Super Mario Balancing Games with Link System

Posted by  on April 2, 2021

Let’s take a look at the three Super Mario Balancing Games

The Super Mario Balancing Games, three sets of games from Epoch Games, Ground Stage, Underground Stage and Castle Stage. Each game consists of a two-story stage with four iconic Super Mario character pieces, and a dice. That’s a total of three stages and twelve characters.

Super Mario Balancing Game

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Whirly Wheelers needing a little fixing.

Posted by  on November 10, 2020

A little something special for me in this post in the shape of Whirly Wheelers.

But before that I wanted to say that since my last post I’ve become a Grandfather. My first Grandchild, a boy, was born on the 30th June and he’s amazing. Now 19 weeks old, he’s teething and this morning he sat up on his own for the first time. He’s the happiest baby I’ve ever known and I’m really proud to be his Grandad.

A blue baby's rattle.

Back to the post.

Whirly Wheelers was released by Palitoy Parker in the 1970s. The ‘game’ consists of four cyclists racing around a track with a different winner each time. Powered by two ‘C’ cell batteries the game is something of a collectors’ item these days.

Connected to the track via magnets placed on a large cog inside the unit are four cyclists. To move the large cog (and cyclists) is a long, plastic chain, moved via series of smaller cogs which connect to the motor. In the centre of the track is a dial which allows you to choose the number of laps to take place, or even an infinite position so the cyclists will keep going until the batteries run down. The best part? The cyclists legs actually pedal.

Whirly Wheelers wasn’t something I had ever owned but I was aware of the type of game having seen similar using a horse racing theme.

a 1970s Whirly Wheelers game showing toy cyclists on a yellow track preparing to race.


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Frogger: The family version of the arcade game

Posted by  on January 20, 2020

Frogger: The board game (1)

Frogger the board game

Frogger is a very well-known video game from the Golden Age of arcade. The idea of the game is to get your frog safely past flowing traffic on the highway, across a river by hopping on turtles and logs, eventually making it back to your swamp before repeating the process with more frogs.

This is a 1982 Milton Bradley (MB) Games attempt to translate that arcade game into a more traditional style board game. The game is for two players with a suggested age range of 7-14 years although I’m not sure it would provide much entertainment for a 14 year old of today (or even back then).

Frogger: The board game (2)

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Toys of Christmas Past

Posted by  on December 22, 2016

Christmas is an exciting time for a child.

Nothing beats a relaxed family Christmas. Those memories really bring on the nostalgia but they’re specific to me and will mean little to anyone else; nor are they really tangible things I can reminisce over with others. Something I can share and nostalgically reminisce over with others though is gifts, specifically toys.

Looking back at my childhood Christmases there are a number of toys that really struck a chord with me, and possibly others.

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