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Hasbro’s Mr. Carrot Head



Is it just me, or was there more creativity in the old days, when you could use "any fruit or vegetable" with Mr. Potato Head, and arrange the features anyplace on the head, instead of in the pre-drilled slots?

I was also curious if "play doctor" sets were still made, and they certainly are, as you can see in the link below. Thank goodness children are still abetted in their, ahem, innocent early vocational explorations!

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Oct 19, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Medicine, Toys, 1950's

Remco Land-Mine

Toy land-mines have definitely gone out of fashion. Hakes Collectibles explains that the toy was "designed with a trip wire which you were to attach to tree or other stationary object and when wire was bumped, grenade would shoot in the air and cap would fire on base." Also, the toy was "similar to actual weapons used in the Vietnam war."

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Oct 08, 2014 | Comments (11)
Category: Toys, 1960's, Weapons

Virgin Mary Barbie Doll

Created by Argentinian artists Pool Paolini and Marianela Perelli as part of a "Barbie, The Plastic Religion" exhibit. Their idea was that, "If there’s a Barbie doctor, a teacher and a police officer, why shouldn’t there be a Virgin of Luján Barbie?” So they've created 33 different Barbie and Ken dolls portraying various religious figures from Catholicism, Judaism, Buddhism and Islam. Obviously controversy has ensued. More info: patheos.com, metro.co.uk



Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Sep 24, 2014 | Comments (12)
Category: Religion, Toys

Honk-O-Bag

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Please nominate a celebrity from 2014 that you would like to see modeled in punching-bag format.

Original ad here. (Page 13)
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Sep 05, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Celebrities, Toys, Violence, 1950's

Simplex Typewriter



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Original ad here.

From 1891 to at least 1948. Not a bad run for any toy.

More info here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jul 30, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Technology, Toys, Comics, 1940's, Nineteenth Century

Tattoo Baby Dolls

An art project by Sherri Wood. Check out the full gallery of her dolls at her site, daintytime.com.





Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Jul 29, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Art, Toys, Tattoos

When Barbie Met Ken



Who ever knew it happened at a dance?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jul 02, 2014 | Comments (11)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Toys, Teenagers, 1960's

Jeez!  The Kid’s Got a Real Gun!

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What are the actual odds that Billy would be deader'n a doornail as a result of his impetuous behavior?

Original ad here. (On page 35.)
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jun 24, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Crime, Stupid Criminals, Death, Toys, Comics, 1940's

VertiBird!







Kids these days, with their miraculous untethered toy helicopters! How could they ever know the true joy of a helicopter at the end of a rod?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jun 10, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Flight, Toys, Advertising, 1970's
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