Meet The Weepuls

Meet The Weepuls

The Magic Wiggly Worm wasn’t enough of a furry friend for you? Then how about these guys:

I think all of us got these guys at one time or another. I remember getting a couple from school, but it’s hard to imagine that I could have gotten them as homework reward. They’re a little too elaborate from that. But for whatever reason, I got them and I treasured them for the same reason I treasured the Magic Wiggly Worm and E.T. and Gizmo and all the other plush toys. I treasured them because I thought they were friends.

Now I always thought these friends were called “Pom Pom Creatures” (or Critters or what have you), and there are some modern ones that go by that name. But when they were first created, they were called Weepuls (or Weeples or Weepies or Wuppets). Your standard Weepul had a round, puffy body, two googly eyes, adhesive feet, and a ribbon with some message on it. Mine said: “Good job!”. Apparently, they also had antenna, though I didn’t remember that feature. There were many variations to this standard, though. There were double Weepuls with two puffy body sections, and giant Weepuls, and, best of all, holiday Weepuls.

Weepuls are still being manufactured today by all sorts of novelty companies. You can get them for cheap if you order 250 or more. And crafty folks are apparently making their own Weepuls in all sorts of variations as well. Considering how simple they are, I could probably make one myself. I don’t, though, because I know that whatever I made today could not compare to the friend I got in school all those years ago.

Doug

Doug is a child of the 80s who was raised in Ohio and is now living the life of oblivion in the bay area of California.

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  1. I remember having those on the dash of the car when I was little. They used to have glue on their feet, just for that purpose.

  2. I LOVE THESE THINGS! I have one on my desk as we speak!

  3. My family had these floating around our junk drawer and attached to the side of an old radio in the kitchen well into the 1990s.

  4. I had a giant one of these, yellow, with blue feet. I won him for something n second or third grade, I can’t remember. I remember the smaller ones, too. They were popular “locker decorations” back in the day.

  5. Being a child of the 1970’s (and 1980’s) was a great thing. Most toys and gadgets of today can’t compare to what we had “back in the day” :)

  6. Does anyone remember the waving hands window decorations from the 70s/80s? They were plastic hands with some “clever” saying on them, attached to a thin metal strip, attached to a suction cup that you stuck to the car window & it would wave back & forth with the bumps & vibrations of the road.

  7. Wow! I haven’t seen these in ages! Thanks for sharing! I used to have a bunch of these…

  8. Ohhh, that’s what they were named.

    Ours didn’t have the little antennae either. They were just plain.

    I used to call them the puffballs. But I guess they have real names. O.o

  9. Not only do I remember them, I still have mine! In pristine condition in a box in my parents’ garage. Yes they all had antennae unless they had a hat or other added decoration. I got the majority of mine during our school’s annual magazine drive where selling magazine subscriptions would get you points you could use for prizes (the cheapest being the Weeple). And I loved mine (and oddly still do despite being an adult). Just looking at that picture posted above makes me want to take care of them. Must be something to do with having eyes as the only facial feature.

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