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A Christmas Story (1983) - IMDb

A Christmas Story
is a 1983
Christmas comedy film directed by Bob Clark and based on Jean Shepherd‘s semi-fictional anecdotes in his
1966 book
In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash.

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Benjamin Robert Clark (August 5, 1939 – April 4, 2007)

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Jean Parker Shepherd Jr. (July 26, 1921 – October 16, 1999),

Peter Billingsley Today: See The 'A Christmas Story' Star Then & Now –  Hollywood Life
Actor,director, and producer Peter Billingsley turned 50 April
16, 1971.

You'll shoot your eye out! - christmas story2 | Meme Generator

The most famous BB gun in the world, the Daisy Red Ryder
is a classic tradition that’s as strong now as it was when it
was designed more than 80 years ago.

A Christmas Story': The leg lamp set to take the stage at NMU | News,  Sports, Jobs - The Mining Journal

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(FoxNews) – A rare "Star Wars" toy from 1980 sold at auction this
week for more than $12,000.

The toy, a figure of Princess Leia Organa, was in its original
packaging, which featured a rare picture card – also known as
a transitional card,.  

Expert Nick Dykes, of Vectis Auctions in Stockton-on-Tees,
U.K.told the news agency that the Princess Leia figure in its
rare packaging, could be one of just a few in existence.

The  figure was part of a collection made by British toy company
Palitoy and released in 1980 to coincide with the release of "
Empire Strikes Back
" film in the "Star Wars" franchise. 

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Ken is a doll and fictional character introduced by Mattel in 1961 as
the counterpart of
Barbie, who was introduced two years earlier.

Similar to his female counterpart, Ken has a fashionable line of
clothing and accessories. In the Barbie mythos, Ken met Barbie
on the set of a TV commercial. He is Barbie’s boyfriend, as it is
written on every box produced since 1961. Since his debut, Ken
has held at over 40 occupations. He was invented by Elliot


March 13 – Ken Day | Vintage barbie dolls, Barbie friends, Vintage barbie

Elliot Handler dies at 95; co-founder of Mattel, inventor of Hot Wheels | Vintage barbie dolls, Barbie dolls, Original barbie doll
Ruth and Elliot Handler, creators of Ben and Barbie.

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Potato Head, formerly Mr. Potato Head, is a
toy consisting of a
plastic model of a potato which can be decorated with a variety
of plastic parts that can attach to the main body. These parts
usually include ears, eyes, shoes, a hat, a nose, pants and a
mouth. The toy was invented and developed by
George Lerner
in 1949 and first manufactured and distributed by
Hasbro in
1952 Potato Head was the first toy
advertised on television and
has remained in production since its debut. It was originally
produced as separate plastic parts with pushpins that could be
stuck into a real potato or other vegetable. However, due to
complaints regarding rotting vegetables and new government
safety regulations, Hasbro began including a plastic potato body
within the toy set in 1964.

Over the years, the original toy was joined by Mrs. Potato Head
and supplemented with accessories.(
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

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Inventor George Lerner (1922–1995)

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Baby Nancy, the first Black baby doll to have an
Afro and other authentic features, was inducted into the
National Toy Hall
of Fame on Thursday, along with sidewalk chalk and the wooden block
game Jenga.

The 2020 honorees were recognized for their creativity and popularity over

They were chosen by a panel of experts from among 12 finalists that also
included bingo, Breyer Horses, Lite-Brite, Masters of the Universe, My
Little Pony , Risk, Sorry!, Tamagotchi, and Yahtzee.

Baby Nancy was the inaugural doll for Shindana Toys, a California company launched in 1968 by Operation Bootstrap Inc., the not-for-profit Black
community self-help organization that emerged in the aftermath of the
Watts riots in Los Angeles.

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