Soccer Tables from 1974

or as I have always known it, Foosball.

I can still remember seeing my first Foosball table. My grandparents where “dorm parents” for a college in Kansas. (This was back when adults monitored students in dormitories. I think a few colleges still do this.) Anyway I was visiting my grandparents in the late 70s, and I went to the dorm cafeteria where I first saw a Foosball table. The students quickly showed me how to play and I was quickly beaten. (lol)

But I was amazed at how fast some of those kids where on those tables. In a blink of an eye they could send that speeding like a bullet into a goal.

Soccer Table from 1974
Soccer Table from 1974

Ants in the Pants – 1971

I remember seeing this game being advertised on TV and it always seemed odd to me that it was called Ants in the Pants. You are flipping objects into a pair of pants. To me it would have made more sense to be called Grasshopper in your Pants. I guess that name isn’t as catchy. 😛

Ants in the Pants from 1971
Ants in the Pants from 1971

Toss Across

How many of you remember this game?

Toss Across by Ideal 1972
Toss Across by Ideal 1972

This commercial is a little worn out, but I remember it oh so well. Especially at the end when the dog drops the bean bag.

http://youtu.be/zq_e5Ojeb4k

I always tried to get multiple tiles to change like the kid in the commercial. I rarely succeeded though. On a side note, I did learn how to juggle using the bean bags. They work great! 🙂

Have a great weekend everyone.

Bing Bang Boing

Bing Bang Boing game from 1972.

Bing Bang Boing from 1972
Bing Bang Boing from 1972

When was the last time you have seen a 2 minute commercial? Almost unheard of these days! I really enjoy the simplicity of these older commercials.

Don’t Pop Your Top!

Don't Pop Your Top from 1972
Don’t Pop Your Top from 1972

I have no idea which of the games may still be around. I just like to post things that I remember playing or seeing commercials from when I was a kid, which is the case for Don’t Pop Your Top.  I remember watching the commercial but alas I could not find one posted online.

Have a great weekend everyone. See you all on Monday.

Assortment of Board Games from 1975

Have you noticed that the staple of board games from our childhood are still around today?

Assortment of Board Games from 1975
Assortment of Board Games from 1975

Life, Sorry, Monopoly, Trouble, Clue, Scrabble, and many others. (Though I don’t remember Headache.) Monopoly was always one of my favorites.

What was your favorite game?

Here a few fun Wiki facts:

Monopoly – There have been some changes to the board since the original: the colors of Mediterranean and Baltic Avenues (which changed from purple to brown),the colors of the GO square (which changed from red to black), the adoption of a flat $200 Income Tax (formerly the player’s choice of $200 or 10% of their total holdings, which they must calculate before making their decision), and increased $100 Luxury Tax amount (upped from $75).

Life – The late 1980s version areplaced the familiar convertibles from earlier versions with Chrysler-esque minivans.

Clue – The North American versions of Clue also replace the character “Reverend Green” from the original Cluedo with “Mr. Green.” This is the only region to continue to make such a change. Minor changes include “Miss Scarlett” with her name being spelled with one ‘t’, the spanner being called a wrench, and the dagger renamed a knife. And until 2003, the lead piping was known as the lead pipe only in the North American edition.

Mr. Mouth, Mr. Mouth

I am going to inundate you with three posts today since I missed two already this week.

Do you remember this game?

Mr. Mouth Game 1977
Mr. Mouth Game 1977

I never played the game, but I do remember the commercial! Another one of those catchy slogans.

http://youtu.be/yH8Y90uYxvs

Jaws Game from Ideal

The Jaws movie scarred my wife to death when she was a child. Oddly enough though,  the Jaws game from Ideal was one her favorite childhood toys.

1977 Jaws Board Game from Ideal
1977 Jaws Board Game from Ideal

My cousin had this game so I did get to play it a couple times! 🙂