Squirmles toy Share your own memories of this toy

This memory was added on: May 3, 2009

I absolutely adore my Squirmle!!! They still have the same name. My brother’s died due to the cat but he had an orange one and he just bought it a couple weeks ago. I have a purple one and my friend is getting a pink one next time she goes to Wal-Mart. That’s where I bought mine….. It’s awesome!!!!! My cat also wants one though but I don’t think its to play with!!!!


This memory was added on: January 27, 2009

Squirmles are still being marketed but I think under a different name. My kids (11 and 7) could not understand why I would not let them purchase this amazing "pet" from The Great Wolf Lodge Gift Shop during our last vacation. Oh, if I could only have conveyed the disappointment I experienced at their age...

Rita B

This memory was added on: May 18, 2008

I wanted one of these little pets so bad. On TV it was magic and I was in love. I bought one from a vending machine at Hum Dinger when I was about 7. Within minutes I accepted that I'd been lied to and had willingly given my 50 cents to the liars. I heartbroken for a day or two then I decided I would get as good at making it look alive as the guy on TV did. I never got that good at it.

- Craig

This memory was added on: June 3, 2007

as a kid of 10 or 12, i suffered my first rip-off experience as a result of a great ad campaign for this below-average product marketed at a premium price. while its true that the commercial made it look really neat and work like magic, it was hokey all around. the stick-on eyes fell off within the first hour and the frizz fell out by the end of the first week. very disappointing.


This memory was added on: April 12, 2007

I remember begging my mom for one of these.There was also one called Pet Ghost that worked off the same principle,and came in a cardboard haunted house.Great memories!


This memory was added on: March 29, 2007

I can't believe I finally found this toy on this website! I have had thoughts of my little furry friend since I was in the second grade in the 70's but couldn't remember what it was. I was scarred for life when I put him in my pocket and after recess when I pulled him out he flew into the air in a million tiny fuzzy pieces - I cried and cried. I used to dance around to Dancing Queen by ABBA with my squirmles! I am going to have to find one for my babies (and me)! Thanks for ending a 30 year question of the name of this toy!


This memory was added on: March 29, 2007

You know, I have seen them in dollar stores. I was amazed, since I saw it at a home show for much more, and I thought there was much more to it because the guy who made it work was amazing! I bought an orange one, (it unraveled) and meant to get another one but never did. Now I want to try making one that somewhat works. Anybody know how?


This memory was added on: March 23, 2007

In my attempts to be saavy with the operation of the Squirmle, I always ended up getting the string tied in knots around Squirmle's body. This made Squirmle even harder to operate. When it was all said in done Squirmles was in the trash and I had a cut on my finger from the fishing wire. A complex situation indeed.

Stephanie Andres

This memory was added on: March 22, 2007

I was just at the Mall of America, and a toy store had a TV running with all the tricks that this cute little worm could do. I asked the clerk if she had a display worm I could see and she said no,and that they are on an invisible string. I told her I had the same thing as a kid and I loved it! And so did she but neither of us could remember the name. I'm so glad I found this web site. I was a little sticker shocked ($4.99) but might have to get some for my kids' Easter baskets.


This memory was added on: March 13, 2007

I got my squirmles out of a dime maching at the Giant supermarket when I was 6. I just now realized that's where his "name" came from... I thought I'd just named him that! Anyway, somehow he found his way onto the Christmas tree, and he's been there ever since. Every year, he gets packed up, and every year he gets wrapped around a branch. Squirmles: A christmad Tradition.

Laura H

This memory was added on: February 3, 2007

I remember the gumball machine version. My mother would take me to the supermarket before dropping me of at school when I was five. You never knew what you were getting when you put your quater in but I remember seeing the little fuzzy worm burried in there wih all the plastic rings and fake tattoos. To me it was like gold, the ultimate gumball treasure but it seemed so far out of reach. I had a hard time believing that I could ever have one of the magic worms because only the really special and lucky kids got them. But I would always hope try. Then the day came, much to my horror and amazement that the little green critter came rolling out. I was thrilled, but still could not believe it. I put the plastic case in my coat pocket and my mother took me to school. When I got to the top of the stairs going into my kindergarten it fell out of my pocket and into the gutter in the parking lot below, where I could see it but could not reach it. I looked down on my green friend that I had never even taken out its case, very sad and disapointed. It was the most valuble lesson I would ever learn.


This memory was added on: February 2, 2007

I had a squirmel that was blue and i loved him like he was my own brother. But he got cancer and he started losing his hair.He died the 2nd day i got him.But they are really fun and i got mine at the stockshow.I have about 20 of them now.You should buy a lot of them.Oh yeah his name was Wilie.I loved him.

This memory was added on: January 28, 2007

I mastered this toy sort of. I had the invisible string hooked to my shirt button and out to my arm to give the allusion squirmy was moving.


This memory was added on: January 26, 2007

i had a real squirmel and many fake ones from the gum ball machines... i kept them in a decorated egg crate and one day my mom just threw them away (she is a weird woman). my sister and i remember them as frizzlies, so its been years since ive been able to find them on the web!!


This memory was added on: January 10, 2007

I have recently noticed items similiar to these in the JoAnn's Super Store. They were in with the kid's craft stuff and I think they were referred to as wiggle worms or something like that. Hope you can find them.


This memory was added on: January 5, 2007

My greatest memory of my Squirmle was that my cat ate it. She didn't seem to suffer any side effects and lived for years afterwards!


This memory was added on: January 5, 2007

I loved the squimies too! They were not to expensive and great little furry friends. I just recently saw one in a toy store going for $4.00. I couldn't believe it, back in the 70's we could get them with some change. Even the gumball machines would have smaller versions in them that you could buy for a quarter.


This memory was added on: January 2, 2007

We bought one for my 6 year old son who DID get it wet. Guess what? it did not fall apart! Now he wants to make dozens for his upcoming Bug Birthday Party. I imagine this pipecleaner stuff comes on a spool, but I can't figure out what terms to search for. any ideas?


This memory was added on: November 1, 2006

There was some story on UK TV, some consumer program which said that Squirmles were a rip off because if you get them wet, they fall apart.

At the time, I thought this was pretty stupid - after all, why would you get it wet?

As a result I spent hard earned pocket money on one (well....pocket money, anyway), and subsequently got it wet and it fell apart.

Ho hum.


This memory was added on: October 25, 2006

Okay, I LOVED my squirmel. As children of the 70's, my best friend and I would rush home after school, put the Bee Gees album on and "dance" with our squirmels. We weren't into mastering the squirmel "tricks", but into JiveTalkin, Stayin Alive, and How Deep is Your Love dancin' with our squirmels. Now that I look back I think Robin and Maurice Gibb kinda looked like squirmels, not so much Barry.


This memory was added on: July 12, 2006

i jsut got one adn i'm 12 and a half and i love it and i was wondering is there any cool tricks you guys remember i can do the cup one and throw my finger but nothing else i love this toy so nice and fuzzy i don't want to leave it


This memory was added on: June 22, 2006

I had an orange squirmles just like the one in the picture. I was like five or six when I got it and I couldn't make it do all the cool tricks that it did in the commercial but I still liked it. I remember really pestering my mother to get me this thing. I also remember that I left it next to the sink in the bathroom one time and a friend of mine got it wet when he was washing his hands. It looked all shriveled up and one of the eyes fell off. I was really upset and my friend wouldn't confess to the crime. I still remember seeing it there next to the blue sink in my bathroom in a little puddle with one eye missing. Boy was I upset.

David Sandholm