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!
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.