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The Toys That Built America 80’s Tech Toys (History Sunday December 4, 2022 )

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The Toys That Built America

On, Sunday December 4, 2022, the episode 80’s Tech Toys airs at 21:00 on History.

The 1980s see revolutionary technology redefine traditional toys in addition to improving adult life. For the first time, innovators pushing the limits of entertainment technology have reimagined childhood favorites. A former employee of an amusement park uses his knowledge of animatronics and a cassette tape to create the first realistic talking toy, and a NASA engineer creates a completely new toy category based on the mundane squirt gun. These toy innovations are at the forefront of a time when technology is completely changing the way we live.

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Sunday December 4, 2022 at 21:00 on History

Season 2 Episode 7

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Against the backdrop of major events in American history like the Civil War and the Great Depression, The Toys That Built America shares a different story – one that brings new products and nostalgic toys to the forefront as driving forces behind untold cultural and economic shifts. The four-part docuseries showcases visionaries such as the Parker Brothers, Milton Bradley and Ruth Handler who transformed a small toy company into the billion-dollar empire now known as Mattel. It reveals the little-known stories behind ground-breaking innovations like the Frisbee, and accidental discoveries like how the Slinky was created. Additionally, the docuseries unveils competitive rivalries between iconic brands that changed the fabric of our nation forever. Blending dramatic reenactments and archival footage with interviews from experts, biographers, and others, The Toys That Built America brings to life the surprising tales of the men and women who created some of America’s most beloved and enduring toys including Silly Putty, Monopoly, Barbie, G.I. Joe, and other famous classics.

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