Interchangeable Animal Toys: Then and Now

Zoo-it-Yourself Tupperware dog.

Zoo-it-Yourself Animals by Tupperware have moved into our home. They are plastic dogs, elephants and giraffes, each composed of five interchangeable pieces—body, two sets of legs, tail and head, plus a neck for the giraffe. You could create a giraffe with a dog’s head, or a dog’s body with an elephant head on both ends, and so on.

They were manufactured sometime in the late ’70s. We found them at a daycare going-out-of-business sale. I hadn’t seen them before, but my wife has fond memories, and so here
we are. Our almost-three-year-old seems to enjoy them enough. Find
them on eBay.

Creature Mix animals panda, lion and rhinoceros .

Creature Mix Animals by MGA Entertainment are today’s Tupperware wannabes. Often sold in packs of three, you get detailed—in painting and contours—vinyl animals with interchangeable bodies (front and back legs, noses, ears and tails). They are sold in these groupings:

Creature Mix Animals are sold at Amazon (those links above), but the product photos depict 3 animals while Amazon’s product description states they are individually sold. If you’re not the gambling sort, look for an alternate retailer via Froogle.

Call me crazy, but I prefer the simpler Tupperware days of old.


2 Responses to “Interchangeable Animal Toys: Then and Now”

  1. The Not Quite Crunchy Parent says:

    Nice review. We received one of these for a birthday present. My only gripe is that it lacks a certain amount of “open-endedness”. That is, the animal parts clearly go with one completed animal. I’d prefer that they were imaginary parts that could be made into lots of different “animals”.

    March 28th, 2007 at 6:54 am

  2. Carson Park Ranger says:

    That is a remarkable pooch. Appealing, yet disturbing. I suppose that his head is just too real for the googie-styled, streamlined, space-aged-bowling alley body parts.

    I’d bet money that Scott Shaw (Hanna-Barbera) designed the rhinoceros.

    March 28th, 2007 at 10:23 pm