Elvis Mr. Potato Head Revisited

I’m sure you all know about Mr. Potato Head being in the news lately.  The media coverage reminded me that Hasbro introduced Elvis Mr. Potato head over a decade ago, and I had come up with enough photos to create three ElvisBlog posts about it.  In the next few days, all three will be reposted here.

 

Mr. Potato Head Elvis — Yikes!

Posted June 13, 2010

I told my wife that they were coming out with an Elvis Mr. Potato Head, and she replied, “Oh God, what’s next.”  I think I have the answer to that question, but first let’s take a look at the latest in themed Elvis collectibles.

Elvis Mr. Potato Head

 

According to a report on www.elvis.com/news dated 6/9/10, Elvis Mr. Potato Head will be unveiled at Elvis Week this year.  Want to bet they will sell a lot of them – even at the inflated price of $20.

Of course, Elvis Mr. Potato Head is just the latest in a long line of Elvis figures in white jumpsuits you can buy:

 

M&M Elvis

Elvis Whisky Decanter

Elvis Teddy Bear

Bobble-Head Elvis

Pez Elvis

The news release stated that a second version of Elvis Mr. Potato Head wearing his ‘68 Special black leather outfit will be out in time for the 2010 Christmas season.  It was unstated, but you can be sure there will be other iconic themes to follow.  All the Elvis collectibles pictured above have several models, including Jailhouse Rock, Army Private Elvis, 50s Rocker, etc.  I’ll bet the third Elvis Mr. Potato Head is decked out in gold lamé.

The news release also stated:  “components such as hairstyles, costumes, faces and musical instruments will be compatible with every version so fans can mix and match the styles with hilarious results.”   That doesn’t sound so hilarious to me, but it might be if you used other available Mr. Potato Head accessories.

Party Spud Accessories

Halloween Spud Accessories

Can you imagine Elvis with buck teeth, Dracula hair, or a clown hat?

 

Hasbro Toys has been making Mr. Potato Head since 1952, and they have developed many versions over the years.  Here are a few that are pretty cool:

Santa Potato Head

Darth Tater

Princess Sweet Potato

                                       

 

Unlike these examples, Elvis Mr. Potato Head is actually produced by PPW Toys as a licensee of Hasbro.  PPW has previously developed a series of sports-themed Mr. Potato Head figures.

 

Dallas Cowboys

Atlanta Braves

Duke Blue Devils

                                                          

 

Elvis was not the first rock and roll Mr. Potato Head produced by PPW Toys.

KISS Potato Heads

 

EPE has been trying to find as many ways as possible to get youngsters interested in Elvis, and I think Elvis Mr. Potato Head will work just fine.  However, to answer my wife’s question about what’s next, Graceland should look at the latest craze with the kids — Silly Bandz.  They are wearing hundreds of different shapes on their wrists.  There are the only a few available shapes with a musical theme, so here’s a tip for EPE.  Sign up Silly Bandz as yet another licensed vendor and add this to their product line.

Musical Silly Bandz

Future Elvis Silly Bandz?

                                                                                                                            I’m too old to ever wear an Elvis Silly Bandz, but this big kid has already told his wife he wants one of those Elvis Mr. Potato Heads for Christmas.  I will put it on the shelf above my desk, right next to my set of Elvis M&Ms and my Pez Elvis.

 

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4 responses to “Elvis Mr. Potato Head Revisited

  1. Hi Phil,

    I was wondering, what about some meme post? I was looking for some, and i found about one million of them… Guess it would be really nice folder :))

    Have a nice day, greetings from Europe
    AS

  2. Phil,
    What a fun post!! I love the Mr. Potato Head. They could call it Mr. Presley Head:)
    I’ve never seen them, nor have I seen the PEZ or M&M Elvis.
    I do have an Elvis cookie cutter and it looks like he’s in the white jumpsuit. My mom gave me some wine glasses for my birthday this year with Elvis etched in the glass. I love them!
    Thanks for posting.

    • Hi Terri: It sounds like you will enjoy Parts 2 and 3. I did ElvisBlog posts on PEZ Elvis and M&M Elvis. If you haven’t already read them, just put it in the search box and they will come up.

      Phil

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