Toys of the Eighties, Clown head sprinkler
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I have been looking for this for ages and still have not found one. I had it when I was a kid. The clown head hooks to the hose and when you turn the water on his hat goes up in the air on the stream of water and when you would jump through it the hat would fall and then go back up again. I think it was by fisher price but I am not sure.
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SBG - August 16, 2008 - Report this comment
We're looking for this too!! We just talked about this at lunch and my sister and I had this when we were kids. We have a picture of us and our Dad running through the Clown SPrinkler and have tons of memories of this. Too bad we haven't been able to find it either.
SavageLettuce - September 11, 2008 - Report this comment
I totally remember this b/c I was terrified of clowns & wouldn't go near the sprinkler if it was set up!
VEGASTRACY - September 11, 2008 - Report this comment
OMG i LOVED this Toy......my Uncle Dee & Aunt Shirley bought it for me 1 yr, my Sisters & i spent the whole Summer along w/our Friends running around in the backyard playing w/it! I would give ANYTHING to have 1 again for Nephew & Nieces to play with NOW :-)
VEGASTRACY'72 - September 12, 2008 - Report this comment
If ANYONE knows where i can get one plz Email me at tracylpowers@yahoo.com
Jessica - December 11, 2008 - Report this comment
We LOVED this too but does anyone remember that the hat would fall "off" the water all the time?
new englanda - December 28, 2008 - Report this comment
Wow! In the late nineties, I went with a friend of mine to her new boyfriend's house and I ended up hanging out with the older bro. We were drinkin some beers, and I saw this thing in the garage. "Fun fountain?" I thought."What the hell is this?" He couldn't believe I hadn't remembered this toy. It was still sitting in the original box and everything and we decided it was a great idea to strip down to our underwear and hook this thing up to the hose and run around like we were 5 years old! Did I mention this was in October in New England? I swear to you , this was totally fun, even as an adult...although I bet the beer helped :)
Brandy - April 17, 2009 - Report this comment
I got one for my 5th birthday. To me it a kind of demonic looking face. I remember my brother being afraid of it
scott - May 01, 2009 - Report this comment
I read somewhere that that toy and the other one that had the whipping hair like hose coming out of the head were both re-called because they were dangerous. but whatever. kids take guns to school now instead.
Cortnie - May 14, 2009 - Report this comment
My brother and I were just talking about this toy. I have a 3 year old that would love it. Just the thought brings back so many awesome memories!
SP - May 19, 2009 - Report this comment
I found the commercial on youtube--check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=456hCpsgCAI
Crazy80sGirl - May 19, 2009 - Report this comment
It's called the WHAM-O-FUN I believe. I had it when I was a kid. It was kinda dangerous because if the hat was up and someone shut the water off it would come down like a damn missle. I saw one on ebay for like $50. I had the one with the yellow polk a dot hat!!!
Mike - May 19, 2009 - Report this comment
I don't like clowns but I loved the sprnkler!
Mike - May 22, 2009 - Report this comment
My brother and I got this in 1978. We had the 1st series (pre-1980 lawsuit) red-colored nozzle attachment one, that did not have the pressure controller and our neighborhood had crazy high pressure. This thing could be deadly. We have so many hilarious memories of this. The scene usually played out like this: "Dave, look into the top of the clown's head, I promise I wont unkink the hose...just do it, I promise! " Well, I just purchased a brand -new never opened one on ebay for $125.00 I know it's crazy expensive now, but the look on my brother's face when his 4 year old twins open the box is going to be PRICELESS !
Robby - May 22, 2009 - Report this comment
My sister and I had one of these when we were kids and I remember having fun with it. Too bad we left it out in the weather (summer after summer) and it faded and eventually was destroyed (mostly by me, sadly). I am amazed to see how many people had or even remember this, and even more amazed at what it sells for on eBay! Nice score on that mint and brand new one Mike!
Mark - June 25, 2009 - Report this comment
We had one I loved that thing. I need to find one. They should reproduce it, just like the green machine.
Chris - July 04, 2009 - Report this comment
I'm looking for one, too. Apparently, I'm not the first who loved it as a kid and now wants one for the next generation.
Adam - August 02, 2009 - Report this comment
I'm trying to build one myself. If I get it done I'll update here. In the meantime if anyone has upclose photos or still has one of these gems let me know. adamblundell@hotmail.com Adam ps- I surely miss mine from the mid 80's
Sonja - August 16, 2009 - Report this comment
Did anyone else use to call it the "Clown Around?"
jimmy - September 09, 2009 - Report this comment
i have found 2 new fun fountainsfor sale at retrocore.com wish you luck
teneille(australia) - December 10, 2009 - Report this comment
my childhood was a very happy one with many of these cool(now have done a full circle & r on the market again)toys,,,,my bro & i loved our clown spinkler & i would love to find one for my lil princess i have looked evertwhere here in australia?? Any ideas
Cionn - January 25, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember this. My sister and I would run water ALL day long. Parents would be mad. I think my sister and I got this toy at 4 or 5. I remember this from the late 70's
kp - March 10, 2010 - Report this comment
We had one as a kid - absolutely loved it. Good luck being able to use one now with water restrictions in Australia. All the stuff we loved as kids - crazy clown, running through the sprinkler, those plastic slippery slides - our kids are lucky if we fill up a paddling pool for them!
jeff - June 05, 2010 - Report this comment
i want one but am not willing to pay what this might go for.... http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=370389277232#ht_611wt_913
Emily - June 08, 2010 - Report this comment
I have been looking for one of these for ages!!! My sister and I had one years ago when we were kids, and now that we are parents, we are desperately looking for one. I found one on ebay, but the bid was already up to $195.00. If anyone knows where I can find one for cheaper, I would be very grateful.
Shane - July 27, 2010 - Report this comment
Hey guys for all you looking for the whamo-clown fountain sprinkler, i know its not the same but at walmart and toysRus you can get the "Toy Story - Buzz Lightyear Rocket Blast Sprinkler" same idea and its $30.00 not $195.00 hope this helped some of you out. CHEERS
Michelle - August 07, 2010 - Report this comment
Luckily my dad kept ours. We were actually playing with it yesterday. It definitely brings back a lot of great memories of childhood!
Adelmie - September 09, 2010 - Report this comment
what memories my dad sat all day long looking to whom the hat will hit one of us, my brother and i had great summers playing with the Sprinker and belive me that hat hit hard..
Ally - September 29, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember that clown we sued to play with it all of the time in the summer and we had a Willy Waterbug as well but I think we gave it back to some relatives because we were only borrowing it because they were older.
hector s - May 07, 2011 - Report this comment
Been trying to find one too. Used to have one in late 70's maybe, or early 80. Those were the best. Now, got a Buzz lightyear sprinkler for my kids. Paid like 35 bucks and barely stays in the air. Rocket fins made out of nerf foam and rocket is narrow. You breathe and it drops off balance. bring the clown back!!!
Maria H. - June 08, 2011 - Report this comment
I had this when i was little and loved it! Now my daughter uses it all the time and loves it just as much as i did!
Jody A. - June 12, 2011 - Report this comment
I loved this when I was a little girl!! I have been looking for one for years!! My niece and I would have a blast with this! I'll never stop searching for one!!
Joe K - June 18, 2011 - Report this comment
I just got one at a yard sale in the box for $1.00 I remember it when I was a kid and now my kids are in it as I type this.. memories...
slr0100 - July 17, 2011 - Report this comment
I laugh as I read these comments. My boys played in their father's boyhood clown head sprinkler last night and loved it. I told my husband maybe we should try and make some money!!
Lynette - January 07, 2012 - Report this comment
We had on of these when I was a kid and my brothers and I had the best summers with it, I will give any thing to buy one for my children. Maybe if the company knew how loved this toy was maybe they could bring tem back again!!!!
Jennifer - May 28, 2012 - Report this comment
LOVED my Fun Fountain!!! What was the other fountain from the 80s that was a caterpillar or worm that had several long multi colored arms that sprayed water??
Brannan - May 30, 2012 - Report this comment
I had a WILLY WATER BUG that sprayed water out of several long hoses that came out of his head. It was the best. We found it in my mom's basement, but the hoses had rotted. So sad!
Kelly - June 15, 2012 - Report this comment
This is awesome! I had this when I was little and the hat would fall off and almost hit us. It was great. Love this!!
AlTheRelic - January 16, 2013 - Report this comment
http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-WHAM-O-FUN-FOUNTAIN-CLOWN-WATER-SPRINKLER-1970s-IN-ORIGINAL-BOX-/380556479474?pt=Outdoor_Toys_Structures_US&hash=item589aef0bf2
AlTheRelic - January 16, 2013 - Report this comment
http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-WHAM-O-FUN-FOUNTAIN-CLOWN-WATER-SPRINKLER-1970s-IN-ORIGINAL-BOX-/380556479474?pt=Outdoor_Toys_Structures_US&hash=item589aef0bf2
AlTheRelic - January 16, 2013 - Report this comment
http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-WHAM-O-FUN-FOUNTAIN-CLOWN-WATER-SPRINKLER-1970s-IN-ORIGINAL-BOX-/380556479474?pt=Outdoor_Toys_Structures_US&hash=item589aef0bf2
Nick - January 19, 2013 - Report this comment
I got the clown head fun fountainfor christmas back in the summer of 81. It was made by toltoys if i can remember correctly and the other brand was wham-o. They were identical. WHAT a great toy and it provided myself and lots of other kids in my street fun for many seasons until the clown head broke. I have just recently purchaced one on ebay in mint condition with the original box. I cant wait to get and put it in my retro toy cabinet. very excited! Im positive they made these clowns up until the early to mid nineties as i can still see it on the shelves in a toy store where i come from.
Kelly - July 20, 2013 - Report this comment
My neighbour just handed me this today, he found it in his mum's shed. My two girls have had a ball in the garden all day. The old toys are still the best.
Kid at Heart - January 15, 2014 - Report this comment
I just bought one off ebay for $250. I grew up with fun fountain clown and I want my son to experience the same fun I enjoyed on those hot summer days. Its a lot of money but if you think an iPad costs 600 bucks - I think its money well spent.
Shelly - August 03, 2014 - Report this comment
We had one of these! A few times we tried to set it up in our front yard, but it was not quite flat, so if we turned up the water too high, the hat would go flying off to the side. Of course it did that if you put the water up too high even if the ground was flat, but on the tilt you couldn't even get close to that high.
abby - August 17, 2014 - Report this comment
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