11 Horrible Wham-O Toy TV Ads From The `60s You Won't Believe

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Wham-O has long been a purveyor of the kinds of toys that look great on TV, or even not so great on TV, but end up even worse when you try them at home.

They've had their successes, of course -- the Hula-Hoop, the Frisbee -- but TV back in the day used to be jammed with Wham-O ads for some unlikely "fun products".

Like these 11:

11. The Air Blaster
"You have the power of wind in your own hands!!" For God's sake, don't misuse it. If you actually believed the tepid puff of air from The Air Blaster could travel the 40 feet claimed in this ad, then you were definitely in Wham-O's target demographic: Young and gullible.

10. Super Elastic Bubble Plastic
Hey kids!! Pour some industrial gunk in your hand and then blow it up into a big, round ball!! Caution: Accidentally breathing in during the inflation process, or smelling the chemical, may result in a painful death.


9. The Wheelie Bar
In case you were somehow baffled as to how to pop a wheelie on your Sting-Ray bike, Wham-O was there to help. The company also offered, via the above ad, the single most unconvincing "burning rubber" sound effect ever.


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11 comments
D2jetfuel
D2jetfuel

Richard Connally sounds like he is angry at Wham-O.  What did Wham-O ever do to you Dick?

Steve
Steve

you know that kid in zap a bubble probably killed his whole family and buried the bodies in the woods or something. 

E. Buzz Miller
E. Buzz Miller

Nah fuh nuttin', but SuperElasticBubblePlastic was just plastic solvent with a cute name. Onna other hand, what's a few chemical burns on a kid's arms when he's having fun.

Sarah
Sarah

Lawn and leaf bags split open, pegged down by tent stakes and spritzed with water did not a Slip-N-Slide make.  That worked more like SNL's bag full of glass Whamo parody!

Rick Lincroft
Rick Lincroft

Well, not all toys are a "hit". But several of these were great!The Wham-O Air Blaster was a ton of fun; especially if you added a paper-towel tube barrel, filled with flour. Perfect for dusting your little sister and her friends. (Also good for launching ping-pong balls.) The Wheelie Bar worked, and was generally considered pretty damn cool, at the 4th Grade bike rack. Silly String was awesome, until they had to change from a mildly flammable plastic formula, to a crappy soap-like substance. Several Slip-N-Slides, laid end to end, on a hillside, were fun into our teen years. (Maybe more fun.) And Monster Magnet was a great toy. What boy couldn't have fun with a magnet that could lift 20lbs.?Not every toy needs a video screen to be fun.

Fat Bass Turd
Fat Bass Turd

Y'all forgot the Wham-O Wrist-Rocket;  I never feared that kid that threatened me with a Jart (Lawn- Dart) as long as I had my Wrist-Rocket and a pocket full of marbles or jacks …

NoSacredCow
NoSacredCow

Notice no kids wearing helmets riding the wheelie bar? And banana seats...Kids today are wussies.

Michael
Michael

I had an air-blaster as a kid and it was AWESOME.  Seriously one of my favorite toys as a kid

MadMac
MadMac

These "toys" are given to kids as inducement to run away from home. Not that I would know anything about that.

Nancy Nygaard
Nancy Nygaard

That little boy in the Zap a Bubble commercial is my little brother....he was 5 when he did that commercial....he's now a sucessful business man, married with kids....and Stil adorable!!!!!

Robert
Robert

It's not the kids fault. These days it's the wussie parents turning their kids into sissies.

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