Bing Bang Boing
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This memory was added on: May 3, 2009
I got this toy for my 11th birthday in 1972. I had begged and begged my parents to get it for me, but was afraid they wouldn't because I'm a girl and usually they only gave me dolls. I was overjoyed when I tore off the gift wrap. My big brother Nicky helped me set it up and we played with it for hours. Unfortunately, I didn't get to play with it for very long as it was one of many treasures left behind in Philadelphia, when just a few months later, my mother pulled all 6 of us kids out of school one day, loaded us onto a Greyhound bus (herself, pregnant, included), and made the 3 day trek to Colorado to get away from my abusive father.
I never did see Bing Bang Boing again. Or my talking Julia doll (complete with nurse's uniform), or my doll named "Soul", who had a very large afro, or my navy blue hotpants with the white zipper, or my Jackson 5 albums, or my red transistor radio with the one earplug, or my beaded curtains, or my knee-high white pleather boots that laced up the front. And I never again got to watch "The Electric Company", "Zoom", or "Hodge Podge Lodge", since they didn't air these programs in Colorado Springs.
But 34 years later, I did get to see Philly again :-)
This memory was added on: January 27, 2009
Just like everyone else, it's like Devil's Mountain in Close Encounters... I just kept thinking of this game until I finally googled it today. Though it was relatively simple to get the drums lined up right, when you had it all set up, you felt like you invented the whole thing yourself! Miss this toy.
This memory was added on: November 26, 2008
My brother Michael and I were given this game for Christmas in 1972, and we both loved it. We actually had pretty good luck getting it
to work properly, and when the drumheads broke, balloons were our go-to solution (and if we cut them poorly, we just rubber banded
them into place). I don't remember it being a game, per se: if there was any object other than to setting it up and getting it to
work, I don't know what it could have been. The Bing Bang Boing balls were also used on our orange Hot Wheels track layouts,
although we found out the hard way that the balls were a natural enemy of the Power House! Looking at all the birth years on the
postings, it seems that the game was most used and loved by kids between the ages of 9 and 12 in 1972. I don't remember it being
on sale after then, and they're exceptionally hard to locate on E*Bay and other auction sites (much like the vintage Hot Wheels
90-degree and 180-degree turns).
This memory was added on: May 24, 2007
I never played this game but my name is Bingner and one of my nick names was Bing. I have looked in the dictionary and there is not word - Bing.
I know people you the word from time to time and wonder why it is not in the dictionary.
The bing in the dictionary is for Bing Cherries but it appears that the word bing has another meaning as well. For example, to do something quickly or to do several things very quickly.
In Psychology there is a term Behavior Momentum that means it is important to do something easy combined with something difficult as a way to continue the momentum.
Fluency is another psychological term that implies being able to do something not only correctly but quickly.
This memory was added on: January 25, 2007
im only 14 but this sounds awsome! my dad told me about a helicopter that spun in a circle and u had 2 land it on mettle rods. i want more info. on this
This memory was added on: January 23, 2007
I still have mine, in its (slightly battered) original box. Haven't looked at it in years. The problem is that the rubber bouncy parts of the little trampolines disintegrated years ago, and I don't know what to use as replacements. Guess I would have to experiment.
There is a current game called Bulls Eye Ball that has a bouncy trampoline, but it is some modern fabric. I would love some of that to retrofit my B. B. B. set. I think also I would need some rubber bands etc. to use for the lifts etc.
Note: My sister desperately wanted this for herself when it was new, and still wants mine to this day!
This memory was added on: January 9, 2007
Oh yeah I remember it. My parents bought it for me. Wish I knew what happened it to it.
This memory was added on: January 2, 2007
Wow! I have thought about this toy umpteen times and tried to explain how cool it was to my husband (five years my junior). No one I know remembers this game. I couldn't quite remember the name so I Googled "Bing Bang toy" and found this site (I love Google!). I so wish they still made this awesome toy. Anyone have an old one they want to sell?? I would be willing to shell out some cash to have Bing Bang Boing again! If so, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This memory was added on: December 29, 2006
I can't believe I found Bing Bang Boing! I was starting to think I imagined the game, but I knew I didn't. I loved this game! It was so much fun and so creative. My only problem was the elevator (Banglevator). I could never get mine to work, which was a bummer...but still had hours of fun with it. This is one they really should bring back. It wasn't around that long, was it? Why do some games (Operation) go on forever and some just disappear?
This memory was added on: December 7, 2006
THIS is HILARIOUS!!! I can't believe that there are other people who loved this game as much as I did!!! I see from the picture that it's changed a little but it's still as I remember. To this DAY my father will tell you how much grief I caused to GET this game for Christmas!!! It was all I talked about for WEEKS!!!
I ended up eating one of the balls. (Don't ask me why! LOL)
This memory was added on: November 24,2006
I was given this game for my 9th birthday and was super excited about it. I set it all up on our big dining room table and was adjusting the distances of the drums- then my older brother came in and started bouncing forks and knives off of the little rubber drum heads and ripped all of them. -I never got replacements for them and I am still sad about it. It sure was cool for a minute. I am currently trying to build a virtual bing bang boing in a 3d animation software program. Soon I will have an indestructable Bing Bang Boing.
This memory was added on: October 12, 2006
Wow!!! When I was a young child my brothers and sisters and I would play this game for hours. We would place the shutes on the coffee table or chairs and angles the 'bouncers' in all different ways. Lots and lots of fun with this one.
We just pulled out our old set. Most of the original stuff is still there but all except two of the rubber bounce pads are no good.
My son thought this was a really neat toy. Perhaps a this one could stage a come back. I think it would be the right timing.
This memory was added on: September 13, 2006
Well, just for the heck of it I typed in the name of this game that I LOVED as a kid---this and "Green Ghost", among others. I was always playing with this thing, making fantastic courses for the balls to go through. I remember I also ordered a few special "add-ons", like the elevator and such. Really wish they still made this---I was a pretty lonely, picked-on kid, and this made the days much more tolerable for me.
This memory was added on: August 31, 2006
I never did master it and from the looks of the picture I had one that was not as swanky and to boot my drum heads kept breaking also. Even so, it was my favorite game ever. I STILL talk about it to this day. I'm a director of an afterschool program these days and I was, just yesterday, talking to a collegue about trying to make one with my kids. I remember my ramp being kind of like a slide that curved up a bit. It was so long ago though.. Nice that everyone else remembers this too. No one's ever heard of it that I've talked to about it. Thought it was just a dream :)
This memory was added on: August 15, 2006
Oh man! I used to LOVE this game! It was so much fun to set it up and get the balls to bounce properly (a great physics lesson, even if I didn't know it at the time.) My only complaint was that if a ball missed, then I had to chase it across the room and usually have to dive under furniture. I was also frustrated in that I couldn't figure out how to reliably get it to reliably turn a corner. I did also have one of those contraptions that would lift the ball up to the top of another ramp. As I recall, mine worked as it should have. Man, if I could find this game, I'd play with it right now (and I'm 45).
I do also remember that Sizzlers train that a previous poster mentioned. That was a lot of fun, too, but I can't for the life of me remember what it was called!
Years ago, I asked my dad to get me some stock in Mattel but he said no. :(
This memory was added on: August 9, 2006
I looked all over for this and one night at Christmas time, we saw one at Jupiter. Remember Jupiter? Somehow, part of the KMart/SS Kresge family?
Anyway the box was beat up but I convinced my mom to get it. I think it was old because the rubber on the drums didn't last long at all. But in that very short time, what a hoot it was! Too bad you couldn't buy the parts separately and build your own convoluted setup.
What were they called, "Hum drums?" Wasn't that other part called the "Flicker ticker?" Man, bring this game/toy back already!
This memory was added on: June 16, 2006
What a kick. I too waited for this game with such anticipation at the age of 11 and it was one of those rare events that meets and exceeds expectations. Great memories. It would be great if ideal (are they still around?) brought it back.
This memory was added on: June 8, 2006
I too had a Bing Bang Boing game as a kid and absolutely loved it. I also had one of those "helicopter attached to a base that flew in a circle". I think it was called Vertibird. Loved that too.
This memory was added on: June 5, 2006
Ya know I am looking at this game and i do wood working as a hobby. It would not be that hard to reproduce. And maek some new fun pieces for it. I remember having this as a kid. And this ,hot wheels, the hot wheels super train was my favorite does anyone remember what it was called? and that helicopter that was attached to a baes and flew in a circle. Oh man all the games I played with as a kid are comming back SCARY!!! I lived for that stuff as a child.
This memory was added on: May 30, 2006
I remember as a kid I desperately wanted the Mouse Trap game. Finally one year for Channukah my parents got it for me, and I was so excited. But that was no comparison to a few years later when Bing Bang Boing came out; I wanted that game more than anything, and I begged my parents to get it for me. When I finally did get it as a present I was beside myself with excitement. I played with it constantly - the rubber drums always broke and I would replace them with balloons. It's still my favorite game I ever had, and I wish I had kept it until today! I would love to play with it one more time.
This memory was added on: May 30, 2006
hey buddy if your dad came up with the idea for bing bang boing, do you hink he couls find a way to still get his hands on one? email me at email@example.com if you have a ny information. thanks
This memory was added on: May 22, 2006
Was viewing this video:
And it reminded me of this game.
Did a web search, and found this page.
Nice to read about the fond memories folks have.
My father invented this toy/game when I was young. He also invented Twister, along with a partner. Dad being in the toy developement biz, I was a young guinea pig for my him with his ideas. This particular one was a favorite. :)
This memory was added on: May 22, 2006
Back when I was a kid, my parents realized I loved staring at Rube Goldberg pictures and figuring out how to make stuff like that work. For my birthday they got me Bing Bang Boing and it amused me for quite some time! It was such a blast to set it up and start those ball bearings on their way! At 40, I've become a K'nex junkie. BBB is what got me started. I still look for it at garage sales!
This memory was added on: April 11, 2006
Hey that reproduction of BBB is great! Nice job!
Rob Mitchell, Atlanta, GA
This memory was added on: April 2, 2006
I got this game for Christas when I was 10 years old. (I'm 43 now) I remember getting such a kick out of it ad setting it up in the hallway of our house with my Dad. I don't remember whatever happened to mine. I would love to play it just one more time. It would be nice to recall that memory of my Dad and me.
This memory was added on: February 6, 2006
I was just sitting here looking on e-bay for this game to no avail. Then i typed the name into google and i see the picture of the box and when i say LOL i mean LOL... I got this game when i was a child (amazing i got a game with metal ballbearings as a child which could never happen these days) and i loved it. I attribute this game to giving me a great appreciation for mechanics, physics, and gadgets. I put this game right up there with Lincoln Logs (original wood), Legos, Metal erector sets, and any accessories from Lionel Trains. Not to mention Etch a Sketch, Operation, Eagle 1 (space 1999 t.v. series) and slinky. But i digress.... I would love to get my hands on one of these again! Now i have to find my orange hot wheels tracks and some 'D' batteries to put in that little plastic house that used to shoot the cars around the track!!!!!!!!! Thanks for a great memory!!!!!
This memory was added on: February 5, 2006
I have looked at this toy for a while. I remember this fondly from my childhood.
I can't remember the thickness of the rubber drum skins but I remember that my dad (a surgeon) would bring home latex surgical gloves and we used these successfully to replace the drum heads.
If I ever find another Bing Bang Boing I will use latex rubber dam material--you can find them at a dental office. Since I am a dentist I will have lots of them.
This memory was added on: January 27, 2006
I got this game when I was about 7-10 yrs old. All my brothers where older and I was the only one still getting toys for xmas not just clothes. I remember coming down into the rec. room and finding them playing with it (plus my chrome sizzlers wide track set) Everyone got a kick out of it but I remember the rubber drum pieces started to break real easy and not being able to get replacements for it so I think it went in the trash or yardsale. It was very cool, this is the first sight that I finally found it.
This memory was added on: October 28, 2005
i am only 11 but this game sounds heaps cool.I'll ask my mum to look on ebay for me.
This memory was added on: October 26, 2005
I remember this toy well. It was the Christmas of 1972 and this was under. Since I didn't ask for this toy, I was disappointed. I quickly became bored with the other toys (don't even remember what I got that year) and I setup the Bing Bang Boing. I couldn't get enough of it! I tried seeing how far I could spread the dums out and have the metal ball bearings bounce on them. I'm not saying this simply as hyperbole, I have never seen a toy like Bing Bang Boing since. It was in a class all by itself. The only reason I still don't have it today is because my toy box was stollen off of the moving truck when we were moving. I still have my Bash game, Kuplunk, Please Don't Break the Ice, and more.
Thank you for bringing back some wonderful memories.
This memory was added on: August 15, 2005
As I was sitting here watching my 13-year-old son design his own ball factory out of K'nex, I tried to explain to him about this game I had, and I googled this site. I wish they still made this; my son would love it. I played with it for months. I remember writing to the company for replacement drum heads, and they sent me a mail-order form (I also did this successfully with Plastigoop for Creepy Crawlers...remember those?). I ordered the drum heads at least once, and then tried to improvise some out of balloons. This didn't work as well, since the balloons didn't stretch to the same thickness across the surface and were really sensitive to where the ball bounced.
My set is probably sitting in my mom's attic right now. Thanks for putting this on the net!
This memory was added on: June 1, 2005
Update. I was able to "repair" the drum heads with balloons. be careful to cut the balloon at the proper place so it will "grab" on to the rim.
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I hope that this helps someone resurrect their game.
This memory was added on: May 28, 2005
I still have one, but when I found it, the "drum heads" were rotted away. I do not know whether or not I will be able to rebuild out of balloons. Anyone know if there Is a second source for parts?
This memory was added on: March 17, 2005
Oh yeah, this game rocked!! I remember finding this under a Christmas tree circa 1970. It took a while to set up and master, but it was unquestionably worth it. I was really feeling my oats when suddenly my older brother, who was probably 17 or 18 at the time, sauntered by with a bunch of his buddies. One look at their faces and I knew I'd be relegated to the sidelines while they took the game over. Much hooting and hollering ensued, as I stewed in the corner....
This memory was added on: March 7, 2005
Wasn't there a game called "Cascade" that was just like this?
This memory was added on: February 18, 2005
Oh my gosh, I remember it was early 1970 something and I was so frustrated setting up my Bing Bang Boing, but when I got it set up I was thrilled!! So glad that there are other people out there that remember this fantastic "game".
This memory was added on: February 1, 2005
What a nice 'memory' site this is! I stumpled across it while looking for a photo of Bing Bang Boing to show a friend; I was telling him it was one of my favorite toys when I was younger. The photo you have is of the same set I had. And I enjoyed reading everyone's comments below. I think we all went through the same 'trials' with the pieces/parts .
A GREAT game... wish they would bring it back today!!!
This memory was added on: November 18, 2004
I loved this game. I played it so much the rubber over the drums finally broke. I hated that because it was on of my favorite games
This memory was added on: July 16, 2004
Finding your website and then Bing bang boing truely made my day. We got this game for Christmas one year and I remember how much fun and challenging it was to try and get all the components to work together. I remember another game called "Cascade" that was either similar to Bing bang boing or was an add on to it. It had this battery operated spiral elevator that brought the steel balls up to the top to release them. Does anyone else remember "Cascade"
This memory was added on: January 27, 2004
This game was awesome! Setting it up was all the fun. The sounds were fantastic. What memories.
This memory was added on: January 1, 2004
I can remember vividly the sound of the metal balls hitting the rubber drums, the noise when they hit the plastic cup and lever that took the ball up again and the final bell when the ball hit the last cup, when the "Ideal" yellow flag went up. It definetely was a great toy!
Guillermo Lima - Peru
This memory was added on: July 7, 2003
I stumbled across your site, via Google, while trying to figure out the names of some old toys I had when I was a kid. The one I was trying to figure out was the Matt Mason Space Crawler that came with a green headed space alien. I loved that thing. I have also been trying to figure out what the name of another toy was that I had as a kid. It was the G.I. Joe equivalent of the Barbie Motorhome. It was a Command Vehicle RV with a battery operated radar dish on the top that would spin. The radar dish could be swapped out for a adjustable working spotlight. The front end of the vehicle could be separated and used as an off road car while the rear part opened to reveal the command center interior. Any ideas on what it was called??? This was a big vehicle that fit the old 12" G.I. Joe figures. Anyway while browsing your site, I spotted "Bing Bang Boing" as well so I figured I'd share my memories of it with you since I had that and played with it quite often.
For years I have told my friends about this game. Not one of them had one of their own, or could even remember ever seeing it. I believe I received it as a gift from my Uncle for my birthday when I was probably in 2nd or 3rd grade. I'm 36 now, so it was quite a while ago. I very distinctly remember the frustration I had when I tried to assemble the game the first time. The little trampolines needed to needed to have the rubber top stretched on. This proved to be very difficult for me since I was pretty young. The top was made of thick rubber and had to be stretched quite taunt to get them on to the plastic shells. Additionally if the rubber wasn't stretched evenly, the balls would bounce off in random directions. Also, the heads could be somewhat 'tuned' to change the pitch of the 'Bing Bang Boing' sounds that the trampolines made when the balls bounced off of them. You would just have to stretch the rubber tops more to increase the pitch. Also the second ball ramp had a lifting arm that was controlled by a small weight that was attached to a string that was wound around a spool on the arm. The weight would drop, the arm would spin and lift the next ball to the top of the ramp to set the balls in motion for the next set of trampolines. This would continue as long as the little metal balls would land in the funnel at the base. It was supposed to stop everytime a ball would get lifted to the top and wait until the next ball was in the staging area at the bottom. Of course the lifting arm on MY set would just spin wildly out of control until the weight hit the floor. That really didn't bother me though because I was having fun. I was NEVER able to get even 1 ball to make it all the way through the entire setup, but that didn't matter. I was fascinated by being able to control where the balls would bounce. I really thought that this was a cool game. I would just take out a couple of the pieces and I would be successful. Eventually every trampoline top ended up torn and the second 'ball ramp' broke. Still it didn't matter. I would beg my mom to by me punching balloons that were sold in grocery stores in the toy aisle so that I could cut them up and try to make new trampoline tops. I would cut circles out of the balloons and try to fasten them with rubber bands. I had limited success with my homemade tops, but again it didn't matter. I ALWAYS had fun with this toy. To this day, I believe simple toys like this have far more value than almost anything that is sold nowadays. This toy helped me to be creative as well as a problem solver while demonstrating the laws of physics. I had to make precision adjustments by trial and error to get it to work. You would have to start with one trampoline and see where the ball would bounce. Wherever that ball would land would be where the next trampoline needed to be set. I don't believe it's possible to get the game set up like the picture on the box because the balls would never just bounce off in a straight line. I had trampolines all over the floor. ...And to me, that was the fun of Bing Bang Boing. I think I'm now inspired to try to find a complete set, maybe on eBay, so I can see if I can actually get it to work and successfully get a ball to make it to the very end. ;-)
Thanks for letting me share...
This memory was added on: June 24, 2003
My Sister and I played with the Bing Bang Boing. I remember that we set it up along the long hallway .. which featured hardwood floors. This was the only way to get a good bounce. You could not set the drums up on carpet.
I too remember the flicker ticker which was a hoop through which the balls must pass through on bounce. But the oscillating pendulum would interfere with them. We seldomly included it.
Didn't the BBB have a down and out feature? This would send the balls back to the beginning through another set of drums? Or am I totally wrong about this feature?
One of our drums experienced a tear in the rubber drum membrane so we were without one. Were replacement drum membranes available?
The reason I am thinking about the BBB this morning is that my 9 y old daughter and I were throwing a superball in the driveway and we were saying "Bing! Bang! Boing!" as we counted three bounces before having to catch the ball.
Rob Mitchell, Atlanta, GA
This memory was added on: June 7, 2003
I'm really surprised no one else has commented on this game yet. I remember getting this for my birthday(not sure what year). I literally spent the next days & months mastering this game. I was never so frustrated yet so determined to get through the entire course. The hardest part was setting the "ficker ticker" just right so the balls would go through. Also setting the "hum drums" at the correct distances proved to be the most fun. I miss this game I think it builds confidence and really gives a sense of accomplishment. Bravo Ideal