Thingmaker

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This memory was added on: May 31, 2011

I grew up on a street with nothing but boys my age to play with. Needless to say I was a tom boy. I had to have a ThingMaker for Christmas! I remember the Creeple Peeple commercial and it's wonderful rhythms while bouncing around to it as I watched sat morning cartoons. I was an entrepreneur at a young age and would make Creeple Peeple and sell them to classmates for a quarter. I loved dressing them up with the funky feathers etc. I had a Creepy Crawler set too. I love the smell of Plasti Goop...I don't remember ever getting a burn, it was tricky business getting the metal handles into the slot. The bats were hot items with Batman being popular on TV. I found a thing maker at a garage sale, haven't plugged it in to test it though... just wanted it for the memories, the box was kind of faunky and busted up...but still has the thing maker and some nice molds...maybe I will get brave and buy some plasti goop on ebay.

I had an incredible edible too, but, oh man, the smell gave me a nauseous headache. I didn't like the tast of them either, yuk... but my friend Jay Tullier down the street loved them so I'd cook them for him. I had that thing that turned the squares into dinosaurs, I thought it was kinda dumb... no creating there.

I have a show n tell tv/record player too.... I just love old toys I had in the past. I have a Hands Down Game, that was a fave game. oh, for the care free days when we were free to play and have fun and now worry about the ecomomy or bills being paid, we didn't realize how good we had it...we wanted to grow up so fast didn't we?

Joan M.
1959


This memory was added on: April 18, 2010

I have four siblings and of all the toys we had, only the thingmaker could bring us all into the same room doing the same activity at once.

I remember how excited we'd be when Mom would come home with more plastigoop or gobbledy goo.

At Target a few years ago, I spotted a modern version of the thingmaker along with bottles of gobbledegook,and just today I saw a knock off of incredible edibles at a craft store (Michaels). Guess I'm not the only one nostalgic for the fantastically dangerous toys of my youth.

Susan S.


This memory was added on: August 18, 2009

The good old Mattel toys of the early '60's, where would we have been without them? Creepy Crawlers was one of my favorites, loved pouring the Plastigoop into the mold and then smelling that burning smell, literally of cooking rubber. My favorite molds were the frog and the skeleton. Later came EEEKS and Creeple People, put those voodoo heads on my pencil tops and then act like nothing was going on while writing and the pencil top bobbing at school just to freak everyone out. Still have my Creepy Crawler set and it works! Love talking with my wonderful wife who's the same age and comparing notes about those good old days! Thanks FeelingRetro!

Gary Melari
1957


This memory was added on: November 26, 2008

This was one of my all-time favorite Christmas presents. I would tie up the one bathroom in our house for hours making those bugs. I loved the sizzle the plates made as you put them in the water to cool them down. I'd take the bugs to school and sell them to finance more Goop purchases. When I saw the new version a couple of years ago in a toy store, I bought one for my nephew. He's getting it for Christmas this year (he's been too young to appreciate it until now). I hope he has as much fun as I did.

Denise


This memory was added on: June 20, 2008

I still have it. The whole Creeple People set. Molds, hair, hotplate, costumes, etc. I just loaned it to a dear friend for her grandkids to use. I love this set. Back before some yahoo decided Americans had lost their ability to use common sense, or think for themselves about safety. We had it good with these toys. Now most things are so idiot proof that no thinking is required. Bummer. I feel a lot of what's out there today as far as this stuff goes, doesn't hold a candle to what we had as kids. Anyway. I love it still, and my kids enjoyed it as well. Finding goop has gotten very difficult however.

Carrol


This memory was added on: May 18, 2008

I loved by creepy crawler maker. I would put them under Mom's covers and pillow and other places she'd come across them. Then, the edible goop came out and I would drop creepy crawlers into mom spaghetti sauces and other such dishes while she was cooking. More than once the pan lids would fly across the kitchen. Needless to say, my hot plate mysteriously disappeared never to be seen again.

Kathryn


This memory was added on: March 19, 2008

Why do mothers find it so important to get rid of all our stuff? Comic books, trading cards.....45's....toys. Box that stuff up mothers, and make space for it somewhere, and yes....take it when you move.....please. Those are better memories than baby shoes and spoons and all that other sappy stuff that they expect you to go nuts over when you start your own family. Give me back my creeple people machine! Now thats something to pass down. Just think....if grandpa would have kept your toys and gave them to you...you would have given them to me and I would be giving them to my kids...if I had kids....and they would sell them on ebay.....aah...well....so If you could have kept the 57 chevy ...that would have been good.

The only toy I really remember having and enjoying...was the creepy crawlers and most especially.....the creeple people maker. I remember the exciting part when you picked up the hot mold tray and placed it in the water to cool it....waiting for the steam to clear so you could see your creation and prepare for its arrival into the collection. ....good times. I went to school with heads and feet on all my pencils. I remember removing the feet when I used the pencil but letting the head stay on for the ride. I remember using the little rings that would hold the two half's of the heads together after the pencil was in place. The struggle was all mine. The rewards were spectacular...heads arms and feet. Many. ..each one special...yet... Where are they now? I know I didn't throw them out. ...MoM!# Consequently I now throw nothing out. Ugh.

Dusty


This memory was added on: March 19, 2008

Wow! What a flash back. I remember this toy, it was my favorite. I think I was 8 or 9 years old at the time. I only played with it for a short time, due to a flood we had in the basement , it must have been thrown out with the damaged items from the flood. I remember the bottles of Goop, they were so cool, I even remember the smell of the Goop. They don’t make toys like this anymore.

Jerry
1962


This memory was added on: March 10, 2008

Great Toy! Right up there with the chemistry sets and biology/microscope kits we used to be able to get with things I'm sure they wouldn't dream of putting in now. The best with the creepy crawlers was the colours you could make the spiders and snakes. Pour some in - cook - pour in a different colour - cook. Hours of fun, then hang them up all over the house! Would love to get a kit now....and I would have no problem at all teaching my kids how to use it.

George
1959


This memory was added on: January 23, 2008

Good God, I remember this toy - it was one of my favorites! My uncle was only a couple of years older than me, and we'd spend hours making things, mixing the goop colors, etc. What amazes me more than anything is that we were CHILDREN (about 7-8 years old) playing (totally unsupervised) with metal hot plates that needed to be plugged in. And no warnings of any kind. Then again, I didn't even own a bike helmet until I was 40 years old. Man, we were tough. Kids today are wimps.

Tracy


This memory was added on: November 18, 2007

I'm 45 years old now and I find it hard to believe that little kids - I must've been 6 or 7 - were encouraged to play with the hot plates!! But despite the obvious danger, I had lots of fun with my fun flowers and my brother enjoyed his creepy crawlers. I remember he had a superman mold complete with a cape and coordinating blue liquid for the body and red liquid for the cape! It is one of the few toys I actually had as a child and I remember it well. Well, that and my baby drowsy doll! I'd love to have either one today...


Rick


This memory was added on: November 18, 2007

While going down the isle of an old toy store in my area, I came across the kit. Wow, what excuse could I use to but this thing. I remember the late 60's when I had mine and LOVED it. Made bugs like crazy. Well, for 9.99 I bought the roughed up box, hoping everything was in there. Invited my nephews and nieces over and we (more like I) went on to have ad awesome time. It was as incredible as when I was a kid. Now the kids want more molds, goop etc! Luckily I have been able to find some old molds on ebay and happy to see they are selling goop again. What a great memory. On a similar topic, does anyone remember a toy from back then where you out a little square (like the size of a starburst) into a dome like thing that heated up and then the square morphed or expanded into like a dinosaur? Am I nuts?

Anyway, I am hooked and now to search for "Shaker Makers"!


Steve in Philadelphia


This memory was added on: September 25, 2007

I Love Creepy Crawlers. I Remember the smell I used to go over to my Friend's House after school I am looking 4. 2. Creepy crawlers molds. maybe some 1 haze some creepy crawlers molds in there closet or in there attic?


PAUL
1959


This memory was added on: May 13, 2007

Creepy Crawlers Thingmaker was one of my prime motivations for halloween decorating. My parents let me clear out the garage as much as possible for a grand open space to set up a stage like scenario. I humg paper skeletons, with rope nooses, and postioned huge cut out figures on a large drape. In the center I covered chairs and open ladders with more drapery, and set decorations on those. The many Creepy Crawlers I made I strung along the open garage door all hanging from one end to the other! Like they were all crawling down on strings. In the background (this is so yesterday), I would play the Disneyland Recording of "Chilling Thrilling Sounds Of The Haunted House", and small lamps were positioned to give the scene lots of dramatic shadows. I did this for several years, when I was real young and growing up. A lot of the neighbors and passerby's for halloween loved it. My favorite Creepy Crawler bugs were the giant tarantula, putting the plastic wings on the dragonfly, making the snakes, the small bugs, and inserting fastening pins into mold of baking bugs during the soft process to make bug pins for t-shirts. I still liked the big tarantula best, especially pitch black!!! Great fun, and the newer version like gizmo uses lightbulb for heat. I had the process of using warm plate, placing hot molds in cool trays, and then on paper towels like a factory.


ROBERT
august 10, 1956


This memory was added on: May 4, 2007

I remember the "Incredible Edibles" and the fighting man version as well - complete with wire that had to be inserted before cooking. The wire allowed you to pose and bend the figure.

We also took to melting crayons in the heating element for "candles." Dangerous but huge fun to boot!


Curt
1958


This memory was added on: May 2, 2007

We were the envy of all the other kids on the block. My uncle worked in plastics & since goop was so expensive, he & his coworkers experimented & created their own. We had GALLONS of it in odd & unusual colors that lasted forever. Needeless to say, all of the neighbor kids knew where to come & play. Besides Creepy Crawlers & Flower Power, we also had a set where you casted your own set of "paper" dolls. My favorite was the nurse uniform.


Roxanne
1962



This memory was added on: April 12, 2007

I just got an old Creeple Peeple set off of eBay, and OH MY! That smell hit me first thing.

*SIGH*

I got my first set, Creepy Crawlers for Christmas when I was 6. SIX! Using a heating device. My brother was 8 years older and mom made him help me. I made him hold some completed crawlers in the Christmas pics that year, heh heh.


Julie
1960


This memory was added on: March 16, 2007

I remember the edible ones! I can still smell them. They didn't taste "good" but were fun to eat! Those were the days!


Jenny
1962



This memory was added on: March 6, 2007

I have a 6yr old grandson living with me now. We just pulled out of the basement the creepy crawler oven. I did not think the goop would still work after about 15yrs of being around. Well it did and I will be going out to buy new goop that I have found at Meijer Stores. My kids had fun with this and now my grandson will have just as much fun with it too.


Chris
1961


This memory was added on: February 13, 2007

This was my absolute favorite toy! I don't remember ever burning my fingers... but oh do I remember that unique smell of burning goo! :-) What a delight. When the incredible edibles came out, I had lots of fun grossing out the girls at school by eating "bugs" etc. Great memories!




J
1956


This memory was added on: February 11, 2007

FunFlowers... YES.. how I remember these... I think i had "two" of the hotplates/Thingmakers ... a myriad of molds.. Had the creepy crawlers too but didnt like those as well as the flowers.. and DID YOU KNOW? The Plasti-Goop STAINS !!! yes.. rugs and hardwood floors... if you weren't careful...(BUT WE WERE CAREUL!) the stuff stained like CRAZY....Yet I was still allowed to play with it.(unsupervised) with my friend Linda and cousin Barbie in my "playroom".. It's a wonder we made it out alive.. between this and the Minibikes and other assorted danger toys...We never broke a bone nor did the house burn down!!


Mary
1959


This memory was added on: February 4, 2007

One of my absolute favorite childhood toys. Besides the Creepy Crawlers, I also had Fun Flowers and a set features all the Peanuts characters.

A year or two later I got an Incredible Edibles set, but it never was as much fun as the non-edible variety. (And besides, the edible creations didn't taste that great anyway.)




Robin
1959


This memory was added on: February 1, 2007

GROWING UP WITH THE CREEPY CRAWLERS WAS LIKE HEAVEN, MY BROTHER AND I ALWAYS PLAYED WITH THE THINGMAKER FOR HOURS AND HOURS FIRST I HAD THE BUG THINGMAKER THEN I BOUGHT THE MACHINE THAT MADE HEADS. I ALSO REMEMBER GOING SHOPPING AT KORVETTES WITH MY FAMILY AND LOKKING FOR THE GLOOP WHEN WE FOUND THE GLOOP WE COULD NOT MAKE UP OUR MIND WHICH COLOR TO GET THEY HAD SO MANY TO CHOICE FROM. WHEN THE MACHINE ONE DAY WOULDNT GET HOT I VERY SAD . I LOVER THOSE TIMES.


KEITH STRASSER
1958


This memory was added on: January 30, 2007

I remember being so ecstatic about getting a Fright Factory Thingmaker set for Christmas that I got up at 3:30 that morning and ripped opened that present. I knew exactly which one it was by the size and shape. I then proceded to immediately start making the shrunken head. If you remember this was on of the larger molds so consiquently it took quite a bit longer to heat up and cure. As the goop was cooking and setting up, I fell back asleep at the kitchen counter. Well my Father woke up around 4:30 to the smell of burning Plasti-goop and Formica. We didn't have smoke alarms in those days just screaming parents. The kitchen counter survived with just a large burnt bubble and I wasted alot of goop on a useless Shrunken head. Those molds were hard to clean once they were charred like that. I love all the thingmaker sets, so much so that I puchased them all again off of ebay. This time I stayed awake thru the whole process.


Richard B
1956


This memory was added on: January 1, 2007

I will never forget the wonderful smell of creepy crawlers cooking...we had hours of fun playing with this thing. I loved making all of the bugs...I remember how sometimes it was not so easy to get them out of the mold...and you would break off a leg or other important body part. If they did not cook long enough they would stay sticky...ick...and if you spilled the goop on the Styrofoam container...it melted the Styrofoam...very cool to watch...I would love to have been able to introduce my kids and grandson to the original set...what a great way to learn that hot things will leave burns on your fingers...and spilled goop...is VERY hard to clean out of shag carpet...I have seen it said on here...and I agree...what a wonderful time it was to grow up in the 60's...we had the best toys and best TV shows...and safe neighborhoods to play in...love this site!...THANKS


Wendy
1955


This memory was added on: December 27, 2006

This is by far probably one of the biggest classics of which I have many fond memories of playing with my older brother. I loved the way the goop smelled when it was cooking and all the bugs we made. Then carefully exuming the plastic bugs from there molds being careful not to dismember the legs of the spiders, cockroaches. I had plastic sandwhich bags full of em. Then I recall takin them to school and chasing all the girls around the classroom with the bugs, putting them down there shirts and watching the girls scream and squall. Those were the days the teacher could still hit kids in school. I got my fanny warmed by the teacher and sent to the corner but it was worth the ruckus I caused. I was an absolute terrror, h**l raiser as a youngin.

Does anybody remember the "edible" version. They all tasted the same even though they were different flavors and colors.

How in the world all us youngins survived with all the dangerous toys of the time is beyond me but we did. It's a shame the era we grew up is gone forever with all the wonderful toys we had.


JD
1963