Antique Mattel Toys

Mattel started in a garage in California by Ruth and Elliot Handler and Harold Matson. The Handler's and Matson started making picture frames and then started making doll houses out of scrap pieces of wood. Incorporated in 1948, Mattel started to make headlines when they decided to sponsor the very popular television show "Mickey Mouse Club." One of their most popular toys that was advertised on the show was the Burp Gun, which was a toy cap gun.


ThingMaker Mattel 1966 Tongue & Mustache Mold 4522-052
ThingMaker Mattel 1966 Tongue & Mustache Mold 4522-052
$7.00
MATTEL THINGMAKER CREEPLE PEOPLE MAKER 4477-052-2b Snake Mold only 1964
MATTEL THINGMAKER CREEPLE PEOPLE MAKER 4477-052-2b Snake Mold only 1964
$9.83
MATTEL THINGMAKER CREEPLE PEOPLE MAKER 4477-059-9b Roach worm Mold only 1964
MATTEL THINGMAKER CREEPLE PEOPLE MAKER 4477-059-9b Roach worm Mold only 1964
$10.65
MATTEL THINGMAKER CREEPLE PEOPLE MAKER 4477-053-3b Beetle lizard Mold only 1964
MATTEL THINGMAKER CREEPLE PEOPLE MAKER 4477-053-3b Beetle lizard Mold only 1964
$10.65
MATTEL THINGMAKER CREEPLE PEOPLE MAKER 4477-055-5b Spider Beetle Mold only 1964
MATTEL THINGMAKER CREEPLE PEOPLE MAKER 4477-055-5b Spider Beetle Mold only 1964
$9.01
MATTEL THINGMAKER CREEPLE PEOPLE MAKER 4477-057-2b Mouse Lizard Mold only 1964
MATTEL THINGMAKER CREEPLE PEOPLE MAKER 4477-057-2b Mouse Lizard Mold only 1964
$12.29

In 1959 Mattel introduced a very special doll named after Ruth Handler's daughter Barbara. Her name was Barbie and she revolutionized the doll market for young girls and had thousands of accessories which made for hours of imaginative play. By 1961, it was decided that Barbie needed a male companion and Ken was created, with little sister Skipper and best friend Midge coming a few years later.

1959 also saw the advent of another popular doll - Chatty Cathy. Cathy chatted when a string that was attached to her back was pulled and she would say one of eleven random phrases from "Will you play with me?" to "I love you." Chatty Cathy was last made as a special edition in 2001.

Now that Mattel had dominated the toy market for girls, they needed to create something that would be just as popular with boys. Thus, Hot Wheels was created in 1968. These little die cast cars with their bright paint jobs were so popular with boys that many grew up to still collect them.
Today some of the more popular vintage Mattel toys are the Shootin Shell cap guns as well as the Thingmaker Creepy Crawler mold sets and the popular V-RROOM toys with the real motor sound.

Don't forget to add Antique Mattel Toys to your toy collection today.