The Toys That Built America Bowing on The HISTORY Channel


The HISTORY Channel’s latest installment of its That Built franchise, The Toys That Built America, is set to premiere on November 28.

The new four-part docuseries chronicles the titans of the toy industry—from their rivalries to the creation of such brands as Monopoly and G.I. Joe. Highlighted in the series are the Parker Brothers, Milton Bradley and Ruth Handler, who transformed a small toy company into the billion-dollar empire known as Mattel.

The Toys That Built America reveals little-known details behind innovations like the Frisbee and accidental discoveries like how the Slinky was created. The docuseries blends dramatic reenactments and archival footage with interviews from experts, biographers and others.

The Toys That Built America is produced for The HISTORY Channel by the Six West Media groupTM. A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights to the docuseries, which is available internationally as The Toys That Built the World.

Through its Mission to Honor public outreach campaign, The HISTORY Channel is partnering with Blue Star Families as an extension of its commitment to giving back to those who served and are serving in the military with a donation of toys and educational items during the holiday season.

Eli Lehrer, executive VP and head of programming for The HISTORY Channel, said: “Toys teach us to imagine, have fun and, most importantly, dream big. In The Toys That Built America, we learn the fascinating history 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 encourage a new generation to dream bigger, we are 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 to serve our country.”

Blue Star Families founder and CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet added: “After coming off a highly successful Welcome Week last month where we created a moment of welcome for those 600,000 military members who move each year, we are continuing to welcome military families into their communities through exciting events such as this!”