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Cracker Jacks at Ballpark
Getty Images, photo by Greg Fiume

Over 17 Billion Toys Put in Cracker Jack Boxes

Cracker Jacks, the candy popcorn, made its debut in 1893 at the Chicago World’s Fair, the same fair that introduced the Ferris wheel, Aunt Jemima Pancakes and the ice cream cone. A German immigrant sold popcorn from a cart when he and his brother came up with the idea of candy-coated popcorn they named ‘Cracker Jacks’.

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Thor The Dark World Toys
Marvel Studios

‘Thor: The Dark World’ Toy Line Shows Off the New Thunder God and Dark Elves

'Thor: The Dark World' will soon be upon us, hitting theaters November 8, 2013, and so will Marvel's accompanying toy line. We got the chance to attend Hasbro's Fan Media Day during the 2013 American International Toy Fair, which showed off the new 'Thor 2' action figures and gadgets.

Previous toy releases, like most recently with the 'Iron Man 3' LEGO sets, have teased potential spoilers from their corresponding movies, so what hidden 'Thor: The Dark World' gems might be hidden in this new toy crop?

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Etch a Sketch
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Etch A Sketch Inventor Dies at Age 86

Andre Cassagnes, the man responsible for inventing the venerable Etch A Sketch, a toy that inspired countless children ever since it was introduced in 1960, has died at age 86 in France.

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Warner Bros.

‘Man of Steel’ Toys Reveal a Top Secret Villain?

'Man of Steel' has a villain any Superman fan will recognize: General Zod. Played by Oscar-nominee Michael Shannon, Zod was famously seen in 'Superman II' and introduced the classic line, "Kneel before Zod!" But is there another Superman bad guy in 'Man of Steel?' One that the filmmakers are trying to keep quiet? There very well may be and that top secret villain may have been spoiled with details on the new 'Man of Steel' toy line. Potential spoilers ahead...

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The Porsche 917 Le Mans Raceway: A Toy Racetrack For Big Boys

We’re not saying we still play with toys, but if we did, this would be the toy we’d play with.

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Lego

‘Back To The Future’ DeLorean Lego Set Is Coming

Did you ever want to own a DeLorean like the one in 'Back To The Future'? If you did, you probably weren't in luck, as the car is quite rare. (Not to mention highly impractical.)

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Hasbro Introduces Easy-Bake Oven for Boys
Hasbro

Hasbro Introduces Easy-Bake Oven for Boys

Ever since it was introduced in 1963, the Easy-Bake Oven has been marketed exclusively to girls, leaving aspiring boy chefs out in the cold. But that's about to change thanks to a campaign led by a teen girl on behalf of her four-year-old brother, who loves to cook.

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Urban Shredder
YouTube

Urban Shredder From Hot Wheels Sure to Be on Most Dangerous Toy List this Holiday

The Urban Shredder from Hot Wheels looks like every kid's moist dream and every parent's biggest nightmare.

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Easy Bake Oven
Abcnews.go.com

Teen Launches Campaign for Gender-Neutral Easy Bake Oven

Thirteen year-old McKenna Pope is fighting mad at Hasbro, and this little activist wants some positive changes now. The eighth grader, who hails from Garfield, New Jersey, has started a petition on Change.org asking Hasbro to make their Easy Bake Ovens more gender-neutral.

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Mattel via ToplessRobot.com/YouTube/Getty Images

10 Weird Fad Toys Every Kid Had to Have for Christmas

You can always spot a parent around the holiday season. Their hair is a frazzled mesh of cow licks and stray strands as if it’s been pulled by a crowd of frantic people. Their eyes dart around in all directions desperately seeking something that could suddenly appear at a moment’s notice. They break down and cry during commercials that advertise “the hottest toy of the holiday season.”

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