Wacky Wall Walker

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Submitted by jack December 20th, 2009

These were originally from Japan, but it was bought to the U.S. and made famous here by Ken Hakuta (AKA Dr. Fad). It looked like an octopus, and was very sticky to touch. If you threw these at the walls they would slowly work their way down by sticking to it, hence the name. It is such a cheap toy, but Dr. Fad became very wealthy by promoting and selling these in the United States. This particular one came from a box of Kellog’s cereal, but they were sold in toy stores as well. Just about ever kid in the 80s had one of these. According to Dr. Fad himself over 240 million of these things were sold.

3 Responses to “Wacky Wall Walker”

  1. Allee Willis

    Allee Willis

    When I first looked at this it didn’t look familiar but as soon as you said that you threw them at the wall and they slowly worked their way down I think I was obsessed with these. I had a few red ones and would just heave them all at the wall and film them slithering down and try to do all kinds of special effects with them so it looked like red licorice rain. I was on such overload doing so many songs, sculptures, paintings and sets in the ’80s, my brain had been reduced to this.

  2. windupkitty

    windupkitty

    oh man! my little sister and i went nuts for these!!!! wow! you still have one in the package…that’s way too cool…..like nessa said, yep, instant pet hair magnets and they’d lose their stick immediately, but we loved them…..