Popper Knockers (aka Klackers)

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This memory was added on: February 21, 2010

I remember these as I still have a pair saved away. I remember playing with them for hours. Me and my sister had a pair. Mine are red with a yellow string. They are in a box somewhere. I found them one day and played with them for over an hour. How funny. Boy we did spend hours knocking them together. I also remember the ban on them because they did tend to explode. I remember hiding mine because they were “illegal” to have, or so my childish mind told me. I had the memory of them being glass as well. Mine does have some chips in them but small ones.

Thanks for letting us all share.

Kathy R.


This memory was added on: February 21, 2010

I had these and loved them. Glittery pink ones. When mom heard they would shatter , they disappeared forever.

Glenda


This memory was added on: January 8, 2010

Man do remember these babies, my two brothers and I each had a set and we played with them till are forearms were black and blue.We would let are arms heal for a day or two, then back at it.I can honestly say we NEVER SHATTERED ANY, and we could keep them klacking for a minute or more.I purchased three set at a flea market a few years ago, and tried a set and can still get them going; but only for about 10 seconds; then the forearm thing happens and away they go.I will hand them down to my grandson, my daughter will LOVE them as my Mother did. NOT.

Larry L
1952


This memory was added on: August 18, 2009

I remember getting a pair of these at a Flea Market for 50 cents sometime around 1973-4. I started klacking them in the car on the ride home and hit the side window with them and my dad's arm reached over into the backseat, took my klackers and I never saw them again. Sigh.

Krystal (45)


This memory was added on: August 18, 2009

Oh my goodness... Klackers!! I remember my sister and I both got them for Christmas. These things were dangerous because it was so easy to hit yourself in the face with them, which I did repeatedly. I remember getting really good doing the top and bottom Klack thing really fast. I remember after about a week I was totally into a super serious power Klack when one of the balls exploded and Klacker shrapnel hit me in the face. Oh yes...those were the best times ever.

Frank
1962


This memory was added on: May 3, 2009

I remember them well...my friend had a red pair and I wanted some so I took all the change I had and went to the local variety store. I think they cost a dollar (a lot of money for a 8 year old in 1971)! They were a dark see thru blue plastic that looked like they had bubbles in them. They were so cool but did they hurt if they slipped! I now wish I'd kept them!

Lori


This memory was added on: May 3, 2009

I remember them well. I worked for a summer in a little shop that made them out of fiberglass resin in different colors. They had small round glass containers that had a pour spout on one side. We would put a mess of them into egg crates so they would stand up and then fill the bottoms just up to the spout with the colored resin. Add a short length of nylon cord, allow to harden, break off the glass, add a small plastic ring on the cord and presto....a set of klackers! Loads of fun until one or both shattered sending flying debris into the poor unsuspecting child's eyes, which is why they were banned and why you can't find 'em today.

Richard D.


This memory was added on: January 27, 2009

What memories. We called them Klick-Klaks. They were a big fad in our school. I still remember the sound of them grating against my ear drums as they echoed incessantly across the play ground during recess. They didn't just split open our eardrums. A girl used hers to slam her reluctant boyfriend across the head. This split his skull open. The ambulance hauled the bleeding Romeo away. The teachers collected every Klick-Klak in a five mile radius. Some where in Luther Burbank Jr HIgh is a drawer filled with very vintage, very dangerous treasures.

Kristi


This memory was added on: October 26, 2008

I can remember being about 8 years old and wanting a pair but was not allowed, but my older sister had a red and blue pair and i would sneak them when ever I could, they were painful but soo much fun, than after being recalled they came out with a plastic pair that they later recalled too. I eventually inherited my sisters but don't know what happen to them. Would love to get my hands on a pair again. They are ridiculously priced nowadays if you find them.

Lissette


This memory was added on: October 26, 2008

I knew them as Kabongers… and would have SWORN that mine were, in fact, glass! They were very heavy but with the right rhythm they were smooth and LIGHT once you got going! I played with mine forever! I never got tired of them! (My Mom did, though) J I wish I would have saved them…… I have not found any vintage ones, ever! Just seen them online. Not sure if that one poster was 100% accurate on there never having been glass ones! I bet mine were!!! J

Colleen L.
1964


This memory was added on: September 19, 2008

I didn't get the clear clackers, but I did get orange clackers that held together quite well. I had them for years, but where they ended up I can't say. But I sure wish I had them! I could make those babies really go. I can't imagine what my mother was thinking when she bought those for me. I'm just glad that she did.

Kat
1959


This memory was added on: September 19, 2008

It was hands down my favorite toy when I was a child. I would love to find some to play with now. I am 44 yrs old just so you know. I find the older I get the more nostalgic I get about my childhood. I spent 3 days in Canton (Texas) looking for them but it turns out they are pretty hard to come by.

Pamala
Austin, Texas


This memory was added on: July 6, 2008

I was very fortunate enough that I was able to make these ball collide against each other. Mine never did shattered, I also used them as a sling shot, the way David did against Goliath. They ended up on the electical line.

Remember when the real Super-Ball came Out? that's another story, I was 10 yrs.old back then.

CDComputers


This memory was added on: July 6, 2008

We called them Klackers (in Massachusetts). They were a craze around 1970. I loved mine, and it seemed like half the kids at recess had them - until our elementary school banned them. I don't remember what happened to mine. I do remember they were satisfyingly sparkly, smooth, and heavy.

But I'm pretty sure mine weren't glass, even though they felt like it. I don't think anyone would have released, even back in the 60s, a toy made of glass balls that were supposed to bang into each other. I think the originals were made of some substance that felt and looked a lot like glass - some kind of acrylic, I suppose. I know that there were also some made of an opaque plastic, and I think that's where this misconception came from. In any case, I don't think anyone has been able to produce an original pair made of glass. But I will admit that it's a possibility - it seems there were several regional companies manufacturing these.

Sheila S.


This memory was added on: June 20, 2008

Toys I had as a kid from the 70's.

Baby feel so real - Baby's skin felt like peach fuzz
Flurry - cardboard slinky
Squirmel- like a fat fuzzy pipecleaner that you tied a piece of fish line to then pulled it around on your shirt button.
knockers - piece of nylon string with a ball tied to each end with a handle you used to clack them together.
Stretch Armstong and Strech Monster

Too many more to list!

Socha


This memory was added on: May 18, 2008

It was 1972 or 1973, and my mother bought all six of us a set of Click Clacks. I love the colors and the sparkles inside of the glass balls. I learned how to use them right away and I became really good at it. Until one day when my brother Joey got mad at me and smashed me over the head about 8 times with them, leaving 8 good sized lumps. My mother quickly pulled out her scissors and cut the strings of every Click Clack in the house. I was more upset that she cut the strings, then my aching head.

Gee-Gee
Cherry Valley, MA


This memory was added on: April 22, 2008

I LOVED this toy! You had to get good at it real fast, or you were in for a lot of pain! I have been trying to find some for my kids, and I just found some similar at Vermont Country store, online. I’m ordering them tonight! This toy kept me busy for hours….I just hope my kids get the same enjoyment from them. Although, they weren’t too thrilled with the Lite Brite, Electronic Battleship, or Etch-A-Sketch I got for them. Maybe I got them more for me than them……you think?

Shelly


This memory was added on: February 14, 2008

Never really knew the name of them. Got a pair from my older brother when I was 13 in 1978. Kept them in a box in my shop for many years after I became older, and played with them on and off. I found them tossed on the table recently, with a huge crack in one of them from someone else playing with them . I so enjoyed banging those glass balls together top to bottom and disturbing my family with the sound. Would really like to find a pair of them, (translucent red) again to replace the broken ones.

dogglady


This memory was added on: December 7, 2007

My parents use tell me things like "Never get into a car with strangers" because they were probably murderers or perverts or "Don't take food or candy from strangers" because there was drugs or dope in it. One day I did the unthinkable. I helped realize my parent's worse fears. I STARTED PLAYING WITH "KLICK KLACKS"! Klick Klacks - that's what we called them when I was growing up in Brooklyn, New York in the early 1970's. My parents hated these things and never allowed me to have a pair. The kids on my street had the resin or glass ones and the only colors I remember were the red and clear ones. Some of them had cracks inside them which made look really cool. I was never any good with them and only got them to hit together a couple times any time I tried. At the time I started hearing stories about kids blackening their arms with them, knocking themselves in the head, busting teeth, and using them as weapons. Then they disappeared. They were either outlawed or voluntarily pulled from the shelves. You could never make, market, or sell a toy like these days.

This site's a riot. I enjoyed reading the other posts.


Johnny
1961


This memory was added on: May 27, 2007

YES ,,, i remember them well , mine were 1 lt green ( teal ) & 1 orange ,, on the same pair ! I chose that combo , 'cause my best friend Mark ,, had the same ,,, i have an early memmory of walking into the local dept store , and seeing a large group of teenagers ,outside , playing with thier Clic-Clacks , and i hoped they were giving them away inside ,, 'cause i knew my parents would'nt buy them ! I also recall a story 'bout all of them being dropped to the bottom of the sea ,, because they were so dangerous ,, i got mine after the recall , from a discount store called Newberrys ,,, they were $ 4.95 , i asked my mom for $5 ,, and she just gave it to me , without asking what i was buying ! Many years later , i hung them from the rear view mirror , of my 5.0 mustang , till one day i swung my arm to reach over the passanger seat , hit 1 ball ,,,,, and sent it slamming into the windshield ,, of course it shatterd the windshield ,,but not the clic-clacs ! I still have them ,, in a safe place , of course !


Mac
1964


This memory was added on: May 22, 2007

I too was a product of the clik-clak era, raised in upstate ny. i loved them, and more than one pair, i believe ended up in a tree.

Tell me - does anyone remember the FIDGET??? it was a hexigonal shaped toy, about 2-4 inches in diameter. you simply swirled you finger underneath it to create "psychdelic" art? I think these were pulled when the foil-like back could be penetrated and the liquid substance started oozing out. No one remembers these. They were awesome!


gail
1962


This memory was added on: May 15, 2007

My memory was of a friend throwing them as hard as he could against the cement wall. They came flying back so fast I didn't have a chance to move. The Klik Klaks nailed me in both knees. I went down like a bag of cement. No damage to the Klik Klaks. As soon as I could walk again...we went right back to playing with our Klik Klaks. In fact I just ordered a set online.


Otto Matz
1957



This memory was added on: May 5, 2007

I had a beautiful set of the pink Clik Clacks. I had about of week's worth of fun playing with them; before my mother threw them out!! She was afraid that I would hurt myself. I still miss those Clik Clacks and cannot seem to find a pair of them anywhere!!




Char
02/21/64


This memory was added on: April 30, 2007

In NJ in the 60's they were Klackers. If you were really good, you could do "doubles" or colliding below AND above the hand. You did this by pulling down on the down klack and up on the up klack. I remember seeing a window at school get broken when the string broke and a ball launched like a missile into the glass fro the recess line. Of course the things were banned at school, but the fun was getting away with it. Despite us surviving Klackers, Can you fellow boomers imagine marketing the things today?


Jeff
1962



This memory was added on: April 29, 2007

Oh boy is Catus Wren wrong. The original ones were made of glass. And boy were they dangerous. They were yanked off the shelves because of all the eye injury's. A acrilic one soon took it's place. Those did not enjoy the same popularity as the glass ones. They did not make the same noise. We all were covered in bruises from them. Great memories, great fun


Mary
1956



This memory was added on: April 27, 2007

MR.Cactus I am sorry to say but, you are mistaken. They were made out of glass.And, later they started to make them out of hard acrilic. I know this because my brother used to work for Co. in upstate N.Y. were they made them


R.Davis Sr.
1966


This memory was added on: April 22, 2007

OMG! BRINGS BACK MEMORIES. I LOVED THESE THINGS. AT FIRST WHEN I WAS LEARNING HOW TO PLAY WITH THEM MY WRIST TOOK A BEATING, BUT EVENTUALLY I GOT REALLY GOOD AT IT. I WONDER IF I CAN FIND THEM AGAIN.


LORENA
1978


This memory was added on: April 13, 2007

hi guys this is gonna be weird but i need help finding these klackers my mom keeps talking about them all the time and her birthday is may 20th and id like to find a pair for her but 40 bucks is a tad deep for a lazy teen but any sites you guys know that sells them i would really really appreciate it if you would share. Thank you my email is


cassandra
july 7th 1991


This memory was added on: April 12, 2007

The pain, the pain, the fun, the pain... *LOL* Who thought these up?


Trish
1966



This memory was added on: April 12, 2007

Actually, they did have glass ones. I had them! They looked like see through marbles. I know we had at least two pair. I remember red ones and blue ones. Damn, those things hurt! They hurt wayyy more then the plastic now but still it really didn't matter much when you are smacking your arm with a hard object!! But I do know for a fact that they made them in glass because ours had a few cracks in them. They never did break though.

Later they made hard acrylic ones so I bought a pair and still have those. I take them out and play with them and then when I start saying that it hurts, my daughter yells at me to stop!!


Kim
1968



This memory was added on: April 12, 2007

By the way, we called them KaBangers (MN).


Kim
1968



This memory was added on: April 11, 2007

I remember playing with my cousin's click clacks when i was a kid...i used to sit on her stoop when i'd visit her in the Bronx and play with her and all my cousins all day until our arms were black and blue...lol...those were the days...


Luis
1975


This memory was added on: April 8, 2007

Oh, my god, yes! I had two sisters who got 1 each of those things. Every day at recess in 1971 that's all you'd hear in the school yard --"clack, clack, clack, clack, clack. I used it too. Once you got the hang of it by holding the silver metal ring and got the beat as it were, it took very little motion to keep them clacking up and down. Fun!


David
1961



This memory was added on: April 6, 2007

Oh MY GOD! I remember getting these at the youth fair in Miami when I was a kid. I absolutely LOVED them. Hours of mindless entertainment....LOL


Rhonda Smith
1962


This memory was added on: April 5, 2007

I had them and I remember having bruises on my arms! I had to order an armguard that they offered for safety.


Gravely
1970



This memory was added on: April 1, 2007

My best friend and I both had Knockers...I think mine were a irredesent blu-ish purple swirls with glitter and her's were beatiful green glitter swirls. We were leaning over a wall at Lake Elisabeth and I accidently droped mine so she dropped her's too....so, there they still lie, we're now both 45, and someday when they lower the lake we want to go back and dig them up...we know right were we dropped them.


Nora
11-24-61


This memory was added on: March 31, 2007

I absolutely loved these toys. I had mine in the early 70's. I have a vivid memory of being in First Grade, outside at recess, hanging out on the school stairs playing with some of my best friends. We had so much fun clacking away with these things! I remember that mine, were a light blue/agua color. They were a very "treasured" toy of mine! We called them "Knockers", in the area that I grew up (in Massachusetts). Good Times, back then!!!


E. Orlanzo (MA)
1963



This memory was added on: March 18, 2007

This was by far my favorite. I still wish I had mine...AND mine were glass!! They were good sized, light blue with metallic flakes in them. Very heavy and dangerous! LOL... I loved them. I had never seen another set like this. I've tried to explain to them to family and friends and no one ever knows what I'm talking about.How could my mom forget me having these?!


Jennifer
1967


This memory was added on: March 16, 2007

I had completely forgotten about these! All the kids in the neighborhood had these. I was explaining to my nine year old son what these were and I could just tell he could believe these were fun. I remember a neighbor boy who could really get these clanking so fast. All us little girls were in awe.


Jennifer
1967


This memory was added on: March 14, 2007

I had a set of Klackers back in the 70s, I remember my grandmother always telling me not to play with them, that I would put someone's eye out lol


Dana
1967



This memory was added on: March 9, 2007

They were the BEST toy ever I remember everyone having them and we would all do them at the same time, thats all you saw everyone doing,and we all had a different color, my god look what we played with and had alot of fun and now all the kids do to day is talk on cell phones and are on Computers they really need to bring them back!!!!!!


Renee
1962



This memory was added on: February 28, 2007

I remember these in the school yard. We all had them. You needed to bounce the balls a few times and get a rhythm before before you could go full speed top and bottom. What a noise. I can't remember anyone shattering them, or major injuries. I was bumbed when they were outlawed.


Bosco
1957



This memory was added on: February 25, 2007

every one on the playground had these. I remeber bruised knuckles and a few broken teeth. Not mine. My sister was quite good with these klackers and had several sets. She kept them in a egg carton. I beleive they were outlawed at cheremoya elementary school. We soon moved on to skateboarsd at any rate.


jeannie mayo
1961


This memory was added on: February 22, 2007

I had those. My Great Aunt gave them to me at a garage sale, and I was really good at them. But my mom accedentaly threw them away and now I miss them.I practiced alot to.


Kaila Age 14
1992


This memory was added on: February 19, 2007

We had these too. The one thing I remember was how many kids were injured and they were pulled off the market! I never could make them work properly.


Steve
1964


This memory was added on: February 14, 2007

I remember winning these at my catholic school carnival. I LOVED them. If I had only kept them. I was just talking to a friend about them who had no idea what I was talking about. I received an email today about toys in the 70's and klackers were in it. I remember my wrists would be bruised from playing with them. Wish I could buy a pair today


L Iorio
1967


This memory was added on: February 11, 2007

I remember playing with Klackers (I don't remember what we caled them then)as a child in western NY. But I haven't seen any in 30 years. Thats why I was very surprized to find a bag of about 20 unopened packs while cleaning out an old basement - just yesterday. These were called Kerbangers (or Kerbonkers) and have original glossy red cardboard tops stapled onto their plastic packaging. They have nylon strings melted right into the balls. I haven't decided yet what I am going to do with them.


Chuck
1964


This memory was added on: February 11, 2007

I had a couple sets of these... Werent' they outlawed eventually because they caused concussions or something? I remember hitting myself in the head many times with these things.. the trick was.. once you got them "klacking" rhythmically you brought your arm down fast and then up and down so the things hit together on the way UP and the way down as you moved your arm up and down fast!!... when you finally missed, the things flew out of your hand and either hit YOU in the head or flew and hit someone or something else... WHAT FUN! WHAT DANGER... I had a blast with these things along with the other DANGER TOYS... muaaa ha ha ha ha. Still alive and thinking my personality would still be the same had I not been hit so often with these things !!!


Mary
1959


This memory was added on: February 7, 2007

I had 2 sets of Click Clacks and still have 1, THEY ARE MADE OUT OF GLASS. That was the best toy I can remember having and still get to take myself back to that time when I look at the ones I have saved, its amazing.


susan
1964


This memory was added on: February 6, 2007

My first pair of clackers were given to me by my grandfather. I was about 4 years old, and by watching the older kids, caught on pretty quick on how to use them,,,which drove my parents nuts...the sound of them clacking over and over and over...thru the years they got shoved from box to box...when my children were old enough i showed them how to use them...and had them "go show grandma" so the sound could drive her nuts again..lol..they were amused for a while, but i guess it just can't compete with an mp3 player...even though the string is old and dirty,,,i still have those old clackers...and always will


ilona
1966


This memory was added on: February 1, 2007

Mine were on a thick kite-type string with a plastic ring in the middle to hold onto. Mine also had purple, clear, acrylic balls on end. I loved them. It was big in the neighborhood and the racket we made was great! I wish I could find an "old" new pair in addition to my clear, purple acrylic peace sign I used to hang from my air conditioning vent.


Jayne
1962



This memory was added on: February 1, 2007

Mine were on a thick kite-type string with a plastic ring in the middle to hold onto. Mine also had purple, clear, acrylic balls on end. I loved them. It was big in the neighborhood and the racket we made was great! I wish I could find an "old" new pair in addition to my clear, purple acrylic peace sign I used to hang from my air conditioning vent.


Jayne
1962