Toys of the Seventies, Chip Away

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What you got with the Chip Away toy was a mallet and a chisel, and a block of "stone" which was really wax (I think) molded around a solid, plastic "statue." The conceit was you would use the little mallet and chisel to "sculpt" the "statue." What you were *really* doing was knocking the wax off piece by piece until the plastic model underneath was revealed. The set came complete with everything you needed. Unfortunately, I only remember one of the Chip Away figurines, which was a horse rearing up on its hind legs.
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Callum - May 07, 2008 - Report this comment
I had the Flintstones Chip Away set as a kid with Dino, Fred etc. I remember that it was quite a substantial toy, the chisel was actually sharp! The figures and tools were in my folks house for years and probably still are!
Pam - February 15, 2009 - Report this comment
I had the rearing horse! I remember the chisel kept slipping and usually hit my hand with the hammer instead - you held the figure in place with a vice that was supplied (my brother still has mine)! You also has a supply of paints. It made such a mess my mum made me chip away in the garden!
Mark - May 18, 2009 - Report this comment
I had them all - all were my statue of David!
thehauntedstar - July 04, 2009 - Report this comment
I beleive I had this toy - but I always remembered it as "whittle away"- the secret sculpture inside mine was an alligator oe crocodile. Since I could not find any toy called whittle away, I think this is what I had been thinking of. I remember vividly sitting on a back porch one summer aged 5 whittling away at this toy.
Naitch - December 02, 2009 - Report this comment
I think it was my favorite toy ever. It came with three figurines. Then it was over. But oh, the joy until those three were unleashed. Made for about an hour's worth of fun, total, but I still remember that hour!
Jelora - January 06, 2010 - Report this comment
My cousin had all of these and I was so jealous until he kindly allowed me to sculpt Dino from his Flintstone set. Most of his sets were of sports figures.
Judy - January 24, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember begging for this toy for Christmas and my mom saying that I probably wouldn't get it because Santa had to get toys for all the boys and girls of the world and probably couldn't afford to get me this too because of the price. You can imagine my elation to find it under the tree Christmas morning (and how I rubbed it in my mom's face how wrong she was)! Anyway, I still have my hammer and chisel (38 yrs later) but not the vice or statues. Pretty sure we threw those away because I didn't do a great paint job and I still remember the weird smell of the paint. Anyway, the fun for me was all in the chiseling!
Jade - February 08, 2010 - Report this comment
My husband was reminded of this toy this morning as he chipped away at the ice and snow encasing his car after our little blizzard! He says our boys had it when they were children ... how could I not remember something this messy!
Wendy - March 21, 2010 - Report this comment
Chip Away was one of my favourite toys. I had the rearing horse. Also in the set was a seal balancing a ball on its nose. Can anyone remember what the third figure was?
Joe - August 12, 2010 - Report this comment
Does anyone know what year the Chip Away toy came out?
Todd - May 19, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember having it as a kid in Germany, I belive if I remember right the 3rd one was a man throwing the disc. I don't have anything left of those days but the memories
Sophie - December 09, 2011 - Report this comment
Any idea if they still sell them, i really want to get my mum one for a joke chrsitmas present.
Richard - December 30, 2011 - Report this comment
I had the sports figures set. I think the mallet and chisel were yellow plastic The chisel tip was metal. It also came with a small vice-like clamp to attach the figruine to a table, etc. while "chipping." It also came with paints. It was fun, but it seemed a couple good whacks of the mallet would cause most of the "wax" to break away. Then it was time to paint that never seemed to adhere, much less stay in place.
Jimbo - February 24, 2012 - Report this comment
I still the Flintstone set still in the box and un-chiped.
Ski - July 19, 2012 - Report this comment
The greatest toy for a boy ever!! A chisel a hammer and a display item too. Thanks Mom & Dad.
Joe - July 26, 2012 - Report this comment
i had the Astronaut. 1975ish
Doz - November 07, 2012 - Report this comment
This was the most disappointing toy I ever had. I remember being fantastically excited opening this on Christmas Day in 1974 but that feeling didn’t last. After the second tap of the hammer on chisel the Plaster of Paris fell into 2 lumps and revealed as flimsy plastic figurine of a man throwing a discuss. I think I painted it bright green in disgust and threw it at my sister.
greg - December 13, 2013 - Report this comment
this is for "naitch" who remembered "Chip Away" as "Whittle Away" I found this picture linked through google.. h t t p : //www. samstoybox. com/ toys / WhittleAway. html you'll have to remove the spaces and manually enter it in if you want to see the picture...or, just search for whittle away i guess...
Robyn - December 24, 2013 - Report this comment
My photo was on the Chip Away set that contained animals. I was the girl painting the ball balanced on a seal's nose. It's a shame because my mom didn't keep the box and I can't find it on Ebay. Contacted Kenner, but they don't have a picture in their archives. Wish I could find it. And in answer to your question Wendy, the 3rd figure in that set was a lion.
Rob Lambert - May 16, 2014 - Report this comment
Chip Away was made by Kenner, starting in 1972. At first, there were three sets of "to-sculpture figures. The animal set consisted of a dog, cat and horse. The other two sets were of young male athletes. One set included: Hockey player, bowler, and swimmer. The other set had: Baseball, basketball and football player. Other figure sets were added until Kenner discontinued Chip Away in 1977. Along with chisel, mallet and clamp, three vials of color paint and brush were included. My source for this info comes from an ad in copy of "Funky Phantom" comic book #4, Dec., 1972.
Nomad - February 23, 2017 - Report this comment
I'm with Fox. Sorely disappointed with Chip Away...... looked brilliant on the TV advert but a couple of hefty hits with the mallet and " game over" the figure inside was exposed .Christmas over in about three minutes !
Nomad - February 23, 2017 - Report this comment
That should read "Doz" not "Fox". Thank f#¥l there was no autocorrect in 1972 !
Rob Lambert - April 04, 2017 - Report this comment
From the Saturday morning cartoon vault: First TV commercial for Chip Away. As one kid works on his master sculpture (right!), his friends all tease him when they find the box. The kid was whittling at the football player figure. This aired on "Saturday Superstar Movie" over ABC (9/30/72). The cartoon was "Daffy Duck & Porky Pig Meet the Groovie Ghoulies." This was cheaply produced by Filmation, as Warner Bros. had no more cartoon studio. Interesting crossover, though. Mel Blanc sounded a little sick as he voiced the Looney Tune characters.

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