Saturday, December 26, 2009

It's Fun To Play With Hasbro!

Oh, certainly it is fun. But the potatoes are not included in your Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head set, boys and girls. Your mommies will have to get you some at the grocery store! So let me ask you this: if you take, say, an apple or a banana, and stick Mr. or Mrs. Potato Head plastic ears, nose, mouth and eyes on them, are they not Mr. Apple and Mrs. Banana? Why does the commercial still call them all Mr. and Mrs. Potatoes?

I am also concerned that the real-potato Potatoes will have trouble enjoying their trailer, because of size and gravity issues. They are just too big and heavy, they will crush that thing for sure. Better use little new potatoes, or even blueberries or grapes, if you get the trailer.

The ad is from Dave's Cool Toys, by the way, where there is also some excellent Potato Head history, if you would like to delve more deeply into this.

The Hasbro commercial goes on to rave about makeup kits and doctor and nurse kits that they have on offer, too. I would have liked those Hasbro play makeup kits as a kid, no question. I saw a non-Hasbro one in our neighborhood candy store* in New York City that I longed for (and finally got). But it was not as fancy as the Hasbro variety. The carrying case was white vinyl with gold speckles (like a kitchen counter) and there was a plastic lipstick in it and not a whole lot else. I was thrilled, though. It was 1966, this was the epitome of glamour in my world!

Candy stores are totally retro New York and I will write about them here, too. They sold candy, of course, and newspapers, magazines, and cheap toys and paperbacks; and there was usually a soda fountain. There are probably a few left, but not many.

12 comments:

Todd said...

That's so funny. I never knew that they once used real potatoes.

Lidian said...

Todd - I never knew that either!

C. Dianne Zweig said...

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I'm going to share this blog with others...sooo cool

Dianne

Lidian said...

Dianne - Thank you so much for visiting! I can't wait to check out your link/s too! :)

Crabby Blogging Lady said...

I still have my old Cooky Cucumber and Mr. Potato Head. And yep, we really used raw vegetables!

Lidian said...

Crabby Blogging Lady - Cooky Cucumber? I have never heard of her (him? it?) - I remember the Mr. Potato Head ads but I never had one. It just amazed me that they meant you to use real vegetables. Or fruit. Wouldn't a banana get kind of - mushy? (Yikes)

Barbara said...

Old enough to remember using real potatoes!

Ah, the little tiny parts. Back in the day, we understood "choking hazard" without being told. I'm thinking kids were just smarter then!!

Hairball T. Hairball said...

Mr. Potato Head was 100% plastic by my childhood, but I had heard about the 'real' ones back in the day.

I've always wondered if any kids got in trouble back then for taking potatoes that their Mother had planned to serve with dinner.

Lidian said...

Barbara - I think you're right, I never had any trouble in the 60s and no one I knew did either.

Hairball - I'm still stuck on what you would do with Mr Potato once you got him stuck with all those little plastic things. I mean, really, it's a potato!

Having said that, I was amused by rocks from the beach, and shells, and things, so why not a potato...

Vintage Christine said...

Yes, Hairball--kids DID get into trouble back in the day for poking holes in whatever fruits or vegetables we could nab. I distinctly remember being told to stop using the potatoes, ignoring said directive, and watching as Mom threw all our Mr. Potato Head stuff into the garbage. Waaaaah!

Pam@GoRetro said...

I've heard about the real potatoes. Fortunately, by the time I had a Mr. Potato Head in the 70s, he was plastic. There was also a very strange "Dunkie Donut" head issued by Dunkin Donuts in the 60s - I put that ad on my blog. I believe it included a fake donut.

Anyways, I just wanted to wish you a belated happy holidays. I'm on vacation this week and trying to visit all of the blogs I follow. Have a great day!

Marcheline said...

I had one of those little doctor's kits when I was a kid... it was cool because I never got yelled at when I wanted to "play doctor". What, Moms, you got a problem with something? You GAVE ME THE KIT!!!