16 Weird And Wacky Wham-O Toys That Failed To Become The Next Frisbee

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Few companies had a bigger impact on 20th-century American childhood than Wham-O. After humble beginnings in a Southern California garage in 1948, the toy manufacturer repeatedly captured lightning in a bottle with its creative products. Wham-O gave the world the Hula Hoop and the Frisbee.

The company later rolled out the Slip ‘N Slide, the Super Ball, and Silly String. The marketing department that came up with the brilliant product names deserves just as much credit as the inventors. What else would you expect from a company called “Wham-O!”

However, as any inventor can tell you, not every idea is a billion-dollar brainstorm. For every fantastic Frisbee, there are countless failed Flexils.

Let’s take a look at some overlooked products from the Wham-O toy chest that largely hit stores in the 1950s and 1960s.

1. AIR BLASTER WITH ELECTRIC GORILLA TARGET


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Blowing gusts of air from a cannon is not too weird of an idea, even in 1965. You can still buy similar playthings. However, only Wham-O would include an “Electric Gorilla Target” with googly eyes and bared fangs.

2. CIRCUS CYCLE


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This tiny pedaled ride was basically the hoverboard of the 1950s. It seemed just as difficult to maintain your balance, too.

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