Toys of the Seventies, Clackers

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My sister had one of these -- a kid's version of a bolo, which is actually some sort of South American weapon. If it can kill animals, it must make a perfect toy for kids! I knocked my brains out with a pair of Clackers once and refused to go near them ever again. (If I didn't bury them out in the backyard, I should have.)
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Dave - October 02, 2007 - Report this comment
These had a habit of shattering into a thousand pieces after a while. Thank goodness the toy laws were pretty lax back then or else I wouldn't have had such fun laughing at people on their way to hospital with major lascerations caused by flying shards.
Richard - March 25, 2008 - Report this comment
I used to have clackers in jr. high. I remmember bruising my arm a lot. I still loved to clack them until they were outlawed at my school. I also would like to find another one somewhere?
hey im edi - May 12, 2008 - Report this comment
ohh the pain so much pain
James - July 15, 2008 - Report this comment
I found a new set of Rubber Clackers in an online store called hereuntilsold.
Carol - July 27, 2008 - Report this comment
Someone asked me today what my favorite toy was as a child. I remembered the Clackers! That toy was great! I played with it until they disappeared. I think my Dad made them disappear to get rid of the noise. Where can I get one again?
John - August 10, 2008 - Report this comment
These were on the verboten list. Can't imagine why, we boys loved throwing things around the house.
Lauri - August 27, 2008 - Report this comment
Never mind the plastic or rubber ones that came later. Where can I get a pair of these real ones?
Chrys - October 05, 2008 - Report this comment
I had these in primary school. They were banned because kids were getting big lumps on their forearms from being pelted by the balls. We called them click-clacks in Australia. They were fun. Great site, thanks!
Todd - October 08, 2008 - Report this comment
HEAD BREAKERS AND TEETH KNOCK OUTTERS! Never had but sounds like fun or maybe NOT!
crazy amy - October 13, 2008 - Report this comment
i found a set a few years ago in a curio shop-and snatched them up-sadley i STILL cant get them to work as well as some of my other friends could. they were awesome.
Chris - October 29, 2008 - Report this comment
Were the first clackers made out of glass or acrylic?
anthony malave - November 10, 2008 - Report this comment
where cold i get clackers from
Marcus - November 27, 2008 - Report this comment
Dangerous but fun. Loved the sound of them clacking really fast.
Becky - December 07, 2008 - Report this comment
Are clackers worth asking my parents to spend their money on them for Christmas? Are they dangerous cause if they r I dont want them.......but I RLY WANT THEM! Plz, could someone answer this question, I've nvr has a pair! Thx!
EAP - December 08, 2008 - Report this comment
I use to have these but they were called Ka-Bangers. The Vermont Country Store website sells them under the name Click Clacks.
Joycek - December 09, 2008 - Report this comment
I have a small supply of these to sell-in original packaging, never used. If you are interested, email me.
Grace - December 30, 2008 - Report this comment
In our neighborhood,there always seemed to be a pair of these hanging on the telephone wire.
Lynne - February 01, 2009 - Report this comment
Just stumbled upon clackers at a thrift store and with a blast from the past I just had to buy it! Now they've drawn me to this site and the fun continues!!! Best 75 cents I ever spent! I had a purple set and they were awesome.
Karin - February 16, 2009 - Report this comment
I found them here, EXPENSIVE though!
Terry Pearson (Quadbod) - February 20, 2009 - Report this comment
Hello! We have a number of posters advertising 'Clacking' competitions run by the ABC cinema chain! The posters have blank spaces for the time/date etc and for the addres of the local Clackers supplier! The brand name is 'James Of England' Clackers. We're in the UK - Quadbod media memorabilia - Best wishes, Terry
bvd - February 28, 2009 - Report this comment
its so hard to find 1 cheep i looked every where and found 1 for 22 $
christi - March 06, 2009 - Report this comment
omg i have 1 pare of clackers and i can clack them about 50 times with out stoping have fun
AVENTUREDO - March 16, 2009 - Report this comment
Thes areawsum my arm is so swolen my mom got mad. Then my string busted.I bought six pairs for me and my brothers, but I want some origanals thay sound cooler. probaly servral my aunt was able to clack for ten minites nonstop!!! mexico is the best place to get them at a good price. (not glass origanals)
clackerboy2000 - April 20, 2009 - Report this comment
they look like balls
Pete Chilton - June 18, 2009 - Report this comment
Are there any of these availible anywhere nowadays.
maxmacie - June 22, 2009 - Report this comment
where can i find clackers
coolyo - August 01, 2009 - Report this comment
this toys are the best toys in the whole world
yo dude - August 09, 2009 - Report this comment
where can i find them i cant at walmart
gonzfist - August 16, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember those and the sound and they hurt like hell!. The repplacements afterwards never came close to the originals.
jerry - August 26, 2009 - Report this comment
Here in Portland,Ore in 1972,you could win them at the carnival until they were band,then I would only see them hanging from power lines.
Betsy - September 08, 2009 - Report this comment
My cousins had these and everyone is still alive and unscathed, not even a ghost of a scar anywhere. Who needs all this safety crap!? They also had yard darts!!!!
Baltimore Betty - September 10, 2009 - Report this comment
I still have my Clackers, I am too afraid to use them, not that I ever had any success with them!
Ron-Fresno, Ca - October 05, 2009 - Report this comment
I just bought a set. They were at the San Jose Ca. flea market for $5.00. They were all over the place. All made of GLASS. All the memories of the pain came flooding back in spades. but it's FUN! I bought a Red pair from Mexico. What a blast from the Past!
Theresa - October 06, 2009 - Report this comment
I have been looking to buy a pair of click clacks...i used to have a red pair and my brother had a blue pair...i think the chipped and were thrown out...had many many bruises but loved them...WHERE CAN I PURCHASE ONE?
lou - November 08, 2009 - Report this comment
me and my twin sister had a pair each when we were smaller.....loved em.....where can i purchase a couple (my sister would love some for xmas) as so would i...
Saxony - November 14, 2009 - Report this comment
I just got a pair yesterday. You can get them at the Monrovia Street Fair in Southern California. They have pretty much every Friday.
Tana - December 22, 2009 - Report this comment
I have a couple of sets that I'll sell for $40.00 each, they a the real vintage sets in Great condtion.
James - January 13, 2010 - Report this comment
I just purchased a set from got them today and they are in perfect shape. Got the orignal package they came in too.
SARA - January 16, 2010 - Report this comment
My oldest brother had a pair of these and we played with them .
melvyn - March 03, 2010 - Report this comment
where can i buy these from
Alex - March 10, 2010 - Report this comment
Do you know a place I can buy these from? If you do, please contact me at my email:, thank you
sherri - March 23, 2010 - Report this comment
I found a pair at our County fair. I can get more and they will cost around $15.00.
Jeff - March 25, 2010 - Report this comment
I used to beat the s**t out of my brother with these when we were kids...I'd throw them at him like a bolo. Those bad boys could do some damage!
anonomys - June 20, 2010 - Report this comment
where can i buy a pair for my daughter?
emelia - July 09, 2010 - Report this comment
hi, for anyone who asked where they can get them i know where. go to
Sherlyn - August 03, 2010 - Report this comment
I bought a pair of clackers from a vendor at the Ohio State Fair on the 7th for $5. They are exactly as I remember them. So, I'd check a local fair.
Rob - August 13, 2010 - Report this comment
I just found a vintage pair of these in a box of my old junk. I have had these things since 1971. Many bruises on the arm. I would probably sell these things if someone wants them.
Jeryx - October 08, 2010 - Report this comment
There is a more recent toy caled Astrojax that is very similar to these with a 3rd ball that slid freely along the string. The balls are solid plastic, much safer than glass.
jessica - November 23, 2010 - Report this comment
people they sell clackers at the swapmeet in pico rivera its like 3 bucks for the small ones
Lisa - January 27, 2011 - Report this comment
I would love to purchase a set or two of the clackers(original) if anyone has any they would like to sell.
Jax - January 29, 2011 - Report this comment
the sound was addictive...clack, clack, clack. They were banned from my school too. Some kids were doing double clacks (up and down) which led to injuries and general destruction of all matter and life around them. I kept mine for years but I think they went missing about 2 house moves ago. :-(
Francois - February 16, 2011 - Report this comment
Had those, lots of fun. Kid urban legends were circulating about how one kid hit the tube on the color TV, broke it, and "all the colors spilled on the floor staining the carpet forever" Funny memories :-)
Matt - April 11, 2011 - Report this comment
I have quite a few in the original bags. Brand new never used Brand name Ker-knockers. 40 per set.... Email
Neridah - May 12, 2011 - Report this comment
I got a pair off of ebay a couple of years ago....Riggy dig ones from the 70s....One ball is yellow and the other is a grey blue.....They have been put in my china cabinet and only come out at much more funny watching alcohol induced adults trying to use them.....
Jason - May 14, 2011 - Report this comment
I had been looking for a set of these for years, then a while ago 2 1970s sets came up on ebay so I put a bid in £1.99 each. Then the seller messaged me a few hours later saying he had a message from a US member saying they were banned in the US and he was going to report it to ebay, so he said with me being the first bidder he would contact me if they were removed and work out a deal. By the end of the day the bids and watchers were flying in, but the next morning they had been removed. I contacted the seller straight away and he said I could have both sets for £9 inc postage bargain. I love that man and my new vintage clackers..............
melody - May 15, 2011 - Report this comment
I am still looking for a set of these...any help would be great thanks
Tom - October 24, 2011 - Report this comment
There was a predecessor to the clackers and it was made with rubber balls. Don't know if the object was the same but this toy was called a "bolo" as I remember it or possibly "wingding". It had a handle with two ropes coming out. One rope was slightly longer than the other, each had a red rubber ball (no pain for failure). The idea was to hold one ball in your left hand while getting the other ball swinging in a circle to the left. This was best accomplished by a wrist motion that made the right hand move straight up and down. Once the right ball was moveing in clockwise direction, the ball in the left hand would be thrown down and begin moving in a counterclockwise direction. The net effect was to have the two balls rotating in opposite directions and looking somewhat like standing behind a propellar. I'd love to know the actual name. I thought they were a Wham-o toy but find no reference from Wham-o.
Sally - February 02, 2012 - Report this comment
I remember it took me a while to become a pro at these, but yes, lots of bruising of the arms indeed.
Teressa - March 24, 2012 - Report this comment
I to this day have a pair of the old style glass clackers they are so dangerous but yet so fun to clack around and show my boys how cool they are.
kev - April 03, 2012 - Report this comment
does any one have 1970s clackers for sale i use to be a master at them until the teacher took them off me and never got them back im 48 now and would love to have another go and hopefully show off to my kids tel 07957443070
Chomper01 - April 29, 2012 - Report this comment
We kids used to have a pair of these back in the 70s ( around '77 or '78) when we live on base in Bellevue, Nebraska ; and they were kinda cool, but make alot of noise. The way you used them is quite simple: you hold the ring or plastic flat stick (this was attached to one end of the string), and you mkae the Clacker balls go up and down in a circular motion (kinda like a bat flapping its wings); causing the two balls to hit each other. The faster you hit them together, the louder the "Clacking" sound makes...They stopped making them and took them off the market, because the balls would crack and pieces would end up flying everywhere; hitting people in the head, arm, eyes, etc. and rushing them to the hospitals with injuries.
niecy - November 10, 2012 - Report this comment
I still have the click clacks for 35 years. I want to know what they go for know, being that they don't make it no more.
kat - November 16, 2012 - Report this comment
I'm looking for original crackers, had so much fun with them as a kid. Any one know where I might get a pair? Brings back so many memories.
Summer M - December 11, 2012 - Report this comment
I got a pair or green glass clackers when I was a kid in the eighties. They were my granfathers. They are so old. I might be willing to part with them for the right price. Any takers?
Dinah Graves - January 14, 2013 - Report this comment
I LOVED my clackers!! I had 3 pair. I don't know what happened to 2 of them but my favs, a pair of yellow ones are safely tucked away in my old toy chest at my folks' house! I goy them in the sixth grade for my birthday. Just like everybody else I was bruised and battered and loved every minute I played with them. We'd have contests to see who could keep them going the longest and sometimes we played for keeps, I actually won 1 of my sets that way! I remember them being green with gold glitter. I was very good at it. Keeping those clackers going was one of the few things I could beat my big sister at, come to think of it I won hers too! They were purple. Hooray for those much maligned and completely wonderful toys!
Rosetta - February 04, 2013 - Report this comment
These were all I could find- or
tayler - February 06, 2013 - Report this comment
Man I had some of those things in school I remember I accidently hit my teacher with one of the balls I got out of school suspension but good times
Helen725 - March 22, 2013 - Report this comment
I had the yellow clackers... what a perfect toy to give to an 8 year old, a pair of glass balls held together by some rope!! I was lucky they never broke.
frank burns - April 23, 2013 - Report this comment
Who cares about a sharp shard slicing through their cornea at high speed? Who needs eyes anyway? Why ban stuff if kids are having fun, and the worst thing is going blind?
vanheiden - May 18, 2013 - Report this comment
The originals were never made of glass. It was a hard plastic.
Roberta - April 15, 2014 - Report this comment
I have a pair of glass clackers wondering what someone would pay for these
brigette - June 24, 2014 - Report this comment
I would love them brings back good memories
Della - June 25, 2014 - Report this comment
Check ETSY Vintage Stores
dave - July 14, 2014 - Report this comment
I still have the green glass clackers .
tony - July 23, 2014 - Report this comment
If anyone know where I can find a pair of theses I would love to get it for my dad
Joey - November 29, 2014 - Report this comment
I had these in 1978-79. The balls were acrylic with the long plastic handle at the top(not the stainless loop). Me and my friends all had one and our school eventually banned us from bringing them, but they were a blast! My forearms were always bruised but I got to the point were I could bang them for 40-60 seconds straight. They did chip and I think my pops made my 5th or 6th set disappear...but then I got a BB gun so didnt
Sharon - January 17, 2015 - Report this comment
I would love to have a set of the originals if anyone has some for sale. I remember how fun they were! Contact me at please.
Robb - May 01, 2015 - Report this comment
I found 2 Original pair from the 60's and 1 pair from the 70's in my attic I will sell if the price is right,For pictures and more info contact me at
kenac - April 07, 2016 - Report this comment
30$US, shipping included for USA 25$US, shipping included for CAN pair of original Crackers, NOS in unopened original packaging. string must be threaded and knotted manually. for adult only (dangerous toy) MADE IN THE USA (70's~) instructions for operation on packaging. (email me if interested) will mail pictures
Birdy_2412 - May 02, 2016 - Report this comment
We called them Ka-Bangers in New York not clackers??? Does anyone know of a site or private seller who would have a pair of the ORIGINAL to sell?
Mick - June 11, 2016 - Report this comment
This message is for...Birdy_2412...leave me your contact information on a COMMENT on here and I will contact you. I have a set of the ORIGINAL that I have had since 1972. My dad got them for me at the Shrine Circus when I was a kid. I kept them all of these years and they are still in EXCELLENT condition.
robert - October 19, 2016 - Report this comment
if the string comes thru the balls with a knot tied to keep ball on string they ere not originals the originals the string goes in one part of the ball and does not go all the way thru
robert - November 10, 2016 - Report this comment
after a few months of collecting and 950 dollars later i now have a sweet collection of 25 pairs of clackers in lots of different colors woooohoooo
robert - December 30, 2016 - Report this comment
75 pairs now
giovanna - January 06, 2017 - Report this comment
@robert. where can one look for an original pair of clackers? since you manage to find 75 pairs, maybe you can tell me where to look Thank you
robert - January 10, 2017 - Report this comment
giovanna u can call me at 904 424 2515 if i do not answer leave msg i will get back to u asap
robert - January 11, 2017 - Report this comment
98 pairs now,my girlfriend wants to send me to clackers anonymous
robert - January 24, 2017 - Report this comment
114 pairs just got 2 pairs of really rare 1 inch clackers i am the clacker man
Sue - March 01, 2017 - Report this comment
I have a blue set and a gold set from early 1970's. I can't find anything on their value.
robert - March 02, 2017 - Report this comment
sue i buy the vintage ones for 25 dollars a pair for the inch and a half balls and 40 for the two inch balls. hope that helps.if you would like to sell them im interested
Sharon - June 11, 2017 - Report this comment
I really want to purchase the original acrylic clackers. I live in the UK and it is impossible to find the real thing anywhere
Paula - June 13, 2017 - Report this comment
There was 6 of us in our family growing up n clackers were our favorite toy. Would love to have an original glass pair again..
Rob Lambert - July 17, 2017 - Report this comment
Found a 1966 TV commercial for a version called Klackers by the Miracle Toy Co. (Pittsburgh). They were somewhat large in size, and came in a blister pack. Aired only on local kid shows. Also, from 1969, Ker-Bangers, which came in a plastic bag stapled to a cardboard header. Eventually, production was stopped by government order, as smaller kids would hit themselves in the eye with them.
Mick - July 30, 2017 - Report this comment
This message is for anyone looking for an original set of KLACKERS. Leave me your contact information on a COMMENT on here and I will contact you. I have a set of the ORIGINAL KLACKERS that I have had since the late 60's/early 70's. My dad got them for me when we were at the Shrine Circus when I was a kid. I kept them all of these years and they are still in EXCELLENT condition.
robert - August 25, 2017 - Report this comment
mick how much? 904 424 2525
RC - December 03, 2017 - Report this comment
I have a box of about 50 (all in package) in the basement. They've been there since the 70s I've never even looked into selling on ebay. Are they banned?
Rob Lambert - December 04, 2017 - Report this comment
RC: eBay has several variants of Clackers/Klackers for sale or auction. They're hardly weapons, so they shouldn't be banned. Jump on in and sell away!
ERIC S. - July 20, 2018 - Report this comment
My sister had Click-Clacks when I was about 12 (1972) and boy could she make those things fly! Most kids,like myself, couldn't master the technique and gave up but she was a whiz with those things. One afternoon in the garage she got them clacking at a furious pace and they shattered into millions of pieces. We both got many tiny resin shards in our eyes. I still remember painfully picking them out of our eyes with Kleenex twisted into a point to grab them with. Now those were some good times!
Rob Lambert - February 26, 2019 - Report this comment
Found image of Klackers in yellow-blue-white blister pack. Chrome-colored balls. "Klackers For Everyone" printed. By Miracle Toy Co. in Fresno, CA. From 1969.

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