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All these toys were invented by Marky Sparky. They all have a fun factor only Sparky could give them. These are toys the way toys should be. They’re fun. They work. They’re durable. Every toy we sell should perform above your expectations. If not, we want to hear about it. We’re not like any other company you’ve ever dealt with.
When you pick up and play with one of our toys we want you to not want to put it down. We want to create toys and sporting goods that can and will be played with for more than just a week or two. They should be robust enough and compelling enough to keep coming out of the closet whenever called upon. Most of all, in 20 years we want you to look back and remember us fondly that somehow we enriched your childhood.
On a sunny day in July in Los Angeles California
Sparky presented Mattel Toys with a “Marble Maze” made from wood dowels. The signatures and comments long since faded but the Polaroid lives on…
Sparky wins the CIF SS in 1977 and goes on to place 3rd in the state (California) and goes on to get a wrestling scholarship to UCLA.
Sparky leaves UCLA, rescinding his scholarship and transferred to Art Center College of Design
Sparky takes a job at Mattel as a senior designer
Sweet Rapper Candy was born. Sparky eventually left his job at Mattel to pursue an entrepreneurial career with his fledgling candy company which he eventually sold in 1989 to a candy conglomerate.
After Sparky’s wife moved to Boston to pursue her Ph.D. he decided to go corporate again and got a job at Parker Brothers to be in Boston with her. That’s when he invented the Nerf Bow & Arrow and Turbo Screamer Football .
From 1989 to present, What If? Toys has been the inventing arm used for licensing Sparky’s toys.
After the success of the California Chariot™ Sparky founded a brand new venture. A toy company dedicated to producing his own toys. Marky Sparky Toys became a reality. After 22+ years Marky Sparky has made his “mark” on the specialty toy world…
I bought 3 of these type rockets for my child's 4th birthday party, and the Blast Pad is by far the most durable and easiest to use. My kid is small but was still able to easily make the rocket shoot into the air. The housing is made of durable hard plastic rather than foam rubber which is easily smashed. Of the three we bought, this was the only one left intact after 30 children swarmed all over them.
Faux Bow Pro is amazing. Great bow & arrow practice for a kid who's interested in it, and works perfectly for an event/demonstration (we used it for a cub scout troop's Arrow of Light ceremony - the kids loved it). Shoots mostly straight, and it definitely goes far when you use it properly.
Also, people would be afraid of you in a NERF gun fight 😉
Doinkit Darts is a great little dartboard for all ages. Lightweight; easy to hang. Easy up; easy down. The darts work well - attach securely when thrown - and are safe for little ones. Our 6 & 9 year olds put aside their techy gifts to play with this. Mom happy about the no-injury darts. And the board design is surprisingly authentic: like a real "pub" board.