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A daily look back at the toys, games, and objects that captured our attention as children and continue to fascinate us today.

Barnstormer from MARX (1975)

Company: MARX
Release date: 1975
Where to purchase: eBay

“Up and down and around the old plane goes.
Where she hits, nobody knows.”

Released in 1975 by MARX Games, Barnstormer players must combine their physical reflexes with intuitive guesswork.

Players compete to build a flight tower one block at a time in the unpredictable flight path of a circling biplane. The tower is constructed using a set of eight coloured disks and a wind-up biplane randomly dives and climbs around the 18-inch square playsheet during construction. As the plane moves, players assess the risk of it crashing into their construction sites and remove tower blocks to avoid being hit. The winner is the first player to complete their tower and cut power to the plane by flipping a switch in the centre of the board.

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