A Board Game’s Idea Of The Moon Landing, 14 Years Before It Happened

The oldest toy I own is a board game called Careers. It’s set 14 years before Apollo 11 landed on the moon in 1969, yet it includes a moon expedition mission. It’s a curious artifact — a look into a previous generation’s dreams and ambitions, when space exploration was still an unknown intangible. Our dreams, however,… »8/16/15 5:40pm8/16/15 5:40pm

The 1982 Sears Wish Book Featured Some of the Best Toys From the '80s

The holidays are one of the best times to meander down memory lane. After all, many of us are probably even sleeping in our old childhood bedrooms while visiting our parents this Christmas. And because so many of you enjoyed Dinosaur Dracula's look at a 1985 JCPenney Christmas catalog yesterday, we wanted to point you… »12/24/14 9:54am12/24/14 9:54am

The 1985 JCPenney Christmas Catalog Is a Great Nostalgia Trip

When it comes time to decide what they want for Christmas, today's kids have it easy. A few hours on the internet can result in thousands of links to toys, electronics, and video games. But if you grew up in the '80s, your holiday hunt relied solely on department store catalogs. And over on Dinosaur Dracula they've… »12/23/14 9:39am12/23/14 9:39am

For $300, You Can "Fly" on a Perfectly Recreated Pan Am 747

Pan Am ceased to exist 23 years ago, but the defunct airline enjoys a dedicated cult following—whose fixation with the past that doesn't seem quite so odd when considered in light of the stinky, knee-obsessed, genital-groping present of air travel. Now, for roughly what it costs to fly to Ft. Lauderdale, you can turn… »9/18/14 4:16pm9/18/14 4:16pm

How Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Taught Me to Love Technology

You might not believe me, but I was kind of a nerd when I was a kid. My family lived out in the mountains, miles away from anyone my age, so I spent my days buried in books and playing with my rock collection. Then, the summer before I started kindergarten, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids hit theaters and my world view… »7/23/14 8:00pm7/23/14 8:00pm

Secret underground vault contains all Lego sets in history

I watched The Lego Movie once again. Like the first time, I cried like a little kid. It's a good movie, but the strong emotional reaction came from deep inside, firing the same childhood memories that The Lego Memory Lane—Leg0 HQ's underground secret vault with all their sets—did when I visited it in Billund, Denmark. »5/31/14 7:39am5/31/14 7:39am