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.

Gender neutral announcement

On the 25th of February 2021, Hasbro announced through Twitter that it was re-branding its popular Mr. Potato Head brand of toys to simply be called "Potato Head". The move was made to become more inclusive and allow children to create their own potato characters without the need for any gender-specific names. The news caused quite a stir, and a lot of people think Mr Potato Head is cancelled. However, this not the case.

Updated: 5 March 2021

Mr Potato Head value and price guide

What's your Mr Potato Head worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items.

Item Title Date Price
thinkway toys toy story collection animated mr potato Thinkway Toys Toy Story Collection Animated Mr Potato 07/2021 C $1 010.79
thinkway playskool toy story animated talking mr potato Thinkway Playskool Toy Story Animated Talking Mr Potato 06/2021 C $884.39
mrs potato head miss mascot costume party toy character Mrs Potato Head Miss Mascot Costume Party Toy Character 07/2021 C $398.00
rare thinkway playskool toy story animated talking mr Rare Thinkway Playskool Toy Story Animated Talking Mr 07/2021 C $410.63
used complete toy story collection mr potato head Used Complete Toy Story Collection Mr Potato Head 08/2021 C $385.36
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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.