The invention of the screw injection molding machine by American inventor James Watson Hendry in 1946 changed the world of dolls forever. Thermoplastics can be used to produce dolls and other plastic toys more quickly and at a much lower cost, because recycled plastics can be reshaped using this process. Additionally, injection molding of the plastic required much less time for the doll parts to cool, because the plastic was not completely melted before being injected into the molds. By 1948, the process was widely available, and injection-molded plastic toys began to appear by the millions in dime stores and then dollar stores. Drug stores as well as grocery stores began selling the dolls cheaply, and the dolls became alternative prizes at carnivals and amusement parks.
|An example of a doll made using the injection molding process. Inexpensive dolls like |
This product is often sold on toy islands in grocery stores or pharmacies. The left front image is complete
From the skater doll. In between, she has “blink” eyes and faux hair braids. Right, this doll
It has a cheap vinyl head and a plastic body. Look at her hands still have jagged edges
of molded plastic left between her fingers.
Some twenty-five years later, Hendry also developed the first gas-assisted injection molding process in the 1970s, which allowed the production of more elaborate and intricate hollow toys that cooled quickly. This greatly improved design flexibility as well as the strength and finish of manufactured parts while reducing production time, cost, weight and waste.
|Small plastic toys are often used for reinforcement |
Other item sales.
The era of giving away toy inside Happy Mills and cereal boxes in order to boost sales has begun. Types of toys included comics, fortune-telling, jokes, key rings, magic tricks, models (made of paper or plastic), back buttons, small plastic spoons, puzzles, riddles, stickers, temporary tattoos, tasos, trading cards, trading cards, and small dolls.
Factory visit in Yiwu, China, where the workers are
The use of 500,000 tons of polyethylene plastic
I make five million Lucy dolls each year.