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