Seeing this picture instantly takes me back to the early 80s.
My grandparents (like many other kids’ grandparents) moved to Florida after they retired. When I’d go visit them with my mom and dad, they always had a few toys like this one laying around in the garage.
I’d spend hours pumpin’ that button trying to get those rings on the hooks, only to tip it or knock the whole thing over and lose all progress. No save button on these units!
Here’s a video of a guy reviewing a Tomy Waterful Ring Toss, originally produced in 1976.
By the way, it was on one of these Florida trips that my Silverhawks-Steelheart-regret-and-shame story happened.
still can’t believe they sold these at Albertson’s
Here’ something we picked up at South of the Border while driving home one year. I swear it was more for my dad than me.
South of the Border was the best. I remember being 8 or 9 years old, browsing at toys on a table in a SotB shop, and all of a sudden I’m holding a deck of playing cards with “naked ladies” on them. I froze in fear, looked up and my dad was looking right at me. We never again acknowledged this moment.