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Old 11-08-2007, 08:58 PM   #136
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KLACKERS!!!!!!! OMG these were so fun until they broke!


Also known as Clackers, Klick-Klacks, Whackers, Ker-Knockers, Whack'os, Bangers, Poppers, Bonkers, Clack Clacks, K-Nokkers, Mini Poppers, Rockers, Super Clackers, Whak Kos, Quick Klacks, Quick Clacks, Quick Wacks, Zonkers, Popper Knockers, Crackers, Wackers, Knockers and various other names you wouldn’t want to type into an Internet search engine!

Klackers came on the market in the late 60's and lasted into the early 70's. They were constructed of two acrylic or glass balls on a string with a ring or small handle in the middle. The point was to get the two balls clicking against each other. If you got really good you could do fancy tricks with them, like build up momentum until they were hitting on the top and bottom in an arc . . . and make a hugely annoying racket.

Kids loved them, but doctors and teachers weren’t so impressed after a frightening succession of serious Klacker accidents.

Unfortunately they allegedly had a nasty habit of shattering or exploding in a shrapnel-like shower and were promptly banned from every school in the western world - but kids all knew it was really a conspiracy from grown-ups because they hated the sound they made!

The similarity between this supremely popular toy and a South American hunting weapon called a bolo did not escape most teenage boys. In this capacity they proved extremely effective. After a nation outbreak of badly bruised arms and black eyes they were pretty much withdrawn from sale.

In the 80's, novelty companies produced a chintzy version with lightweight plastic balls with plastic rods connected to them to hold them in place. You could klack them, but it took absolutely no skill & was boring after a few minutes. But they were a lot safer.

click here to hear the sound the Klackers made... http://www.timewarptoys.com/klackers.htm
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Nope, found that elsewhere, while looking for something else

I never could get my slinky to go down more than maybe 2 stairs before it would either stop or fall sideways and roll of the stairs........apparently, the steps in the TV commercial were a certain height and if your steps were different, it wouldnt work< read that somewhere

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They were soon made illegal here, after some kids got glass shards in the eyes
(I never owned any, they were too expensive, blessing in disguise, i guess)
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They were soon made illegal here, after some kids got glass shards in the eyes
(I never owned any, they were too expensive, blessing in disguise, i guess)
As I look back I can't imagine such a toy even existed. But then I see toys now that are on the market and I realize it is all abt what can be sold and give companies the old mighty dollar.
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As I look back I can't imagine such a toy even existed. But then I see toys now that are on the market and I realize it is all abt what can be sold and give companies the old mighty dollar.
I guess they just assumed the tempered glass would be able to handle it (and it did , short term....too short ) Speaking of toys that shouldnt have been, we HAD "lawn darts" ...they were taken off the market after some small children were killed!!!!!
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I guess they just assumed the tempered glass would be able to handle it (and it did , short term....too short ) Speaking of toys that shouldnt have been, we HAD "lawn darts" ...they were taken off the market after some small children were killed!!!!!
I don't recall those. Funny, those obviously look dangerous and were, however, regular darts still exist.
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I don't recall those. Funny, those obviously look dangerous and were, however, regular darts still exist.
lawn darts were about a foot long, and were weighted in the front so they landed a couple inches into the ground Irene, you threw them 20 feet into a target that resembled a small hula hoop....it was fun to play, it never occured to us that they could kill a small child, fortunately, we never had that problem.
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lawn darts were about a foot long, and were weighted in the front so they landed a couple inches into the ground Irene, you threw them 20 feet into a target that resembled a small hula hoop....it was fun to play, it never occured to us that they could kill a small child, fortunately, we never had that problem.

Oh my, the picture sure doesn't show that.
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Heres a pic that while hard to see*, this pic gives a good idea how large (and dangerous) they were, now, they weighed at least 2 1/2 pounds, were thrown 20 feet and had a 31/2 inch long dart tip!!! (* I think its blurred on purpose because the old style lawn darts are illegal, and the poster wouldnt want to be indentified)

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Heres a pic that while hard to see*, this pic gives a good idea how large (and dangerous) they were, now, they weighed at least 2 1/2 pounds, were thrown 20 feet and had a 31/2 inch long dart tip!!! (* I think its blurred on purpose because the old style lawn darts are illegal, and the poster wouldnt want to be indentified)

http://mysite.verizon.net/olderelder75/jarts2.jpg
Geez...they are big.
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Now they sell a blunted variant with no "flytes" and a round weighted end, they are safe, but, boring cause they skip and roll rather than plant into the target.....of course, they wont jab into your toe like the old ones

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I guess they just assumed the tempered glass would be able to handle it (and it did , short term....too short ) Speaking of toys that shouldnt have been, we HAD "lawn darts" ...they were taken off the market after some small children were killed!!!!!
I had them.
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Now they sell a blunted variant with no "flytes" and a round weighted end, they are safe, but, boring cause they skip and roll rather than plant into the target.....of course, they wont jab into your toe like the old ones

http://followingedge.com/images/lawn-darts1.jpg
Forget those...what is the point?
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#1 on the all time worst toys list!

http://www.radarmagazine.com/features/2006/12/toys.php
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Forget those...what is the point?
there WAS no point, that WAS the point
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