Cool Toy of the Day: Milky the Marvelous Milking Cow

chattering teeth

I read an article yesterday about Eddy Goldfarb being awarded the 2010 Toy and Game Inventors of the Year Awards Lifetime Achievement award.

You may not have ever heard of Eddy, but I’m sure you’re familiar with one of his inventions, Chattering Teeth . Orginally called Yakkity Yak Teeth he invented them in 1949 and they’ve been around ever since. Back when I was a performing magician (yes, really), I used to get "bitten" by a pair of chattering teeth in my act. It was always a big laugh.

Among his more than 800 toy inventions, Eddy invented one of my favorite games when I was a child, Ker Plunk (also still available).

But one of the toys he invented that was mentioned in the article caught my attention and I did a little research on it. Milky the Marvelous Milking Cow.

Milky the Marvelous Milking Cow

I don’t recall Milky the Cow, and apparently it was very short-lived. Milky was created by Kenner in 1977 through a licensing agreement with General Foods to promote one of their breakfast cereals. Some online sources say that Milky was created by Mattel, but photos of the box clearly show "Kenner".

You filled up Milky’s trough with water, and inserted a little "pretend milk" tablet into her udder before attaching them to her abdomen (weird). Now she’s ready to do her thing. Pumping Milky’s tail caused her to drink up the water. When she’d had enough, she would let out a "moo" and lift her head. That was your cue to reposition the water bucket under Milky’s udders and begin milking her just like a real cow. Milky produced a cloudy milk-like liquid that you couldn’t drink, although it was non-toxic. Supposedly it tasted bad.

Milky must have been at least somewhat popular. Apparently she goes for as much as $150.00 on eBay.

Here’s the Milky the Cow TV commercial.

9 Responses to “Cool Toy of the Day: Milky the Marvelous Milking Cow”

  • chuck says:

    I had/have a milky, got it for my 4th or fifth Christmas. I say had, I still have the cow, but the udders, bucket, and trough are long gone.

  • indioblue says:

    I wanted this toy so badly as a child but never got one. It was the one that got away…

  • Peggy Thomas says:

    I was a proud owner of Milky the Cow, as a child, and I have to say that my sisters and I had the best times playing with it. We are in our thirties now and are always on the lookout for one at thrift stores and garage-sales. I think we finally destroyed it by putting real milk in it and, of course, not cleaning it out afterward. I remember my mom finding Milky stinky and her gagging and throwing it away! : (

  • Rona says:

    I still have my Milky the Cow with the box and everything! I had so much fun with it despite that it may sound like a wierd toy to some. I am 39 and my 8 yr old wants to play with it so bad. I can’t wait to get it from the attic and play with her…. Hehehe

  • liz says:

    Female cows don’t have horns. Thats all I’m gonna say about that.

  • Sarah says:

    I had a milky that I received for Christmas when I was 3. I loved that cow. I still have her.. I played with her until I was almost a teenager! (although she went from being milked to becoming a Barbie pet) and then she became a stool to sit on. Quite a sturdy little toy… I think I used her as a stool until almost 20 years old. yup. loved that cow.

  • Larry says:

    Girl cows can have horns.

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