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- This article is about the 1980s toy series. See Glowworm for the insect larvae.
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 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 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; its plastic head was softened with phthalates, which can be dangerous if swallowed by children.
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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
- Glo Nikkibug
Additional characters included:
- Glo Nuttybug
- Glo Sniffle Snail
- Glo Firefly
- Glo Hopper
- Glo Spider
- Glo Bopbug
- Glo Flutterbug
- Glo Turtle (shell opens to carry Glo Friends)
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