1960s Board Games - Hats Off

1960s Board Games you have never of

You think you know your board game history? Well here are a pair of 1960s Board Games that I think will be “new” to many of you.

1960s Board Games rock paper scissors

Rock, Paper, Scissors Board Game

We have all played rock, paper, scissors at times. But did you know this grade school game was turned into a board game? I didn’t until I found this 1967 board game by Ideal. It consists of game pieces with 3 levers, marked with a picture of a rock, scissors and paper. Instead of making the symbols with your fingers you simply tap the lever that represents your choice. Rock beats scissors, scissors beats paper and paper beats rock. For each win you draw a game tile and try to fill in your game card. First one with a full game card wins. So is it any more fun than just playing the game with your hands? Not really and that’s probably why I had never saw this game before.

1960s Board Games hats off

Hats Off Board Game

The next board game is also from 1967 and made by Kohner Brothers. It is the Hats Off game. A game of skill which is actually really fun to play. Each player tries to flip their little cone-shaped hats into the scoring board in their color section. 5 points for each score and a bonus of 5 points if you stack two or more hats in your color section. The flipper part is spring-loaded and features Slide-O-Matic scoring! First one to 75 points wins. I am going to have to take this game to Arkadia Retrocade and challenge Vic Sage to a game!

Watch Hats Off in action

The Thing

John Carpenter’s The Thing…Is Becoming A Board Game?!

1982’s The Thing is one of John Carpenter’s greatest movies. Having said that, I want to point out that isn’t hyperbole but just a stone cold fact. Granted in 1982 most audiences weren’t ready to embrace The Thing. While the average movie goer was certainly basking in the warmth of 1982’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and for good reason. There were indeed a few fans of horror that embraced the much darker film of alien contact.
Drew Struzan

In addition there were enough fans of John Carpenter as well as his exceptional film about isolation and paranoia. That The Thing continued to quietly capture fans by and large over the years. I can still vividly recall the sense of delicious dread and fear watching it for the first time, at a local Drive-In. Furthermore John Carpenter’s take on John W. Campbell’s novella Who Goes There? over the years has mutated from cult film to full-fledged classic.

{Via] Thriller Chiller Films

I would like to point out I place The Thing in my top ten favorite movies of all time.
The Thing

All things considered it shouldn’t have shocked me that there was an announcement today by Mondo. In partnership with Project Raygun they are producing a board game based on the 1982 movie. Entitled THE THING: INFECTION AT OUTPOST 31 it will boast artwork by Justin Erickson of Phantom City Creative. Of course Outpost 31 was where the cast of characters in the 1982 movie were stationed – an Antarctic research station.
The Thing

As for the style of the game this is what the news release from Mondo stated:
“When we set out to create the first licensed Mondo board game the biggest question was; what film property would we go after? So many of the films we celebrate at Mondo would be an absolute blast in game form,” explained Jay Shaw, Mondo Brand Director. “As soon as John Carpenter’s suspense masterpiece, The Thing was mentioned it very quickly became our top choice,” Shaw noted.

“The next step was to figure out how to actually make a game. We all love playing them, but none of us had designed one before. Game mechanics are an incredibly complicated art form and we didn’t want to enter this space unless we were going to get it right. Luckily our dear friends at Project Raygun were completely up to the challenge. They’ve built an incredibly challenging fast paced game of paranoia that transports players directly into the film,” Shaw continued.”

By all means I do realize that might not be a whole lot to go on. On the positive side until we can get more facts about the game itself – it gives us ample time to start staking a claim on which characters we will want to play.

I call dibs on Fuchs!
The Thing - Fuchs

I also want to thank Earl Green for the heads up on the upcoming The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31 in the first place. Talking it over with Earl, I think we might be able to arrange a night in the future where we can sit down and record the game session. I’m positive there are more than enough people at the arcade who will want to join in for the fun. I’ll also be sure to post any updates on the board game as they come in!

Batman ’66 3¾” Figures Revealed: Finally, The Heroes We Both Deserve AND Need

Retroist readers, it took me a minute or two to literally stop dancing in my office (believe me, I’m getting some looks), stop singing the Nelson Riddle Batman theme, and write this up for you. If the news from the real world is getting you down, this news is guaranteed to pick you up. Friends, bear with me and forgive my journalistic trespasses, for this brief article is bereft of any objectivity whatsoever.

Funko’s ReAction line is bringing characters and vehicles from the 1966 Batman TV series to the 3¾” scale (known almost by default as “Kenner Star Wars scale”.

Take a moment to let that sink in. Like the recently announced Twin Peaks figures also expected this year from Funko, the Batman figures will have more than 5 points of articulation.




(I wonder if they will release a variant edition of Mister Freeze – who was also portrayed by George Saunders and Eli Wallach. This toy design certainly appears to be based off the time that Otto Preminger played the character in the Batman ’66 series. – Vic)

And get a load of this glorious, glorious Batmobile.

The show’s villains are well-represented, and not even the most obvious ones: Mr. Freeze, King Tut and Catwoman are just the tip of the iceberg of memorable baddies that could be commemorated in plastic.
Conspicuous by their absence: the Joker, the Riddler, and the Penguin. (I have no insider info, but just between you and me and the Batcave, I smell a box set waiting to happen there. There’s clearly no issue with likeness rights, as both the Riddler and the Penguin will be appearing in the second wave of Funko’s Batman ’66 Vinyl Pops.)
Batman '66

And while she may have been a late addition to the show, Batgirl will be one of the first arrivals in figure form.

If you, like me, have been waiting for this moment since you were six years old, well, I’m gonna start up the Batman soundtrack in my office and start dancing again until these are in the stores.

When he’s not keeping score at the Retroist, Earl Green is the founder, head writer and podcaster-in-chief at theLogBook.om, a site devoted in roughly equal parts to classic sci-fi, classic video games, classic soundtracks, and space history. He can be heard on theLogBook.com’s Escape Pod daily mini-podcast of geek history, and monthly on the Select Game, Don’t Give This Tape To Earl, and In The Grand Theme Of Things podcasts.

Incredible Hulk Instant Muscles

Incredible Hulk Instant Muscles

Are you a pip squeak? Maybe full of rage because you are tired of getting pushed around. But lack the willpower to work towards a stronger you? Well then, do I have a product for you, Incredible Hulk Instant Muscles. Just put on this wonderful toy and prepare to be feared by all who behold you and hunted fearlessly by a reporter obsessed with uncovering your dark secret.

Incredible Hulk Instant Muscles first became available in the 1970s. From what I can tell by scanning my catalogs, they were not a long-lived toy. The only appeared in 3 catalogs. It is unclear to me why.

As you can see from the photo, they make for a pretty compelling toy. Especially after you spell out exactly how they work with the smaller photos. Now you probably wondering, “Is the shirt included?” I am sorry to say it was not. As you can see from this description in the JC Penney catalog, you need to provide your own large shirt.

Me? I would wear an extra small shirt. Why would I put all this effort into wearing and pumping up my bulging Hulk muscles only to have them covered up by a bulky shirt? If you got the gamma irradiated goods, you might as well flaunt them. Am I right?

To complete the Hulk look, you could also pick up these very convincing Hulk/Spider-Man makeup kits. Now I know what your thinking, how was THIS ever cool? Well, you got to remember that people could be more ignorant back in the day. The seventies were a very different time. It was not as frowned upon to walk around in “Hulk Face.”

Unfortnately Incredible Hulk Instant Muscles, were not of the highest quality. Plus the play style they encouraged put a lot of stress on them. So finding sets of the muscles intact is pretty rare. Ones still in their boxes can go for well over $200.

On an unrelated note, does the font on the packaging look like the font used on Hi-C?

Cabin Fever

Retro Guy’s Winter Day: Cabin Fever – VC & RVG #9

Cabin Fever…a lot of us suffer from it during the winter. Even people who usually spend most of their time indoors playing retro video games as well as messing around with vintage computers.
Cabin Fever

So I decided to make a video of how I usually pass a winter’s day and fight off cabin fever.

For this ninth video of Vintage Computers & Retro Video Games – I’m joined once again by my robot friend, Robie Junior from Radio Shack.

[Via] Justin Salvato

When I’m not working on my boxing website, boxing4free.com. I am in fact scrounging the internet and thrift shops for vintage computer systems & retro gaming consoles. When you have the time make sure to visit my personal YouTube page for more retro fun.