Category Archives: Toys

Space Fidgit

The Space Fidgit was an interesting 70’s toy that consisted of a colored, creamy gel-like liquid encased in a transparent plastic half-bubble. When the user slid their fingers over the flat back of the bubble, the movement and body heat would generate a kind of morphing liquid light show.

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Although itĀ first became available in 1965 and was awarded “Toy of the Year” in 1967, Spirograph is firmly planted in the memory banks of countless seventies kids.

Invented by British engineer Denys Fisher, the original US version consisted of two plastic rings, both with gear teeth on the inside and outside. Smaller plastic gear wheels, each with holes to accommodate a ballpoint pen, could be placed inside the larger rings and rotated with the pen, creating complex geometric patterns on the paper beneath.

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