Zerak, the original Commander
Zerak, the blue robot, was originally the “commander” of the three robots.
The Zeroids were a line of toy robots from the Planet Zero, introduced by the Ideal Toy Company in 1967. The original three robots were Zerak, Zintar and Zobor.
The ads boasted, “Moving across the landscape, overrunning all obstacles as inexorably as the Future itself, these amazing, efficient and powerful automatons have but one purpose – to serve their masters at work and play!”
Front cover of a 1973 Blue Chip Stamps catalog.
There was a catalog lying on coffee tables throughout America back in the 1970s. Children around the country would pick up the catalog and browse through the toy section. Imaginations ran wild with thoughts of, “If I had a million dollars…” “For Christmas…” “I’m getting this for my birthday…” “I want…” and “Can I have…” The Blue Chip Stamp catalog was used to redeem the popular trading stamps for TOYS (if you were a kid) and lots of other stuff if you were an adult.
Have a party with Crumpet!
Crumpet by Kenner, close up
Released in 1971 by Kenner-General Mills, Crumpet is the perfect hostess for every little girl’s tea party. She turns and bows to greet her guests, pours the tea and serves it, too. Crumpet comes dressed in a gorgeous red velvet dress with matching red shoes. Under the dress is a cute, long-sleeved white shirt printed with pink and red flowers and matching panties. The shirt cuffs and collar are pretty, white lace.
Monster Lab by Ideal
In 1964 the Ideal Toy Company came out with what would become the “Holy Grail” collectible for monster toy collectors.
The Ideal Monster Lab was first introduced in 1964, and made its first public appearance on the Magilla Gorilla T.V. show. According to Popular Mechanics magazine in December of 1964, “Opponents try to keep the monster away from their end of the Monster Lab as buttons make him walk back and forth. If he reaches either end of the lab, he raises his arms, emits a growl and the mask over his face drops off.”
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The Cabbage Patch Snacktime Kid is ironically one of the best-functioning Cabbage Patch dolls ever made. The doll comes with plastic food that it “eats”. When you put the plastic food in the doll’s mouth, the food reappears in the doll’s backpack. The coolest part is that when the doll “eats”, its mouth moves up and down like it’s chewing. It was no surprise that when these first came out, people went gaga over them.
Remco’s Tricky Doodle Duck
See? Not so Tricky.
In 1968 Remco released a unique and fun to play with toy called Tricky Doodle Duck. Tricky Doodle Duck came with a “magic Duck Whistle” that when blown into, would make the duck magically waddle towards you. As he waddled, he would open and close his mouth and quack. When you stopped blowing the whistle, he stopped also. This was possible because of a new transistorized control circuit built by AT&T.
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Here’s a cool ad from a comic book.
In the mid-1960s, Transogram released its successful battery operated car toy, the Trik Trak. It came in a variety of sets including the starter “Cross Country Road Rally” set and the “Dare Devil” set pictured here. The playsets touted a “variety of layouts for play all over the house” and “no assembly required, ready to run on any flat surface”.
Let’s play the Jukebox! Although the idea of a musical player for kids is not unique, Kenner released this decidedly unique musical toy in 1971. This music machine came with over 30 minutes of music — ready to play. Although additional cylinder records were available, there were 14 hits of childrens’ favorites included in this starter, but complete, outfit.