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Toy Time!: From Hula Hoops to He-Man to Hungry Hungry Hippos: A Look Back at the Most- Beloved Toys of Decades Past Paperback – October 8, 2013

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Christopher “The Toy Guy” Byrne is content director for TimetoPlaymag.com, the leading U.S website covering toys and all things play.  Widely regarded as one of the toy industry’s leading experts, he appears regularly in the national media and speaks at major toy conferences throughout the U.S., Asia, and Europe.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (October 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385349122
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385349123
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By veg-o-matic on January 30, 2014
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I got this for Christmas and was a little disappointed in the size--about 8" X 6". It's still readable, and the photos are quite nice, but I like my toy books to be at least 9" X 12".
For someone who is supposed to be a huge toy expert, Christopher Byrne has allowed a number of glaring errors to be included in the text. So far, I've found the following:
*Barbie doll's last name is cited as being Rogers. No, it's Roberts.
*Chatty Cathy is cited as being released in 1959. She was released in 1960.
*Toy designer Marvin Glass is referred to as Melvin Glass in one instance (in another instance, the name is correct.)
Other than that, the text is interesting and reasonably informative. Certainly, no new ground is covered in this book, everything having been written about extensively in other books already. I do wish the author had listed the manufacturers for the toys covered.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E.S. on October 15, 2013
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Christopher Byrne is someone who knows toys, and the colorful and beautifully designed Toy Time is the perfect conduit for him to write about the topic he knows and loves so well. The book, by itself, captures all the whimsy the toys inside it have inspired through the years. It's just page after page of fun. Not only looking at the toy themselves, but also thanks to Chris' descriptions and commentary. Even the toys you didn't have, you'll enjoy in Toy Time. It's like having a full set of Sears Christmas Wish Books from the Baby Boomer years. You won't even mind if your favorite toy is left out.

Toy Time will be such a perfect Christmas gift - you can time travel back to those fun and simpler days!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael OConnor TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 31, 2013
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Ah, memories, memories! Christopher Byrne's TOY TIME! FROM HULA HOOPS TO HE-MAN TO HUNGRY HUNGRY HIPPOS is a virtual time-travel machine, taking aging baby-boomers and senior citizens back to the toys that enchanted them as children.

The toys described in Byrne's book run the gamut - Play-Doh, Barbie, Gumby, Rubik's Cube, Uno, Hot Wheels, Pet Rock, Trivial Pursuit, Silly Putty, View-Master, NERF Ball, Care Bears, Teddy Ruxpin, Cootie, DoodleArt, Frisbee, Etch-a-Sketch, G.I. Joe, STAR WARS Action Figures, Chatty Cathy, Easy-Bake Oven, Dungeons and Dragons, Tonka Toy Trucks and dozens more.

Each product gets at least a two-page write-up with one color photograph. The 'Why We Loved It' section brings back fond memories and the 'Where is It Now' section gives us hope that (at least) some of those items are still being sold.

In short, TOY TIME! is a fun, affectionate read of carefree times and beloved toys and games. Recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David P. Kozinski on October 21, 2013
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Author Christopher Byrne and I have been friends from grade school to this day, so I have an admitted bias. I spent a good deal of time at the Byrne home and they did indeed have an attic full of toys. Chris knows his stuff!
I recall playing with many of the toys featured in "Toy Time" and remember them fondly. Adolescent boys being what they are, I also fondly remember enjoying poking fun at some of the toys, and the advertisements for them, in our later youth. Chris's command of language made this exercise all the more enjoyable. His writing style makes for fun, easy reading.
The book is a great compendium of the stuff from which a generation derived pleasure and learned a thing or two while doing it. Great pictures, too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christine on December 6, 2013
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Toy expert Christopher Byrne now offers something for parents and even grandparents. This delightful little tome takes the reader on a fun trip down memory lane - back to the days when we couldn't wait until the Sears Wishbook showed up in the mail. A great coffee table book and conversation starter, Toy Time makes a terrific stocking stuffer or host/hostess gift. The photos of the toys we had or wish we had are wonderful and the text is chock full of fun facts to know and tell!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 25, 2013
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This book was awesome! It brought me back to my childhood and even some old toys of my fathers and his siblings that were still in Grandma's basement when I was growing up. Good review of popular toys, why we liked them, why we didn't, and if they are still manufacturered. Many classic toys featured - the Weebles, the Little People, Twister, Operation, etc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Catwoman19 on November 21, 2013
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What a great coffee table book! I love reading the short chapters as I'm cooking or when I just need to wait a few minutes. It's a nice walk down memory lane of all the toys I remember from childhood. Plus I learn how they came to be and love bringing it up in conversation! A great book in so many ways!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joseph M. Mudd on January 19, 2014
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I just felt kind of "meh" about this book. I don't think it gave enough space to some of the bigger toy lines like He-Man, Transformers and GI Joe... it barely mentions the 1980's Joe line that is still going strong today. It has a lot of nice illustrations, but there are better toy books out there.
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