Ultimate Classic Toys Quiz

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5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Does the thought of an Etch-A-Sketch bring a smile to your face? Know your facts about Silly Putty, the Hula Hoop, Barbie and G.I. Joe? Rev up your Hot Wheels and test how much you really know about these childhood classics.

What was the flavor of the original PEZ candies?

Peppermint was the only option when PEZ came out in 1927.

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What was the original occupation of the inventor of the Slinky?

Richard James was at his job as a naval engineer when he was inspired by a spring falling off a shelf.

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What was the first toy to be advertised on TV?

That honor goes to Mr. Potato Head, which got air time in the early 1950s.

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When Mr. Potato Head was first invented, you had to supply your own potato. How long did it take for the company to start making plastic potatoes?

Mr. Potato Heads came out in 1952, but it wasn't until 1960 that they included a plastic potato.

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What was the only available color of Play-Doh when it first came out?

At first, off-white was the only color option, and it came in a hefty 1.5-pound can.

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These two countries banned the hula hoop in the 1950s.

Apparently Japan and Russia thought the hula hoop represented bad things about American culture.

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How much did the first hula hoops cost?

Kids had to shell out almost $2 for the Wham-O Hula Hoop.

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True or false: The Barbie doll was named after the daughter of Ruth Handler, its inventor.

True. Handler (the wife of the Mattel president), had two children -- Barbara and Kenneth.

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After Barbie, what was the second most popular doll of the 1950s and '60s?

Chatty Cathy, introduced by Mattel in 1959, could say 11 phrases.

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What color was the first Easy Bake Oven?

The original Easy Bakes were a lovely shade of turquoise.

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How many moving parts did the first G.I. Joe doll have?

The original G.I. Joe had 21 moving parts -- how many can you name?

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Which came first -- the Big Wheel or Hot Wheels?

Hot Wheels, by a nose. The tiny racecars came out in 1968, and the Big Wheel followed just a year later.

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What were the main ingredients of the original Silly Putty?

In 1943, while trying to create a rubber substitute, James Wright combined boric acid and silicone oil -- and a classic toy was born.

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Nerf balls and _______ were both invented by the same guy.

Reyn Guyer came up with Nerf balls and Twister. Yeah, he's pretty much set for life.

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Who was Strawberry Shortcake's nemesis?

The Peculiar Purple Pie Man loved to torment the residents of Strawberryland.

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What's printed on the 'cheek' of every Cabbage Patch Kid?

The signature of Cabbage Patch Kid creator Xavier Roberts was printed on the bottom of each and every Cabbage Patch Kid.

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What classic toy has helped soldiers in Iraq find booby traps?

Somehow, soldiers discovered that if you spray Silly String into an area, it will hang over trip wires but not set off any traps.

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Which anniversary did the Rubik's Cube celebrate in 2010?

The Rubik's Cube was invented in 1974, but it's been in its current 3x3x3 incarnation since 1980.

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Which of these animals was NOT an original Beanie Baby?

There are most likely plenty of cow Beanie Babies out there now, but bovines weren't part of the original group.

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Tickle Me Elmo created a frenzy during Christmas of what year?

Parents lost their minds over Tickle Me Elmo during Christmas 1996.

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