A Tonka truck is an all-metal toy produced by Tonka Toys Incorporated which originally was known as the Mound Metalcraft that manufactured garden implements. A business that started only as a sideline, Tonka trucks like the Mighty Dump Truck earned a name for being indestructible because of being made of pure steel. However, the material used was slowly replaced by plastic in the 1980s.
Introduced by U.S. immigrant Filipino Pedro Flores, the history of this toy can be traced back to nearly 500 B.C but it only found mainstream success when Flores founded the Yo-Yo Manufacturing Company in 1928. In the U.S. alone, 300,000 of this toy are produced and sold every day. Because of its popularity, it was labeled as a “Wonder Toy.”
As a predecessor of the Pluto Platter that wobbles while on flight, Frisbee dominated the market in 1964 due to the clever marketing strategy of Wham-O, the toy company that invented the toy. Frisbee’s stabilized flight made it a perfect material for a new sport known as the Ultimate Frisbee, invented by high school students in New Jersey in 1967, three years after the toy’s invention.
The American toy company, Mattel Inc. produced the Barbie doll in 1959 as a fashion doll that could have different accessories and wear several set of clothes. Its creation was inspired by a German doll called the Bild Lill.
It is said that no inventor can claim the hula hoop as his original product. However, the modern hula hoop as we know it today was invented by R. Knerr and A. Melin in 1958. It is a toy hoop that can be twirled around the neck, waist, hand, and knees. Hula hoops differ in size for adults and children. Although, the modern hula hoop is made of plastic which contain rocks or other noise makers which serve as weights, traditional manufacturers used rattan or grapevines for the toy.