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Toss Across
by Ideal
Toss Across


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This memory was added on: September 9, 2010

I've always been a fan of board games. When I was growing up, a favorite pastime shared with my grandparents was having a game night: we used to sit around and play Risk, Scrabble, and of course, Toss Across. These days, when I have grandchildren of my own, I mostly try to keep up with their quick pace. Their favorite game is bingo, and they introduced me to the possibility of playing bingo online, by using http://www.jackpotjanebingo.co.uk/. One afternoon, after a particularly successful game of bingo, I suddenly remembered the old Toss Across tucked away in the attic. I brought it to the living room, not sure how the children of the digital era would react to a classic game. My surprise and delight were great, however: they took to it immediately, and nowadays it rivals bingo for the title of their favorite game.

Robert
1966


This memory was added on: June 4, 2007

The pre-school program of my day care center has one of these. They've long since lost the bean bag, and all the pre-schoolers have been doing is stepping on it to make the triangles spin. Well, today I decided to do something about this. I wadded up some paper and taped it into a ball. Then I had the kids stand over it, (they're pretty short and the ball wasn't too heavy)and throw the ball onto the triangles. They really weren't playing one team Xs and the other Os, they just wanted to see who could get the last one to make 3 in a row. They had so much fun!

I still think the original larger version was better though.


Sharry A.
1966


This memory was added on: January 11, 2007

My sister and I got this for Christmas sometime in the 70's and we played it all the time. "We would "accidentally" miss and hit each other with the bags. My mom still has it in her basement and just recently made new bags so my son could play the game. Now he loves it! Im just waiting for him to realize the joy of throwing the bean bags at his little sister.


Theresa
1971



This memory was added on: January 8, 2007

I have to agree, the original version was much better! Not the sappy neon colored one available today1 And must have been bigger too! That original box was huge!!!


steve
1963


This memory was added on: November 27, 2006

The Dog's name (a Cocker Spaniel) was "Fritznuts" I might add that this commercial kept us in hysterics our entire childhood!


Christopher
1960



This memory was added on: November 26, 2006

I BELIEVE THE DOG'S NAME WAS "CHRISTMAS". COULD BE WRONG.


warren
1962


This memory was added on: October 28, 2006

We just purchased this game for my four year old son and we are all enjoying it! We bought it because my husband and I loved it as kids. The dog's name was, "Hey Fritzenad". I don't think I spelled it correctly but I am 99.9% certain that was the name of the dog. I am one of seven children and we all heard the same name. My huband believes the dog's name was "Hey Fritchman." Oddly enough, he too is 99.9% certain.


San Antonio
1962


This memory was added on: October 24, 2006

My husband and I, who did not grow up together swear the kids say "Hey Prissmutt" What does anyone think?


Susen and Tom
1961


This memory was added on: October 21, 2006

Oh this one was great. Bean Bag/Tic tac toe. Sure. We played this alot as kids. Great game to think back on.


Grulg
1966


This memory was added on: September 24, 2006

This game was great!. Everyone in the family played this one. It finally made to the basement where it still enjoyed the occasional use. But was ruined one day by a flood. Our basement had about 10 inches of water for a few days. It took for ever clean up. I found the bean bags a few days later under a sofe we were throwing out. The beans inside had started to grow! The bags were all busted open with bean sprouts poking out the seems. Good times good times.


Eric
1969


This memory was added on: September 18, 2006

I think it was more like, "Hey Fishnuts!"


lamont sanford's friend rollo
1964


This memory was added on: September 7, 2006

The real dog's name might have been BANDIT...but I assure you that is NOT the name they used in the commercial....to this day, my brother and I still imitate that commercial and recall an almost unintelligble "Fran-cis" or "Frence-Frence" (which we concede could really be a garbled "Princess."). Any way you look at it...too funny.




Doc Nolan
1964


This memory was added on: August 23, 2006

My brother and I loved playing this game in New Jersey in the very early 80s. We inherited nearly all of our toys from older cousins, neighbors and garage sales. This was one of the best and I think in later years we incorporated it into our Fisher Price village's home made theme park. (They should totally have had a theme park set with the Fisher Price buildings. But we improvised with lots of other toys to make a buckaneer, a big slide, and a rollercoaster, among other things!


Michelle
1976


This memory was added on: June 23, 2006

I was in that commercial and the dog's name was BANDIT. Trust me.


Daniel Honnold
1977


This memory was added on: November 17, 2005

This was not only my favorite game but it was also my parents. My only complaint was that we played the game so much we needed to replace the bean bags! What a fun game.


Michelle
1966


This memory was added on: October 27, 2005

Leslie Siegel remembers the dogs name from the commercial and it WASN'T PRETZELNUTS! IT WAS "PRINCESS"! I remember that very well.


Leslie Siegel
1961


This memory was added on: October 26, 2005

Leslie Siegel's family lived at the UN Plaza apartment building across the street from the famed United Nations. The year that Leslie Siegel's family got Toss Across (1971), Leslie's parents thought she and her siblings would be fine without a babysitter. So they left in their tuxedo and evening ware and left Leslie and her siblings to their own, 23 flights up in the 6 1/2 bathroom co-op that Johnny Carson and Truman Capote used to live in during that time, in the penthouse 2 flights up from Leslie! Leslie and her brothers and sister began playing Toss Across until Leslie got bored and started tossing the little bean bags out the window, 23 flights up. The doorman downstairs got beaned in the head from one of the bags, as well as a lady we used to call Lily Munster and her two snotty children. The Police were called to the building by Joanna Carson, who was married to Johnny Carson at that time, because she was in the lobby when it all went down, and Leslie and her siblings were throwing Toss Across parts out the window! The police showed up but thought the whole thing was laughable and left. My parents were fine until they got a call from Mrs. Carson telling them what happened. For tossing the toss across bean bags out the window, Leslie and her siblings were grounded!


Leslie Siegel
1961


This memory was added on: October 12, 2005

When i was 8 years old my parents had little money so they bought us a toss across game and me my sister and my brother had to share it as a christmas present....

We had little but we enjoyed it so much.


MARGARITA RIOS
1966


This memory was added on: September 15, 2005

Trivia: in the Toss Across commercial, what was the name of the dopey dog who picks up the bean bag and drops it for the win?? Actually can't remember myself....fun game though.


Bob
1962


This memory was added on: August 7, 2005

My siblings and I would play this game for hours in the hallway at home. Our folks definitely got their moneys worth. My daughter likes the new one.


PJ Hedrick
1961


This memory was added on: July 28, 2005

My sister and I played and fought over this game for hours after our dad brought it home from his mom's garage. I do believe we even played it as teenagers.


Raynel
1980



This memory was added on: May 30, 2005

I remember this commercial vividly, and also remember wondering what kind of freaks would name their dog "Pretzelnut." The kids did indeed call out, "Hey Pretzelnut!"


Katherine
1962



This memory was added on: May 7, 2005

Absolutely LOVED this game. But in the TV commercials you never got an appreciation for just how LOUD this game was! Used to throw the bean bags at my sisters....though that had a tendency to be even louder!


Jim
1968



This memory was added on: April 12, 2005

My sister and I LOVED this game. We had it in our basement because it was big and kind of loud (to my Mom). We played it for a while but then like everything else it sat for a while and pretty soon the bean bags got spidery and gross and no one could touch them so there it sat for another LONG stretch of time and one day after my Dad died my sister and I were cleaning the basement and threw it away. Yes, it was down there THAT long...


Gina
1964


This memory was added on: March 11, 2005

My sisters and I got this game for Christmas in the early 70's. I remember getting all excited because I really wanted this one. We played it to death!


Paula
1964


This memory was added on: February 19, 2005

my husband and i think the dog's name went like this. [dog picks up bean bag, mom and sis yell out, "oh, rex" ] does anyone else remember it like this?


carrie and paul
'61/'62


This memory was added on: February 12, 2005

We had this game when my brother and I were kids, and I think we got another one when my younger sister was growing up. I also remember the commercial, especially where the mother and daughter looked like they were close to getting a TIC TAC TOE, and the mother exclaimed "We've got 'em now!!!". The son responded "Oh yeah?" and ended up with two diagonal X's (which also happened to turn over one of the ladies' O's). After that the dog then dropped the bean bag onto what turned out to be the winning square.


Ray
1964


This memory was added on: February 1, 2005

The dog in the commercial was named Patches (said is a whiney, how-could-you-ruin-the-game voice of course...).


Phyllis
1965


This memory was added on: January 28, 2005

We had a Toss Across, and for a while it was in the garage because it was so big. The next time we brought it out to play we discovered that mice had broken into the bean bags and ate the contents--they were real beans.


Andrea
1971



This memory was added on: December 10, 2004

I remember coming home for Christmas '72, on leave from the Air Force. My parents had bought this game for my younger brothers and sister. We, (the adults) played with it until I had to go back. Had a wonderful time with it.


Randy
1951

This memory was added on: August 29, 2004

My Mom has this game but can't remember the directions. I told her I thought that 2 people played and you throw a bean bag and then the next person throws till you get 3 in a row just like tic tac tow. Is this correct? Can you help me figure this out for my Mom? Thanks


Linde
1959


This memory was added on: August 2, 2004

I had this game. All I remember is getting bored, and throwing the beanbag bags at my brother. An unmemorable game.


Ron
1968


This memory was added on: August 2, 2004

I had this game. All I remember is getting bored, and throwing the beanbag bags at my brother. An unmemorable game.


Ron
1968


This memory was added on: June 9, 2004

I remember receiving Toss across for Christmas when I was about 7 years old. What a great game! Wish I still had it!


Noelle
1964


This memory was added on: May 5, 2004

Someone asked this earlier but there has been much debate on the name of the dog in the commercial. We can't believe it was "Pretzelnut" as stated earlier. Can anyone confirm ?


Billy Ray
1962



This memory was added on: February 28, 2004

I loved it


Robert
1969


This memory was added on: February 24, 2004

Good game concept, however, I had more fun flinging the bean bags at my younger brother and sister and listening to the thud sound it made as it smacked them on the back. Now that was fun!


Bill
1962


This memory was added on: December 20, 2003

I left my bean bags outside once and they got rained on. They started sprouting a few days later!



1965



This memory was added on: August 27, 2003

I liked this game but anyone who owned it never seemed that interested in playing with it. I tried to skip the bean bag underneath and flip a few over at a time, sometimes it worked. Kids and bean bags . . . someones going to get hurt eventually.



1964



This memory was added on: August 22, 2003

A dog cast the winning beanbag in the commercial. The kids screamed: "Hey Pretzelnut"


DBJ
63


This memory was added on: July 29, 2003

I got toss across for my tenth Birthday back in 1974. I thought it was a great game but I could never get the hang of skipping the bean bags. My parents could but I couldn't I don't care for the new version it's not built as well. Oh well as they say they don't make them like they used to.


Bill
1964


This memory was added on: July 14, 2003

...I'll always remember the TV commercial where the dog drops in the winning (?) beanbag.


Steve
1965



This memory was added on: July 7, 2003

Like most of the toys/games at our house, my brothers and I managed to drive our mother crazy with Toss Across. The game would start out innocently enough...but after a while we'd end up throwing the bean bags so hard that the entire frame would rock, changing the X's and O's.Before long we'd end up winging the bean bags at each other as hard as we could.

Ahh! The Good Ol' Days!


Scott
1965


This memory was added on: June 11, 2003

I received this game for Christmas one year. My Mom told me it took a whole roll of wrapping paper to wrap up the box! It was such a big box, too, way bigger than the version available today. I put my Toss Across under my bed and it barely fit, and I had to lift up the end of my bed to pull it out. Strangely, I hated to play Tic Tac Toe, but this game was really cool. I wound up giving it to a younger cousin and I don't know what happened to it.


Tracy Drane
1966


This memory was added on: April 26, 2003

I have this original toss across game. Box and all is in great shape. Any idea what the value is?


Robert
1965