Mr. Potato Head Coloring Pages
In 1949, Brooklyn-born toy artisan George Lerner came up with the abstraction of inserting small, angled physique and face locations into fruits and vegetables to actualize a “funny face man.”
Lerner would about yield potatoes from his mother’s garden and application assorted added fruits and vegetables as facial features, he would accomplish dolls with which his adolescent sisters could play. The grape-eyed, carrot-nosed, potato-headed dolls became the arch abstraction abaft the artificial toy which would afterwards be manufactured.
In the beginning, Lerner’s toy accustomed controversial. With the war and aliment administration a contempo anamnesis for a lot of Americans, the use of fruits and vegetables to accomplish toys was advised capricious and wasteful. Toy companies abandoned Lerner’s creation.
After several years of aggravating to advertise the toy, Lerner assuredly assertive a aliment aggregation to deliver the artificial locations as premiums in breakfast atom boxes. He awash the abstraction for $5,000. But in 1951, Lerner showed the abstraction to bolt manufacturers Henry and Merrill Hassenfeld, who conducted a babyish academy accumulation and toy business (later accustomed as Hasbro). Realizing the toy was absolutely clashing annihilation in their line, they paid the ceral aggregation $2,000 to stop assembly and bought the rights for $5,000. Lerner was offered an beforehand of $500 and a 5% ability on every kit sold. The toy was dubbed Mr. Potato Arch and went into production.
Original 1952 Mr. Potato Arch boxed set
The aboriginal toy amount $.98, and independent a styrofoam head, a body, hands, feet, ears, two mouths, two pairs of eyes, four noses, three hats, eyeglasses, a pipe, and 8 acquainted pieces akin facial hair. A amount of the aboriginal accessories reflected assertive actualization of the associates of Lerner’s own family. Shortly afterwards the toy’s antecedent release, an adjustment anatomy for 50 added pieces was amid in every kit.
On April 30, 1952, Mr. Potato Arch was the aboriginal toy advertised on television. Over one actor kits were awash in the aboriginal year. In 1953, Mrs. Potato Arch was added, and anon after, Brother Spud and Sister Yam completed the Potato Arch ancestors with accessories absorption the affluence of the fifties that included a car, a baiter trailer, a kitchen set, a stroller, and pets alleged Spud-ettes. Although originally produced as abstracted artificial locations to be ashore into a absolute potato or added vegetable, a artificial potato was added to the kit in 1964.
In 1973, the capital potato allotment of the toy angled in admeasurement and the ambit of its accessories were analogously increased. This was done mainly because of new toy adolescent assurance regulations that were conflicting by the U.S. government. Hasbro aswell replaced the holes with collapsed slats, which fabricated it absurd for users to put the face pieces and added physique locations the amiss way around. In the 1980s, Hasbro bargain the ambit of accessories for Mr. Potato Arch to one set of parts. The aggregation did about arouse annular holes in the capital potato body, and already afresh locations were able to go assimilate the toy in the amiss locations. In 1987 the smoker aqueduct was discontinued.
In 2006, Hasbro aswell began affairs abandoned pieces as sets to add to a accumulating instead of accepting to buy an absolute Potato Arch set with a body. Some of these themed sets included Mermaid, Rockstar, Pirate, King, Princess, Firefighter, Construction Worker, Halloween, Santa Claus, Chef, and Police Officer. In the aforementioned year, Hasbro conflicting a band alleged “Sports Spuds”  with a all-encompassing artificial potato (smaller than the accustomed size) customized to a advanced array of able and bookish teams.
In contempo years, Hasbro has produced Potato Arch sets based on media backdrop that Hasbro produces toys for below license. These cover the Ablaze Wars-themed “Darth Tater”, “Spud Trooper” and “R2-POTATOO”, a 2007 Transformers film-themed “Optimash Prime”, a Spider-Man-themed “Spider-Spud/Peter Tater”, a Indiana Jones-themed “Taters of the Absent Ark” set (which, admitting the title, was appear as a amalgamation to 2008′s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) and a Ambush or Tater Adaptation for Halloween in October 2008. A Kiss Adaptation of Mr. Potato Arch is rumoured to be produced.