Toys

The Toys Channel has articles explaining how some of the coolest and most well-loved toys actually work. Learn the secrets of yo-yos, the wonder of LEGO bricks and magic of Baby Einstein.


Because a $100 Droid Inventor Kit may allow you to do just that.

What could possibly go wrong when you stick a bunch of kids inside a bouncy house on a hot summer day?

Once considered a paragon of creative, free-form play, Lego sets today incorporate more weapons and suggest more violent behavior than ever before.

Epic merchandising fails have included everything from a decidedly phallic Jar Jar Binks lollipop to a Transformers shave kit — for boys who don't even shave. Other bombs proves marketers will do just about anything to make a dime.

Toys have evolved throughout history, but many of the simplest have remained the most popular since the dawn of time. Which of these 10 historic toys did you grow up playing with?

Pull out those "Star Wars" figures collecting dust in the attic. If you have any of these 10, you could cash in — big time!

Get a blast from the past with our totally awesome top 10 toys list from the '80s! Did your favorites make the list? Find out which of the nostalgia-inducing toys are still around today.

Kids who love science and math will want to get their hands on these super-fun games that make the learning part of play time.

Children of the '70s, it's time for a flashback — and no, not the trippy kind. We're taking a walk down memory lane to reminisce about some of the best toys ever made. Two words: Big Wheel!

These 10 toys were once just a vision of their makers. Today they're multi-million-dollar -- in some cases billion-dollar! -- money makers. See which ones bring in the most cash.

Pretty much any toy store is awesome, especially if you're a kid. But when it comes to making your wildest dreams come true, these 10 take the cake, for children and adults.

Think there aren't ways you can make your next water balloon fight even more epic? Think again. These 10 toys are here to prove you wrong!

The first doll made specifically for boys -- deemed an "action figure" -- lived up to its name and became a global phenomenon.

It's expected these days to have cartoons based on kids' toys -- and vice versa -- but that wasn't always the case. Which toy started the trend?

If you buy toys solely because you're hoping to make a bunch of money, you might want to come up with a different investment plan. It's hard to predict which ones will become valuable in the future.

Although we trust toy companies to make toys that are safe, mistakes can be made. Keeping up with recalls can help keep kids safe. But who decides when a toy is recalled?

Before kids had cell phones, walkie-talkies were really the only method of long distance communication while playing. Are they a thing of the past?

Although there were toys based on movies before the first "Star Wars" film, none of them exploded in popularity quite like those little action figures.

There are a lot of toys on the market that claim to help your child learn how to walk, but what do the experts say? Is a push toy better than a walker?

It might be tempting to buy a knock-off toy because they're cheaper and often just as pleasing to your kid. However, they may be harmful to your child.

You like to play board games but often they take too long and an argument breaks out among the kids as to who's cheating. Maybe you should try a German-style board game instead.

You don't need to be a professional to start customizing dolls; rooting their hair is an easy way to change their look.

Any kid with long enough and strong enough legs (along with the cognitive development to not run into trees or other kids) can work a pedal car. But are they safe?

What would you get if you hit a regular car with a shrink-ray and made it 64 times smaller? A Hot Wheels car, of course! These tiny, scale-model cars are still around, and still popular with kids — and lots of adults, too.

Approach the machine, drop in some coins and watch as hot plastic is molded into a train, gorilla or Frankenstein's monster. Mold-A-Rama machines remain popular with nostalgia fans, but what makes them so appealing?