Get Laughs as Mr Potato Head or Mrs Potato Head This Halloween!
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Mr. Potato Head has been a classic American toy since 1949. I bet you didn’t know that it was originally produced as separate plastic parts to be stuck into a real potato and other vegetables. It wasn’t until 1964 that a plastic potato body was added to the kit.
It wasn’t until Pixar released the movie Toy Story that Mr Potato Head’s popularity exploded, who was voiced by Don Rickles in the movie. Mr. Potato Head is a moody doll by Playskool. Kids and adults alike have enjoyed watching this outspoken, sarcastic, and jealous character through each of the Toy Story movies. The celebrity of this character in the Toy Story movies has made Mr Potato Head costumes some of the most popular each year.
People wear Mr Potato Head outfits for a number of occasions. Some wear them to theme parties, while others wear them to Halloween events. This great costume can add to any event with it’s originality and authentic design. Fortunately for fans, the Mr Potato Head costume is available not only in adult sizes, but also in child and toddler sizes as well.
This Mr Potato Head costume comes with a hat, male eyes, nose, moustache, mouth, female eyes, female nose and female lips, which makes it perfect for couples. Buy two of them and go out as Mr and Mrs Potato Head. Everyone on the street will turn to check you out. You’ll turn heads at parties. It doesn’t matter whether you’re dressing up alone or as a couple, these costumes are quality and fun.
If you’re going out as a group, why not go out as characters from the Toy Story movies?
Toy Story 3: Mission 3 – Mr & Mrs Potato Head
Mr Potato Head History
In the early 1950s, Brooklyn-born toy inventor George Lerner came up with the idea of inserting small, pronged body and face parts into fruits and vegetables to create a “funny face man.”
Lerner would often take potatoes from his mother’s garden and using various other fruits and vegetables as facial features, he would make dolls with which his younger sisters could play. The grape-eyed, carrot-nosed, potato-headed dolls became the principal idea behind the plastic toy which would later be manufactured.
In the beginning, Lerner’s toy proved controversial. With the war and food rationing a recent memory for most Americans, the use of fruits and vegetables to make toys was considered irresponsible and wasteful. Toy companies rejected Lerner’s creation.
After several years of trying to sell the toy, Lerner finally convinced a food company to distribute the plastic parts as premiums in breakfast cereal boxes. He sold the idea for $5,000. But in 1951, Lerner showed the idea to textile manufacturers Henry and Merrill Hassenfeld, who conducted a small school supply and toy business called Hassenfeld Bros. (later changed to Hasbro). Realizing the toy was quite unlike anything in their line, they paid the cereal company $2,000 to stop production and bought the rights for $5,000. Lerner was offered an advance of $500 and a 5% royalty on every kit sold. The toy was dubbed Mr Potato Head and went into production.
Original 1952 Mr Potato Head boxed set Mr Potato Head was born on May 1, 1952. The original toy cost $0.98, and contained hands, feet, ears, two mouths, two pairs of eyes, four noses, three hats, eyeglasses, a pipe, and 8 felt pieces resembling facial hair. The Original Mr Potato Head kit did not come with a “Potato Body,” so parents had to supply their own potatoes for face-changing fun. His debut into the toy scene sent him straight to the top, becoming the first toy to ever be advertised on television. A number of the original accessories reflected certain features of the members of Lerner’s own family. Shortly after the toy’s initial release, an order form for 50 additional pieces was enclosed in every kit.
On April 30, 1952, Mr Potato Head was the first toy advertised directly to children on television. Before this toy, all advertising about toys had been directed to the parents. This commercial revolutionized marketing, and caused an industrial boom. Over one million kits were sold in the first year. In 1953, Mrs. Potato Head was added, and soon after, Brother Spud and Sister Yam completed the Potato Head family with accessories reflecting the affluence of the fifties that included a car, a boat trailer, (the commercial for it can be found here.) a kitchen set, a stroller, and pets called Spud-ettes. Although originally produced as separate plastic parts to be stuck into a real potato or other vegetable, a plastic potato was added to the kit in 1964.
About this time, Hasbro introduced Oscar the Orange and Pete the Pepper, a plastic orange and green pepper with attachable face parts similar to Mr Potato Head’s. Each came with Mr Potato Head in a separate kit. Oscar and Pete were later discontinued, but Funko revived them as bobbleheads (along with a Mr Potato Head bobblehead) in 2002.