Tuesday, February 10, 2015
At Flashbak: You’ll Burn Your Fingers! Remembering Mattel’s Strange Change Toy
My latest article at Flashbak remembers the great (but finger-scalding...) toy: The Strange Change Machine (Mattel; 1967).
Here's a snippet and the url: (http://flashbak.com/youll-burn-your-fingers-remembering-mattels-strange-change-toy-1967-30791/ )
"File this one under great toys that kids of the twenty-first century would nver be permitted to play with.
Because Mattel’s Strange Change Toy Featuring the Lost World (1967) is, essentially, a hot plate.
Here, a child at play takes tiny square “capsules” and deposits them on the hote plate (preferably with tweezers) as it grows hot.
After a while, the heat makes the capsules unfold into the forms of strange monsters and creatures.
Then, after the shapes have formed, you put the monsters in a “compression chamber” (really a vise, operated by a wheel) and squeeze them back into their tiny capsule form.
Not as fun as Minecraft you say?
Well, I grew up with this toy, though it arrived on the market a few years before I was born. Still, my sister and I spent many hours burning our fingers while trying to help the capsules form into giant ants, or dangerous dinosaurs...."