Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011


Released in 1969, Romper Room's Weebles joined Fisher-Price's Little People in the race for best tiny plastic folks. With cute, egg-shaped bodies and an unshakable sense of balance — "Weebles wobble, but they don't fall down" — the figures were designed as a family: Dad, Mom, brother, sister, baby and, of course, even a dog. Their bright colors and constant movement attracted younger children, and all that swaying seemed to have a calming, mesmerizing effect. Coincidence? No way.