First up: three 1950s knock-off sets made in West Germany. They are all housed in flat cardboard boxes, the same size and shape as those a paper doll set would come in, or a tiddlywinks game. They were released at the time Mr. Potato Head still used real potatoes; the toy sets were comprised solely of accessory and limb parts, and it would be several years before the plastic potato was introduced.
"Mr. and Mrs. Funny Face" features intriguing illustrations of some rather sinister looking potatoes.
Inside, the parts are inserted into holes in the liner, and an illustration of an anxious-looking potato head with a Salvador Dali mustache serves as an example of a completed toy.
If Dali were a potato...
The next West German set features marvelous illustrations of fruit and veggie people on the cover.
The caption reads:
"MANY AMUSING CHARACTERS CAN BE MADE UP WITH THE AID OF
FRUIT OR VEGETABLES."
The interior is similar to that of the previous set:
Kinda creepy Mrs. Potato Head, no?
The last German set is more colorful and friendly seeming,
with bright colors and a happier looking Mr. P-Head.
Inside the "Mr. and Mrs. Funny Face" box.
This one's a jolly potato head, with a prominent pipe.
Coming up tomorrow: a licensed Mr. Potato Head made in England in the 1970s.