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31 Monster Toys #2: Strange Change Machine – Hooded Skullkaronamus

October 2nd, 2013

One of my favorite childhood toys was Mattel’s Strange Change Machine. I’m pretty sure that I had two of them, the second one a replacement for a burnt out original.

The “machine” itself was essentially a hot plate covered with a plastic dome. It came with plastic squares which, when heated upon the metal grill, unfolded into various dinosaurs, insects and monsters. And this transformation wasn’t a one-time thing, either. You could reheat your critters and squash them back into wafers with the built-in press.

As with many toys from that era, I lost or sold most of the pieces over the years, but managed to keep a representative sample. According to the packaging, this weird, membranous cyclops was dubbed a “Hooded Skullkaronamus.” Surprisingly, I never turned it into a monster for my Dungeons & Dragons campaign.

 

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