Mattel Inc. is one of the world's largest toy importing companies. It was founded in 1945 by Harold "Matt" Matson and Elliot Handler (hence the name "matt-el"). Handler's wife, Ruth Handler, later became president, and is credited with establishing the Barbie product line for the company in 1959. Since then, Mattel has manufacturered some of the most iconic and well-known toy collections in the world, such as Barbie, Hot Wheels, Matchbox, Polly Pocket, Uno, Apples to Apples and more! Questions about Mattel? Give our friendly customer service a call, we're happy to help!