Mr. Mouth from TOMY (1976)
“Flip your chips between his moving lips.”
Released in 1976 from Tomy, Mr. Mouth was a tiddledywinks-influenced game of skill and coordination for children ages 5 and up. The focal point of the game was a motorized Pac-Man-esque head located at the center of an X-shaped board. When powered by a single C-battery, Mr. Mouth rotated around the game board while simultaneously opening and closing his mouth.
Up to four players used spring-loaded hands to attempt to propel plastic chips into the mouth. Proper timing and anticipation were requisite skills for success. The first player to flip all of their chips into the mouth was declared a winner.
Later versions of the game morphed Mr. Mouth into a green frog, inviting players to flick bugs into the amphibian’s mouth.
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