Weebles Wobble but they don't fall down!

Weebles

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Weebles toys

Weebles

I enjoyed playing with Weebles when I was a little boy. They have changed a lot, but kids still love them. It was awhile back when I had them. But, I remember always playing with them on the kitchen floor. I had the brown dog and a few others. I even had the tree house for them to play in. I used to slide them across the floor and well attempt to knock them down.I'm not sure but I'm guessing the reason they look a lot different now is because the originals could fit in a kids mouth and possibly pose a choking hazzard. 

Yay! New Playskool Weebles

Playskool has recently come out with some new Weebles and they are getting great reviews. Sadly they are not the ones from a few years back that were the best toys for my kids. My boys absolutely loved those ones. The Weebles were more detailed and the accessories were fantastic. But, if you can't get the older Weebles these ones still look like fun. They are basically bigger version of the first ones. I'm guessing because today they would have been considered a choking hazard. They are very smooth and well, of course they don't fall down. They seem to be sold in packages with one girl and one boy Weeble. 

Sesame Street Weebles

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Grover
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Weebles Big Bird and Cookie Monster
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Weebles Cookie Monster Sail boat
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Weebles toys Bert Car
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Weebles Play Ground

The History of Weebles

Weebles were first released on July 23rd 1971. Weebles were developed by Playskool. Weebles were based on the clown bop bag seen on Romper Room.The first ones were shaped like eggs with weights on the bottom so they would correct themselves after being tipped over. the first ones had peelable stickers that would get scratched. Soon after their release they started being made with much more durable stickers.

The first set of Weebles included a family that consisted of a mom, dad, boy, girl and a dog. Later a tree house, house, boat, police car, fire truck and numerous other accessories were made.

Weebles gained in popularity. Weebles started being made like Disney characters and holiday themes. there were cowboys, pirates, ghosts with all kinds of great accessories.

in 1978 Tumblin Weebles were made. They had a movable weight inside so I sometimes they landed on their feet and other times on their head.

In 1982 a Sesame Street set was made. This set had the various muppets like Grover and Big Bird in two poses. One on each side of the Weeble. there was also a few vehicles and a playground.

The 2004 Weebles

The Weeble line was relaunched in 2004. but looked a lot different. Of course they still wobble, but don't fall down. My boys have various Weebles from this set. there is a Weebleville Town Center, A Wegetable Stand, Weebly wobbly Tree House and lots of Weebel figures. We seem to have some figures that can roll because their bottom have can rotate while other just wobble. some of the new ones are motorized and send the Weebles spinning all over the place. My youngest son is only six months but loves watching them and picking them up.

In 2006 a Story Book World line was released. This series includes Jack and Jill's Wobbly Adventure, Weebalot Castle, Cinderella's Carriage and a few others.


How Much for a Weeble Set? You must be joking!

Don't ask me why some of the Weeble sets at Amazon are more that 3 times their original price. I hope to God the Goldilocks Adventure Cabin is not really $349. I'm guessing they are out of production. I checked out ToysRus's and KB toys's websites and no sign of Weebles. Target seems to have a few that say they are in the store. I guess I would go with Ebay for the larger sets that are overpriced at Amazon. Amazon's prices for the figures still seem about right though. I will list more of the fun sets my boys love from Ebay on the very bottom.

Foreign Weebles

Weebles were released in the UK also. But boy are they creepy looking. They have holes for eyes and seem to be more egg shaped. Kind of more like Humpty Dumpty.They weren't as colorful. But had more detailed features. 

 

Weebles in the UK

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Do you have any favorite Weebles? 37 comments

Ardie profile image

Ardie 7 years ago from Neverland

How funny. My kids have the new Weebles, but I forgot there were old ones from when I was little!


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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

Wow great hub, I forgot all about weebles they were so cool and I loved playing with them. Thanks!


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Barbie-Perkins 7 years ago from Cincinnati, OH

Jim,

Weebles are fun. My kids enjoyed playing with the familly of Weebles and now their kids are playing with Weebles too.

Thanks for bringing back fun memories.  ~ Barbie Perkins


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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

I used to have loads of weebles, the playground set and the farm set. I have to say they looked far better than the modern ones, and I never even came close to choking on parts of the old ones.


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Netters 7 years ago from Land of Enchantment - NM

I love weebles! Great hub. Thank you.


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jim10 7 years ago from ma Author

Thanks for all of the great comments. I'm glad I could refresh your memories of all the fun you had playing with Weebles.

Misty: I never choked on an old weeble either. I'm just guessing since they could fit in a childs mouth they were changed. That was the reason the little people changed. We have a few that roll that are pretty cool. They can glide across the floor.

I will add some pictures of the weebles from the UK they are pretty creepy.


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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

LOL, look forward to those pics Jim :)


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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

Now those pictures below are the Weebles I remember, and they were really sweet. They also used to float, do yours? I even had a weeble horse with a hole in it's back so you could put a weeble on it's back.


Delmae 7 years ago

You're an amazing Dad Jim. I've never heard of Weebles - how deprived is that!. I guess our kids made their own version. When down on the beach they'd use tiny immature coconuts for their play people/weebles. The burned ones would be patients in the elaborate sand/beach hospital....etc. 100% cure rate for the burn victims because when the tide came in they would all be washed away!


ESAHS 7 years ago

"Nice just in time for XMAS!"

"Entertaining and funny!"

"Two Thumbs Up!"

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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

I didn't know they still made weebles! I thought it was one of those things from my childhood gone forever. Amazing that kids are still enjoying them today! Thanks!


johnny yuma1 7 years ago

They didn't have Weebles when I was little, but I do remember seeing some over the years someplace. I don't recall that my kids ever had any of them either, but I can't say for sure. Great blog that you have here Jim.

johnny yuma


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jim10 7 years ago from ma Author

Misty, I checked out the floating possibility with the new ones and they seem to bob up and down like a buoy. They are kind of heavy bet their is plenty of air in their too. As of the old ones I have no idea. I don't remember ever using them in the bath. Their is probably a good chance the weebles would float because the cookie monster one even came with a boat.

Thanks everyone else for visiting I'm happy to remind people of some of their old toys.

Christoph, their is probably a good chance you passed by the newer ones in a toy store and just had no idea they were Weebles since they look so different from the classic weebles. Lots of toys seem to come back after being missing for a long time. A lot of toys I remember form the 80's can be found in stores again today. Last time I was in Target they had Transformers, Care Bears, Smurf stuffed animals, My Little Pony. My wife was excited they remade Strawberry Shortcake. Maybe I should get her one for Christmas. Ir would be like she is a kid again.


Ohme 7 years ago

I love Weebles and keep finding my son's in the old toy box for my grandson. They just continue to bring enjoyment for generations.


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Kulsum Mehmood 7 years ago from Nagpur, India

Thank you jim for the nice hub. I liked all the weebles photos esp. the 9th 10th and 11th ones. Your kids are real lucky to have such a doting father.


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Constant Walker 7 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

Fun hub, Jim. Just the title made me chuckle, so I had to check it out. I remember Weebles! Of course I was too old to officially enjoy them, but that's never stopped me before!


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Ken Devonald 7 years ago from Edinburgh

I remember these the first time round - I have a brother who was born when I was nineteen, and these were popular when he was young! Great hub, many thanks!


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Ashley Joy 7 years ago

These were some of my favorite toys when I was real little. I still remember the little song that was song on the commercials. I did not know they still made them, I haven't seen them in toy stores.


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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

I remember when I got it for Christmas. I still have the old set with the tree house.


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roastedpinebark 7 years ago from Iowa

My Mom always like to say random things and one of those just happens to be "weebles wabble but they dont fall down", lol. Yeah theres some of the newer versions of weebles at my home as well, I enjoyed learning a bit of the history about weebles and loved the pics! Thanks a bunch Jim10!!!


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jim10 7 years ago from ma Author

Ashley, I'm happy to know you liked Weebles too. they were a lot of fun. I think they just remade them for a few years a couple of years back. I haven't seen them lately except for Amazon that is charging more than they used too.

Rgraf, that is cool I had the tree house but, it is long gone now.

Roastedpinebark, that is great about your mom, I find myself saying once in a while too. I was happy to tell you more about those wobbling Weebles.


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Robin Marie 7 years ago from USA

Thanks for the memories! I never had weebles but my younger sister and brother did, as did my children. Thanks for the history lesson!


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jim10 7 years ago from ma Author

Your welcome Robin. Sorry you didn't get any Weebles of your own. But, I'm sure you got chance to try and make them fall down with your family.


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Lgali 7 years ago

Wow great hub nice photos..


LAmatadora 7 years ago

How fun! I remember these.=)


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jim10 7 years ago from ma Author

Thanks LAmatadora, Weebles sure are fun. Thanks for visiting.


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apeksha 7 years ago from India.

Nice info about toys...now I can gift such to my sister's daughter for her B'days..

Thanks jim...for writing this childish hub..


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Cam Anju 7 years ago from Stoughton, Wisconsin

I loved playing with Weebles when I was little, I spent hours trying to get them to stand upside down... I got one to once... lol! :) Nice hub!


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jim10 7 years ago from ma Author

I think I speak for everyone that visits that we are very impressed with your persistence to actually get a Weeble to stand upside down. Thanks for visiting.


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Army Infantry Mom 7 years ago

I loved my weebles !!! OMG completely forgot about them till now, Thanks for taking me down memory lane,..it's been fun. Great hub !!


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jim10 7 years ago from ma Author

Thanks Army Infantry Mom, they were a blast to watch them wobble.


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Ashley Joy 7 years ago

I had Weebles when I was a kid and I loved them. I didn't know they still made them.


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ThePartyAnimal 7 years ago

Weebles will always be a classic toy and in my childhood memories - when u think about it - it really is an odd toy.


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Warren Hales 7 years ago

I had never seen the Sesame Street weebles. Very cool! Thanks Jim.

Weebles have the best tag line in marketing history. I had the original set of Weebles. I couldn't be much more than 4 or 5. And I distinctly remember people asking "what are those". And saying "Weebles ... Weebles wobble but they don't fall down".

And as an adult, if Weebles ever come up ... the exact same thing ... "Remember Weebles?" "Yeah. Weebles wobble but they don't fall down". Its like you can't say Weebles without saying the rest! lol

Great hub Jim.


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Sheila Torres 6 years ago from Africa

My little boy was given a Weeble House by his Granny, when we visited the USA during the Christmas of '78. We lived in South Africa. The Weeble House and family of Weebles went through the childhoods of three little children. later they were donated to a pre-school and are still going strong at a day care centre run for needy children. The Weeble family is now 31 years old. No one else we knew had Weebles, as they were not available in Africa at that time, I have also never seen them since. Yay for Weebles bringing joy to many all aver the world.


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E M Smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Not quite from my generation but I still love them


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trusouldj 3 years ago from Indiana

OMG ... I loved my Weebles. Talk about hours of simple, innocent fun.

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