No More Mr. Potato Head
There are some toys that are trendy and are only must-have items for a few years. Then, there are toys that last generation after generation even without changing very much. For example, building blocks, Barbie dolls and shape sorters are toys that we played with as kids and now our kids play with almost identical items.
Another toy that we know and love from real life as well as the “Toy Story” movies is Mr. Potato Head. Hasbro first introduced this kids toy in 1952, and it has been popular ever since. After all, who wouldn’t enjoy making silly faces on a plastic potato?
Now, nearly 70 years later, Mr. Potato Head is undergoing a name change. The brand will no longer by called Mr. Potato Head. Instead, it will simply be Potato Head. Hasbro explained that the name change is to make the toy more inclusive.
“Hasbro is making sure all feel welcome in the Potato Head world by officially dropping the Mr. from the Mr. Potato Head brand name and logo to promote gender equality and inclusion.”
Shortly after announcing the brand name change, Hasbro felt it was necessary to clarify that the Mr. Potato Head and Mrs. Potato Head characters will still exist. They wrote on Twitter that only the “brand name & logo are dropping the ‘MR.’”
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
Along with Mr. Potato Head and Mrs. Potato Head, there is along going to be a Potato Head family available for purchase. The family set will include “2 large potato bodies, 1 small potato body, and 42 accessories. The possibilities to create your own families are endless with mixing and mashing all the parts and pieces.”
Learn more about this name change, and get a glimpse at the potato family in the video below.
Did you play with Mr. Potato Head when you were growing up? Do you think dropping the “Mr.” is a good idea?