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Modern Marvels

Season 10 Episode 65


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Dec 23, 2003 on The History Channel
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Episode Summary

All aboard the nostalgia express as we take a trip through the past to enjoy toys of our youth--the ones we can't forget and those that some of use never gave up! This is the real toy story! We take a look at five categories of boys' toys and see what relationship they have had on the development of young minds; talk with collectors of antique and specialty toys; and visit companies that make electric trains, Matchbox Cars, GI Joe action figures, and LEGO Bricks, among others.moreless
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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • In 1993 the Barbie Liberation Organization swapped the voice chips of 300 G.I. Joe figures and Barbie Dolls, then returned them to be sold. The rewired Barbies yelled, "Eat lead, Cobra!" while G.I. Joes said, "Let's go shopping."

      • Matchbox has sold over three billion cars since 1952. The top-selling vehicle is the Model A Ford.

      • In 1951, Mr. Potato Head became the first toy to be advertised on television.

      • John Lloyd Wright, son of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, invented Lincoln Logs in 1916. His inspiration came from an "earthquake-resistant" construction method used by his father on a hotel in Japan.

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    • NOTES (1)

      • Chris Byrne
        Toy and Children's Lifestyle Expert

        Ted Hake
        Hake's Americana and Collectibles

        Gary Cross
        Author, Kid's Stuff

        Joel Perlin
        Erector Set Collector

        Katherine Lee
        LEGO Systems, Inc.

        Roy Rogers (Archival Footage)

        Steve Ellenburg
        Trumark Slingshots

        Mark Ellenburg
        Trumark Slingshots

        Lonnie Johnson
        Inventor, "Super Soaker"

        Leon Weiss
        President, Gemini Antiques Ltd.

        Norman Schaut
        Toy Collector and Founder, "Atlantique City"

        Dave Bryla
        VP Marketing, Matchbox Mattel, Inc.

        Bernice Scarpa
        Collector's Mother

        Deryl Depriest
        Dir. of Marketing, Boys Toys, Hasbro, Inc.

        Eric Gewirz
        Z-Man Toys

        Chris Savino
        Chris Savino Antique Toys

        Ron Cammarota
        Toy Collector

        President John F. Kennedy (Archival Footage)

        John Glenn (Archival Footage)

        Harrison Ford (Archival Photo)

        Carrie Fisher (Archival Photo)

        Mark Boudreaux
        Principal Designer, Star Wars Toys, Hasbro, Inc.

        James Gallo
        Toy Heaven

        Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Writer: Luke Ellis
        Producer: Luke Ellis
        Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
        Supervising Producer: Henry Schipper
        Narrator: Max Raphael
        Editor: Peregrine Beckman
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Music: Alan Ett
        Production Manager: Kathlene Exner
        Post Producer: Scott Berkson
        Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core
        Director of Research: Hildie Katibah
        Archivist: Nilda Pergola-Jensen
        Researcher: Mark Savage
        Researcher: Diane Wai
        Clearance Assistant: Gabe Martinez
        Historical Consultant: Gary Cross
        Footage Consultant: Ted Troll
        Camera: Brandon Green
        Camera: Peter Krajewski
        Camera: Scott Newton
        Camera: Scott Ogle
        Camera: Jesse Phinney
        Camera: Rich Raney
        Field Audio: Brad Dean
        Field Audio: Ben Sherman
        Post Production Supervisor: Jason Steinberg
        Post Production Coordinator: Gary Reid
        Voice over Coordinator: Dawn Irwin
        Post Production Assistant: Montgomery Jesselton Kingsley
        Online Editor: David Rex
        Sound Mixer: Paul Ray
        Graphics: Barry Hill
        Production Auditor: Dani Eslin
        Assistant Production Accountant: Linda Scribner
        Production Coordinator: Michael Z Davis
        Production Assistant: Maryalice R. Aragon
        Production Assistant: Rasi Delgado

        Special Thanks:
        Trevor Baker
        Christy Baker
        Kevin Harrington
        Krause Publications
        Gary Lavinus
        LEGO Systems INC Special Events
        Lenita Ksieski
        Earl Marx
        Ron Morris
        National Toy Train Museum
        Joel Perlin
        Paul Raehpour
        Mark Rich

        Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra

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