. Recently, a friend of Toys Bulletin loaned us a game called “Ump-Rite,” produced by Financial Consultants Coronado. He simply said it was sold briefly in the mid 70s, and we might want to take a look at it. Because our readers continue to clamor for nostalgic reviews of older toys or games, we thought “Ump-Rite” might prove to be an interesting choice.

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Posted in Board Games, Nostalgic

ToysBulletin.com Update – New Site and Content Migration

cropped-cropped-Toys1.gifThis site has been up and running for more than four years, and we have been asked by a few people why we have never updated the design. The short answer is that the site worked, and we’ve learned before that if something works online, don’t mess with it. But the time has finally come for a refresher, a new design and layout that provides a host of benefits for readers.

First of all this new site will load much faster. The previous site was code heavy and a bit of a patch work Frankenstein job that accumulated a lot of excess size over the years. This new site is optimized to run much faster.

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Posted in Apps and Video Games, Baby and Toddler, Board Games, Building, Card Games, Christmas, Doll, Electronics, Figures, Games, Girls, Information, Learning, Nostalgic, Novelty, Outdoor, Remote Control, Riding, Sports, Uncategorized, Vehicles

Touring Card Game – An Old Favorite Gets an Update

New Touring 1ToysBulletin.com looks at a classic from Winning Moves Games.

Back in the 50s, one of my favorite games was “Touring,” put out by Parker Brothers, Inc. and referred to as the “Great Motoring Card Game.”  I actually still have the game, including the rules and all of the cards.  I have included two photos from that old game, just so our readers can see some of the changes that have taken place with the game of “Touring” in that 60 year span of time.

“Winning Moves Games” now distributes the latest version of “Touring” and it brought back some great memories.  The revised game also includes a few new ideas, which not only freshens the game play, but also actually increases the fun factor.

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Posted in Card Games, Nostalgic

The Best of 2013 from Toys Bulletin

ToysBulletin.com lists its favorite toys and games of the year.

 

Each year this task gets much more difficult for our staff here at Toys Bulletin.  As has been the case in past years, we continue to see so many quality and exciting new products during the year that it is especially difficult to single out just a few standouts.  Plus, we also know that we cannot possibly test and review every toy and game released by every manufacturer in the past 12 months, so there is no doubt that we may have missed some good ones.


Here are the guidelines we follow in making our selections.  “The Best of 2013” is based solely on the toys and games that we have reviewed on our website from November 2012 through October 2013.  We have purposely excluded some older items, which may have been reviewed during that period, because that toy or game has been around for a number of years.  However, in some circumstances, we have also included an item that was new to us at Toys Bulletin, even though it may have been available for purchase prior to November 2012.

 

And most importantly, we followed our mission statement of providing a list of the “Best Toys and Games You’ve Never Heard Of...”


Posted in Apps and Video Games, Baby and Toddler, Board Games, Building, Christmas, Doll, Electronics, Figures, Games, Girls, Information, Learning, Nostalgic, Outdoor, Remote Control, Riding, Sports, Vehicles

25 Years Ago – Top Toys of 1988

With the “Toy Industry Association” hosting the 2013 Toy Fair in New York City in just a few days, we thought it might be fun to take a look at the toys that were big hits some 25 years ago, back in 1988.

2099381850aac79cbf06oToys and games like almost everything have gone through dramatic and sometimes surprising changes over the years.  So, if you are old enough to remember back to 1988, here are some of the best selling and favorite toys of that year.  We have attached photos of each one as well.

What was far and away the most anticipated toy from 1988?  This item flew off shelves and was in high demand far beyond the Christmas season.  Of course, it was the “Nintendo Entertainment System.”  The complete set including the base unit, 2 controllers, a Zapper light gun and two games (“Super Mario Brothers” plus “Duck Hunt”) could be purchased for just $99.99.

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THE BEST OF 2012 FROM TOYS BULLETIN

This task has not gotten any easier since we published our “Best of 2011” 12 months ago.  We see so many quality and exciting new products during the year, making it especially difficult to single out just a few standouts.  Plus, as mentioned last year, we cannot possibly test and review every toy and game released by every manufacturer in the past 12 months, so there is no doubt that we may have missed some good ones.

Here are the guidelines we follow in making our selections.  “The Best of 2012” is based solely on the toys and games that we have reviewed on our website from November 2011 through October 2012.  We have purposely excluded some older items, which may have been reviewed during that period, because that toy or game has been around for a number of years.  However, in some circumstances, we have also included an item that was new to us at Toys Bulletin, even though it may have been available for purchase prior to November 2011.

 

And most importantly, we kept with our mission statement of providing a list of the “Best Toys and Games You’ve Never Heard Of.”

Posted in Apps and Video Games, Baby and Toddler, Board Games, Building, Christmas, Doll, Electronics, Figures, Games, Girls, Information, Learning, Nostalgic, Outdoor, Remote Control, Riding, Sports, Vehicles

Nostalgic Memory: 77 Sunset Strip – A Private Eye Game Based on the TV Show

Our readers have been asking for another nostalgic look back at a toy or game from the past. I was surprised to see that it had been over 6 months since we posted one of our nostalgic reviews.  So, here we go.

In the fall of 1958, ABC premiered a new detective TV show starring Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. and Roger Smith.  They played private eyes with an office at 77 Sunset Strip.  However, the real attraction of the show came from Edd Byrnes, who played "Kookie," the parking lot attendant next door.  In fact, his original supporting role became so popular and essential to the show, that he was basically the star in the eyes of many of the show's younger viewers.  "Kookie" was best known for snapping his fingers, and talking in a timely beatnik style...
 

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