Mr. Potato Head - Longmeadow, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 03.502 W 072° 34.244
18T E 701008 N 4659112
Quick Description: Hasbro toy company has contribute a Mr. Potato Head statue to a playground it sponsored in Bliss Park at 252 Bliss Rd in Longmeadow, MA.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 3/20/2019 4:41:11 AM
Waymark Code: WM1088J
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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Long Description:
The Hasbro Toy Company has its headquarters in Pawtucket, RI and a large office in East Longmeadow, MA. The company has sponsored the Wilson Boundless Playground in honor of E. David Wilson, the retired president of the Hasbro Games Division. The playground includes a 6' tall Mr. Potato Head statue that greets visitors as they enter the playground.

History of Mr. Potato Head:

In 1949 the Mr. Potato Head toy was invented and developed by George Lerner and manufactured and distributed by Hasbro in 1952. The original version had plastic parts that where stuck into a real potato or other vegetable. In 1964 the all plastic Mr. Potato Head was introduced.

In the 1950's Mr. Potato Head made his first television appearance as the first toy advertised on television in a series of commercials aimed directly at children. Mr. Potato Head once has his own TV program called The Mr. Potato Head Show. It was was developed by Dan Clark and Doug Langdale and was televised It aired on Fox TV. Thirteen episodes aired from September 12, 1998 to February 16, 1999.

Mr. Potato Head was a supporting character in the movies. In Disney's Toy Story series: Toy Story 1, 2, 3 and three Toy Story Toons shorts: Hawaiian Vacation, Small Fry, and Partysaurus Rex along with the Halloween special - Toy Story of Terror! and the Christmas special - Toy Story That Time Forgot. The voice of Mr. Potato head was played by comedian Ron Rickles. Mr. Potato Head will appear Toy Story 4, to be released in 2019.

In 2000, the state of Rhode Island used 6' tall Mr. Potato Head statues as their travel ambassadors to boost tourism. Between 37 and 45 statues were placed around the state. Today only a few remain.
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