U Is For Unicorns, Upwords, Uncle Milton & Uno – Toy Business A To Z
The same perennial themes for toys have been resurfacing time after time for decades in the toy business. Unicorns is one of those perennial themes. After all, what is a unicorn but a super cutesy magical pony, and we all know how popular they are when turned into toys!
Upwords has been a very successful board game since it first came on the scene in the early 1980s. By adding a 3d dimension to a Scrabble-esque word game, renowned games inventor Elliot Rudel brought a whole new twist to playing word games.
Uncle Milton toys is perhaps best known for their original ant farm toy product which was a massive hit back in the 1950s and 1960s. The company is also credited with introducing the spud gun to the market. The company has had a long influence on the toy business, and in 2017 the assets were purchased by The Bridge Direct & Tech 4 Kids. One other notable thing to note is that co-founder E. Joseph Cossman later wrote a best-selling book entitled ‘How I Made $1,000,000 Via Mail Order & You Can Too’.
UNO is a best-selling classic card game, which has been on sale since the early 1970s and has sold more than 150 million copies worldwide. The game was invented by a Barber from Ohio called Merle Robbins, who fairly quickly sold his rights to International Games in return for $50,000 and a royalty on each game sold.
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