Hamish Timmins, Manager Te Papa Tours
I decided to collect Mr. Potato Head toys after getting stuck with the nickname ‘Potato’. My first purchase was an electronic talking Mr. Potato Head. Today I have over a hundred.
When Mr. Potato Head was first released in the 1950s, you had to stick all his plastic parts – eyes, nose, hands, and mouth– into a real potato! It was only later that he was given an actual body.
Over time, Mr. Potato Head has changed in shape and size. The newest toys are slimmer and more active-looking. Can you find them in my collection?