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A Marvel Charlie Brown Christmas

A Marvel Charlie Brown Christmas

A Star Wars Charlie Brown Christmas

A Star Wars Charlie Brown Christmas

Etch A Sketch creator André Cassagnes dies at age 86

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The Etch A Sketch is one of the best known toys of the Baby Boom generation. French inventor André Cassagnes stumbled upon the idea in the 1950s and the core technology of the toy remains today. Cassagnes died Jan. 16 at the age of 86.

André Cassagnes, who invented the popular Etch A Sketch drawing toy, died Jan. 16 in a Paris suburb.

Born just outside of Paris on Sept. 23, 1926, Cassagnes worked at his parents’ bakery before becoming an electrician at Lincrusta Co., a French manufacturer of artificial seat and picture frame coverings that used aluminum powder in the production process.

According to the Toy Industry Association, the origins of Etch A Sketch go back to the late 1950s, when Cassagnes was installing a factory light switch plate covered with a translucent decal.

When Cassagnes peeled the decal from the light switch plate, he made some pencil marks on the decal face and noticed that the image transferred to the opposite face. This  paved the way for the idea of a drawing toy.

A U.S. company, Ohio Art, saw Cassagnes’ toy at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in 1959 and decided to manufacture it. They called it “Etch A Sketch” and launched it during the 1960 holiday season.

That December, Etch A Sketch became the No. 1 selling toy in the U.S.

Also noted in an Ohio Art press release is the Etch A Sketch’s significance in modern American culture. “(The Etch A Sketch) has made significant appearances in movies such as Toy Story,” helping its fame to continue to rise 35 years after its birth and in political speeches, bringing it back into media focus during the 2012 presidential debates.”

The latter, of course, refers to GOP candidate Mitt Romney being compared to the toy by his advisor, in his ability to be shaken up and to “start all over” with his campaign goals.

“Etch A Sketch has brought much success to the Ohio Art Company, and we will be eternally grateful to André for that,” said Larry Killgallon, president of Ohio Art Co. “His invention brought joy to so many over such a long period of time.”

Cassagnes also went on to become the most famous competitive kite-maker in France in the 1980s. His other inventions included Teleguide, a system to guide metal cars on a track, mechanical games, and SkeDoodle, a globe screen-drawing toy concept.

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Things That Blew Your Mind When You Were A Kid

Other mind blowing things include, but are not limited to: snow, magnets, people dressed in animal costumes, and jello.  -Raf

Source: Doghouse

Over 50 items in our 2012 San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) Exclusives List that you would sell a kidney for

And we are just getting started! Here are the first 51 items in our 2012 San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) Exclusives List. Click on the image below to see them all.

Still a Better Love Story Than Twilight

Sunday: Toy Anxiety will be having a big sale at the TMAC Toy Show in Tucson

Toy Anxiety will be at the TMAC Collectible Toy Show and Sale in Tucson tomorrow. We will be having a big sale on all new Star Wars figures and vehicles, 1/18 scale military, and loose modern Star Wars figures.

 Mention this e-mail for something extra special!

Frank Miller’s ‘Sin City’ as a Disney Cartoon [Video]

Most of the fun with trailer mashups comes from the unlikely juxtapositions, and  it’s hard to get more likely than Frank Miller’s Sin  City crossing with virtually the entire history of Disney  animated films, including Beauty and the Beast, the Hunchback of  Notre Dame, Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin, 101 Dalmatians and more.  [Via Topless Robot]

Read More:  http://www.comicsalliance.com/2011/10/20/disney-sin-city-mashup/#ixzz1bWIeJkF7

More New Items in the Store!

Here are some more photos of our inventory. If you see something you like, call the store all (602) 308-0292 or e-mail customerservice@toyanxiety.com

The largest selection of carded figures in Arizona!

Take a Look at What’s New in the Store!

It’s been a while since I blogged about the great items in our store. So for the next couple blogs, I am going to post some photos of our inventory. If you see something you like, call the store all (602) 308-0292 or e-mail customerservice@toyanxiety.com

 Lots of Star Wars stuff!


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All kinds of loose action figures!

Even more loose action figures!