Some of the most well-known toy companies include: Hasbro, KB Toys, Lionel Corporation, Little Tikes, Tonka, Mattel, Lego and Fisher-Price. Many toy companies also own smaller subsidiaries that manufacture toys under different names.Know More
Hasbro is one of the largest toy companies in the world and was founded in the 1920s. It first gained attention with the release of the Mr. Potato Head toy in 1952. The company also went on to release the first ever action-figure toy, G.I. Joe, in 1964. As it has grown, Hasbro has gone on to take over other well-known toy companies such as Milton Bradley, Playskool, Kenner and Tonka. Many of these companies still produce toys under their original names, but they are owned by Hasbro.
Mattel was founded in 1945 and would go on to gain fame as the manufacturers of Barbie. However, the first toy that the company sold was the Uke-A-Doodle, the first in a line of many musical-themed toys. In 1960, Mattel released Chatty Cathy, a talking doll that brought big changes to the toy industry. Mattel also launched Barbie in 1959 and Hot Wheels cars in 1968. In the 1970s, Mattel created a new division devoted to creating electronic toys that manufactured early video game toys.Learn more about Toys
The Lemon Twist toy greatly resembles the Skip-It toy of the late 1980s. The Lemon Twist, prominent in the 1970s, consisted of black tubing that had a plastic lemon at the end.Full Answer >
An Appa plush toy is a soft doll designed to resemble Appa, a fictional character from the television series and film "Avatar: The Last Airbender." Appa is a companion to Aang, the main character. He is used as a mount and provides comic relief.Full Answer >
As of 2014, the bestselling toy in the world is the Rubik's Cube made by Seven Towns. It has sold an estimated 350 million units since its introduction in 1980.Full Answer >
Based on the age of the toy, its condition and its packaging, Hess toys can be priced from around $15 to nearly $2,500. The first Hess toy trucks were manufactured in 1964 and are among the rarest and most valuable.Full Answer >