A World Without Reality

Title: A World Without Reality: Inside Marvin Glass's Toy Vault
Release Date: July 20, 2019
Pages: 608
ISBN13: 978-0578405261
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You hold the keys that will unlock the toy vault and transport you into a whirlwind adventure filled with secrets behind the top toys and games of your childhood. This biography is of the toy king himself Marvin Glass, who created the first, largest and most successful independent toy invention studio. His unique genius and fervor for life was said to be a magical blend of Willy Wonka and Howard Hughes. Wonka had his Oompa Loompas and so too did Glass fill his high-security fortress with a cast of crazy characters. Their own words reveal the story of what really went on inside Marvin’s legendary studio. This book includes nearly 100 exclusive interviews with first-hand accounts about Marvin, the toys and his wacky studio.

The author, a veteran Chicago toy inventor of 30 years asks, “What kind of man can create an industry that didn’t exist before him and how did he make it flourish?” If you’re ready for the answers, then buckle up because you’re about to enter A World Without Reality.

- Over 130 playthings from the 1940’s-1980’s are profiled with compelling behind-the-scene creation stories of items like Operation, Simon, Lite-Brite, Rock’em Sock’em Robots, Mouse Trap, the Blythe doll, Yakity Yak Teeth, Whoops (fake vomit), the Pie Face game, Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle and more!

- Over 200 original color photographs including rare prototypes.

- Over 1,000 additional images of ads, patents, tv commercials, Glass family photos and internal company promotional images.

- All within a 608 page 8 ½” x 11” hardcover book with coated stock.

Sample Pages

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Robot Commando
Mouse Trap
The Modelshop/Security
Mystery Date/Tip-It
Pie Face
Halloween Parties
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