This memory was added on: November 7, 2009
I was probably 4 when a babysitter took me to a craft type store and said she would buy me anything I wanted. Well imagine the look on her face when a little curly haired girl like me walked up to her with the head shrinking kit. She wouldn't get it for me! So I ended up painting some ceramic crap she thought was more appropriate. I still want to make one of these! I plan on watching in Nat. Geo. Special this month to learn how! I hope a have a crazy little kid like me someday:)
This memory was added on: January 27, 2009
I finally convinced my mother I was old enough to play with this set and we brought one home. In the midst of peeling the first apple, I cut myself so badly, I needed stitches! Needless to say, I never say the kit again and will never know the sick pleasure of creating a shrunken head!
This memory was added on: March 19, 2008
Man, do I remember this one! Back then, every Saturday night we sat around and watched Creature Features (with host Bob Wilkenson)...and many of those old horror shows stared, who else, Vincent Price.
Needless to say that to have the ability to make my own shrunken heads with the help of Vincent Price was just too good to pass up! It was a chore though, pinning those templates onto a freshly peeled apple; but the results were tremendous!
This memory was added on: March 22, 2007
I remember making many a shrunken head with this! I'll never forget the smell of the shrunken head when it was finally finished!
This memory was added on: March 18, 2007
Oh wow, I hadn't thought of these in years! I remember having one. What great memories!
This memory was added on: December 27, 2006
I done forgot about many of the toys we as yougins grew up with. We had just about every toy made in the 1960's and 70's. One thing our folk bestowed upon us each Christmas. As though Santa done came and puked toys all under the Christmas tree. I completely forgot about Shrunken Head Apple Sculpture. I remember hanging it above a lightbulb on the special hanger and watching the creepy shape take place. We had alot of fun with this toy. I reckon I was bout 10 years old when I got Shrunken Head.
This memory was added on: November 2, 2006
This was far and away the most importand toy/activity of me childhood. My nick name in school was shrinky because I always had a shrunken head apple on the end of my pencil. I used to get comissioned by the other kids to make them one for a trade, I forget what I got in return. My mother would yell at me to turn off the lamp I was using for drying (she said it cost too much for electricity) so I learned that if you left the heads on the window sill for a month they would shrink just the same. Great Great toy, I miss it just thinking about it.
This memory was added on: September 14, 2006
I received this for Christmas when I was 8 or 10. I promptly converted by bedroom lamp into a drying station and spent the next few years converting apples into shrunken heads. Biggest mistake I ever made was throwing the kit away when I was about 18.
This memory was added on: August 8, 2006
I got this toy for Christmas when I was 10 years old. I loved it and so did my sister. For years I've been telling my wife about my favorite/most memorable toy. Well, I finally found and bought one on e-bay here in 2006. It's still cool. I called my sister and said "I got a toy from when I was 10 and we bother loved it, it was the best". She immediately guessed "The Srunken Head Apple thing!". I've now made on and my 40 year old peers grin and patronize me. So much the better, it only adds to my enjoyment.
This memory was added on: August 2, 2006
First of all, it had Vincent Price on the cover and in the television spots. That alone made it cool. Second, this allowed anyone to become a voodoo witch doctor (at least insofar as a typical American kid's voodoo education courtesy of Scooby Doo and Bugs Bunny). I remember it took longer than my rapidly vanishing attention span could comfortably handle, and it was my brother's kit so he always had final say on what parts I was allowed to use. But if I can find a new kit I'll buy one soon so my daughters and I can get started in time for Halloween.
This memory was added on: May 31, 2006
I gotta admit this was one of my favorite presents. Nothing says Christmas to a kid like receiving a present that includes a very sharp knife and involves a hot light bulb! LOL Sure, it might have been a little unsafe by today's standards, but at least it fostered a bit of creativity. Most of today's kids that play video games for hours on end seem to lack that same creativity.
This memory was added on: May 17, 2006
I loved this toy! It was my all time favorite-I want to share the time honored skill with my two girls.
This memory was added on: January 27, 2006
I still make these I will be reposting them on e-bay for guys who like to have them hanging from the rearview mirror of their muscle car. So look for them if you want one.
This memory was added on: December 22, 2005
The shrunken head apple sculpture, like mr. potato, was one of my dreams. I'd have killed to have such a toy. But I lived in a poor country of Italy and I had no money. I remember that my best toy was a little knife. Rob, sardinia, 1964
This memory was added on: December 17, 2005
I actually still have these haunting around here. This was another one of those games handed down to Me from a relative, who knew I would appreciate it. And just having Vincent Price endorse it was enough for Me, and considering that it turned out to be quite an amusing game was all the better!