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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.

Kaboomers Indoor/Outdoor Paddle Game from Ideal (1985)

A vintage dealer advertisement from 1985 for the Kaboomers Indoor/Outdoor Paddle Game from Ideal.

Marketed to children ages 6 and up, the game featured a set of inflatable paddles that included a pump in each handle. Squeezing the handle caused the paddles to inflate to playing size. Each Kaboomers set included two paddles, a soft foam ball, and carry-pouch. Ideal included several gameplay ideas in each package, including Kaboomers Off the Wall, Kaboomers On the Fly, and Kaboomers Free-For-All.

Remember the toys and games of years past through vintage advertising – for better and for worse!