Shaker Maker

Shaker Maker is a toy for creating your own figures. The steps are simple and quick:  mix their special Magic Mix powder with ordinary water into the provided Shaker, then pour into the two-piece moulds. Your character can be removed after about five minutes and will have already started to set. Once fully hardened after a few days, the character can be painted.

The original toy was licensed by the Ideal company. The earliest advertising I’ve found so far is 1972. As well as Ideal’s People, Animals, and Birds, other sets included Disney, Batman, Superheroes, Buck Rogers, The Lone Ranger, and the Flintstones.

UK. Ideal Toy Catalogue. 1972.


UK. Ideal Toy Catalogue. 1972.


 

MOUSETRAP… turn the crank and snap the plank

Mousetrap is a board game from the Ideal toy company that was produced in 1963. It’s gameplay can be perhaps best summed up by one if its advertisement jingles from the 1990s:

“Just turn the crank, and snap the plank, and boot the marble right down the chute, now watch it roll and hit the pole, and knock the ball in the rub-a-dub tub, which hits the man into the pan. The trap is set, here comes the net! Mouse trap, I guarantee, it’s the craziest trap you’ll ever see.”

The pic below shows a 1972 Ideal catalogue page.

UK. Ideal Catalogue page. 1972.


1980 advert showing the French version of the game known as Traque-Souris.

Pif 608 1980 Mouse Trap Traque Souris Idealwm

France. Pif Gadget. 1980.


 

BUCKAROO

The Vintage Toy Advertiser

Buckaroo is a turn-taking game of balance that inolves hooking items onto the saddle of a mule before it can ‘buck’ the items off. The toy was released in the UK by Ideal in 1970 and went on to become a global hit. Buckaroo is still sold to date and remains a popular toy.

1973 Ideal catalogue page.

UK. Ideal catalogue page. 1972


Bourico . French version of the bucking mule game, Buckaroo .

France. Pif Gadget. 1981. France. Pif Gadget. 1981.


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