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    Default Mr. Potato Head Gets Off the Couch. Meet Hasbro's Slimmer Spud

    He may be little more than a massive carbohydrate, but that doesn't mean Mr. Potato Head isn't capable of cutting himself down.

    Of course, the preference for physical fitness doesn't just come from the manufacturers of fashionably toned toys. It's also the mantra of the First Parents themselves. In February 2010, Michelle Obama launched her "Let's Move" campaign to fight the country's epidemic of child obesity. One year later, it's clear that toy companies got the memo.

    Hasbro unveiled a new, noticeably thinner Mr. Potato Head last week during the 2011 International Toy Fair convention in New York City. The tinier tater, named the Active Adventures Mr. Potato Head, has a slimmer body and, for the first time, even wears pants. Mrs. Potato Head has shed a few pounds herself, joining her spouse in his new active lifestyle.

    Hasbro is marketing the change as just a fun "extreme bake-over," but we're wondering whether the cultural pressure to be thin finally got to even these iconic characters of childhood?

    Come fall, when the Active Adventures line of toys hits stores, it seems Mr. Potato Head's figure will morph to match the message. "Obviously there's a culture-approved idea of fitness that is now part of the bigger picture of what that culture says is beautiful," says Washington D.C.-based child psychiatrist Jean M. Thomas. "Mr. Potato Head maybe won't be the same kind of icon as Barbie for slimness but it does add to the cultural pressure of 'slim is better.'"

    But toys that seek to get kids moving are different from those that simply reflect slim figures. "It's part of a trend, but it's a negative trend," says Thomas. "It's silly on one hand, but worrisome that the culture basically has suggested to the toy companies that they should get on the bandwagon and make slim beautiful."

    Putting the Potato Heads on a diet my seem like a trivial matter, but like it or not, kids pay attention. As to how much their formerly rotund torsos may affect children's idea of body image, Thomas says it's parents, not toys who do the real influencing. "It's the parents who are going to say that this Potato Head is better," she says. "That's what will influence the children. Kids are influenced by parents."
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    the other thing that is falling to political correctness is the Easy Bake Oven...when they stop making conventional light bulbs, they will have to retool the Easy Bake.....no light bulb, no heat source.

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    It's a freakin' potato!!
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    I like skinny potatoes



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    Quote Originally Posted by voivod View Post
    [B]As to how much their formerly rotund torsos may affect children's idea of body image, Thomas says it's parents, not toys who do the real influencing. "It's the parents who are going to say that this Potato Head is better," she says. "That's what will influence the children. Kids are influenced by parents."
    I call bullshit on this one. My kids don't care what I think about Pokemon, Bakugon, or any of that stuff. I may influence what they can buy because I have the money, but they have their own ideas on what they like.

    We ALL agree that VH is cool, though. I think I influenced them well in that aspect.
    Nothing to see here.

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    Jesus Fucking Christ.

    It's a toy.

    Ridiculous.
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    kids know what patatoes are shpaed like FFS, we live in scary times when a thin mr patato head is required
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    well, they slimmed down the "Big Boy" mascot a few years ago......didn't remove the Super Big Boy or the hot fudge cake from the menu tho

    so I don't know that anyone thinks of that place as a healthier place to eat

    I don't know what they presume a skinny Mr Potato Head would accomplish?

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    Buying a pack of Magnums didn't make my dick bigger, so I don't know how a thinner Mr. Potato Head is going to make kids skinnier.
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    maybe they should model Mr Potato Head after those trendy fingerling potatoes....they are small and skinny

    Kids would love to play with Mr Fingerling...... right?






    fingerling......just sounds dirty doesn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy Hill View Post
    maybe they should model Mr Potato Head after those trendy fingerling potatoes....they are small and skinny

    Kids would love to play with Mr Fingerling...... right?






    fingerling......just sounds dirty doesn't it?
    lol yes, but I can make most anything sound dirty
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