Released in 1993 from Parker Brothers, Elefun was a skill and action game for preschoolers ages 4 and up. Powered by four C-batteries, a motorized blue baby elephant blew nylon butterflies out of the tip of his 4-foot trunk. As the butterflies were launched into the air, the object of the game was to catch as many of them as possible using one of four plastic butterfly nets.
The amateur lepidopterist that gathered the most butterflies in their net was rewarded with a butterfly token. The first player to secure three tokens was declared the winner. To add to the gameplay mayhem, Parker Brothers added a special blue butterfly into the mix. The first player to snag it in their net also received a token.
After disappearing from store shelves in the later 1990s, Elefun has been re-released multiple times. Hasbro currently sells it as part of their Elefun and Friends product line.
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