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How Water Blasters Work

The classic little water gun has evolved into a double-barrel water blaster that can soak someone standing 50 feet away. This isn't your father's water gun. The pump mechanisms at work here are pretty ingenious. Take a look inside these high-power toys.

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  • 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 »

  • How Water Blasters Work

    How Water Blasters Work

    The classic little water gun has evolved into a double-barrel water blaster that can soak someone standing 50 feet away. This isn't your father's water gun. The pump mechanisms at work here are pretty ingenious. Take a look inside these high-power toys. See more »

  • How Yo-Yos Work

    How Yo-Yos Work

    Yo-yos can be traced back at least 2500 years. It's a toy with true staying power and it lately it’s gone high-tech -- ever heard of a yo-yo with a clutch? Learn about yo-yo physics, tricks, history and some serious upgrades in design. See more »

  • July 12: Etch-A-Sketch is Introduced

    July 12: Etch-A-Sketch is Introduced

    The invention of the Etch-a-Sketch ushered in a new way to make art without making a mess. Learn about the history, design and inventor of the Etch-a-Sketch device, and how this simple toy became a long-lived classic. See more »

  • Model Rocket Quiz

    Model Rocket Quiz

    You can buy one for a little more than 10 dollars, but can you fly one? See how high your model rocketry smarts will take you with this quiz. See more »

  • Stack 'em Up: Lego Blocks Quiz

    Stack 'em Up: Lego Blocks Quiz

    Many of us played with Legos when we were kids, but for some people, the fascination continues well into adulthood. So, what's up with those newfangled Lego robots? And what does Lego mean, anyway? See more »

  • Ultimate Classic Toys Quiz

    Ultimate Classic Toys Quiz

    Does the thought of an Etch-A-Sketch bring a smile to your face? Know your facts about Silly Putty, the Hula Hoop, Barbie and G.I. Joe? Rev up your Hot Wheels and test how much you really know about these childhood classics. See more »

  • Who invented the Barbie doll and why?

    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? See more »

  • 23 Must-Have Toys from the 1950s and Beyond

    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. See more »

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