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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.

Musingo from Mattel (1962)

What would you get if you combined bingo with music? Musingo, the “surprise musical” game from Mattel!

Two to four players roll a die to move red monkey markers around the outside of  bingo cards. Landing on a coin space yields a gold coin that can be cashed in later, when landing on a Musingo space, to “pay and play” the Musingo Man.

Musingo Man plays a tune when a coin is placed in the slot of the music box and the crank is turned. Once the melody is done, a slot-machine-like roller in his organ grinder spins and displays one, two, or three notes of different colours. The first player to cover their card and get five in a row is declared the winner.

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