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Sept. 6, 1959: Mattel's Barbie Goes on Sale

The world's most recognizable doll, Barbie was introduced in 1959 by Mattel, and she continues to entrance young girls half a century later. Learn about Barbie's history and what she has to do with a German doll named Lilli.

Researchers Reveal the Dark Side of Bounce Houses

Bounce houses may be great at entertaining kids, but they're not so great at keeping them cool on a hot day. Learn more at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

Lego Sets Have Become More Violent, New Study Finds

Lego sets have become more violent, with more toy weapons included. Learn more about toy violence and Legos in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

10 Embarrassing Movie Tie-in Toys

Sometimes toy-makers miss the mark. Learn about 10 embarrassing movie tie-in toys at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Historical Toys

Some toys have remained popular throughout history. Learn about the top 10 historical toys at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Most Valuable 'Star Wars' Toys

Some Star Wars toys can sell for more than $1000. Learn more about the 10 most valuable 'Star Wars' toys at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Totally Rad '80s Toys… And Where They Are Now

The '80s were full of rad toys. Did your favorite make our list? Take a step back and time and view 10 '80s toys and where they are now. See more »

10 Science Toys Kids Will Love

Kids who love science and math will want to get their hands on these super-fun games. See 10 science toys kids will love at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Groovy Toys From the ’70s

Remember the Big Wheel? That's just one of 10 groovy toys from the '70s on our list at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Toys That Became Million-Dollar Franchises

These 10 toys became million-dollar franchises after once just being a vision of their makers. See which toys bring in the most cash. See more »

10 Unbelievable Toy Stores Around the World

Pretty much any toy store is awesome, especially if you're a kid. But these 10 toy stores around the world are pretty cool for children and adults. See more »