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Darth Potato Head

Updated on April 6, 2013

Darth Tater: the Darth Potato Head Toy

Mr. Potato Head turned to the Dark Side in 2005. That was the year the Hasbro toy company released the first Star Wars potato head toy, Darth Tater. The Darth potato head figure included a lightsaber, cape, helmet, shoes, eyes, nose, teeth and other removable parts and was so popular that other characters later followed. Today you can get characters like Luke Frywalker, Spuda Fett Artoo Potato, and other Star Wars heroes and villains. But here's a tribute to the first Star Wars character to be turned into a potato - Darth Tater!

Darth Tater - When potatoes go bad...

Mr. Potato Head - Darth Tater
Mr. Potato Head - Darth Tater

Be it a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away or right here at home in the 21st century, Mr. Potato Head never fails to reinvent himself. For generations this spectacular spud has wowed us all with his ability to keep up with the times. Now he throws us all for a loop once again to reveal that even he has a Dark Side, taking up the role of the most menacing movie villains of all times: Darth Vader. Donning the trademark black helmet, mask and cape, our favorite tuber wields the infamous red lightsaber to become his own Darth Tater. Of course you’ll still find all the classic accessories like the googly eyes, red nose, and silly tongue we’ve come to love but now with an added twist of Star Wars. As always, all the pieces still fit away inside his body for easy storage.


Darth Potato Head Keychain - An itty, bitty Darth Tater

If you don't need or want the bigger variety with all the removable pieces, this cute little Darth Tater is a keyring that can fit in your pocket.


Star Wars Galactic Heroes Darth Tater Keychain


Mr Potato Head's History

Before he turned to The Dark Side...

According to Wikipedia, "Mr Potato Head was born on May 1, 1952. The original toy cost $0.98, and contained hands, feet, ears, two mouths, two pairs of eyes, four noses, three hats, eyeglasses, a pipe, and 8 felt pieces resembling facial hair. The Original Mr Potato Head kit did not come with a "Potato Body," so parents had to supply their own potatoes for face-changing fun. His debut into the toy scene sent him straight to the top, becoming the first toy to ever be advertised on television.

Before this toy, all advertising about toys had been directed to the parents. This commercial revolutionized marketing, and caused an industrial boom. Over one million kits were sold in the first year. In 1953, Mrs. Potato Head was added, and soon after, Brother Spud and Sister Yam completed the Potato Head family with accessories reflecting the affluence of the fifties that included a car, a boat trailer, (the commercial for it can be found here.) a kitchen set, a stroller, and pets called Spud-ettes. Although originally produced as separate plastic parts to be stuck into a real potato or other vegetable, a plastic potato was added to the kit in 1964."

Darth Tater Confronts His Son

This is a short video in which a Darth Potato Head confronts a real vegetable. Darth Tater isn't showing much fatherly love here...

Spud Wars

Darth Potato Head uses The Dark Side of The Force to get his way.

Store Wars: The Organic Rebellion - Darth Potato Head as a REAL potato

In this 2005 video created by Free Range Studios for The Organic Trade Association, Obi Wan Cannoli instructs Cuke Skywalker in the ways of The Farm. The five-minute movie features real vegetables dressed as Star Wars characters who are battling it out with Darth Tater, the evil lord of the Dark Side of the Farm.

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