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Potato Heads Forever!

Updated on June 30, 2014

Famous Potato Heads Are Sprouting UP Everywhere!

The other day I was searching on Amazon for Mr. Potato Head Ghosts for a Halloween Article I was writing. Up popped an Elvis Mr. Potato Head. To say I was "stunned" is an understatement. I shared my ghostly Potato Head sighting with a few friends and one responded, "We just cannot let some people die." To say I was "stunned" is an understatement, again!

Mr. Potato Head Toys have been a classic for decades. I remember having one when I was a child in the 1950s. We just cannot let iconic toys (or famous people) die, can we?

I wonder what famous potato head will sprout up next? Mr. Peanut Head? (see Image information below to read the joke caption for the image shown to the left!) I guess that Mr. Potato Head wants some plastic surgery! Get it? Please, do not throw any rotten vegetables at me.

Image Caption: "Can you make me look like that?" (from Allposters.com)

The Basic Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head on Amazon - (plus part to dress them up)

Create your own classic character using the parts for heads found on Amazon. I also have a link below that will take you directly to "parts and pieces" for creating Mr. Potato Head personalities. The more parts you have, the more you ideas will sprout and grow into full fledged Taters. (Yes, I will get paid a small fee if you make a purchase!)

Playskool Mr. Potato Head
Playskool Mr. Potato Head

Turn this character into Michael Jackson with a little glitter on his glove and some plastic surgery!

 
Playskool Mrs. Potato Head
Playskool Mrs. Potato Head

How could you make Ms. Potato into Marilyn Monroe? Maybe add some diamonds because they are a girl's best friend.

 

Who Nose Will Be Next on a Potato?

Can you think of a new celebrity who could be on a Mr. Potato Head?

If you start out with the basic Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head kits and order the "bucket of parts" you could feasibly come up with a new celebrity iconic toy.

How could one make a potato head tribute to "Michael Jackson"? Get the appropriate arm piece, put glue on the glove and dip the hand in sliver glitter. Find a black hat and decorate it up. What shoes would you use and how would you decorate them?

John Lennon could also be a candidate for "we just won't let them die" personality. Bet you could fashion some wire-rimmed glasses to fit on a potato head. I think I have seen a "classic Roman/Greek looking nose that would work. If you have some glue and l brown yarn, you could could make a Beatles wig.

The potato head illustration to the right (courtesy photo credit: striatic via photopin Creative Common) might give you creative direction.

If you want even more creative ideas for changing up your Potato Head, you must visit 28 Geekiest Mr. Potato Head Designs. The Uma Thurman "Kill Bill" design is not to be missed so be patient and scroll on and on. If you see lots of ads on the images, do not be discouraged, just click the "x" to get rid of them.

Another article to check out is Famous Personalities as Mr. Potato Head on the Laughing Squid Blog.

If you send me your images of "Celebrity Mr. Potato Head Creations" by using my "contact me" button on my profile page, I will post them here with your permission.

The Commercial History of Mr. Potato Head - Mr. Potato Head was the first toy to be advertized on TV!

I am a Babyboomer and I remember having a Mr. Potato Head as a child. The toy has sprouted big time over the decades and has grown into an icon. Kind of like the Cozy Coupe, the toy has basically stayed the same shape, but has been updated to appeal to all ages. The first Hasbro Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head toy used real potatoes and had cars and trailers and cosmetics.

The 1970s commercial featured a Life-size Mr. Potato Head who shows some children the new kits that featured Bozo the Clown and Donald Duck. I also think the commercial was trying to show the educational features of the Potato Head: learning where the parts of the face and head go! Sounds simple, but remember playing that kind of game with toddlers? Many of today's geniuses probably played and learned with Hasbro!

In the 80s, there was born the "Super Mr. Potato Head"! Oh, not as in Superman, but as in more pieces.

The following videos found on YouTube trace the development of this popular spud over the years.

Now Mr. Potato Head is a Celebrity In His Own Right! - He can dress up like any star, past or present, if he wants.

In 2012, Mr. Potato Head turned 60 and CBS did a short feature on the morning news about the famous spud. I learned many interesting facts about this iconic toy is a best seller all over the world. If you do not want to watch the above commercials, you must see this story by CBS. Only 4 minutes with teach you a lot about this 'tater.

You might have to watch a commercial with William Shatner, but do not be alarmed. That commercial is kind of appropriate since there are Star Trek Potato Head Characters. Yes, that is a link to Amazon if you want to see the Star Trek collectible toys.

Does the Potato Head on this book look like Einstein?

Does the Potato Head on this book look like Einstein?
Does the Potato Head on this book look like Einstein?

Elvis (Potato Head) Sightings on Amazon! - The Spud King

You could probably use these Potato Heads for Halloween Decor because it is a dead celebrity. I know, not funny.

Elvis is one celebrity that fans will not let die. I even have a few collectibles in my home that were inherited from a relative. I was more of a Beatles fan, myself.

I personally like the '68 Elvis as he was certainly influenced by the early Beatles, don't you think?

No matter what you think, this Elvis collectible would make a terrific gift for that fan of the King.

Elvis Presley '68 Special Mr. Potato Head
Elvis Presley '68 Special Mr. Potato Head

An Elvis look that I like the best.

 
Elvis Presley Blue Hawaii Mr. Potato Head
Elvis Presley Blue Hawaii Mr. Potato Head

Now, who was in this movie with Elvis?

 

My husband and I tried to think of passed celebrities who might be considered by Hasbro as the next collectible Potato Head Toy. We thought Marilyn Monroe might be among those who could be considered.

What ideas can you come up with today for a new Mr. or Mrs. Potato Head? Remember, if you create one, send me the photo to post via my "contact me" button on my profile page! Sorry, there is no prize for the best idea. Well, I could make sure that whoever sends me a photo gets a link to their webpage profile.

Guestbook: Sprout out! - Think of this as a place for a "mash note" to Mr. and & Mrs. Tater.

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      Kristen 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      I love all of these crazy Potato Head ideas, so much fun! I think it would be hilarious to make a Potato Head posse of the crew from Big Bang Theory. I wonder if there is a way to make one of them lanky...? :) Great job on this lens and a fun read! Congrats on making the Giant Squid list!

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      DebW07 4 years ago

      This was such a fun lens. What about Prince William and Kate, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head?

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      Mickie Goad 4 years ago

      @RinchenChodron: I have a photo of one of my children with Mr. Potato Head pieces on their face. Yes, she had the lips on her mouth. I think I will dig that photo up and post it here.

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      Mickie Goad 4 years ago

      @Rhonda Lytle: Yes, presidents would be a good educational toy. Mr. Lincoln would be amazed at how long he has lived in the hearts of the USA.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      Hm. I want to see presidential potato heads, such as Washington, Lincoln, and so on. This was so entertaining to read. My personal fave interpretation of this beloved toy was the character in "Toy Story."

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      RustyDoodle 4 years ago

      I get to know Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head from Toy Story! :P

      Thanks for the background story!

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      Very entertaining lens. Yes, I had one as a kid. I used to suck on the lips.

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      Mary 4 years ago from Chicago area

      I am torn. I think the celeb Potato Heads are fun, but I'm a bit of a purist on the matter. I really like the old-school Mr & Mrs P.H. that relied more on kids' imagination, in terms of where to put the facial parts for goofiest appearance, etc. Having said that, my dad adores Elvis, so he might get a kick out of this tribute to the King!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Plastic surgery....you about had me on the floor, lol ! I guess I've been out of touch because I didn't nose there were so many morphs of the original, which Mom did save and got passed down to my children. He has survived well over the years....guess it really could have been the plastic surgery because his face is every bit as tight as Phyllis Diller's...maybe she'll be next! Congratulations on a fun We've Got Personality feature! :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      I had no idea of the history behind Mr. Potato Head. That is so funny (and gross lol) but I do love the Elvis Potato Head. He's sweet.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      LOL Love this! I wonder if "Imitation is the best form of flattery" applies here? Or not? Still laughing at the creativity. Donald Trump as Mr. Potato Head - STILL laughing!