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Hey kids! Got a vintage toy you can't identify? Drop us a line!
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This question was added on: June 3, 2010

I am looking for people who remembered this toy and could narrow down the years they would have had one or played with one. I am trying to write a little history article about it, but can't find much information.

Op-Yop toy

James B
brnrsky 'at' gmail.com


This question was added on: April 18, 2010

I'm trying to locate this toy I remember from my childhood in the 70's. It looked like a furry creature with no feet, I don't think, and it was furry, like the colored hair on a troll doll. It had a cigarette hanging out of it's mouth and a string you would pull. When you did, it let go this contagious laugh that started out a little wheezy, turning into that full on smokers hack of a laugh. You couldn't help but laugh when you heard it.

Any ideas? This is one of those things that are driving me crazy. I can see it in my head! Help!


Leah


This question was added on: January 8, 2010

I had a toy in the mid 70's that I can best describe as a hydraulic-watermill-waterpump-erector-set. It allowed you to connect a series of clear tubes, mills, and various other pieces to create a crazy pump station that ran water up, down and across the tubes, mills. etc. It could grow to several feet high. If I remember correctly, there may have been an electric pump that drove it all. I may be mistaken. The toy may have been a lot older as I used it at my grandparents house. It was basically like one of those electronic kits where you could perform experiments but this used water, and it was awesome. Help me find this toy!

Jason W


This memory was added on: January 8, 2010

What a great site! Ok, I'm driving myself CRAZY with this one… Another emailer Kim was looking for something similar at one time. I'm 35 & disticly remember these childrens books that had a reading device that actually fit onto the book page & read you the pages of the book. It was not attached to the book, but you set it on the page & as it spun around it would read out loud what was on the page. The name "say & speak " or "spin & speak" keeps coming to mind. I remember a sesame street counting book with the Count & another Yertle the Turtle book. Does this ring a bell with anyone?? Thanks!

Lynsey


This memory was added on: January 8, 2010

When I was little I went to a friend’s house and she had this brilliant construction game that you could make gardens with. I suppose it was a little like lego but I don’t think it was. You had a lawn, dry stone walls and flowers to fix in the top, there were hedge sections, wheelbarrows and plants.

This must have been in the late sixties and I was reminded of it when I saw a picture of James May’s plasticine garden cos that’s what it looked like. Anyone know what I’m talking about?


Yvonne


This memory was added on: January 8, 2010

I have been going crazy trying to think of the name of these round art disks which had numbers on the edges and you would trace the disk, mark a point, turn the disk to a number, and trace the corresponding shape in the disk to the corresponding number on the edge. When you were done, you had a perfectly drawn cartoon character. Any help?

Nanette


This question was added on: January 8, 2010

Here's a strange one...

This would have been around 69-72,,,it was a red plastic or rubber egg that came apart in halves. I think it had googly eyes on it. The idea was that you wrote a message and put it in the egg, then wrote an address on the outside. You left your egg in a public place, and people were supposed to pick it up, add their message, and move it along. Theoretically it eventually got where you had addressed it...the one time I tried it, it just vanished. Anybody remember this?

Sheila


This question was added on: January 8, 2010

Anyone recognize this little guy? I think he was a toy from the 50s (maybe even the 40s). I don't believe he is a Steiff - I have not been able to find any Steiff's resembling him. Plus, his head his hard-plastic with flocked felt - I don't think Steiff has dolls like that. He also has glass eyes. I've always called him Wolfie, but I suppose he might be a dog or fox too. Can anyone solve the mystery for me? (No family members can help me -- hope you can!)

wolf puppet


Mary


This question was added on: November 7, 2009

I hope someone can help me. In the late 60's and early 70's, my Mom gave me a rag doll with plastic head,hands and legs. She had a nob on her back and when I would turn it, she would turn her head from left to right and back. It must of had a music box inside cause I remember music when turning the knob. Our dog ripped my doll and my Mom gave me another one (both for Christmas). Can anybody tell me what doll this was? I have wondered about this doll for years!

Olga
1963


This question was added on: November 7, 2009

Looking for any info on a Cowboy and Indian figure making set from late 60's to around 72. I had one that would allow you to make plastic molds of individual body parts and then piece them together as you wanted. They would be about 2" tall when completed. The molds were about 3x5 and clamped together. My guess would be it wasn't on the market long because of the issue of getting burned by the hot molds. I can't remember how it worked exactly, but the molds had to be heated up somehow. Does anyone have any info?

Rick Phillips


This response was added on: September 19, 2009

Hi. This is Kim from Anchorage Alaska. You helped me clarify a memory concerning the Talking Book...I noticed you had not found a name for the thing either. Well, I dont think it really has a name. I have since researched the talking books and I think they were called just that, Talking Books. Period. They were educational toys and..well, thats it. "This Talking Book by Sonic Educational Products has a copyright dated 1965 on the inside first page. The book has a built in record and it is wound slowly as you follow along using the picture book. These vintage books were the beginning of the 'electronic era' and require no batteries" I would like to thank you for helping with this memory! I've only recently purchased one of these great books and can't wait to see and touch it!

Your website also helped me to find my doll that I got for christmas around the time I was maybe 4 or 5. I loved the hell out of that doll! She had a pink volkswagen type buggy that actually drove around and her head bounced all over as she drove due to the way she was made with thick rubber bands that attached her head within her body. Her arms were like that too, so they would wiggle as she drove around in her buggy. She was BABY GO BYE BYE...and never could I have loved a doll more. Anyhow, thanks again.

I'm still wondering about the darned book that you "read" with the weird reading device that you set on top of a vinyl disc of some sort. (the "disc" was attached to the heavy cardboard book page and you placed the device on top of the disc and it somehow read the story aloud through the device) I found something that kind of reminds me of it here...
http://www.wfmu.org/MACrec/bbtalk1.html
but this is a 1989 thing and my book had to have been sometime late 60's-early 70's. This one also is self contained and reads from the card you stick on it. My memory SWEARS that you jammed some device onto the book itself and it read the story.

Thanks so much.


Kim

I think Kim might be talking about Fisher Price's "Talk to me" books. I've attached a picture.

Talk 2 Me


Robert Pope


This question was added on: September 19, 2009

Hello,

For the last 10 years or so (since losing my grandmother) I have been trying to find info on my favorite toy from her. It was back in the 60s and was like a little flat backed tiny doll house package. There was a triangular top part that had a plastic trunk or treasure chest with a finger puppet in it. There was also a doll "downstairs" I think as I remember playing with them together. No one else I knew had them but my Memom had gotten me a couple different ones. I have been told I am lying, crazy or just totally wrong for years but I know I had this toy! I keep thinking something like attic peeple or something but that could be just what I could have called them.

If you or anyone can help I would so appreciate it. I have spent hours and hours trying to search but I reallly need a name and my eyes hurt from going through ebay blind. I so would love to have these again. Any help would be greatly appreciated and I LOVE YOUR SITE!

My very best to you and yours,


Skylar

These were called “Peepul Pals” and put out by Whitman Publishing, of all people. There were several characters—Sally Stewardess, Brenda Bride, maybe a couple of fairytale gals. Each doll came in a house-shaped box with a storybooy and a trunk in the attic that contained a finger puppet of a “secret friend”. Again, I have a commercial for these, but it’d take forever to locate it.

Robert Pope


Robert, you're much better at this than I am. I may have to hire you to run this page!

- the unworthy editor



This question was added on: September 19, 2009

Hi guys,

Any idea what this construction toy is called? Both my partner and I used to play with them as children of the 70's but neither of us can remember their name and it's really bugging us. We were both thrilled when his Dad brought them down from the loft. We've heard of octons which is a similar construction toy but these must have a have a different name as i can't find them by searching online.

Thanks, hoping you can help me,


Suzy




This question was added on: September 19, 2009

I am looking for a toy from the late 70's or early 80's. It's a manually operated movie reel, much like a viewfinder. You load a cartridge, much like a VCR tape except its smaller. Then you look in the eye of the camera, which you hold with one hand and turn a crank with the other. Looking inside, you see a movie reel play. I used to watch the story of Disney's Cinderella over and over again as a child. Please let me know if you know the name of this toy or where I can get one. Thanks!

Ann O.

Ann - This was almost certainly the Fisher Price (and apparently Kenner) Movie Viewer. Shown below is the Six Million Dollar Man version; I have fond memories of seeing a Star Wars one, and a neighbor kid had a Disney cartoon about a haunted house. A few dozen different films, and different designs of viewer, were made for this toy. It remains a very fondly remembered item for people who grew up in that time period.
- the Editor





This question was added on: August 18, 2009

I am looking for a toy from the early 70's. It was a little cowboy or cowgirl doll that came with a special straw and I think a glass. When you would drink from the straw it would look like the doll was drinking too. I lost mine years ago and haven't come across one on any auction or fan site so far.

Thanks,
Scott

This was Sippin’ Sam and Sippin’ Sue, put out by Kenner Toys. That’s really all I remember about them!

Robert Pope


This question was added on: August 18, 2009

Back in the mid 1980's, I bought a plastic mechanical toy that was a grand prix bicycle race toy. It was 4 bicycles with riders, each with a magnetic base, that rode around in circles on a printed cardboard track, housed on a plastic base. The bikes were driven by a set of magnets that rotated underneath the cardboard track in such a way that caused the riders to switch positions with each other randomly, so you would never know who was going to win. The race was timed by a switch in the middle of the track that would determine the number of laps that were to be run. The riders had legs that would move as they rode around, and the whole base was probably around 15 inches square.

I'm sure I bought this at a mainstream store like Kay Bee Toys or something like that, but not a large outlet like Toys R Us....and honestly it could have been purchased either in Illinois or upstate New York - like around Albany.

I have no idea who the manufacturer was - it was probably created in the early 80's - I've googled just about every combination of grand prix bicycle race toy or tour de france or paris bike race toy or game that I can think of, but nothing so far.

Is there any chance you've heard of this toy, or something like it, or perhaps know of someone who specializes in toys of the late 70's and early 80's?


Thanks for any help you can be in this search,
Rick Barrows


This question was added on: August 18, 2009

There was a ride on toy similar to the inch worm but it was a dog... I had one as a kid, even have a picture of it somewhere.. I think he wore a hat like sherlock holmes.. Anybody remember this toy or what it is called? Thanks.

Tamara


This question was added on: August 18, 2009

OK, am I losing my mind, or does this ring a bell for ANYBODY??? I remember that in the big barrels of Fisher Price toys (i.e., Lincoln Logs, Tinker Toys, etc.) we would find these little plastic squares - maybe an inch each side and only about 1/2" thick. They had the "FP" logo stamped into them and were assorted colors. Our babysitter showed us that if you put them into boiling water, they would "open up" into the original mold shape, which was a dinosaur or animal.

Please tell me this is real and I didn't dream it - I can still feel the heat on my face from the boiling water!!!


Best wishes,
Whitnei Barker

Hi, Not sure if this is what Whitnei is referring to but it made me think of what I now remembering being called the Strange Change Machine. Here is a link with some information:
Strange Change Machine

Mary


Mary, you're probably right. But the Stange Change Machine never required boiling water in order to change the cubes into monsters and vice-versa... it had its own heating unit and a little vise (for squeezing the monsters back into cube form). I've never heard of anybody putting the cubes in hot water, but it would probably work.
- the Editor



This question was added on: May 3, 2009

Around 1971 or so one of my favorite things to play with was a little squishy frog that was about 3 or 4 inches tall and orange. The frog was standing up so you could play with it almost as a doll 'figure' rather than a traditional frog shape. I remember having a squishy black fly that was about 3 inches or so at that time as well. Just wondering if anyone else remembers these type of items and may have a photo of them.

Jo P.
1962


This question was added on: May 3, 2009

I'm hoping you can help my friend and me. We're trying to remember the name of a plastic stacking toy we both remember playing with as kids. It is a building block set - but the "blocks" consist of primary colored plastic circles with feet that fit into holes on the other blocks. Basically, they look kind of like round patio tables that stack one on top of the other, but the tops are more hole that top - does that make any sense?? Any ideas??

Barri

Barri, it makes perfect sense, as I know exactly which toy you're talking about. I had it as a kid myself! Your description of the blocks as 'little patio tables' is spot on, with little knobs on the tops that the leg-bottoms connected to. I haven't had all of my coffee yet this morning, so I can't seem to find a name or pic, but as soon as I find one I'll get it to you! - the sleepy editor

These are Slinky Ring-A-Ma-Jigs. Slinky made a few non-Slinky (and short-lived) items. This was one of them. I have a commercial for them somewhere, but it’d take me days to find it.

Robert Pope


This question was added on: May 3, 2009

Hi there!

I found your site because there was a doll I was trying to remember the name of and it was the Liddle Kiddles! Thanks for helping me out with that, I was going crazy!

Now I am hoping you can help me again. I had this doll in the late 60's early 70's. It was about the size of a one year old. It wore a pink snowsuit and the hood was plastic. The head inside had three faces that you could switch with either a nob or a disc at the back of the neck. one face was sleeping, one was smiling and one was crying. This one and Thumbalina were my two favorites! I am hoping that one of you there remembers the name of this doll!

Thanks so much for your web site.


Candida Mingos
1963

The doll she is asking about is a 1968 Ideal Little Lost Baby. This doll was permanently dressed in a pink cordoroy(?) suit with a hood that formed her firm foam body. The hood hid her head which had 3 faces, one smiling, one crying and one sleeping. She took batteries and made sounds too. I had one when I was little.

Krystal



This question was added on: May 3, 2009

I am looking for a game that was around in the late 70's-early 80's. The object was to place white plastic balls on a tree like stand that was concocted of blue plastic balls connected together like a bunch of grapes. You took turns placing the white balls on the blue balls with a plastic stick that would fit into a hole in the white ball. The object was to place as many white balls on without them "breaking through" the blue balls. The first person to break them through lost. Am I crazy or does anyone else remember this game?

Christina L.

I remember this game as well and it was one of my favorites but I can't seem to remember the name either. I am wondering if Christina ever got an answer to her question and, if so, could you please share it. For some reason I keep thinking the name was something like breakout but when I look that up I naturally get results for the video game with the same name. I would love to know the name of it as well. Thanks.

Jaki K.



This question was added on: May 3, 2009

Hey! I love the website. Since I discovered it, I've cruised it time and again just for the rush of going down memory lane.

My younger brothers and I had a toy which was a kit to make figurines that you could paint. It included several molds of funny animals (the one mold I remember best was a duck), stands that attached to the molds, and packets of blue powder that could be mixed with water. After pouring the mixture into the mold and letting it set for about 15 or 20 minutes, the mold was taken off, and a light blue gelatinous figurine was the result of your efforts. You had to take care removing the mold so you wouldn't damage the figurine. Then you let it dry out for about two to three weeks, during which time it shrunk and got as hard as a rock, then it was ready to be painted. Does this ring a bell with anyone?


Marshall
1961


This question was added on: March 13, 2009

Hi,

I am wondering if you know the name of a game we had when I was a child. It came in a rectangular white vinyl case with a snap, and it had a paisley, psychedelic front cover, painted on top of the vinyl. The colors were like orange or hot pink or hot red or all three on the design. The weird thing about the game was, it was some sort of psychic game, like a forecasting game. I was so little, I can't remember what was inside the box totally--if it was dial you spun, or cards, or cards and a dial... I am drawing a blank. Do you or anyone know what this game was, and have a picture of it?


Thanks,
Bobi


This question was added on: March 13, 2009

hello! love your website! my friend and I are in search of the name of a toy that was actually a collection of thin plastic colored (you could see through them) shapes (square, triangle, circle, etc). Each peice had slits in the sides that you would connect them together with. You could make sculptures with all of the colored shapes and they were beautiful!! I want to say the name had something to do with a kalediscope, but I could be wrong! Any ideas out there!?!??!?!

Kathy R
river edge NJ


This question was added on: March 13, 2009

I have been thinking about a toy I had when I was around 9 or 10. maybe younger. I am 29 now and I cant find this thing anywhere. I guess it would be what you call a game of skill. It was a haunted house and you played it with a little metal ball. you put the ball in the starting point and the you would press a big orange button to make the ball jump. you had to go through lots of obstacles like moving stair, a broken moving bridge that you had to jump over and some others too. if anyone knows what I am talking about please help me!!! I cant find this thing anywhere. I think my mom bought it from either sears or jc penny back in the 80's.

ala10

Hello!

This was simply called Haunted House Game and was made by Tomy who created 2 other games that were nearly identical called Kongman and Sonic Mountain Quest (Sonic the Hedgehog).

Here is a picture of the Haunted House Game by Tomy. This is from the 1984 Sears Christmas Wish Book Page 581. I'll let you know if I find an actual game ;-)

Tomy Haunted House


William


This question was added on: January 27, 2009

Hello, am looking for the name of a ride on toy I had back in the 70's, but it could have been a 60's hand me down. It was I believe white with 6 fat wheels, and to power it you basically pedaled with your hands. It may of just had 4 wheels, I am not sure. The wheels were fairly large, and you sat down in it. You steered and pedaled with the arms, your feet just rested. you were close to the ground, it was not tall. I believe it was a rectangular shape. Can't remember anything else, anyways any help would be great. Am looking to find one for my son, if possible!! Thanks for the help.

Sam


This question was added on: January 27, 2009

I”ve been trying to find a toy I don’t clearly remember for many years. It was a square board with 4 legs with a town with streets and buildings on top that you could see into. There were plastic pieces of people and other things (I think one was a shopping cart) that had magnets on the bottom. There was a long handle with a magnet that you held under the board to make the pieces move on the board. Can anyone help with the name of the toy and where I might find any information?

Thanks,

Debbie


This question was added on: December 14, 2008

Do you have any information on a shooting game called Tin Can alley? I remember my neighbor (he got his gifts on Christmas Eve) getting one. I think the targets were all Dr. Pepper cans and you shot them with blast of compressed air?

Patrick Reynolds

This is in reference to a post from Dec. 14, 2008 on the game tin can alley. I know it's old but thought I would share.

My friend had the game and you lined up the Dr.Pepper cans on a plastic simulated wood fence. The rifle shot a beam of light that hit a sensor flipping the can off the fence. I remember it taking lots of batteries.

Included a pic the cans he had were the traditional Dr.Pepper red ones not the blue.

Steve





This question was added on: December 6, 2008

HI there great site have enjoyed it very much I'm looking to find a picture to remind me of a great game me and my brothers used to play.

It was basically a car's dashboard with a steering wheel and I think it even had gears sort of (well it made it go faster). It was battery operated I think and you used to have to stick a magnet on the bottom of a match box car and stick it on this big plastic painted dome with roads vacuum formed into it. Then you would stick in this first gear and the dome would revolve round and the car you would steer around the roads via some arm that was under the dome with a magnet on the end which you steered yourself if you crashed the car the srm would loose contact and it was the next ones turn. Sad day when we eventually killed it.

Would love to send a picture of it my brothers now one 45 the other 50 something.


Phil
Chesham England

Hi, This is an answer for Phil of Chesham:

Phil,

I think you're talking about the Steer n' Go. There's a video of one here:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=CusWqQUBgg0

and here's a pic attached - hope your brothers like it.


Steer N Go


Regards,

Nigel



This question was added on: December 6, 2008

When I was a little girl, I got a doll for Christmas that was my favorite gift of all time. It would have been in the late 70's or early 80's. I remember the color blue and she smelled so good (I guess it was the wax). She came with a baby carriage and I remember it haviing a blue visor on it. I have no idea what this was called and I know my description is vague. Any ideas?

Thanks so much!
Brenda


This question was added on: November 30, 2008

I'm trying to find or find out some info about a "Tootsie Roll Whistle Maker". I have searched all over the internet and can't find anything about one or where to get one. Do you know?

Larry K.
Mountain Home, Arkansas

Hi,

Are you by any chance talking about the Peter Paul Whistle Pops?

Sharry
1966


In answer to Larry K's question regarding the Tootsie Roll whistle maker - the name of the maker was 'Toot Sweet'. It was a Play Do style whistle maker put on the market to go with the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang movie.

hb

I had thought about the Toot-Sweets, but I didn't know there was a whistle 'maker' component, just the candy. Thanks for the responses, guys! - your humble pagekeeper


This question was added on: November 30, 2008

Hi,

I was wondering if you might know of the name of a game I had as a kid. In a way, it was like mouse trap, but it was real-time and required a lot of dexterity.

You had this fat little construction worker guy that was actually a wind up toy (2 rubber tires on the bottom that you would up by clicking the wheels backward). He had a pipe wrench sticking up above his head that acted like a hook.

The game was a plastic construction site of the skeleton of a skyscraper. There were 3 levels (I think) of the skyscaper, with a "Wild Mouse" type walkway that include straight ramps and 90 degrees rotation platforms. You wound him up, and placed him on a starting ramp at the bottom of the construction site. He went up the ramp on to an open elevator inside the skyscraper skeleton structure. The wheels of your man would rotate the plate he was riding on in the elevator by 90 degrees, and you pulled a string that raised the elevator one level in the structure. He would then propel out of the elevator after rotating 90 degrees. He would ride on the Wild Mouse ledge, with you rotating the 3 platforms which would circle him back to the elevator. You would repeat this process 2 more times, pulling the string of the elevator to lift him up a level of the structure each time, and navigating him Wild Mouse style on the ledge and rotating platforms. On the last level, there would be a ring attached to a weighted string, and his pipe wrench would hook it, and he would fall slowly to the ground to safety.

If you did everything just right, his wind-up power would just get him through this maze to the hook, and down to safety.

This was a really fun game in my youth, and I just can't remember the name. Would you be able to help me?

Thanks,
Kirk


This response was added on: November 30, 2008

Your current pictured retro toy appears to be an early model "Pez Space Gun". You could actually load them up with PEZ candy and then actually shoot them out of the barrel.

Hope that this has helped somehow.


David P.

David - Actually, I was just using that pic as a general sort of placeholder at the top of the page. But, yours is the second response, so I assume some people might be interested in the toy pictured. So, thanks for the useful info. - the management


This question was added on: November 26, 2008

do you have pictures of "Baby Tears" ??? PLz She was little about 2 to 3 " widw & about 3 to 4 tall blond hair short with bangs tiny bottle if remember correctly fed her(water in bottle) push a button & tears fell doown her face... plz plz plz get back to me thank you

Mary Green

Hi! This is a reply to Mary Green about "Baby Tears". The name of this toy is "Sweet April" by Remco. I got her for Christmas around 1972. You could feed her a bottle, and then you'd push the button on her back, she'd raise her hands to her face and cry. Here are some pictures.

Sharry
1966


Sweet April
Sweet April
Sweet April

Thanks, Sharry! - the editor


This question was added on: November 26, 2008

I was born in 1967 and this memory seems to be when I was very young, 4 or so. I remember this BOOK TOY. You opened the cover and inside were pages like a book. Also there was this DIAL that you either turned by sticking your finger into a hole exactly like a rotary phone dial, OR it had some kind of handle that you turned it with... anyhow, you turned this dial around and around at a certain speed which in turn played a story aloud. I think it had music too and it would tell you when to turn the page by a voice saying "turn the page" or a specific sound or tone would play which meant the same. I recall that you could hear different stories by exchanging something but I cant quite remember. I remember that the sounds and voice you could get to sound faster by turning the dial faster and slower by turning it slower, etc. which was part of the fun I think. Anyhow, THIS THING existed and although my memories of it are fuzzy and maybe not altogether accurate, they are real! I must find it!

One more memory I have involving a talking book type toy was this; This book you opened and on the pages were these vinyl discs. You placed a reader machine on top of these vinyl discs and it would tell the story out loud. What the heck was the name of it?

Thanks for a WONDERFUL web site and the opportunity to share my memory.


Kim S
Anchorage, Alaska

Well, we found Kim S.'s toy, and I wrote her an email about it, but as reader Mark from Ankeny, Iowa, pointed out, I forgot to mention it on this page (because I am an idiot - I said that, not Mark).

A picture of this toy is in our Christmas Catalog section, from the 1977 Montgomery Ward catalog, here. We still don't know the name of it, however... does anybody else?


- your humble webmaster


This question was added on: November 26, 2008

Anyone remember this toy: Kiddie Fondue?

It was a big orange bowl that hot water from the stove, the top compartment had three trays for melting chocolate, vanilla and strawberry pieces. I remember as a little girl when my parents would have their fondue parties they would set this up for us kids and we aould dip pretzels, apples, or wahtever else we thought would taste good. It was a blast - the big wide base helped prevent it from being spilled. I'm sure it have all sorts of precautions today because of the hot water.

Nancy Rankin


This question was added on: September 27, 2008

I was born in 1960 and I vaguely remember a "toy" that I enjoyed but can't quite get it in my mind, or picture it, or name it. It was something that you rubbed off and a color "picture" was revealed. I just can't put my finger on it. It seems like a transfer but looking everywhere on these sites hasn't helped. It would have been 1965 to 1968 and it seemed like once you did one it was done and you had to do another one. I remember jonesing for them! I don't think they came out of a cereal box. We had two five & dimes in town so it was probably something cheap that I blew my money on. I know this is way out there but maybe someone can come up with something. Thanks!!

Becky M
Grinnell, Iowa

It sounds something like Presto-Majix, but I'm not sure those came out as early as '65-68.
- the editor



This question was added on: September 27, 2008

Back in the seventies my friends and I would go to Ben Franklin and buy these rubbery little creatures for a dime. They were only a couple inches tall. The only one I still have is all yellow and is like a dog with things sticking up on its head. It's on all fours and is wearing a sweater and jeans. Wow, that sounds weird, but I really don't remeber what the other ones looked like and would love to see a picture. We spent hours digging holes in the dirt for them to play in.

Thanks!


Dar
1964

Dar, I think I've got a picture of some of those little things, but it's lost here on my harddrive! If I find it, I'll definitely post it here.
- the editor



This question was added on: September 19, 2008

Hi, like alot of people who visit your page, I can remember a game from my childhood that nobody else seems to know.

It was a shopping game from around 1972 with a square Monopoly-style board and it came with fifty tiny toys.

Two of the toys are a green roly-poly clown and a red plastic mouse who wiggles his green ears when you pull his green tail.

What in the world is the name of this game? How come it's never included in vintage board game books? This feels like I'm in the Twilight Zone!

Thanks for your help,


Michael in Canada


This question was added on: September 19, 2008

Hi, Love your site! My sister and I had a board game, and I think it was called Carnival. I was quite young when we played it, but in my memory there were all kinds of 'games within a game' to play. You set things up like on a boardwalk, and there was one game I remember where you shot tiddlywinks into a clown's mouth. There was a barker, and a spinner, though I can't remember much more except we had loads of fun with it. I cannot find it anywhere on the web, and NO ONE remembers a game like this. If you could find it that would be awesome! Keep up the good work on the great site!

Chelley

I have an answer for you on the mystery toy question raised by Chelley.

The game was called "Kooky Carnival" and was made by Milton Bradley. It came out around 1969-70. There are actually two different boxes. The first (the one I own) has a cartoon painting of the carnival barker. The second box shows photos of some of the actual games.

I had hours and hours of fun with this. Some of the games included trying to get a plastic mouse through a cardboard chees with several holes in it, a flat frying pan where you would flip a cardboard egg and catch it, and using a rubber band to flip tiddly winks at three bowling pins to knock them over. If you completed a game you received a cash prize, and at the end of the game, whoever had the most cash won.


Andy V. in Tennessee

I think I may have the answer. The game is called “Kooky Carnival” by Milton Bradley. I saw it at another great retro toy website. Here is the link: http://www.samstoybox.com/toys/KookyCarnival.html

I hope this helps Chelley out. Who knows, with a little ebay search, Chelley may be able to live out some childhood memories again.

Keep up the good work on the website!

Cheers,

Darrell S. Harman

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