Toys of the Seventies, Monster Maker

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Not sure if that is the actual name of this ever-cool toy! It was an electrical appliance of sorts with a plastic domed top ... Inside of the dome was a sort of heating pad ... The dome had a sliding door ... you would essentially open the sliding door and place a small waxy brick (several were included) on the heating pad inside the dome ... it would then "cook-up" into a small monster ... there was also a device on the side of the appliance that would allow you to "recycle" the monster back into the waxy brick ... I believe that the toy company logo would also be embossed into the brick during this process ... Does anyone else remember this? Help!
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Don - July 23, 2007 - Report this comment
Actually I remember this toy very well. I had one in Colorado. Exactly as you described. I spent hours, totally fascinated about how you can place a block into the dome and it would turn into a monster, then re-heat it and squish it back into a square. I also remember the smell that they had when they heated up. Probably one of the coolest toys. I just haven't had any luck finding any pictures of it.
Bob - December 27, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember this too - was just thinking of it this Christmas (2008) and went looking for it - this is one of the few toys I remember from my childhood specifically requesting and receiving - I loved it! Unfortunately, I was a bit of a mad scientist myself and at one point realized that if you dribbled water on the hot plate, it would sizzle - that added a lot to the "atmosphere". However, it also let to my shorting out (I guess) the heating element and it stopped working. I was crushed and Mom was definitely not sympathetic.
Chris - January 16, 2009 - Report this comment
I had one of these as well in the early 70s and have been looking for some time before finding mention of it here. Seeing other people were looking for this super cool toy as well I dug a little further and think I found it. The toy is by Mattel and Toymax and is called the Strange Change Machine or alternately the Time Machine. I found pictures at if you want to check them out.
Stephen - July 29, 2009 - Report this comment
I think you are thinking of the Strange Change Machine. I still have one and it works. Those little blocks sure do get hot when they turn into the creatures.
Carol - September 23, 2009 - Report this comment
I had one, and I loved it. My sister and I would make the monsters. We had so much fun, and they were really hot.
Donald - October 14, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember this. If I remember correctly it was roughly around the same time of the "Incredible edibles" and that was some nasty stuff.
Docstrnge - December 01, 2009 - Report this comment
I found the toy I remember on samstoybox. It's called the "THINGMAKER". They have the old school one from the 60's I used a few times. That sucker got hot! A neighbor had one and I remember burning my finger on it. I'll never forget the smell of that plastic cooking. Bleah
ron Jeremy - February 08, 2014 - Report this comment
I use to heat up the wax and make busts of my freakishly big dong. Oh the memories.

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