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If you have a Mr Potato head you most definitely need a wife for him so step up, Mrs Potato head, ta dah. Mr Potato head is a much loved toy from my childhood and so when I had kids I knew I wanted to get one for them too so they had as much fun playing with him as I did. The same birthday/Christmas that we got a Mr Potato head a friend bought us a Mrs Potato head so it was fate that the two of them were together in our house.
According to an article I read Mr Potato head was invented and developed by George Lerner in 1949 and was produced by Hasbro in 1952. It was originally produced as separate plastic parts that were meant to be stuck into actual real potatoes so I guess hence the name, Mr Potato head but government regulations forced Hasbro into making a plastic potato instead.
Mrs Potato head is basically a brown plastic body, the same type body as Mr Potato head so the two seem to morph into one in our house and we get quite a lot of cross dressing. The body does actually look like a potato although its quite a bit bigger and made of smooth plastic. The shell of the body has lots of holes in it, three in the front, two on each side, one at the top of her head and a slit at the bottom. Mrs Potato head then comes with a lot of different plastic body parts such as feet, eyes, glasses, ears, a nose and arms. What I really like about Mrs Potato head though is that she has lots of cool little parts that make her different from Mr Potato head. For example, our version has a cool little red handbag that hooks over one of her arms and instead of a hat she has a visor with flowers on the front of it. She also has some really cool yellow hoop earrings that hook onto the ends of her eyes and make her look very feminine.
The body parts are easy to attach to the body although sometimes one the parts are in my little girl finds them a bit hard to pull out so I need to help her from time to time. All the body parts come with little plastic pegs on the end that stick into the holes. The great thing about all the parts is that they are interchangeable so you can put feet on heads and ears on noses and really come up with some wild and wacky creations guaranteed to give you hours of fun.
Mrs Potato head is a fun toy that we enjoy in our house. Available in most toy stores and on line, she makes a lovely companion for Mr Potato Head.
~How to Spot Mrs Potato Head~
Mrs Potato Head certainly likes her potatoes, chipped that is. She is rather over weight and quite the funniest looking woman I have ever seen. I think she is a retired granny, with her Maggie Thatcher red handbag and her green Deirdre Barlow specs topped of with a slight chav influence; great big gold (yellow) loop earrings.
I thought it was only old men whose noses and ears continued to grow, but it also seems to be a genetic issue which is blighting Mrs Potato Head too. She has big blue bulging eyes and Martin Clunes' ears and goes rather over the top with her application of mascara and red lipstick applied to her huge mouth with extra puffy botoxed lips.
Mrs Potato Head also wonders around naked - well unless she is a "jacket" potato with a pair of green clumpy shoes and a yellow hat which would be more appropriate on a building site. BUT, despite Mrs Potato Head's shortcoming in the look department my kids seem to love her!
~How Did We Come By Mrs Potato Head?~
Bought for my daughter a third Birthday party present from one of her little friends Mrs Potato Head makes a regular appearance from the toy box. So far I think we still have all her body parts and accessories, which can cleverly be stored in a cupboard on her back. Some of the parts are quite small, the recommended age is 2-8 years however some two year old children may need watching as the bits could be a choking hazard if they put them in their mouths.
~Playing with Mrs Potato Head?~
Well, her spud body has holes in strategic places where her body parts and accessories can be placed. For my sone, who is two is a good toy to learn about where body parts go, but for my daughter the real joy comes in making "alternative" Mrs Potato Heads which looks as silly as possible. I think this toy is certainly good for creative play!
Some of the parts can be a little difficult to get into the holes on her body, the glasses always give us trouble. However, most of the other body parts and accessories are quite easy to push into her body and once out in stay there well.
Mrs Potato Head has a husband, but we don't have him, however they did give a star performance together in Toy Story. It would be fun to have both Mr and Mrs because then the kids could mix their parts up and make even weirder creations!
Made by Playskool and on sale at around £7 I think this was a rather nice gift for a pre-school child. I have since bought a Mrs Potato Head for another on of daughter's little playmates and she seems to be a hit with her too!
Not a pretty sight
Firstly I have to say something about this toy at the risk of being highly rude and offensive. Mrs Potato Head is by far the ugliest woman I have ever laid eyes on and, if it wasn't for the inclusion of a handbag, bangle and earrings I would have assumed she was a man - and a very ugly man at that! But I guess potatoes are not best known for their good looks and you shouldn't judge a spud by its cover...
My daughter's Mrs Potato Head was a birthday gift. It comes in a plastic see through box complete with lots of accessories including those mentioned above and various body parts including arms, eyes, nose, mouth and tongue.
The lady herself is about six inches eye, and in her back is a small hinged 'door' where you can store all the bits and bobs. This is a pretty genius idea as there are lots of fairly small bits that would easily go missing otherwise (and, in fact, despite the handy storage space, our Mrs PH has already lost her red lips). It's also worth mentioning that due to these small parts, the toy isn't suitable for under-3s - although my daughter is two and I am quite happy to let her play with this, under my watchful eye of course!
So you have your basic potato-shaped head with little holes all over it for you or your little one to stick all the different body parts. MissD first started playing with this several months ago and was a bit too young then to get all the bits in the right places, but now she's got the hang of it and is quite happy putting her lovely lady together by herself. Once in place, the pieces stay pretty secure in their holes which is good as it means nothing slips out. To help Mrs PH stand up she also has a big pair of shoes that slot onto the base - although this does fit into the door in the back I would advise against this, as this is quite a large piece and it could easily get stuck in there.
One thing Mrs PH needs to do is go to a better jewellers, as the items she has (two green hoop earrings and a rather fetching clip-on daisy bracelet) don't stay on very well and my daughter gets a bit fed up of these bits - and is now at the stage where she completely ignores them. This doesn't do too much to help glam-up our sorry spud, but luckily her bright red handbag does go over her arm nicely so she has one decent accessory. It's also a bit tricky to get her glasses on too, so I would say that a few of the bits and pieces aren't perfect.
Overall my daughter enjoys playing with this toy - which surprised me as I thought she may tire quickly of it. I wouldn't say it's one we play with for hours on end, but it does come out of the toybox every now and then and always holds her attention for a while. It's a shame a few of the bits don't fit on very well, and I would maybe have liked to see one or two more items, but all in all this isn't a bad little toy and makes a slightly unusual gift for a young one.
As this was a gift, I am not 100% sure where our potato came from. However, you can buy them on amazon for around the £7 mark.
I bought Playskool Mr Potato Head, bucket containing 30+ pieces recently. The main reason I bought this was because It is suitable for children 2+yrs. I tend to fancy a lot of toys that are for age 3+.
The clear cylinder bucket (with lid) contains 3 Mr Potato Heads, two large and one small. The potato heads are actually the shape of a potato, made of brown plastic, and have small holes to put the features on the potatoes. The bucket contains eyes, noses, moustaches, mouths, tongues, ears, arms and hands, feet, hats and a few other bits and pieces-therefore,handy to have a bucket to keep them all in one place. The bits and pieces aren't very small and i'm not concerned that she will swallow them. They are colourful.
My daughter does enjoy playing with them, but finds it hard to place the features securely onto the potato, she does need somebody there to help her. The bits and pieces are quite hard to push into place. We have had hours of fun with it, but it isn't something that she can do independently. I might actually put the bucket away for a few months and bring it out again when she is a few months older.
I bought it from Poundstretcher for £9.99 and i think it is worth it-it's a kind of toy that I think she will play with for a few years. I believe that the product is available from Amazon for a few pennies cheaper.
The bucket has a colourful sticker on the lid and on the front explaining what the product is and has a picture of the Mr Potato head family!