Thursday, January 3rd, 2008
In Search Of… Mr. Potato Head Plush
Here’s a curiosity. Mr. Potato Head now exists as an 11-inch-tall plush toy for 18-month-olds. His eyes, nose, mouth, ears and eyeglasses attach with Velcro.
Better yet, he’s equipped with a red lipstick-laden mouth and long eyelashes to turn him into Mrs. Potato Head when the mood strikes.
Cool, eh? But, he doesn’t seem to be sold in America. He’s known as Potato Suave in Spain and Potato Fofo in Portugal.
Potato Fofo has been sold at least since 2004 if I correctly read this translated article. It’s about a consumer advocacy group warning about harmful toys. According to Google’s translation, the toy has “small pieces that can drop up and labeling incomplete.”
I take that to mean Mister’s facial features can be pulled off (Velcro, remember?). Those pieces seem awfully big, but maybe I wouldn’t give them to a mouthy 18-month-old. However, what 3-year-old wouldn’t love a plush toy with an ever-changing face?
Judging from my eBay research, Mr. Potato Head has manifested himself in plush form in America at least twice beforeâ€”as a battery-operated game and a fixed-face doll tied to Toy Story movie marketing.
One of three situations seems likely:
- Playskool sold this toy in America in years past, but it didn’t sell well.
- Playskool is going to launch the toy in America soon.
- For some idiotic reason Playskool will never bring a plush Mr. Potato Head to America.
Why is plush so important? Watch this Spanish TV commercial (MPG format). Aside from plastic’s growing disfavor for its potential health and environmental effects, who wants to hug a plastic potato?
Fantanimals remain an option for plush face-changing fun.
[source link via Bebeymas]
Update: I received this response from Hasbro/Playskool:
“The Mr. Potato Head
product you are looking for has been out of the marketplace for some
time. It would only be available through the secondary market, ie:
online auctions, consignment shops, yard sales, antique stores, etc.
You can also use a search engine such as Yahoo or Google for further