Milky the Marvelous Milking Cow

When I was a young lad I spent a lot of time at my Uncle’s house just down the road. He had a dairy farm and I loved going in that building and seeing the process of the milk going from the cows, through the glass tubes and into the big shiny steel tank. In the early 70s Kenner introduced Milky the Marvelous Milking Cow. My mom bought one as a joke to give to my Uncle for Christmas. Well everyone enjoyed a good laugh on Christmas night but I was sad that I didn’t receive that cow for myself. No problem though, anytime I wanted to play with the toy I would just head down the road and visit my Uncle. You pushed Milky’s head down into a trough of water and pumped her tail which made her drink the water. When she was full she would raise her head and moo! Then you could milk the cow into the little bucket. I recently found Milky at a flea market at a good price and brought her home. Did anyone else have this toy as a kid and who thinks it is a pretty weird toy to have?

Milky takes a look at her favorite web site.

Milky gives a lift to her pal Geronimo who has lost his steed.

Warning: This song will get stuck in your head and your nightmares.


I love retro toys, television, movies and just about anything from the 70s and 80s.I frequent flea markets, thrift shops, garage sales and auctions hoping to nab my next pop culture trophy.

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6 thoughts on “Milky the Marvelous Milking Cow

  1. This is absolutely incredible, Plcary! I think my favorite part was the “and gives pretend milk”, I can just see the Lawyers demanding they include that in the ad so some kid wouldn’t try to drink it. ;)

  2. plcary says:

    @Retroist- Good luck on roping in your own Milky.

    @ VicSage- The water turned to milk by using this little white pills. I think they were just powdered milk pills. My Milky still drinks water and moos quite heartily!

  3. Rita says:

    Hi! I fell in love with Milky after finding mine at a yard sale. My question: Do you know how to test it to see if it works? It looks like it would break in half, but I’m afraid to try and end up breaking mine. Love the Milky photos :)

  4. plcary says:

    @Rita. Just push her head down and it should lock into place. If that works, stick her nose in a container of water. Then pump the tail up and down to make her suck up the water and after that her head should raise up and make a moo sound.

  5. Jen says:

    This was one of my favorite Christmas gifts ever! I loved that cow and asked my mom when she was packing up the house if she found it. Sadly, no. I would buy one on e-bay if I thought it would still work!

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