Toys of the Seventies, Barrel Of Monkees

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Monkeys in a plastic barrel with long hook shaped arms for linking together.
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edie - March 27, 2009 - Report this comment
We had several barrels of these guys around, and we also had the big barrel version.A good honest game for kids even today....
bjbear - March 29, 2009 - Report this comment
i remember the way these smelled too. enjoyed the smell more than playing with them!
Susan - June 15, 2012 - Report this comment
I loved this game. Just bought a set for my sister's 50th birthday later this year.
Rob Lambert - June 15, 2012 - Report this comment
My family first got the Barrel of Monkeys game in 1967. Back then, it was made by Lakeside Toys, which also made the bendable Gumby and Pokey toys. Lakeside Toys, yet another smaller manufacturer to go bankrupt as the 1970s began. There were 12 monkeys in the barrel. Another toy/game which had a limited fun factor. I have a 1967 TV commercial, but it didn't appear to be off a network cartoon program. Probably syndicated.
Rob Lambert - July 14, 2015 - Report this comment
Found an earlier Barrel of Monkeys TV commercial from 1965. This, with the cardboard cylinder container instead of the plastic two-piece barrel. Lakeside Toys, not big spenders, advertised only on local or syndicated children's programs...same as when they sold the Bozo, Gumby and Pokey bendable toys. After Milton Bradley acquired the rights in 1970 did Barrel of Monkeys get network TV exposure.
Ken - April 04, 2016 - Report this comment
Omy these were my baby toys goes back to late 60s loved it....pick up sticks too

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