In Search Of… Mr. Potato Head Plush

Photo of a plush Mr. Potato Head.

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 before—as a battery-operated game and a fixed-face doll tied to Toy Story movie marketing.

One of three situations seems likely:

  1. Playskool sold this toy in America in years past, but it didn’t sell well.
  2. Playskool is going to launch the toy in America soon.
  3. 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
research.”

Comments

8 Responses to “In Search Of… Mr. Potato Head Plush”

  1. Wendy says:

    As a potato head collector, I do have this one. It was sold in america, maybe 7-10 years ago? It wasn’t very popular. I also have the larger inflatable version which also has velcro parts… also not popular and also discontinued.

    January 3rd, 2008 at 1:28 pm

  2. Jan Bay says:

    I like the idea of baby being able to play with the toy on the playmat rather than scrubbing the hard plastic pieces around on the fridge, but even the pieces of the old style were a little small for the child under 3 years of age.

    January 3rd, 2008 at 1:40 pm

  3. TisDone says:

    I want one for my daughter (okay, for me too!)

    My wife is disturbed by it.

    I see the following advantages to that design:
    1) Ease of piece insertion – my 2.5yo daughter gets frustrated when she can’t slide the pieces into their plastic whole … some are tighter then others in the beginning. And then of course, when the pieces get worn down, they don’t stay in place!

    2) Why be limited by the 9 (I think?) wholes for place placement. Why shouldn’t a kid be able to create a Picasso-potato!?

    January 3rd, 2008 at 6:36 pm

  4. jsm says:

    I bought this at a second hand store and it has`been quite popular. It only came with the guy features so I made others out of felt. My daughter just turned 2. She likes wrapping scarves around him. It is a fun creative toy. It is too bad it has been discontinued.

    March 31st, 2008 at 8:26 pm

  5. Kayla W. says:

    I was just wondering if you were still looking for this toy? I have one and was going to sell it but if you were still interested in it I would be more than happy to sell it to you! Just let me know! Thanks!

    September 29th, 2008 at 10:35 am

  6. Kayla W. says:

    This is my actual email address. Sorry about the typo!

    September 29th, 2008 at 10:36 am

  7. Karen Severson says:

    I am looking to buy an 11 inch velcro potato head for my preschool classroom. Please contact me if you are selling. Thanks! Karen

    October 1st, 2008 at 3:18 pm

  8. Karen Severson says:

    Email address for Karen Severson:
    karens@mesa.k12.co.us. contact if selling.

    October 1st, 2008 at 3:22 pm

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