It took 50 million Lego bricks to build the worlds fifth and largest Legoland, set to open this month in Winter Haven, FL. The 150-acre theme park is just one piece of the $31 billion plastic-brick empire. To celebrate Lego and all of toyland, the authors take a nostalgic look at the last century in popular playthings. Charles Darrow's Monopoly was inspired by an early-20th-century game that showed how landlords take advantage of tenants. Upon introduction, 1952, Mr. Potato Head was missing an important piece: the potato. Kids had to supply their own vegetable to host plastic body parts until a toy potato became available 12 years later. Originally containing mints and marketed as an antismoking aid, Pez went fruit-flavored and added kid-friendly cartoon heads in 1955.
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