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Hasbro Is Replacing Mr. Potato Head With A ‘Mr. Avo Head’ Figurine

This post is about an April Fool’s joke, don’t worry, Mr. Potato Head is sticking around!

Photo courtesy of Hasbro

The Mr. Potato Head you know and love is a thing of the past.

If you’ve ever taken a stroll down the toy aisle, you know Mr. Potato Head. The customizable spud was first distributed by Hasbro in 1952, and he’s been a star ever since, appearing as a major character in the Toy Story franchise and sparking our love for cooking back in the old days.

Now, Hasbro has said it’s retiring Mr. Potato Head in favor of someone new to take his place. But who could fill those big blue shoes?

Your Kid’s New Best Friend

Mr. Avo Head is taking over as the trendiest toy your kids won’t be able to put down. He’s got all the fun features of the classic Mr. Potato Head with half the carbs. Mr. Avo Head completes the hipster look with a beard, some revamped kicks, wide-frame glasses and to (literally) top it all off, the trademark millennial man bun.

Mr. Avo Head is also environmentally conscious and eats healthy, but not without posting it all for the viewing pleasure of his massive Instagram following. Here are some of the best foodie Instas that will make you want to eat your phone.

Photo courtesy of Hasbro

Photo courtesy of Hasbro
Photo courtesy of Hasbro

Why the New Face?

Hasbro says it’s revolutionizing the way we play with our food. You probably know by now Mr. Avo Head is an avocado, the flagship fruit (seriously, it’s a fruit) of the new generation.

The millennial trend that began with avocado toast has finally reached the toy aisle, but why? Hasbro says it’s because they’re looking to keep up with the kids cutting carbs and eating more “friendly fats.”

This is how to tell if an avocado is ripe.

Where to Find Mr. Avo Head

Mr. Avo Head is the friendliest fat of all and, according to Hasbro, he’ll be rolling into stores on April 31. You can find him chilling out in the vegan section of your favorite supermarket. If you’re lucky enough to catch him, we hear he makes some pretty mean guac.

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Article by Laurie Dixon for Taste of Home. View the original article here.


A Gender-Neutral Easy-Bake Oven – Because Pink is Yucky

McKenna Pope, a 13-year-old girl from Garfield, Rhode Island is petitioning for a gender-neutral Easy-Bake Oven — a cause she was inspired to pursue when she sought to purchase one for her 4-year-old brother and realized the Hasbro product only came in purple and pink.

Chefs including Manuel Trevino of TV’s “Top Chef” and Michael Lomonaco of Porterhouse New York are featured in a YouTube video posted Tuesday applauding McKenna Pope’s online petition. (See below)

Thinking McKenna’s cause through for a second gives me pause. What are the implications of catering to 4-year-old boys in our efforts to fight gender stereotypes?

Chef Joshua Whigham of The Bazaar by Jose Andres voices his support in the video, and makes my whole argument for me. He pats little McKenna on the back in her fight against big, bad Hasbro and has some ideas for new Easy-Bake Oven color selections: steel, black, or “something really cool” – which sounds like a Derek Zoolander product pitch and is a much funnier read in his voice.

If Hasbro were to release a more masculine looking variation of their classic home cooking toy (such as my above concept art), they would be treating the symptom and not the problem. Young Gavyn Pope doesn’t avoid his sister’s Easy-Bake Oven because of some inherent evil of the color pink, he’s just been trained to associate pink with femininity as part of the larger societal prescription that divides labor, culture, and leisure along gender lines in the name of subjugating anyone who is not a white male.

Later in the video, Spencer Rubin of New York’s Melt Shop, makes a case for an “Easy-Bake for dudes” but also talks about the (presumably pink) EBO of his childhood that he loved to death. Did his pink toy turn him into a woman or stop him from making delicious sounding sandwiches like “The Dirty” with pepper jack and muenster with caramelized onions, pickled jalapeños, sliced tomato, and crunchy potato chips? It doesn’t appear so.

Because it’s 2012, McKenna and Gavyn’s campaign has its own hashtag: #EveryoneCanCook. While I agree with that basic principle (thank you Remy the rat), might I suggest a new one for the boys of America:


Is that 160 characters or less?

via HuffPo