Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Tomy Plastic Games / T.H.I.N.G.S. by Milton Bradley

So as a kid I had one T.H.I.N.G.S. toy, and that was Sir Ring-a-Lot. My neighbor had one called Grabbit. I know it was a simpler time but I loved playing these simple little wind-up games. I still have my original Sir Ring-a-Lot (minus his rings though), and was lucky enough to get a boxed one through a trade online.

Then I found a plastic Tomy game called "Kid Kong" at a thrift store. It was a cool looking piece which I initially intended to try and re-sell to make a few bucks. I pulled it apart and fixed the broken mechanism inside, and decided it was too cool to get rid of just yet.

At a garage sale not too long after I found a "Strolling Bowling" game by Tomy, and after I played with that for a while that collector's flame was ignited. I've become very interested in all the old wind-up and battery operated Tomy games from the 70's and 80's. Not so much the arcade and digital stuff they made, but the plastic kinetic games with moving parts and cool characters. I went on a little bit of an ebay bender (I'm very susceptible to these which is why I abandoned Paypal for a year, and may have to again) and purchased several more in the next couple days. I've had to stop myself from that moving forward, but I'm sure I'll be keeping a better eye out for these from now on.

I think the Tomy games and T.H.I.N.G.S. share that same simple, fun spirit, so I'm clumping them together in one post.

My collection so far:

Milton Bradley T.H.I.N.G.S.:

  Sir Ring-a-lot in box

 Sir Ring-a-lot loose

Flip-O-Potamus in box

Flip-O-Potamus loose

Grabbit in box

Grabbit loose

Astro-Nots in box

Astro-Nots loose

 Eggzilla loose (assembled)

Eggzilla loose (unassembled) 

My collection also includes an incomplete and non-functional Dr. Wack-O game.

TOMY Games:

 Starcades Rocket Tower front

Starcades Rocket Tower rear

 Strolling Bowling in box

 Strolling Bowling in case

 Strolling Bowling set up

 Bumbling Boxing in box

Bumbling Boxing in case

Bumbling Boxing set up

 Goof-Around Golf in case

 Goof-Around Golf set up

 Homerun Home in box
Homerun Homer set up

 Kid Kong sprung

 Kid Kong game in progress

 Turn The Terrible Tank box

 Turn The Terrible Tank game set up

 Original Mr. Mouth box

 Original Mr. Mouth

 Newer "Frog" Mr. Mouth (distributed in the US by Milton Bradley)

"Frog" Mr. Mouth

Flippopotamus box


 Bolt n Stein box (not yet opened, will be doing so soon)

1 comment:

  1. Any chance you'd consider selling your original Mr. Mouth game?