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Encyclopedia > Mr. Potato Head
Healthy Mr. Potato Head in the Macy's 2006 Parade

Mr. Potato Head is a popular children's doll, consisting of a plastic model of a potato. Originally, the potato is blank; however, it can be decorated with numerous attachable plastic parts to make a face, including a mustache, hat, nose and other features. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1728 × 2304 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1728 × 2304 pixel, file size: 1. ... For other uses, see Doll (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Plastic (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Potato (disambiguation). ... A moustache (sometimes spelled mustache in the United States) is an outgrowth of hair above the upper lip. ... A hat is an item of clothing which is worn on the head; a kind of headgear. ... For other uses, see Nose (disambiguation). ...


History

Original 1952 Mr. Potato Head boxed set
Original 1952 Mr. Potato Head boxed set

Mr. Potato Head was the invention of George Lerner in the late 1940s. The idea was originally to have it be a prize in breakfast cereal so that the separate parts could be distributed as cereal package premiums. But later Lerner showed the idea to the textile manufacturers Henry and Merrill Hassenfeld, who did business as the Hassenfeld Brothers (later shortened to Hasbro). and they loved it,so they bought back the rights. Mr. ... Mr. ... George Lerner (born 1922) was the inventor of the famous American toy, Mr. ... The 1940s decade ran from 1940 to 1949. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Hasbro (NYSE: HAS) is an American toy and game company. ...


When the toy was first manufactured, it came with 30 accessories.


When it was first sold to the public in 1952 it became the first toy to be sold through national television advertising and netted Hasbro over USD$4 million in Mr. Potato Head sales in its first year of production. In 1953, Mrs. Potato Head was added, and soon after Brother Spud and Sister Yam completed the Potato Head family. Although originally produced as separate plastic parts to be stuck into a real potato or other vegetable, a plastic body was added to the kit in the late 1950's. Year 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... USD redirects here. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1973 the main potato part of the toy doubled in size and the size of its accessories were similarly increased. This was done mainly due to new toy child safety regulations that were introduced by the U.S. government. Hasbro also replaced the holes with flat slats, which made it impossible for users to put the face pieces and other body parts the wrong way around. In the 1980s Hasbro reduced their range of accessories for Mr. Potato Head to one set of parts. They did however reintroduce round holes in the main potato body, and once again parts were able to go onto the toy the wrong way around. In 1987, one Mr. Potato Head part, the smoking pipe, was discontinued for good. For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... A teddy bear A toy is an object used in play. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... G. H. Hardy smoking a pipe of tobacco A smoking pipe for tobacco smoking typically consists of a small chamber (the bowl) for the combustion of the tobacco to be smoked and a thin stem (shank) that ends in a mouthpiece (the bit). ...


Mr. Potato Head first appeared on TV in Potato Head Kids, in which, ironically, he played a supporting character. He has appeared in both Toy Story movies (voiced by Don Rickles), had his own short-lived Fox Kids series The Mr. Potato Head Show from 1998-1999, been the subject of a comic strip created by Jim Davis, and advertised fries for Burger King in commercials after there was a considerable change in their taste. Currently, in Britain, Walkers crisps has a line of crisps called Potato Heads, featuring a Potato head rendition of Gary Lineker on the packet. Potato Head Kids was a TV show that aired in 1985. ... Toy Story is an Academy-award-winning CGI animated feature film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution in the United States on November 22, 1995, and Australia on December 7, 1995, as well as in the United Kingdom on 22 March... Donald Jay Rickles (born May 8, 1926 in New York City, New York) is an American comedian and actor. ... This article discusses Fox Kids in United States. ... Mr. ... James Robert Jim Davis (born July 28, 1945), is an American cartoonist who created the popular comic strip Garfield. ... Burger King (NYSE: BKC), often abbreviated to BK, is a global chain of hamburger fast food restaurants. ... This article is about the snack food manufacturer. ... Gary Winston Lineker, OBE (born 30 November 1960 in Leicester) is a former English international football striker who scored ten goals in two World Cups for the England national team and is currently a sports broadcaster for the BBC. He is also known for appearing in adverts for the Walkers...


Mr. Potato Head enjoyed resurgence popularity with various tie-ins with other properties such as Star Wars, Spider-Man and Transformers. Starting in 2005 with a Mr. Potato Head hybrid crossing over popular characters from Star Wars including Darth Vader, Storm Trooper and R2-D2 resulting in Potato Head versions, Darth Tater, Spud Trooper and Artoo-Potatoo. The year 2007 saw the release of a Spider-Man cross-over resulting in Spider Spud, and with the release of the first live-action Transformers film, Optimash Prime. This article is about the series. ... Spider-Man swinging around his hometown, New York City. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Darth Vader is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. ...


In 2006, Hasbro also began selling individual pieces as sets to add to a collection instead of having to buy an entire Potato Head set with a body. Some of these themes included Mermaid, Rockstar, Pirate, King, Princess, Firefighter, Construction Worker, Halloween, Santa Claus, Chef, and Police Officer.


See also

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