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Toys / Mr. Potato Head

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"It's Mr. Potato Head
And his Bucket of Fun!
Bucket of Fun for Everyone!"
90s Jingle

Imagine a paper doll where you could somehow store all the outfits within the doll. Might seem difficult, if the doll in question wasn't a bulbous hunk of plastic.

The Mr. Potato Head toy, along with his wife, have been popular for decades, and have even branched out into other franchises. The toys started out as pieces which were meant to be placed on actual potatoes, before being changed to a completely plastic head.

Mr. Potato Head has had a puppet show titled The Mr. Potato Head Show, is a supporting character in Potato Head Kids, and also appears as a Living Toy in the Toy Story franchise. He also had a comic strip drawn by Jim Davis of Garfield fame.

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  • Artifact Title: The whole "potato" thing. The original version of the toy was just the body parts; kids were meant to supply their own actual potato. The trademark oversized plastic body was introduced as a response to health concerns over the vegetables inevitably rotting.
  • Comic-Book Adaptation: There was a daily comic strip by Jim Davis of Garfield fame that ran from July 2001 to June 2003.
  • Crossover:
  • Distaff Counterpart: Mrs. Potato Head is his wife, and has feminine clothes and accessories.
  • Dub Name Change: Mr. Potato Head is called M. Patate in France.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: The first incarnation of Mr. Potato Head was just the body parts, which were meant to be stuck on actual potatoes. The plastic body and parts replaced it when concerns over the original version wasting perfectly edible potatoes became known.
  • LEGO Body Parts: Mr. Potato Head's body parts are swappable, allowing for a lot of combinations.
  • No Smoking: Mr. Potato Head used to come with a plastic tobacco pipe, which was retired in late 1987.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Until late 1987, the play set came with a plastic tobacco pipe.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: Both the Potato Heads have a huge variety of outfits, even before the crossovers.
  • The Voiceless: Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head never speak in the Crossover video with Monopoly. Averted in other works.
  • Waddling Head: He's a waddling potato head, in fact.
  • White Gloves: Mr. Potato Head's arms are white, but he still wears white gloves (assuming he doesn't just have severely malformed wrists).

Alternative Title(s): Potato Head, Mrs Potato Head