Elvis Mr. Potato Head Revisited – Part 3

This January 2011 post is the third in a series on Elvis Mr. Potato Head.

 

I’ve done two previous articles on the Elvis Mr. Potato Head figures.  The first was favorable, and that resulted in me getting an e-mail thank you message from from Dean Gorby of PPW Toys, the company that makes the Elvis Mr. Potato Heads for Hasbro.  I wrote back and asked if I could get some in-house photos of the Elvis Live, as the first model was called.

Dean sent me unpublished pictures of Elvis Live with the white jumpsuit, and I used that for a second ElvisBlog article.   More recently he sent me photos of the ’68 Special black leather model, including a little note filling me in on the results when ’68 Special debuted at the New York Toy Fair in February.

Elvis Mr. Potato Head is front and center at the Toy Fair

Dean expressed his happiness at getting so many favorable comments from the folks coming by their booth at the Toy Fair.  “Many people said they liked it better than the first.  The overall response was that people thought it was cuter because you can see his eyes, where as the first version had sunglasses.”

Elvis Live Potato Head

          

’68 Special Elvis Potato Head

      

Sorry, but I am going to disagree with those folks.  I like the sunglasses way better than the eyes.  However, there is some good news.  You can remove the eyes from black leather and replace them with the sunglasses.  Like this.

’68 Comeback Elvis Wearing Sunglasses

The next two outfits in the series will probably be Jailhouse Rock and Gold Lamé, but both are unlikely to include the sunglasses because they are 50s themes.  Of course, if you have your sunglasses from Elvis Live, you could move them around to all the models.  I liked this idea so much, I asked Dean if he would send me some extra glasses, so every Elvis Mr. Potato Head I buy can wear them.  They just came in, and they are very cool.  Thank you, Dean.

(Editor’s note: I have three extra pairs of the sunglasses. If anybody wants one, let me know at philarnold@charter.net)

While we are talking about moving Mr. Potato Head parts around, here’s another idea to think about.  It sure looks like the mask and helmet of Darth Tater would fit nicely over that black leather suit.  And, you know you can replace that mic stand with the light sabre.  Remember how Elvis always imagined Captain Marvel Jr. as his alter ego.  I wonder what he would think about being Darth BlackLeather.

 

      

 

Speaking of mics, Dean recently told me about the bonus goodies they inserted into 500 packages of each model.  Their experiences with Elvis Live and ’68 Special were quite different.  They produced 500 gold mic stands, and randomly mixed them in boxes of the black leather Elvis above.  It didn’t get noticed.  However, special gold guitars replaced 500 of the standard black ones with jumpsuit Elvis, and they had quite an effect.  Dean said he has seen many for sale on line, and they have consistently sold for about $100 each.

Elvis Live with standard black guitar

Special Gold Guitar

Now, I’ve got to ask Dean for one of those gold guitars.

 

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4 responses to “Elvis Mr. Potato Head Revisited – Part 3

  1. Hi Phil, Love the Mr Potato Heads. I never knew they existed. I also agree with you and the glasses. The glasses are just Elvis!
    Gave me a giggle.
    Vicky

    • Hi Vicky. If you ever get an Elvis Mr. Potato Head, let me know, and I’ll send you a pair of the sunglasses (provided you live in the US).

      Phil

  2. I Love Elvis Potato Head!!! I so want them!!!! I agree Phil the gold guitar is so Cool. Thank-You so much for this Awesome post!

    • Hi Tracy: Nice to hear from you again. No one else has asked for the Elvis Potato Head sunglasses, but it’s fair to wait a bit longer to see if that changes.

      Do you own three Elvis Potato Heads to put the sunglasses on?

      I all three go to you, that high Canadian postage is something we would have to get together on. Okay?

      I’ll get back in a few days. Phil

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