Glo Worm

This article is about the 1980s toy series. For the insect larvae, see Glowworm.
The original Glo Worm, released in 1982.

Glo Worm is a stuffed toy for young children, designed by Hasbro's Playskool division, and made in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Introduced in 1982, the plush, pajamaed worm body[1] contained a battery-powered device that when squeezed would light up the toy's vinyl head from within, creating a soft glow.

The original toy, upon release, was such a success[1][2][3] that Hasbro released a series of story books, night lights, videos and other merchandise that continued until the early 1990s. However, in late 2005, the product was criticized for harming children;[4] its plastic head was softened with phthalates, which can be dangerous if swallowed by children.[5]

Glo Friends

In 1986, Playskool released a number of "Glo"-based toys that glowed but were made of soft vinyl. These toys, collectively known as "Glo Friends", were so successful that American fast food chain Wendy's in 1989 also released a series of 12 soft vinyl toys to advertise their chain. Their names were: Glo Snugbug, Glo Snail, Glo Doodlebug, Glo Bug, Glo Grannybug, Glo Clutterbug, Glo Bashfulbug, Glo Butterfly, Glo Bopbug, Glo Cricket, Glo Skunkbug, Glo Bookbug, and Glo Nikkibug.

Additional characters included: Glo Nuttybug, Glo Sniffle Snail, Glo Firefly, Glo Hopper, Glo Spider, Glo Bopbug, Glo Flutterbug, and Glo Turtle (shell opens to carry Glo Friends).


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  4. "Gloworm, others on the naughty list". Berkshire Eagle, The. 2005-11-23. Retrieved 2011-06-08.
  5. Kadison, Dan (2005-11-23). "Archives - New York Post Online Edition". Retrieved 2011-06-08.

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