1960's Toys


The thing I will be presenting to you guys is what toy was popular in the 60's.Twister was a very big hit in the 60's for kids and teenagers. One of the reasons this was a big hit in the 60's is because they did not have a kind of game that you would play with your friends to see who can stay in their place longer without falling.That is why Twister was such a big game back then. I chosed this topic because I want you guys to learn about what kind of games kids played in the 1960's like Twister.

Timeline About How Twister Started

In 1964 Guyer and Foley took the games to Mel Taft, the Vice President of the Milton Bradley Co.. Mel immediately saw the possibilities in a line of games where the people were the players, and the game he chose to lead with was "Pretzel". When it was discovered that the name was not available, the Milton Bradley Co. chose "Twister".

In 1965, Sears Roebuck told Milton Bradley they would not market the game. In December, Taft called Guyer to say Milton Bradley was discontinuing the product because it was too risky. On May 3rd 1966, Twister was going to be on The Tonight Show. So the next day, dozens of people were lined up getting copies of Twister!

In 1967 Twister was named the "Game of the Year".[who?] And that was a big success. That is how Twister started.

How People Started Using Ideas From Twister to Make Their Own Games

The king of the sixties game,Twister was the subject of a huge publicity campaign when it was introduced in 1966. Twister has been a profit-making dream for Milton Bradley.

The goal of Twister was to outlast opponents by stretching and entwining your body like a human pretzel around a large vinyl sheet emblazoned with multicolored circles, without falling down.

Other companies studied Milton Bradley's success with the teen-oriented Twister, and came up with goofier variations on the theme.Like making card games similar to Twister.

Rules on How to Play Twister

Twister is a game of physical skill produced by Milton Bradley Company and Winning Moves. It is played on a large plastic mat that is spread on the floor or ground. The mat has four rows of large colored circles on it with a different color in each row: red, yellow, blue and green. A spinner is attached to a square board and is used to determine where the player has to put their hand or foot. The spinner is divided into four labeled sections: right foot left foot, right hand and left hand. And those are the rules of Twister.


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Jump up ^ "How we made Twister". The Guardian. 24 February 2014

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