Toys of the Seventies, Bing Bang Boing

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Regarding the above toy - in the UK I remember this but it was a bit different (I don't even know what it was called). You had a mat with 3 (or 4 ?) circles on where you placed the 'drums' (I remember you had to assemble them yourself, using the ring frame and then stretching a plastic skin over them). You then had a chute that ran down one side of the mat, which connected a 'collection tray' to the 'feeder tower'. The collection tray was just that, a tray that caught the ball bearings when they bounced of the last drum. They then ran down the chute to the feeder tower which was a clear plastic tube with a screw inside - this screw was turning and fed the ball bearings to the top of the tower, where they were released from a small chute at the top to start the process of the balls bouncing from one drum to the next in a satisfying cascading arc. I remember this toy quite vividly, as that was all that you would do - watch ball bearings cascade from one drum to another, and then be fed back to the beginning again ! You can see a rough diagram (drawn from memory) at; Cheers ! Ablufia
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sbirvy - January 17, 2009 - Report this comment
Had this as a young teen. It was a challenge to setup the various drums and hoops, but once complete the steel marbles would slide on to a drum, bounce to the next one, then through hoops, etc. It was fun launching a bunch of the steel balls in succession and watch them "parade" through the obstacle course.

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