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24 September 2014
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Summer in the Sixties

Snapshot of the era - Toys

The Sixties were an era of memorable events, fads and fashions. To jog your memory, we have highlights for art, social/political moments, sport, music, TV, films, style and toys along with information about related programming in the BBC FOUR season.

From Tiny Tears and Action Man to Lego and Twister, the youth of yesteryear had plenty of playthings to keep them occupied…


• Doodling was revolutionized with Etch-a-Sketch in 1960.


• 1960 gave birth to Lego - the building blocks of many a childhood.


• Barbie was lonely by 1961 so she got her very own plastic fantastic boyfriend Ken.


Then Sindy went on sale as a rival to Barbie in 1963.


Spiderman the comic hit the shelves in 1962.


Mr Potato Head was invented in 1964 and the humble spud took on an exciting new role.


Tiny Tears arrived in the UK from America in 1966. Her ability to drink from a bottle and then cry and wet her nappy made her an instant hit.


Twister, the floor game that is all about trying to get hands and feet on the right colours without injuring yourself, went down a storm in 1966.


• 1966 brought dolls for the boys in the form of Action Man.


• A bunch of sticks and marbles became a highly strategic sport in 1967 when Kerplunk hit the shelves.


• The Frisbee craze took flight in the UK in 1967.


• Board game Battleships brought naval warfare in a box in 1967.


Hot wheels came out in 1969 and even those without a driving licence could get a fast car.


Silly string: string in a spraying can was an instant party hit in 1969.

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