Celebrating 70 years of Colorforms

When assisting in kindergarten in past years, the kids would share their version of colorforms with me knowing it was my favorite game to play as a child myself. But just last week I walked into a kids store and there they were…the original colorforms…dressing up for the weather just like when I was kid in the 1960’s but modernized. I also remember dressing up Tammy, the Beatles in 1964 and for the boys they gravitated to Batman and Scooby Do. In the 1990’s, my son enjoyed Colorfoms when he wanted to play Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Curious George. Colorforms is easy with shapes cut from vinyl and can cling to a smooth background making your own special design. Colorforms is one of the most loved and respected toys beginning with the couple Harry and Patricia Kislevitz in 1951.

The first Colorforms® set was hand-cut: a thimble, a bottle, and a medicine container top were just some of the shapes that would become the foundation of the very first Colorforms set, designed by Patricia, and now housed in the Museum of Modern Art in its permanent collection. Colorforms® first launched through FAO Schwarz.  Colorforms first launched through FAO Schwarz and in 1957 Popeye became the first licensed cartoon character to be featured in a Colorforms set.

In the 2000’s, though Internet use boomed, Colorforms came alive with Harry Potter, Sponge Bob, Dora the Explorer and the Hungry Caterpillar. In 2011, Time magazine awarded Colorforms as the toy of all time. In 2014, Out of the Blue Enterprise acquired Colorforms. Billions of sets have been sold and Colorforms continues to make the best plastic creative toys and I continue to gravitate towards any student who is playing with a set. I can’t wait to play.

Legos: May the 4th be with you

We still play with Legos at a break in elementary school but they truly began for me with babysitting boys who could not get enough in the late 1960’s and Lego’s were difficult to use. You really needed an imagination and I was fascinated by the young boys who worked with just using colorful interlocking bricks; creating their own designs. Some sets had wheels to make trains, cars, and ladders for fire trucks. In the late 1970’s, there were tiny Lego men. In the 1980’s, there was a King’s castle. In the early 1990s, my son loved Legos and there was a variety of themes which included pirates and building pirate ships. Late 1990′,s found the first Stars Wars Set while the company launched its first website and its first computer game.

In the 2000s, it was all about Harry Potter whose series and movies were introduced. The first sets were introduced in 2001 to coincide with the film. Sets were released with the other films. More sets were released in 2018 and today you can get sets like Diagon Alley and Hogwarts Castle.

According to sources, The Lego Group began manufacturing the interlocking toy bricks in 1949. Movies, games, competitions and eight Lego Land amusement parks have been developed under the brand. As of July 2015, 600 billion Lego parts had been produced. Currently, you can actually purchase kits by age with suggested ideas as early two years old up to 18 and above.

Today, May 4th Be With you is offering a new Star Wars design. You can add the Imperial Probe Droid™ to your LEGO® Star Wars™ collection. The droid has posable legs and comes with a transparent, brick-built pole to ‘suspend’ it above a buildable snowy scene. Explore a new galaxy of Star Wars Sets.

Ebay Lego sets are very reasonable and many come with instruction manuals. The most expensive Lego, a 4 karat gold brick, sold in an auction for 19,793. Lego gave 2×4 gold bricks to select business partners between 1979 and 1981. Fewer than ten bricks are believed to exist today. Millenium Falcon, Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal have been popular in the market selling for thousands.