Mattel began in 1945. It began in a garage. The first workers were Ruth Handler, Elliot Handler, and Harold Matson. How they came up with the name Mattel was they combined their first names and last names. Also they lived in El Segundo, CA. Mattel is the number one most selling company. In the year 2002 they made 4.89 million billion dollars. Mattel made Hot wheels, Barbie, American Girl Doll, and etc. Ruth Handler created Barbies. Mattel licensed for making Harry Potter. Have you ever seen your little sibling or your child play with Fisher Price, well Mattel made Fisher Price.