Hugo, Man Of A Thousand Faces

Hugo, Man of a Thousand Faces

Let’s face facts – Mr. Potato Head, lovable as he may be, really couldn’t hold a candle to Hugo, the Man of a Thousand Faces. This was advanced cranium alteration, the opportunity to turn Hugo into the doll of your dreams, or your nightmares. Let’s take a look back at this unforgettable mug.

Even with his face in all its naked glory, Hugo had a distinct element of creepiness about him, with the emotionless blue eyes of a serial killer and a matching blue shirt that screamed “convict.” This probably wasn’t a doll you wanted staring at you from across a dimly lit bedroom. But, of course, the fun really began when you dipped into his arsenal of disguises, all ready to be attached to his sinister face. The folks at Kenner Toys provided everything you needed – scars, wigs, eyewear (and even eyes,) mustaches, fangs and more, enough to create a thousand or more distinct appearances for Hugo.

Unlike his spudly counterpart, Hugo didn’t rely on pegs to keep his features affixed to his creepy, yet cherubic, face. Rather, he preferred the temporary glue that was provided. Unfortunately, only two sticks were included and it was easy to use those up rather quickly. Once those were gone, it was hard to find a substitute adhesive that wouldn’t stick like, well, glue.

Hugo, like so many other toys, didn’t make it out of the 70s, even though he garnered a little fame as a prop in some of the early Pee Wee Herman stand-up routines. But for those who got the chance to know him, it is likely that they will never forget Hugo or those haunting eyes that gave the impression that, once you were tucked snugly into bed, he was plotting a way to take over the world – or destroy it. No, that’s silly. He’s just a doll…just a doll.

Do you have fond (or fearful) memories of playing with Hugo, Man of a Thousand Faces? Share your recollections in our comments section as we pay tribute to this master of disguise, here at Retroland.

3 Responses to “Hugo, Man Of A Thousand Faces”

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  1. Jennifer harris says:

    I don’t remember this.

  2. Wanda Fay says:

    I bought the Hugo Doll in 95 I believe..at a garage sale for only $1.00. He was so ugly but I loved him!! Brought him home and showed him to my daughter Kim … she thought he was discusting and would scare the girls! Tori, Alyssa & Brittany weren’t as scared of him as my youngest daughters little girl who was probably 3yrs old.. Haley was petrified of him… So I had to hide him in his box and put him in the closet at the front door! Haley was having her birthday so I made her a cake and put Hugo’s scary mask face on the cake.. along with his black glasses. Rushed the cake over to their house and Haley just screamed….. I have pictures and memories of this… My daughers Kim/Jennifer will never let me live this down! Even now they asked me what happened to poor Hugo! I’m knowing Kim threw him in the Dumpster …. she just had that look on her face…. I actually want to buy another one!!

  3. asher hawke says:

    I had one of these when I was around 6 or 7 years old. I loved playing with him…but at night it was a different story. He looked scary at night, so I would put him on the high, hidden shelf in my bedroom. One night there was a loud crash in the closet and when I slid open the door, Hugo had fallen off the top shelf, landing on the middle shelf. My brother told me that Hugo had actually landed on the floor but “crawled up my clothes until he reached the middle shelf”. This simple statement made me never want to look at Hugo again.

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