The History Channel Reveals ‘The Toys That Built America’ The Toy Book

The toys that built America | Source: History Channel/A+E Networks

A new four-part docuseries from Historic Channel will dive into the stories behind some iconic American toys and games.

The toys that built America premieres Sunday, Nov. 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT with an episode that explores the story behind Slinky, Silly Putty, and Frisbee. The series mixes dramatic re-enactments with archival footage and interviews with experts, including our own Laurie Schachtpresident and director of toys at Adventure Media and Events, publisher of the toy book, the toy insiderand the pop insider.

In line with other episodes of the “That Built” franchise, The toys that built America weaves its stories amid key events in American history, such as the Civil War, the Great Depression, and World War II. Over the course of the series, audiences will learn the true origins of GI Joe, Barbie, Monopoly, Hot Wheels, Matchbox Cars, and more, as well as the stories of the companies and creators behind them, such as Mattel, Hasbro, Parker Brothers , Milton Bradley, and more.

Additionally, History Channel will continue its Mission To Honor campaign in partnership with Blue Star Families to provide toys and educational products to the families of those who served in the US military. Donations are made possible with the support of Basic Fun!, deuter, Educational Insights, Funko, Radio Flyer, Silly Bandz and the Sydney Paige Foundation.

“Toys teach us to imagine, to have fun, and most importantly, to dream big,” says Eli Lehrer, executive vice president and chief programming officer for The History Channel. “In The toys that built America, we learn the fascinating story behind the inventors of some of the greatest and most ingenious toys of all time, many of which shaped our childhoods. As toys continue to inspire a new generation to dream bigger, we’re proud to continue our commitment to honor and support military families by partnering with Blue Star Families to thank and give back to those who have sacrificed for serve our country.

To celebrate the release of the series and the start of the holiday season, Blue Star Families and The History Channel will host a Mission To Honor charity event at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore on Monday, November 22. US military families and veterans will receive an assortment of toys and educational products at the event.

The toys that built America is distributed internationally by A+E Networks as The toys that built the world.