In 1975, Kenner introduced the somehow cool and very creepy Hugo, Man of a Thousand Faces. Born with a base face only a mother – or a 5-11 year old child – could love, Hugo was popular in the mid ’70s. To say he grows on you would be stretching it. Some think a relationship with this bald-headed, barefaced, bland, bad boy is a love him or hate him proposition. BLiPPEE is glad that Hugo comes with something to cover his face.
Kenner, Baby Won't Let Go
In 1977 Kenner released a unique doll called “Baby Won’t Let Go”. She isn’t the cutest doll, but she does something – she has the ability to hold onto your fingers like a real baby. When she does this, you can “teach” her how to walk. This is an interesting feature, because with all the other toy companies out there vying to make the most life like doll, this is one thing real babies do that many people don’t think about; at least they don’t think about it as it relates to dolls.
by Rueckheim Bros. & Eckstein, Borden, Frito-Lay
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Cracker Jack Prize, front view.
In 1964, Borden purchased The Cracker Jack Company from Rueckheim Bros. & Eckstein. At that time, Frito-Lay lost the bidding war to Borden.However, Borden finally sold the Cracker Jack brand to Frito-Lay in 1997. Since 1912 when it was still owned by Rueckheim Bros. & Eckstein, The Cracker Jack Company put prizes into every box of Cracker Jack. The prizes were low quality, garnering a much-deserved status as cheap. References to the value of the prizes, “…it came in a Cracker Jack box,”
is a long-standing testament to their quality.
Swing Wing, front of box.
Transogram came out with some pretty cool toys in the 1950s and 1960s. This was not one of them. It’s lame. The children in the commercial are not really having fun. It’s annoying to watch. I even irritated myself when I tried to sing the song.
Upsy Baby by Kenner.
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Upsy Baby was introduced by Kenner Products Co. in 1985. She had blonde curly hair, rosy cheeks, and bright blue eyes. Kenner also produced an equally adorable brown-eyed African-American model. She wore a light pink flower print lacy romper, white tennis shoes, and had a bow in her hair. Upsy Baby was marketed for kids 4 and up and cost around $30.00.
Upsy Baby works without batteries. You simply pull the string on her back, set her face down, and push the button on her side. She stands up all by herself. Sounds like a cute, entertaining doll. However, Upsy Baby was not immune to controversy.
by Maggie Magnetic
You can’t fault the success of this toy, but I had mixed emotions about the Whee-lo my parents bought for my brothers and me when we were kids.
Why does the hummingbird hum? Professor I.M. Smart knows. If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? Professor I.M. Smart knows. What is air? Professor I.M. Smart knows.
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The Cabbage Patch Snacktime Kid is ironically one of the best-functioning Cabbage Patch dolls ever made. The doll comes with plastic food that it “eats”. When you put the plastic food in the doll’s mouth, the food reappears in the doll’s backpack. The coolest part is that when the doll “eats”, its mouth moves up and down like it’s chewing. It was no surprise that when these first came out, people went gaga over them.
Mattel released these action figures in 1988 and 1989. They subsequently experienced an unfortunate drawn-out life lasting into the early ’90s. I know a couple of kids who actually liked these strange, hollow-rubber monstrosities. One of them went on vacation and never returned from a Princess Cruise. The other guy still plays with Food Fighters in his mom’s basement while listening non-stop to Pablo Cruise.
Ultra cool and ultra lame all at once, this 9″ tall, red-plastic, horseshoe-shaped, genie-looking-thing housed a couple of magnets at the end of its fists. The genie’s mouth was your hand grip. It was cool for its name and looks, and lame for its weakness and lackluster performance.