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Weebles Wobble but they don't fall down!
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 WeeblesClick thumbnail to view full-size
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.
Weebles Love to Wobble
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.
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.