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23 Must-Have Toys from the 1950s and Beyond

Remember your favorite toy? It probably created a big stir in stores. Read this selection of must-have toys to find out if yours made the list.

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  • How Mold-A-Rama Works

    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? See more »

  • How Pinewood Derbies Work

    How Pinewood Derbies Work

    The very first Pinewood Derby was held more than 50 years ago; yet even now, Cub Scouts find the event just as challenging and fun as it was then. See more »

  • How Play-Doh Works

    How Play-Doh Works

    What does wallpaper have to do with one of the coolest toys of all time? Learn just why Play-Doh acts the way it does, how it stormed the 1950s toy market and even how to make your own! See more »

  • How Rumble Robots Work

    How Rumble Robots Work

    Rumble Robots were one of the most popular toys to hit the shelves in 2001. While there's no revolutionary machinery involved in their design, they do combine several familiar technologies in an innovative way. See more »

  • How See 'n Says Work

    How See 'n Says Work

    Have you ever wondered how a See 'n Say produces sound without a battery? And where does it store its 26 different phrases? Solve the mystery of the See 'n Say! See more »

  • How Shrinky Dinks Work

    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? See more »

  • How Silly String Works

    How Silly String Works

    Did you know that Silly String has been saving lives in the Iraq War since December 2006? Our article reveals many little known facts about this substance. Find out how troops have used it learn the history of the silly string mystery and uncover its effects on the environment. See more »

  • How Singing Fish Work

    How Singing Fish Work

    Singing fish are everywhere -- at the mall, on TV and in catalogs! They are silly, but it turns out that there is an amazing amount of technology inside them -- they are really simple robots! Find out exactly how they work. See more »

  • How Slot Car Racing Works

    How Slot Car Racing Works

    The slot car craze hit the U.S. in the 1960s and it continues to remain the hobby of choice for many enthusiasts. But did you know that the idea for slot cars originated nearly 100 years ago? See more »

  • How the Flybar Works

    How the Flybar Works

    The Flybar is a new kind of pogo stick for adults that can take you higher than your flimsy childhood toy ever could. Learn about the new technology and design overhaul that makes the new Flybar so powerful. See more »

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