Now everyone in Doug Henning’s “World of Magic” knows what a Wonder Whim is. What you don’t? Well here’s one in its original box.
While doing research for the site, I recently stumbled across this gem of 1980s nostalgia tucked safely behind a nearby desk. I’ve talked about Doug’s failed venture into the toy market before, but never had I actually laid my eyes on one before. This was like finding a pastel and neon colored Bigfoot, The Ark of the Covenant, and Santa Claus all in one place!
Each Wonder Whim was designed by Debby Henning (who studied at the Cooper Union art school in NYC). As you can see from above, they also came with a book and kaleidoscope wand. I didn’t get a chance to examine the contents of the box, but I assume they were still buried within this unlikely time capsule of consumerism.
Ultimately, this concept didn’t really take flight and only six dolls were ever issued. However, Wonder Whims hold a definitive, albeit curious place in the latter part of Doug’s career. The concept shows Doug was always trying and experimenting with new concepts, whether they were ultimately successful or not.
By the way, if you are ever in the need of a Wonder Whim in your life many currently reside in the strange and curious land of Ebay. Happy Hunting!