El Señor Cara de Papa: ¿el juguete mejor anunciado?

By: Keith

El Señor Cara de Papa es tal vez el mejor juguete anunciado.  ¿Pero por qué?   ¿Qué es lo que hace al Señor Cara de Papa (quien en 1952 literalmente era una papa con accesorios) tan interesante?  Los juguetes van y vienen, pero parece ser que el Señor Cara de Papa está aquí para quedarse.  El empezó como un paquete lleno de accesorios que los niños podían enterrar en papas o cualquier otro tipo de fruta que ellos quisieran.  Luego le añadieron un cuerpo.  El los 70’s se decidió que papas podridas debajo de las camas de los niños y los peligros de ahogo de las partes pequeñas necesitaban la transición a ser completamente de plástico.  Y, así es como ha permanecido desde entonces.  Y de los 70’s a la fecha el Señor Cara de Papa ha aparecido en películas (Toy Story), ha sido un personaje en videojuegos (más recientemente el videojuego Family Game Night) y también es usado en un sinnúmero de artículos de vestir para niños.  De vuela a la pregunta.  ¿Por qué es el Señor Cara de Papa tan popular? 


Las frutas, las raíces y las verduras son divertidas; y papa es un nombre chistoso (pero no tan chistoso como kumquat – naranjita china).  Además del humor de convertir una papa en un personaje es una idea brillantemente simple.  Demasiados juguetes modernos hoy dependen en luces y trucos.  Son  solo los juguetes sencillos los que duran; hula hoops, yoyos, baleros, cuerdas de brincar.  El Señor Cara de Papa es sencillo y también tiene potencial de marquetería y de ser una marca.  El Señor Cara de Papa es simple y divertido, y por lo tanto un éxito.  Ha sido una marca reconocida e infinitamente negociable.  Viendo a algunas de las ediciones especiales del Señor Cara de Papa es fácil ver porque él es el ganso que sigue proveyendo para los juguetes Hasbro.  No puedo pensar en ningún otro juguete que tenga este tipo de potencial para la promoción a través de varias áreas.  ¿Puedes tú pensar en alguno otro?

Srs. Cara de Papa Deportivos




Srs. Cara de Papa Antiguos





Srs. Cara de Papa de Pasccua





Sr. Cara de Papa en Family Game Night



Srs. Cara de Papa de Pelicula





Sr. Cara de Papa en juego para montar




Sr. Cara de Papa Kiss


Sr. Cara de Papa Adornito de Navidad


Zapatos del Sr. Cara de Papa



Srs. Cara de Papa de Halloween




Sr. Cara de Papa Santa



22 Responses to “El Señor Cara de Papa: ¿el juguete mejor anunciado?”
  1. BigLittleWolf febrero 1, 2010 at 12:59 #

    I love this post, Keith! (I’m actually a fan of Mr. Potato Head – partly because the premise is basic and allows for kids to use their imaginations.)

    And hey – did you know that Rachel Zoe styled Mr. Potato Head? (Okay not really – but in my imagination she did. Google “Rachel Zoe Mr Potato Head” and you’ll see what a sexy spud he became under her capricious care!)

    I admit I enjoy seeing certain toys stick around for generations. The Slinky is one I loved as a child, as did my boys, and I imagine plenty of others even today.
    .-= BigLittleWolf´s last blog ..The Fairness Doctrine =-.

    • Keith febrero 2, 2010 at 8:21 #

      Wolf: I must confess I don’t even know who Rachel Zoe is :-) But, hey! You’re number one on that keyword! Awesome. The slinky is pretty awesome, I agree, Even if I couldn’t use them without getting it all tangled up.

  2. Becky febrero 1, 2010 at 1:38 #

    While on vacation a few years ago we ran across a novelty store selling individual replacement parts and costume accessories for Mr. Potato Head. That was pretty neat. My favorite is the Firefighter Spud followed by the Spud Trooper. To this day if any of my parents’ grandchildren receive a Mr. Potato Head, my adult brothers can be found playing with it before the day is out. (Legos have the same reaction.)

    • Keith febrero 2, 2010 at 8:22 #

      Becky: Legos are another of those timeless sorts of toys. The only thing I don’t like about Mr. Potato Head these days is that the eyes are all one piece. It would be better to be able to put on mismatched eyes. Other than that it’s held up pretty well though the years. Thanks for the comment!

  3. PJ Mullen febrero 1, 2010 at 7:22 #

    I so can’t wait to get my son the Star Wars Mr. Potato heads. I got Darth Tater for my godson for Christmas.
    .-= PJ Mullen´s last blog ..The incredible dough with the funny name =-.

    • Keith febrero 2, 2010 at 8:23 #

      PJ: The Star Wars ones are the ones I was eyeballing too! I didn’t even know they had so many versions before I started looking into it. :-)

  4. Chris | Advice for Dads febrero 1, 2010 at 7:35 #

    Mr. Potato Head and Lego should be in every kids toy box. There is a reason why these toys are timeless!
    .-= Chris | Advice for Dads´s last blog ..7 Things every new dad should know =-.

    • Keith febrero 2, 2010 at 8:25 #

      Chris: Mr Potato Head is one of those toys that makes childhood complete. You’re right. I love Legos too, but they’re so dang expensive that it’s a little discouraging. Thanks for visiting!

  5. Dennis Yu febrero 2, 2010 at 6:06 #

    They should have the cross-dresser Mr. Potato Head as well as ones for each university, sport, hobby, whatever. Franchise it out to anyone with a brand, just like the credit card companies with their affinity cards!

  6. Ed febrero 2, 2010 at 6:52 #

    Mr. Potato head could be bigger. But, several years ago he married Mrs. Potato head and he just has not been the same since.
    .-= Ed´s last blog ..Losing my edge =-.

    • Keith febrero 2, 2010 at 8:27 #

      Ed: Mr Potato head has been having marital problems? Did you know they have a daughter, Yam, also? I wonder what would happen to her in a divorce settlement :-)

  7. BellaDaddy febrero 2, 2010 at 7:06 #

    I had no idea there were so many versions….altho, it makes me smile…loved MPH when I was a kid…and now, now, I want the KISS Collection….how cool is that?

    .-= BellaDaddy´s last blog ..BELLABUDDY BLOG OF THE WEEK! =-.

    • Keith febrero 2, 2010 at 8:26 #

      David: I didn’t know there were so many versions either! Yeah, that KISS collection looks pretty awesome, doesn’t it :-) I like the Darth Maul one the best.

  8. BellaDaddy febrero 2, 2010 at 10:09 #

    Heads Up! Come and get it:


    .-= BellaDaddy´s last blog ..…and the award goes to… =-.

  9. Ed febrero 2, 2010 at 11:25 #

    Well, I think the Mrs. will get Yam in the settlement. After all Mr. Potato head has been getting home late at night ‘half-baked’……..
    .-= Ed´s last blog ..Losing my edge =-.

  10. Dad Logic febrero 4, 2010 at 11:39 #

    I didn’t know that Mr. Potato Head was originally just parts that would be stuck onto an actual potato. Now that’s interesting.

    And speaking of kids having rotten potatoes under their beds, my dad showed me a spud gun that he used to play with as a kid. It looks like a little pistol, but the tip is designed to pull out a small plug/chunk of potato which eventually becomes the projected bullet when you pull the trigger. It was a simple little air powered toy, but would leave tiny bits of raw potato all over the house after the kids would play with it.

    I saw a plastic version of the spud gun at one of those Spencer Gifts stores in the mall. I’d assume you can find one online, but it is kind of funny to think that at one time dressing up raw vegetables or shooting out bits of them was an acceptable activity for kids.

  11. rc electric car junio 27, 2010 at 12:02 #

    had no idea there were so many versions….altho, it makes me smile…loved MPH when I was a kid…and now, now, I want the KISS Collection….how cool is that?

    .-= rc electric car´s last blog ..Check out this RAD RACER- =-.

  12. spanish fly agosto 29, 2010 at 8:56 #

    What i need an Indian Jones Mr. Potato head. Well I am off to ebay. great post :)

  13. I had no idea that there were so many different Mr potato heads in existance, I was unfortunatly not the proud owner of one as a child, however my interest started after watching Disneys Toy Story, As most of the adult based humor came from the Mr Potato Head charachter.



  14. Elaine diciembre 11, 2010 at 2:09 #

    My elementary classroom is themed Potato Heads! They are so cute and all age levels love them! You just have to smile when you see a Potato Head!! thanks for all the great info.!

    • David Dunn mayo 15, 2012 at 12:21 #

      I am a 5th grade teacher and my room is patterned after Mr. Potato Head as well. I have my students as a reward create a new spud for the classroom. I am glad other teachers are using this idea as well!!!

      Dave D.

  15. katy agosto 15, 2011 at 4:13 #

    me encanta el señor cara de papa jamas pasara de moda , papa siempre ala vanguardia

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