Bit #1: Where did Mr. Potato Head come from?

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Bit #1: Where did Mr. Potato Head come from?

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1960s were big years for Hasbro, as their most successful line of toys were released. 
 During the World War 2 era, George Lerner enjoyed success as a well known inventor and designer. Just before 1950, he designed and produced a first generation set of plastic face pieces. The push pin shaped noses, ears, eyes and mouth parts could be pushed into fruits or vegetables to transform the food into an endless array of magical anthropomorphic playmates.
    The toy wasn't an immediate hit however. There was still a World War 2 mentality to conserve resources. Toy companies didn't think that customers would accept the idea of wasting a piece of food as a child's toy. But after awhile, George finally sold the toy to a cereal company, who planned to use the pieces as a premium giveaway in cereal boxes. 

   Even with the toys looking to be doomed from the start, Hasbro picks up the line and builds a fully-fledged toy lineup with them. As strange as that lok

Here are a few examples... and if you'd like to check out my collectors site dedicated, look here

Update 5/5/2016: Links are completely broken. Website was closed in 2015.

1966 Collection
Real Katie Carrot:
Real Oscar Orange:
Real Pete Pepper:
Real Mr. Potato Head:
Real Cooky Cucumber:
Real Jumper Potatoes:
Real Special Event Characters:
Real First Disney Products:
Real Tooty Fruity Toys:

1970 Collection
Real Early 1971 Mr. Potato Head:
Real Potato Pals (Birds, Bugs, etc.) :
Real Late 1972 Mr. Potato Head:
Real Mr. Potato Head FIRST accessories Pack:
Real SUPER Mr. Potato Head Combo Pack:
Real Mr. potato Head Rider:

1980 Collection
Real Bendy Arm Mr. Potato Head:
Real Super Mr. Potato Head V. 2:
Real First Mr. Potato Head Full Family Pack:
Real Potato Head Kids:
Real Authentic Mr. Potato Head Products of the 80's:
Real McDonald Sponsorship Products:
Real Potato Head Kids Puzzles:
Real My Little Pony PHK sponsorship:
Real Crazy Mr. Potato Head:

Collection 1990 

Real 1990 Collecter Mr. Potato Head:
Real Mr. Potato Head Dress Up Kits:
Real Mr. Potato Head Dolls:
Real Mr. Potato Head Magnets:
Real More Mr. Potato Head Products:
Real Mr. Potato Head Ceramics:
Real Rarest collectibles of the 90's:

2000 Collection
Real Collector's Holiday Sheet:
Real Darth Tater:
Real 2000's Products:
Real 2000's Collectibles:
Real Theme Park Updates:
Real Remakes of Originals: