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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.

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Who invented the Barbie doll and why?

She's held down more than 80 jobs, including paleontologist, astronaut and McDonald's cashier. She comes dressed to thrill in ball gowns and ski slope chic. So why would anyone compare her to an adults-only German doll?


How is doll hair rooted?

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

Are pedal cars safe for kids?

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?

How Hot Wheels Work

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.

How Mold-A-Rama Works

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?

How Shrinky Dinks Work

What could be more exciting than drawing or coloring on a piece of plastic, then watching that drawing shrink in the oven?

How Easy-Bake Ovens Work

Making real baked treats in a toy oven is one of the great joys of childhood. Who knew that the heat of a light bulb would create a childhood culinary icon?

10 Antique Toys That Still Look Like Fun

Although kids have always improvised things to play with, toys, as we know them, have actually been around only for a few centuries. Some of the hoops and pedal cars of yesteryear would still be fun to play with, we think.

10 Toys So Popular They Incited Violence

Would you knock down a fellow shopper to get your hands on a toy? Here are 10 toys that inspired some heinous acts of violence in the name of spreading holiday cheer.

10 Classic Toys That Could Kill You

Whether you grew up in the carefree '50s or the safety-conscious '90s, you probably know of a toy that was lots of fun and, in hindsight, flat-out dangerous. Most are off the shelves now, but this list might bring back memories.

10 Must-have Toys for 2012

Every holiday season, there's that handful of "it" toys -- the hottest gifts for kids. Which products will Santa be delivering the most in 2012?