George Lerner of N.Y. City invented (and patented) Mr. Potato Head in 1952. Based on an earlier toy called 'make a face' that used a real potato, Lerner designed his all-plastic toy as a prize for cereal premiums. Lerner sold Mr. Potato Head to the Hassenfeld Brothers of Rhode Island, who owned Hasbro Inc, the toy company. Hasbro sold the first Mr. Potato Head with a styrofoam head as a base for the facial plug-ins. However, instructions were included that suggested the use of vegetables and fruits instead of the styrofoam.

In 1966, Mr Potato Head acquired a new addition with Jumping Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head.

Mr. Potato Head was the first toy to be advertised on television and in 1985, it received four write-in votes in the mayoral election in Boise, Idaho. Today, Hasbro, Inc. still manufactures Mr. Potato Head.

Mr Potato Head value and price guide

What's your 'Mr Potato Head' worth? Here are some recently sold items (Australia).

Picture Title Date Sold for
Rare Nib Animated Talking Toy Story 07/2019 AU $1 021.96
Rare Nib Animated Talking Toy Story 08/2019 AU $729.97
Huge 300 Pieces Accessories Feet Hands 10/2019 AU $138.49
Kiss 4 Pack 08/2019 AU $119.95
Kiss 4 Pack 09/2019 AU $119.95

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Comments (2)

Damien - June 26, 2019
How do i date my vintage in box styrofoam head mr. potato head funny face kit No. 2000. I count a total of 23 pieces plus the body and styrofoam head and included booklet. no copyright on any of the parts pieces or pages.
Not sure, you could try and find yours with prices on this page: Mr. Potato Head Funny Face.

Brenda - February 7, 2019
What are they (potato heads) worth
Usually they are sold in lots for around 10-40 USD. Check eBay for prices.