George Lerner of N.Y. City invented (and patented) Mr. Potato Head in 1952. Based on an earlier toy called 'make a face' that used a real potato, Lerner designed his all-plastic toy as a prize for cereal premiums. Lerner sold Mr. Potato Head to the Hassenfeld Brothers of Rhode Island, who owned Hasbro Inc, the toy company. Hasbro sold the first Mr. Potato Head with a styrofoam head as a base for the facial plug-ins. However, instructions were included that suggested the use of vegetables and fruits instead of the styrofoam.
In 1966, Mr Potato Head acquired a new addition with Jumping Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head.
Mr. Potato Head was the first toy to be advertised on television and in 1985, it received four write-in votes in the mayoral election in Boise, Idaho. Today, Hasbro, Inc. still manufactures Mr. Potato Head.
On the 25th of February 2021, Hasbro announced through Twitter that it was re-branding its popular Mr. Potato Head brand of toys to simply be called "Potato Head". The move was made to become more inclusive and allow children to create their own potato characters without the need for any gender-specific names. The news caused quite a stir, and a lot of people think Mr Potato Head is cancelled. However, this not the case.
Hold that Tot – your main spud, MR. POTATO HEAD isn’t going anywhere! While it was announced today that the POTATO HEAD brand name & logo are dropping the ‘MR.’ I yam proud to confirm that MR. & MRS. POTATO HEAD aren’t going anywhere and will remain MR. & MRS. POTATO HEAD pic.twitter.com/6I84KrxOLQ— Hasbro (@Hasbro) February 25, 2021
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