Wednesday, March 28th, 2007
Interchangeable Animal Toys: Then and Now
Zoo-it-Yourself Animals by Tupperware have moved into our home. They are plastic dogs, elephants and giraffes, each composed of five interchangeable piecesâ€”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 by MGA Entertainment are today’s Tupperware wannabes. Often sold in packs of three, you get detailedâ€”in painting and contoursâ€”vinyl animals with interchangeable bodies (front and back legs, noses, ears and tails). They are sold in these groupings:
- panda, lion, rhinoceros
- gorilla, giraffe, pig
- elephant, zebra, hyena
- tyrannosaurus rex, triceratops, pterodactyl
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.