Thingmaker



I had this toy as a kid. Great fun. The plastic always looked edible and it was hard to resist chewing on the bugs.

What are the chances you could sell such a molten-plastic, electric-powered, producer-of-things-dangerous-to-swallow toy today?
     Posted By: Paul - Fri Jun 24, 2011
     Category: Insects | Toys | 1960s





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The "plastigoop" material was still available in the early to mid sixties. I made my own molds to hold a slot car rim and mold a tire onto it with the plastigoop. It actually made quite good slot car tires for running on the commercial tracks that were available then.
Posted by yogi in Kennesaw GA on 06/24/11 at 11:35 AM
They've taken Darwin out of the mix and the species will be weakened because of it; ripe for the picking by the first interstellar passerby.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 06/24/11 at 01:51 PM
My son had one of those things, the lightbulb one, around 2000, or a little before.(he's 21 now)
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 06/24/11 at 10:42 PM
I had the original hot plate Creepy Crawlers set, and it was my favorite toy from about 10 to 12 yrs old. The bugs were all over the house. Only got burnt once - yeah it was bad. Just could not keep enough goop in the house for me. Oh, and 100 watt incandescent light bulbs are about to be history, so Kenner will have to re-invent the Easy Bake oven.
Posted by done on 06/25/11 at 09:17 PM
I don't recall seeing any burn scars anywhere. 😉
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 06/25/11 at 11:23 PM
What? You didn't notice that little, thin white line next to the knuckle on the third finger of my right hand from 45 years ago? You must not be as observant as I thought, Patty. 😉
Posted by done on 06/25/11 at 11:34 PM
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