One of the first electric toys was created by Joshua Lionel Cowen. If the name sounds familiar, you might recognize the Lionel Train Company. His first electric train was not created as a toy at first, but its popularity made consumers want to own it for themselves. Originally, the electric train was created in 1901 as an eye-catching display for the window in a prominent New York retail store. When he first created it, it was called the Electric Express and it ran on batteries. It was also during a time when the general public was still astounded by the railroad industry. Now, over a century later, over 50 million Lionel Train sets have been sold worldwide and it still continues to be one of the most popular products among hobbyists and kids today.
The advancements in toys throughout the decades have continued to amaze kids and adults alike. One of the best types of toys are the electronic ones. These not only entertain kids for hours on end, but they can also be quite entertaining for many grown-ups as well. In addition to the fun and excitement you can have with hula hoops, Barbie dolls and other traditional toys, you can enjoy electronic alternatives like video games, remote-controlled cars and many others.
The advancements in children’s toys continues even today. Just when you think they cannot think of something else, the toy companies think of entirely new ideas or improve upon existing ideas that amaze kids and adults. Fortunately, they will continue to create new products that will appeal to parents just as much as they appeal to their kids.