Here is another toy from my childhood, Playskool’s Bristle Blocks. (Skip to 1:40 in the video. Sorry it cuts off. It was the only commercial for this toy I could find on You Tube.)
I did not actually own these. My sister got them for Christmas one year. However, she let me play with them because I let her play with something I got. Being the precocious child that I was, I made a Bristle Block replica of the family dog that Christmas morning.
Did I mention that it was an anatomically correct replica of the family dog? And that our dog was male? And because there were no short blocks, my anatomically correct replica of our family dog was very, very well endowed?
Needless to say, my mother freaked out over that one.