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Glo Worm – Part Plush, Part Nightlight

Glo WormThe Glo Worm was introduced  by Hasbro (under Playskool) in 1982 with great success. Part plush and part flashlight, the original Glo Worm was geared toward young children who needed “safety” while they slept.

Glo Worm’s green-pajamaed worm body had a zippered back. Inside was a plastic battery-powered tube with a bulb at the top (which sat inside the head area). Glo Worm’s face glowed when his body was squeezed.

The toy inspired the launch of story books, night lights, and additional glowing friends of the Glo Worm. Later models also played lullabies.

Part of the GLO line is still produced, but it is now geared primarily toward babies.

In 2011, TIME listed the Glo Worm at #77 on their list: All-TIME 100 Greatest Toys.

Take a look at this 1985 television commercial, featuring Glo Worm, Glo Butterfly and Glo Bug (aka Glo Friends):


Did you (or your child) have a Glo Worm (or one of his friends)?


Last updated: March 30, 2013
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  • Mcgggs

    Glow worm was one of my daughters favorites. She now has a child of her own and I carefully saved Glow. Unfortunately, the bulb is no good. There are no markings on it and I don’t have a clue as to where to start looking for a new bulb. Any and all help would be appreciated.

  • http://www.retroplanet.com/ Retro Planet

    Hi, Megggs. It looks like it takes a PR 7 bulb. I found this order from at Hasbro’s site (which also has the battery box).  You should be able to find a PR 7 bulb locally, though.


  • Winston


    I have the original glow worm and clicked on the link you provided to get the battery pack.  When you click on the link it takes you to a generic form.  Where would I enter in the product part I need?  How do I know how much it costs?  Thanks for your help with this!

  • http://twitter.com/hinck07 Dina Hinckley

    Several years ago I bought a Glo worm for my daughter.  It came with a little storybook which unfortunately got lost.  I’ve looked for it on ebay and Amazon etc.  but I can’t remember the title of the book.  Do you have any idea?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002739540532 Mary-Ann Johnson

     You  can also buy the bulbs at a hardware store.  I suggest a smaller place like ACE or TruValue, as they sell flashlight bulbs.  An automobile part store might work as well.  Though you need one that is less powerful or it will drain the batteries instantly (difference between flashlight with 4 “D” sized batteries and your GloWorm which uses 2 “C” sized batteries). 

    Also, rechargeable batteries work really well, and if you have the toy from the ’80s, and the contact points are corroded, you can clean it up with a nail file/emery board – I recommend the finishing block foam – just remember to take the metal ribbons out one at a time, so you know how to put it back or take a picture with your cellphone, so you know how it goes back together.

  • http://www.retroplanet.com/ Retro Planet

    Hi, Dina:

    Sorry you waited so long for a reply. There was an entire series of story books that were released. I found this resource – perhaps one of these is what you’re looking for?

  • http://www.retroplanet.com/ Retro Planet

     Excellent advice, Mary-Ann!