Wooly Willy® - The Legend

Wooly Willy Animated

Wooly Willy is a famous guy with a lot of history. You can find him at toy retailers nationally, he’s all over the internet, he has an iPhone App all his own and he’s a hero in Smethport, PA, where he even has his own annual festival. Everyone loves Wooly Willy!

Where does this handsome celebrity come from?
Wooly Willy was born in Smethport, PA in 1955. James Herzog created him from magnetic dust on the factory floor. At first, Wooly Willy was not very popular, but he soon charmed the population and became one of the top 40 toys in the period of 1950–1980. His popularity rose because of his affordable price, ease of use and novel play. You simply use the magnetic wand and you can move magnetic dust up to his face and make Wooly Willy look however you wish. It’s fun, and it’s clever!

To read more about James Herzog and Wooly Willy’s history, click here.

He’s a Happenin’ Guy!

Even though Wooly Willy has been around for over 55 years, he still keeps up with the times. You can now find him on an iPhone/iPod Touch App. Download the App to create fun Wooly Willy and Hair-Do Harriet™ faces. You can even use pictures of your friends and family and “magnetically” draw hair on them!

Wooly Willy App Pic
Click on Wooly Willy above to download the App for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch!

If you have a story to share about Wooly Willy, we’d love to hear it! Email patch@patchproducts.com.