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Slapsie from Wham-O (1978)

Company: Wham-O
Release date: 1978
Where to purchase: eBay

“The pull-apart, put-together, fun-in-motion toy!”

Wham-O’s Slapsie was a plastic toy that combined elements of a slinky and castanets, emitting a series of clickety sounds as it moved. The toy consisted of 36 multi-coloured paddles that could be pulled apart and put back together to “make different fun things.”

Slapsie was invented by Stanford professor, Alan Adler, the mastermind behind the Aerobie flying ring and the AeroPress coffee brewer. Wham-O acquired the rights to Slapsie and released the product to the masses in 1978.

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