Turn the Terrible Tank

Fire your weapon and turn the Terrible Tank

Sometimes I forget about toys from my childhood until I stumble onto one in a flea market. Like this great toy from Tomy in 1979. It’s the Turn The Terrible Tank Game! A futuristic tank runs in a track between two opponents. Each player can fire their ball bearing ammo at the tank and make it change direction toward your enemy. Once the tank reaches your base it blows up your cannon and scores a point. First player to score 4 points wins the game! The tank runs on 2 double A batteries and looks awesome on its own.

I searched for an original TV commercial but could only find this parody on YouTube but it’s pretty great!

Watch the Turn The Terrible Tank Game Parody

I also took some video of the tank in action. Picture this with menacing late 1970s music behind it for greatest effect.

See Turn The Terrible Tank in action (HD)

This was a great bargain find for me. It is exciting when you find things like this and get a good deal. Not only does it enhance your collection, but it also gives you hope that items exist to add to your collection. So keep your eyes open at Flea Markets and Garage Sales. You never know when a Terrible Tank is going to make an appearance.


I love retro toys, television, movies and just about anything from the 70s and 80s.I frequent flea markets, thrift shops, garage sales and auctions hoping to nab my next pop culture trophy.
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