Weebles Wobble but they don't fall down!

A history of the Weebles

The first Weebles toys appeared in shops in the early seventies as a kind of follow-on from the Punching Clown from the Romper Room TV series (a franchised US kids show from 1953). Weebles are actually meant to be miniature versions of those bop-bag punching things. Hasbro acquired Romper Room Inc. in 1969 and it wasn't long before the Weebles were born.

In the UK Airfix made Weebles called Romper Room and they looked different to the US version (see the Weeble in the header image). They had scary moulded faces with holes for eyes - guaranteed to terrify any child.

The very earliest Weebles were altogether different from the type that can be bought today. They were shorter and fatter with peelable stickers which were surface mounted and easily scratched. Less than a year on a new generation of Weeble was launched with improved stickers which were no longer peelable.

The original line-up comprised the father who wore a red shirt or a blue sweater, a blond mother with a green dress a little boy wearing blue jeans and a white t-shirt, a red-haired little girl wearing green trousers a pink baby holding a blue balloon and a brown dog.

A few years later the Weebles treehouse and cottage were produced and before long the Weebles had gained significantly in popularity and a whole range of other vehicles and accessories were being produced.

The vehicles included a police van, firebrigade truck (rare), boat (the S.S. Lilleput) an aeroplane and airport, a submarine with a diver Weeble and a dairy truck (rare). Other accessories were available including a pic-nic set with pic-nic table (food printed on top) a playground set which included swings slides and roundabout, pop-up camper, a train, a harbour with lots of boats, the well remembered haunted house (with scared girl, boy, witch and glow-in-the-dark ghost), a blimp (with pilot), circus (with Wobbles the clown, Gina the trapeeze artist, and Bert the Ringmaster), a swimming pool, and a race-track (with numbered Weebles).

Disney got in on the act and licensed the production of various Disney themed Weebles sets including the Magic Kingdom set, the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse set, a Winnie the Pooh treehouse, a Winnie the Pooh cottage, and a Winnie the Pooh circus. The actual Disney Weebles characters include Mickey Mouse, Billy and Karen the Mouseketeers, Donald Duck, Goofy (in two forms), Pooh, Tigger, and Christopher Robin.

A range of other Weebles lines emerged including a Treasure Island set which included pirate Weebles and a pirate ship and another treehouse set but this time for Tarzan and his ape friend. There was also a wild west Weeble set called The Weeble West Ranch, which included a stern Train, the Wagonmaster, and Indian Wigwam sets. The wagonmaster is larger than the cowboy girl and boy and Indian girl and boy from these sets.

Other themed Weebles sets included the holiday sets which were produced in carded sets of two. For Christmas you got Santa and Rudolph and for Easter there was a bunny rabbit and a chick dressed in their Sunday best. On halloween you had a glow-in-the-dark ghost in his purple ghost van (because ghosts drive vans don't you know), or you could get a superhero SuperWeeble whose back was opaque so that when turned he would become an ice-cream truck driver to conceal his superhero identity! The SuperWeeble came with an ice-cream truck and his enemy was a dodgy character called Mr. Trouble, who carried a bomb in his back pocket. Other carded sets included The Flintstones family and Raggedy Ann and Andy.

In 1978 a new variation of the Weeble was born - the Tumblin' Weebles. These were slightly different in that instead of having a fixed weight in their bottom, they had a free weight which could move up in to their head when tipped and resulted them in rolling around like a jumping bean. There were a few other sets produced for the Tumblin' Weebles including a fun house.

In the early 80's a range of Sesame Street characters appeared as Weebles including Big Bird and his aeroplane, Ernie and his helicopter, the Cookie Monster and his Sailboat, Bert and his convertible, and Oscar the Grouch. There was also a Sesame Street playground available for them.

A range of other Weebles merchandise has also been produced including puzzles, a big bop-bag, and even jewellery so that you could wear a charm necklace of your favorite Weeble to school!

Today Weebles are still being made under Hasbro's Playskool brand and come in an even wider range of characters including many animals.

The original Weebles remain collectable however and are well worth hanging on to if you still have them.

Weebles trivia

The 70's TV adverts and other advertising for Weebles featured the catchy and lasting phrase "Weebles wobble but they don't fall down!", a phrase which has been reused as a lyric by a band called Lawnmower Deth in their song of the same name!

The name Weebles is also used as a derogatory name for the Ole Miss athletic teams (University of Mississippi).

Sources

  • Wikipedia
  • DoYouRemember
  • BigRedToyBox
  • Sunday Mirror

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Visitor Comments

FLM said:
Great site, I used to love weebles.

Thursday July 17, 2008, 11:04 AM

Michael said:
My daughter's are now playing with the same weebles my wife had when she was little!

Friday July 18, 2008, 03:33 PM

Natasha said:
I am 11 Years old and never Know what weebles were untill 14th august when i read the home page i was fasanated with some of the thing, my dad was the first peson to tell me about them he said if i find thing about them he would give me his weebles from his child hood and now he is 39 nine same as my mum who i will ask her if she had any because she was groved in the 60s and 70s. Anyway please send me things about the weebles to tttash08@hotmail.com THANK FOR YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT THIS WEB PAGE IS GREAT........................... !!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday August 14, 2008, 06:07 PM

Paula said:
I have a Weebles Wobble Fun House that my girls played with. Now their children play with it when they visit. It has a lot of wear and tear, but they still enjoy the toy.

Tuesday September 2, 2008, 11:55 AM

mark preston was mark wood said:
in the 70's i was one of the kids that appeared in a run of weebles tv ads. Am trying to find out if there exists any websites with comercial stills or footage as i am curios to see the add with me in it again to boast to my own kids.

Saturday November 8, 2008, 11:09 PM

Mark said:
I was just curious if there was a place to purchase the form of a weeble, but not the characters. I kind of just need something that stays right side up.

Friday November 21, 2008, 06:23 AM

Ben said:
I love weebles wobble i still by them to play with!

Tuesday December 9, 2008, 09:09 PM

i never had a weeble but i will get one

Thursday December 11, 2008, 02:27 PM

My daughter's nickname is "Weeble". She is now 34 years old and still signs here letter Weeb. I called here Weeble when she was a tiny baby trying to sit up. She would rock like a Weeble, and the name just stuck with her. We have a few Weebles, but would love to find one that's a moose. Thank you for a great name for my daughter!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

Friday December 19, 2008, 08:38 PM

I am trying to find out if the Weebles are discontinued, and if they are, why? I just purchased the Weebles Weebalot Castle, second-hand, and my kids love it. I would like to buy more, but I cannot find them anywhere except on eBay.

Monday December 29, 2008, 03:09 AM

Terry Hoknes said:
The very first ever 1970's WEEBLES Toy Price Guide (2009)
is in the works and I am hoping to complete the book
finally this spring.
I would appreciate any help and input and comments from various collectors, nostalgic 1970s fans or dealers to help pitch in to make this as complete and indepth as possible.

Some of the features I want to include:
Photo gallery of all figures, playsets, packaging and foreign editions
Original advertisements from toy and department store catalogs
Price Guide for various conditions
Interviews with weebles dealers, fans and hopefully some original people involved in the process of making them back in the 1970s.

I have collected hundreds of pictures of Weebles and playsets in
advance of indexing them all for the upcoming Weebles Book and Price
Guide. I appreciate any help you can give in helping to index and
catalog these figures. I am looking for other peoples input on them
and insight into the history of this classic toy series.

Please email me at hoknes@hotmail.com with any thoughts
The more people who help with input the better this reference book will be! Thanks for your help
If you know of any collectors or people involved with the Weebles please give me their contact info or please forward my email address to them or phone # (306) 270-9387 Terry Hoknes in Canada

Monday January 5, 2009, 03:48 AM

cindy said:
i had weeble wolbles when i was younger and just loved them i wished i still had them i tell my kids about them all the time

Wednesday March 18, 2009, 06:15 AM

Sue said:
I want to buy some for my grandsons first birthday, wish I kept my son's so I could pass then on to his son.

Saturday June 6, 2009, 06:51 PM

Cassandra Wilson said:
in my 60 years of life i have seen weebles wobble but they never fell down. never have their advertising promises been questioned. i love it when weebles wobble. I KNOW they wont fall down.

Sunday August 16, 2009, 10:32 PM

Alan Hayden said:
Weebles gave me nightmares, what, with their 'holey' eyes and lack of limbs! I burned the lot!

Thursday August 20, 2009, 09:33 AM

Stoko Docco said:
I've just read Alan's comments and i couldn't agree more. I was high on drugs most of the time in the 70's and, to this day get flashbacks of horrific nightmares about Weebles--They give me the creeps BIGTIME! How can u people like them?!

Thursday August 20, 2009, 09:40 AM

serenity said:
I used to love weebles. My grand mother still has the set she had when i was little im now 33. I have been looking for some of my own to pass to my children. I dont like the new ones but the old egg shaped ones. serenity.09@live.com if you have any information as to where to get soem without going through ebay. Thanks

Wednesday October 28, 2009, 08:39 AM

CYNDI said:
I loved weebles. Am looking for the glow in the dark ghost if anyone can help i'd appreciate it.

Thursday November 12, 2009, 01:31 PM

 

someperson said:
this copied everything the BigRedToyBox page had to offer, so basically this page is useless. I was looking for more info, and got the same exact stuff.

Friday December 18, 2009, 05:45 AM

a mom said:
does anyone know if they still make weebles? I can't find them in stores anymore

Saturday December 19, 2009, 03:50 AM

Virginia said:
I had the Disney Mousketeer weebles when I was a little girl. With a Weebles treehouse that I wore out completely. I wish that I had kept them. I'm 39 now and I had forgotten all about them but always remember that insane little song about them wobbling but never falling down.

Wednesday December 30, 2009, 10:40 PM

Lona said:
I have the Weebles Magic Kingdom but am missing all the pieces to it.
Like the rides and the monorail and the weebles itself...Anyone know where I can get them at?

Friday January 1, 2010, 04:41 AM

jen said:
i love weeble woobbles i have one with peter pan on it ot's awesome

Sunday March 7, 2010, 10:27 PM

i have the tree house set and the pirate ship treasure island set still and in fairly good condtion from when i was little my daughter is going to have them when she is old enough to play with them

Thursday March 18, 2010, 01:47 AM

sarah said:
How much did they cost when they were first released?

Monday April 12, 2010, 11:26 PM

jo said:
My grandson is playing with the circus weebles and playground set that his mother played with at the same age he is now. He loves firing the weebles out of the cannon.
Some toys always please.

Tuesday April 27, 2010, 01:40 PM

Nina said:
Oh, drat! I never got to see weebles as I am only 12! They sound cool to play with though!

Wednesday June 23, 2010, 10:42 PM

Suzie And Mum :) said:
Does anyone know if weebles are work any money?

we have just emptied my nans loft and found loads of my mums baby toys and weebles was the thing she wanted most :)

Wednesday August 18, 2010, 09:11 AM

Nancy said:
My Mom used to tell us to always be like a weeble. She'd say," Weebles wobble but they don't fall down." She would explain that we all have times when things don't go the way we want. We tend to fall down and get discouraged. She told us the best way to get along in this life is to be a weeble. Take the punches, think positive, never give up and bounce back standing tall. It ended up sort of a joke between my Mom and I. I have shared this with my children and now they with theirs. I also use this phrase as encouragement to folks I work with and try to inspire. I have been shaken, pushed, and knocked down many times in my life, but I will always be a weeble!

Saturday August 21, 2010, 05:04 PM

Sue said:
The weebles are back, but they're not as good as they used to be :-(

Wednesday October 13, 2010, 08:55 PM

Taylor said:
The Weebles Wobbles song is so annoying and the toy is not cool.

Friday October 15, 2010, 07:54 PM

Jo said:
Yay, i have always called them 'wibbly wobbly' men? but maybe that was just me? this was my favourite toy growing up as a kid in the 70's and was devasted when dad ran them over in the driveway. i honestly nearly cried when i saw the new advertising for the 'weebles' (i am now 40 lol) i am actually going to go out and buy the treehouse (the BIG One) as i notice there are 2 versions.... please let me find it.......

Monday October 25, 2010, 04:20 AM

Bethy said:
I still have my original Weebles and Marina with all of the attachments in the original box and I'm thinking of selling it. reach me at bethy_1969@yahoo.com and put "Weebles" in the Subject line. :)

Monday October 25, 2010, 06:41 PM

Howard Luloff said:
I remember the Weeble ads from the 70s, especially two that had the song that went "What do you love about a Weeble? Weebles wobble but they don't fall down" and "Hey hey look at these Weebles. Weebles wobble but they don't fall down."

Tuesday October 26, 2010, 06:40 AM

where can we buy weeble wobbles

Tuesday November 2, 2010, 06:26 PM

FAN said:
NEW WEEBLE WOBBLE SONG BY ASTARR ON YOUTUBE!!! SO GREAT CHECK IT OUT!!!!

Friday November 12, 2010, 01:57 AM

Christina Wilson said:
i love weeble wobbles and i am 20

Tuesday December 14, 2010, 06:55 PM

Mother of Little Weeble Wobble Fans said:
My parents gave my son the pirate set (made in 1975) for his 2nd birthday, this past weekend--new in the box. He loved it and my 5 year old really loved it too. The price on the box was $6.58. Not sure if it is worth money now. My almost 1 year old loves the new weebles and treehouse that are in stores now. The size of the new weebles are better for her age, but I remember playing with the smaller ones as a kid and loving them (not the scary ones).

Tuesday January 25, 2011, 04:28 AM

kcee said:
i'm looking for a game that was around in the 80's and it was like a ramp thing and you all places you wee eggs on the top and they;'d wibble wobble to the bottom and if yours got there first you won anyone know what i'm tlking about?

Friday March 4, 2011, 05:57 AM

tiffany said:
I have a picture of my weeble wobble falling over

Monday March 28, 2011, 11:19 PM

charles said:
charles@loosenuts.com

Does anyone know if the Weebles have a patent number?
I've been trying to research the little guys for a paper I'm working on and it would appear (from what I have not found) that there is no actual patent for Weebles. Either that or it's hidden very well.
Anyone got any info?

Monday April 11, 2011, 11:35 PM

Ryan Bannon said:
You know, in 2006, I saw the new Weebalot Castle. I thinked I went to Toys "R" Us to see it.

Oh, by the way, Ripped Pants SpongeBob came out in 2005. I saw it after it was released in Staten Island in Toys "R" Us.

Thanks for introducing the Weebles again in 2010, Hasbro!

Sunday July 10, 2011, 10:12 PM

creepio said:
I bought 1973 weebles cottage & playground accessories at a yard sale (incomplete) for a song. Now I have Weeblemania! Something new to collect! I'm on the front side of 50 years old. Clever reminders of a more innocent time & totally weird like the rest of the 70s.

Tuesday August 2, 2011, 12:14 PM

Warren the Weeble said:
Wibble wobble!

Sunday September 4, 2011, 08:45 PM

Sally said:
i came across a set of disney weebles at a yard sale but can find very little out about them. I would like to know how they were bought They say on the back made for Kellogs CO Thank you for info

Sunday September 18, 2011, 09:58 PM

stacie said:
I'm selling a wobbles teddy bear its got a pocket at the back (wobble teddy bag) its made by a company called bluebird character concepts. I dont want to sale it on ebay, does anybody know a collecteds site. email me if you do so stacieplowman@yahoo.com Thank you

Monday November 14, 2011, 03:32 PM

Cathy said:
They need to make Weeble pet toys.

Thursday August 16, 2012, 04:21 PM

Kammi said:
I had the Weebles Playground, Marina and the Ranch House. I loved them.

Monday November 19, 2012, 05:40 AM

Terry said:
We have a huge box of these from the 80's in the loft. Looking to sell them on if anyone is interested. email me if interested terryc843@hotmail.com. Thank you

Thursday April 4, 2013, 09:23 AM

Mollie said:
I saw a weeble wobble set at a car boot sale recently and the lady wanted £5 for it, I wasn't sure whether it was original or one of the sets sold in Toys R Us a few years ago, I wish I bought it now. Hey ho, never mind

Wednesday July 10, 2013, 03:37 PM

sorting my loft, hey a weeble I found, great, boy with yellow hair holding a lollypop

Monday September 16, 2013, 08:38 PM

Mark said:
I was used when I was around 7 years old for a weebles wobbles but thy don't fall down advert that went on the tv
Happy days :)

Saturday December 21, 2013, 10:35 PM

Deb said:
Anyone know where to find a Weebles Ranch possibly with accessories available to ship to Canada?

Tuesday April 15, 2014, 08:35 PM

Wayne Smith said:
Does anyone know where I can get the garage? I used to have it as a kid and want it again! Happy Days!!

Tuesday July 15, 2014, 02:47 PM

ML said:
FL

Wednesday August 20, 2014, 09:55 AM

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