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us on our continuing trip down memory lane with a look at classic toys that continue
to sell like hot potatoes...
Mr. Potato Head
Potato Head celebrated his 50th birthday last year in a party atmosphere arranged
by its maker, Hasbro. The famous spud had long become accustomed to the hoopla,
however. He was the first toy product ever advertised on television, beginning
in 1952, when Hasbro gained instant access to tens of millions of newly wired
households. The looney toy tuber grossed $4 million in his very first year. Since
then, Mr. Potato Head has co-starred with the likes of Tom Hanks in Toy Story
and Toy Story II.
Play-Doh first appeared it was available in only one color off-white. Today,
red, blue, green and yellow have been added to the color scheme with more than
700 million pounds of the pliable stuff sold since its debut in 1956. Although
there a number of homemade
recipes popular with the nursery school set, the original formula for the
Play-Doh compound still remains a secret. And remember Mr.
Bill? The put-upon character who starred in many a Saturday Night Live
episode was made of nothing more than squishable, (oh...noooo!) though very durable,
to believe that 2003 marks the coming-of-age of the very popular board game 21
years-old this year. Since 1982, it has made its way into more than half of all
homes in the U.S. More than 30 million Trivial Pursuit games have been sold worldwide
in 18 languages and 32 countries.
Trivial Pursuit trivia? 1) it was invented by two Canadians bored with Scrabble;
2) in its first year the game sold at a loss until it was licensed to game manufacturers
Selchow and Righter, who created a whirlwind marketing campaign; 3) that same
year, Time magazine called it "the biggest phenomenon in game history."
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