The Picnic Pals were some of the most unusual items ever released in the Potato Head line. There were 6 characters, all featuring plastic heads with separate bodies: Frenchy Fry, Mr. Ketchup Head, Frankie Frank, Mr. Mustard Head, Willy Burger, and, to wash it all down, Mr. Soda Pop Head.
|From left to right: Frenchy Fry, Mrs. Ketchup Head, Mr. Mustard Head, |
Frankie Frank, Mr. Soda Pop Head, and Willy Burger.
The Picnic Pals came with specialized accessory pieces made just for them: onion slice ears, pickle noses, and eyes the color of ketchup or mustard.
The Pals were sold in two ways: the first was the rare complete set box, shown below, which contained all the characters plus their original Potato friend.
|A rather sinister looking Willy Burger and his henchman, Frankie Frank,|
appear to threaten a trembling Frenchy Fry in this box art.
Not sure what that's all about.
The second variation was a tall, slim box with colorful art work, which included one main character, a condiment or beverage buddy, and a Mr. Potato Head.
For some unknown reason, Willy Burger is the hardest to find of the Picnic Pals, although they are all much more scarce than the regular Potato Heads.
Hopefully ours won't be staring at us.