“Odd Ogg, Odd Ogg, half-turtle and half-frog…”
Sorry, but that’s all I can remember of the 1962 Ideal Toy commercial jingle that introduced this unusual toy, Odd Ogg. I was 13 then; if I’d been eight, nothing would’ve stopped me from getting this toy for Christmas.
Battery-powered, Ogg would sort of play catch with you. If you rolled a plastic ball right down the middle to him, he would come toward you. If you missed, he would back up and razz you.
Totally harmless! Hours of innocent fun! What could be more out of place in this evil age that we’re marooned in?
I’d love to try it–and I wonder what my cats would think of it.
But Odd Ogg sells on eBay now for $100 to $500… The cats will have to be content with cardboard boxes.