One of the biggest toy fads of the Swingin' Sixties was THE THINGMAKER from Mattel. The THINGMAKER was sold as "The toy that MAKES toys!" The ad below was a staple in comics of the time...
In a pioneering example of product placement, the THINGMAKER even made its way into this "Billy" filler cartoon, drawn by Henry Boltinoff.
So what exactly could be made with the THINGMAKER?
Well... there was CREEPLE PEOPLE!
and my favorite, MINI-DRAGONS!
Here's how it works. You get a kit with metal templates, plus various colors of "Plastigoop," a liquid that bakes into a rubbery substance.
Here's a look at the metal templates from the "MINI-DRAGONS" kit.
The metal plates as seen in the kit's instructions...
A group of finished Mini-Dragons, created by Nick Zervos.
Mattel even offered every THINGMAKER kit in a huge, combination mega-kit they called "Every Thingmaker."
The product eventually discovered licensing, and made plates featuring Superman, Batman, Green Hornet, and other heavily-merchandised characters.
The Superman THINGMAKER mini-kit!
The Batman THINGMAKER mini-kit!
Back of the Batman THINGMAKER mini-kit!
And last but not least...
The Green Hornet THINGMAKER mini-kit!
This concludes our look at Mattel's THINGMAKER!
A LITTLE movie packed with vintage comic books!
How many will YOU be able to identify?