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Are Weeble Wobbles Still Made

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Daniel Brown
• Monday, 21 December, 2020
• 9 min read

In 1971, Hasbro/Romper Room introduced the world to a classic toy of the disco-decade: The Beetles. And the Feeble World” was often accompanied by a commercial jingle about the figures’ ability to stand upright.

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WeebleWobbles, frankly, have been quite a successful creative adventure for the Hasbro Toy Company. The genesis of these little toys that wobbled but never fell down came from The Punching Clown on The Romper Room Show back in the late 50s.

Beetles are nothing more than tiny plastic versions of “bop-bags”, exact miniatures of the punching clown on the show. Shaped like eggs with a weight at the fat, or bottom end, they wobble when pushed, but never fall completely over, hence the name and the slogan “beetles wobble, but they don’t fall down”.

The original family was a dark-haired father with a red shirt or blue v-neck sweater, a blond-haired mother in a green dress, a boy in blue jeans and a white “W” tee, and a red haired girl with green pants. From a single punching clown that caught on, the concept transferred beautifully into the WeebleWobbles toy line.

Soon the Beetles family had its own vehicles, a boat (the S.S. Lille putt), a playground (swings, slide, and merry-go-round), pop-up camper/trailer, train, marina, airport and plane (a plane was also included in the Weekender set), haunted house (with scared girl, boy, witch and glow-in-the-dark ghost), blimp (with pilot), circus with Wobbles the clown, Gina the trapeze artist, and Bert the Ringmaster). From literature, the Beetles sprang up in a Treasure Island set (complete with pirate ship and four pirate Beetles) and another version of the treehouse for Tarzan and his ape friend.

The weight was free to fall into the larger head so that, on an incline, the little guys somersaulted down. These include: Big Bird and plane, Ernie and Helicopter, Cookie Monster and Sailboat, Bert and convertible, and Oscar, plus a Sesame Street playground.

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Ian at Daily Dose asked when I'll feature Jams and Guess Jeans. They were plastic little chubby, shapeless characters resembling eggs and would “wobble” back and forth.

I remember my BFF Alison had the blue and red Mickey Mouse Club (see above image). I wasn't even a bit fan of Disney characters, but something about toy houses captivated me and kept my attention for hours.

Sorry to my younger readers who have no idea what I've been blogging about all week... these are classic toys. I swear if I had a kid I'd pretend it was the old days and only provide him/her with retro toys purchased on eBay.

Tipping an egg -shaped Feeble causes a weight located at the bottom-center to be lifted off the ground. The catchphrase “Beetles wobble, but they don't fall down” was used in advertising during their rise in popularity in the 1970s and during successive relaunches in the early 2000s.

There are 116 Beetles in total (83 regular; 21 feelable; 12 tumbling) including all egg shaped sizes and variations made during 1971–1983. A wide range of accessories was available for the Beetles, including vehicles, buildings and furniture.

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Musical Treehouse Wobble-Go-Round Figures Beetles on the Bus Bobbin' Boat Wobbling' Wings Turning' Whirling' Racers Turn 'n Tumble Home Rock 'n Wobble Playground Back by popular demand is another fresh segment of BBB’s Am I Wrong ?” Sometimes it’s nice to stray away from reality shows and really think about some stuff.

Did you hear the latest foreclosure stats (wink)? There’s an Amber Alert for a missing 3-year-old boy last seen wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt (wink).

It’s like, Jesus, your fireworks display and cannon shooting parade certainly got my attention but give me a little time to frigging actually read it and process a response. When celebrities freak out publicly whilst on a meth and/or coke binge their publicists need to stop saying they’ve had an “allergic reaction” to their medication.

When a celebrity has an allergic reaction they pistol whip a prostitute, trash their hotel room, and do said activities naked. Either say you were tricked into trying meth or you were just holding it for a friend.

When the waiter is reading the “specials” and rambling on for 5 minutes I actually have no recollection of one thing they said. I don’t recall their name, I have no idea what the soup of the day is, and, personally, I don’t really care how the genius chef has prepared the halibut tonight, mainly because I’m not quite sure what exactly halibut is but also because it’s pretty personal.

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For 95% of daily driving the 2019 Forester has great suspension. For the 5% of the time I'm expecting more, the car wobbles like a drunken sailor.

Going over what I consider easy pavement transitions, like jumping over RR tracks, the front end bottoms out. Sure would like to. Ones which don't so easily bottom out, ones with speed sensitive dampening, ones as good as the very long-lasting and competent struts I had with my 1996 Outback.

I replace the suspension on every motorcycle and auto I own; cartridges, springs, shocks and coil-overs. Calling around, it appears that it is months from any aftermarket coil-overs for the Forester.

One company said theirs will always be 1" lower than OE, which indicates a different market than me. One company said theirs will always be 1" lower than OE, which indicates a different market than me.

On occasions when I'm loaded down, I really just want an increase in spring rate for the rear. I'll have to keep an eye out for the Goldilocks combo, if it gets developed.

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Replacing the struts with better components is non-adjustable but more affordable option. It is so easy to get exactly the dampening you want when ordering shocks as it is all in the shim stack.

Since so many manufacturers are offering electronically controlled dampening with semi-active suspension, as a factory option, the aftermarket guys are scrambling to find additional markets. I'm hoping for the better component strut replacement, since I won't be racing off-road.

I just found for the rear springs on the '19 that the base and Premium share the same OE part number (20380SJ000) while the Sport, Limited and Touring have a different, shared OE part number (20380SJ010). The struts and front springs appear to be the same across all trim levels.

What happened to the well documented and proven capability of Subaru to offer comfort AND high speed handling? Besides a small rub on the road once, I was able to have a good time at keeping it under control even at a faster pace through corners.

I really didn't want a lift but the King springs are higher, progressive rate and only raise the vehicle 1.25”. That doesn't cure the situation with the struts, but it'd be a step towards satisfactory improvements to the suspension.

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Well, as a retired trooper I've had my share of high speed runs on all sorts of roads from dirt / gravel, 2 lane US highways, mountain roads 1-1/2 lanes, interstates, … even an open field or two on rare occasion … etc … all of it. I just bought this '19 to have a safe, reliable, all weather car in my driveway for wife & I. I have other, more spirited vehicles, but I find this '19 to be very capable on roadways occupied by other users.

I don't care that it may take someone a hair longer to “go”, just so long as they do so safely when I'm near or approaching. I don't want rally & or race inspired drivers on public roads with me & mine nearby.

When loaded with 4 adults, on back roads of Floyd County, Va., it just seems the rear is a might too squishy, especially in the dips (many). Firm but entirely controllable with the correct dampening both fast and slow.

Over 1 million miles on my previous car without accident. Yes, I drive briskly, but completely safe. I will get this little Forester tuned for cornering through bad road sections without a wobble.

Some company will offer what I desire, or this Forester will be passed on to a family member, and I'll get another 4Runner and add racing suspension again. I'm actually curious if my narrow tire choice (215) is part of the rail-like cornering I experienced in this environment.

The weak rear springs and lack of strut damping is my only worry and will need to be addressed, or I too will likely move on from the Forester sooner rather than later. Well, as a retired trooper I've had my share of high speed runs on all sorts of roads from dirt / gravel, 2 lane US highways, mountain roads 1-1/2 lanes, interstates, … even an open field or two on rare occasion … etc … all of it.

I just bought this '19 to have a safe, reliable, all weather car in my driveway for wife & I. I have other, more spirited vehicles, but I find this '19 to be very capable on roadways occupied by other users. I don't care that it may take someone a hair longer to “go”, just so long as they do so safely when I'm near or approaching.

I don't want rally & or race inspired drivers on public roads with me & mine nearby. When loaded with 4 adults, on back roads of Floyd County, Va., it just seems the rear is a might too squishy, especially in the dips (many).

Something like that might do the trick without changing car's attitude at rest? After talking with Rallied I stayed with the regular rear. They are certain that these springs will help me feel more secure and safe.

They also added that the only other option for struts are KGB, which provide exactly the same dampening as OEM. Of course, there are the yellow King springs, which are so firm they lift the Forester a lot.

The idea is to maintain tire contact with the road AND control the motion of the sprung weight. They also added that the only other option for struts are KGB, which provide exactly the same dampening as OEM.

They’re local to me, similar to Primitive, and I really like to visit shops for product pickup, so I can check out their facilities. Rallied is offering a $40 discount if you order both front and rear springs together.

The Rallied OEM height spec springs are stated as raising by 0.5” front & rear. Subtle lift with an increase in spring rate sounds about perfect to fit my needs.

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