Odd Ogg

When I was 5 years old my favorite toy was an odd thing that was aptly named Odd Ogg. I can pinpoint my age at the time that I had it because I can still remember taking it to kindergarten for show and tell. For some reason I’ve been thinking about this toy today and, thanks to the internet, I found some images of the thing. This is pretty much how I remembered it:

odd ogg 1

I didn’t remember how it could look like it could have been a member of KISS (but without the makeup):

odd ogg 2

According to Wikipedia:

Odd Ogg was a toy of the 1960s that was produced by the Ideal Toy Company. The ODD OGG was a half turtle and half frog and resembled a robotic version of this unique combination. Ideal Toy Company manufactured the ODD OGG in 1962. While ODD OGG might not be as popular as other toys produced by Ideal, such as Kissy doll, Tammy doll, or even the Magic 8-ball, it is remembered by many Baby Boomers to this day.

The ODD OGG came with four plastic balls and the objective was for the child to roll them directly into ODD OGG’s center. If a child succeeded in doing this, the toy would roll towards them. If a child failed to correctly roll the ball into the underbelly of ODD OGG, then the toy would stick out its tongue and move backwards.

Even more detailed info about Odd Ogg can be found here.

I even managed to find some video of Odd Ogg:

My Odd Ogg went to Toy Heaven probably around 50 years ago but I still have fond memories of playing with it….thank you Internet for bringing some of those memories back. 🙂

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