From Mr. Potato Head to Flushin’ Frenzy

If you thought you had the worst toys, you don’t.. This has got to be IT!

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Potato Mr. Potato Head with plastic potato

In 1952 George Lerner designed a toy called Mr. Potato Head. Originally the toy consisted of several facial features, ears, and hats that could be pushed into a potato (or any other veggie really). I assume Lerner figured that even a poor family could spare one spud for decorating, it could also be eaten after.

No more rotting taters; but limited options for creativity.

But by 1964 the stench of rotting potatoes became too much and the manufacturer, Hasbro, decided to include a plastic potato with slots to receive the various body parts. No more rotting taters; but limited options for creativity.

Of course, using ‘real’ things in toys can lead to disaster. Just think of the classic nerve-testing Operation. Or the potential for economic ruin with Monopoly or, God forbid, the arrival of Armaggedon in the guise of the war game Risk.

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8 thoughts on “From Mr. Potato Head to Flushin’ Frenzy

  1. I loved my potato man, even if it did get forgotten and began to grow sort of white feelers at the bottom. It was a favourite gift to receive. I remember one Christmas when my youngest cousin recived one each fromt he aunts and uncles and had three of them.

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    • Once they started making them out of plastic, they weren’t nearly as much fun. I never had a set, but all my friends did, so I got to play with them even if I didn’t own them. But this set is revolting — if you read the rest of the post. Yech!

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