1961 monster toy commercial Great Garloo

This commercial from 1961 features an especially ugly robot named the Great Garloo. It was designed by Marvin Glass, the genius game designer who made Ants in the Pants, Dynamite Shack, Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots, Gnip Gnop, Hands Down, Haunted House, Lite Brite, Odd Ogg, Operation, Mouse Trap, Time Bomb, Tip-It, and Toss Across, among other masterpieces of primary-colored plastic. (Via Endless Parade of Excellence)

Previously on Boing Boing:
Robot Commando toy TV commercial
TV commercials for 1970s Planet of the Apes dolls
Killer reel of 1970s toy commercials
Mr. Machine toy robot TV commercial
Wonderfully bizarre Folger's commercial
Creepy Crawlers TV commercial
1960s TV commercial for V-RROOM! tricycle noise-maker
Early 70s Levi stop-motion commercial
Mystery Date game TV commercial



  1. Tolchocker beat me to it. $17.95 was pretty damn steep back then. Was this guy the equivalent of a Pleo . . . unaffordable unless daddy had deep pockets?

    I know that things like chemistry sets and model railroads sets could be pretty pricey back in the day, but they had educational and hobby value.

  2. the end is almost complete rip off(homage)of(to)James Whale’s Frankenstein. snuggle the monster.

  3. A couple of years ago, the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago open up a collector’s robot section full of 50, 60 robots toys. This Great Garloo was very prominently displayed in several areas. My wife and I wondered who this Garloo guy was, now the mystery is solved.

    BTW: I recommend anyone in the Chicago land area to visit this collection, you are greeted by a life size (but motionless) Robby the Robot and there are toy robots from all over the world.

  4. This product was just recalled for the controller having sharp corners, now that the .22 caliber rounds you put in its mouth are no longer available, which due to Second Amendment issues prevented the kid, I mean now adult who runs the Consumer Products Safety Division from acting against this product before.

  5. Hoo boy, every so often the jingle from the Odd Ogg commercial pops into my head and won’t go away for a day or two. It’s in there now.

    Odd Ogg
    Odd Ogg
    Half turtle and half frog…

    or as we used to sing:

    half girdle and half clod.

    We were pretty clever…

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