Throughout my Christmas years as a child, my parents always came through on the present front for me. Whether it was some Transformers pajamas or the innovative Atari 2600, I was usually left with a smile on my face when Christmas morning was all said and done. My horror mind started young though, and when I think back to past holiday presents, I realize that I didn’t ever really get anything too creepy. This realization got even deeper when I found this amazing creepy toy from 1975:
That creeper fucker is none other than Hugo: The Man Of A Thousand Faces! Granted, I was born in 1976, one year after this incredible specimen was released, but I’m sure my parents could have found one at a garage sale for me since Ebay and Craigslist didn’t exist back then. If you look closely at that pic by the way, Hugo is actually staring straight into your soul.
Now, the schtick here is obviously to change Hugo’s face to make him a completely different person each time. This is apparently where the fun begins, because you can make Hugo: a pirate, a Fu Manchu, a Fu Manchu pirate, or even a Fu Manchu pirate with fangs. The possibilities are endless! Actually, due to the name of the product, there are apparently only 1000 possibilities.
Not only could you have hours of creepy fun changing Hugo’s face and hoping he didn’t come kill you in your sleep, you could also stick your hand up his ass and make him a puppet! Such a shame that toys like this don’t exist anymore. I’m sure Mr. Potato Head was pretty pissed by the way that Hugo came out and stole his thunder for a year. The good news is that even though creepy face Hugo didn’t last long, he can be bought and abused off Ebay for hundreds of dollars. Hugo: The Man Of A Thousand Faces lives on!