Mr. Potato Head
Who would have thought a smiling, anthropomorphic potato would make for the perfect Christmas gift? In the 1940's, toy inventor George Lerner apparently did, which is why he thought to shove body parts into fruits and vegetables to create goofy little people. By 1952, Hasbro was ready to bring Lerner's crazy idea to life and, wouldn't you know, being the first televised children's toy, the response was impressive. During its first holiday, 7 months after its initial release, parents flocked to stores to pick up the toy that their children had been clambering about for months.