Fisher-Price calls it a “Corn Popper” but I never saw any connection with corn. I never actually had this toy, but according to my mom, I wanted one when I was about three or four. Some relative or friends had one.
Today, if I had one of these in my hand, I’d probably get bored with it in less than a minute, but for the intended demographic, the Corn Popper is an object of great fascination. My friend’s son, who married in the Navy, has a one year old and a three year old. They play intensely with a toy, or garden hose, or a piece of food, for a while then drop it. It’s a big world full of novelties for them.
The picture shown here were made in Blender. I used Inkscape and GIMP to create texture maps and the label wrapped around the base of the unit. If I have a good chunk of free time later on, I may try animating this.