"Mr. Potatohead hasn't always been plastic? My mind....it is blown. (Unless this is some "my Mr. Potatohead was made out of POTATO, and I walked barefoot in the snow five miles to get him" thing, in which case, carry on.)" —Truculence, on "Equipment: Essential Sushi-Making Gear"
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Mr. Potato Head wasn't always the fat, hollow plastic lump with various accessories that we know him as today. When he was first created by Brooklyn-born toy inventor George Lerner in 1949, Mr. Potato Head was made of a real potato, leading to decades of kids jabbing tubers with plastic body parts. Those were the good old days. Watch this vintage toy commercial after the jump....