Twister burst into public consciousness on the night of May 3, 1966, when NBC Tonight Show Host, Johnny Carson, played the game with actress Eva Gabor, then a star of the television show Green Acres. Since that time, Milton Bradley (and now Hasbro’s) “Game That Ties You Up in Knots” was elected into the National Toy Hall of Fame and enjoyed by over 60 million people.
American retailer, Hammacher Schlemmer, has created a super-sized, inflatable version of Twister that stands a whopping 15’ x 15’. Dubbed “The Inflatable Outdoor Color Dot Game,” Hammacher Schlemmer’s jumbo vesion includes an 18 oz, double-stitched vinyl playing mat with 64 colored dots. It accommodates up to 10 players at a combined playing weight of 1,500 lbs. A 1-hp air blower keeps the playing surface inflated while in use.
Players spin the 36-inch x 24-inch wheel at the beginning of each turn to find out which the hand or foot each player needs to place on a corresponding coloured dot.
Big-time outdoor fun doesn’t come cheap. The Inflatable Outdoor Color Dot Game checks in at $2,000 USD. It’s available directly from the Hammacher Schlemmer website.
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