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|23/10/99 - Well, I am still alive but haven't had a chance to
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|14/03/99 - Added Feed the Frogs|
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|03/02/99 - Added US Dragon Trap and Touchdown|
|01/02/99 - Added US Space Invasion,US Baseball Box,US Pinball|
From the late 1970s all the way through to the early 1990s, the Tomy toy company sold a range of pocketable children's toys. They marketed them directly in the US as "Tomy Pocket Games" (some US Pocketeers are also marked "Pocket Fuls"), and sold them via Palitoy in the United Kingdom under the name of "Pocketeers". They were generally based around ball bearings (either shooting them, or guiding them) however there were many non-bearing based ones as well, such as driving and horse racing games. Myself and my brother shared quite a few of these, alas they succumbed to the inevitable parental "lets tidy up this room" clear out though.
I started noticing Pocketeers for sale around various UK car boot sales, and decided to begin collecting them once again. This page serves as a fond remembrance of Pocketeers gone by, and as a list of known Pocketeers along with pictures.
If you have any Pocketeers that are not listed below, then I would be very greatful to hear from you. If you can provide scanned pictures of them then that would be even better. However please note that I have many other Pocketeers which I haven't had time to photograph and add to this page - so please check before going to the trouble of scanning/photographing them as I may already have them.
Also, although most Pocketeers came with their name, copyright date, and model code written on them, some Pocketeers do not have names or other information anywhere on them. If you can provide a name for any of the Pocketeers below that are currently nameless, or have different names than those given below (some Pocketeers seem to have been sold under multiple names at different times), or can add dates and/or model codes to those which do not currently have them then again please contact me.
Pocketeers seem to come in various series/themes.
Puzzle ones - You navigate a ball bearing around holes, grooves, obstacle courses, or mazes, e.g. The Amazing Maze Game
Shooting Gallery ones - You shoot ball bearing at knockdown targets, e.g. Bombard
Rotating Rows - You flick a lever and the various rows (3 sides to each with different pictures) spin around and make a picture, e.g. Flip Flop Faces, Robot Factory
Sports ones - You flick a ball bearing at targets over various sports backgrounds (Soccer, Hockey, Basketball, etc.)
Gambling ones - Flick the lever and spin, Fruit machine, casino, etc.
Tomy also made some which are like cubes, you wind them up and flick
plastic balls at different moving parts,
for example Monkey in Tree, Helicopter, Duckshoot etc.
|Name||Model||(C) Date||Case Colour||Notes||UK Game||UK Box||US Game||US Box|
|Basketball||31283||?||Clear||2 Player version|
|Casino||31330||1976||Sea Green||Also in white cased
version (see picture)
|Cat N Mouse||?||?||Orange|
|Cup Final||31271||1975||Lime Green|
|Drop N Catch||31326||1976||Orange|
|Feed the Frogs||7037||1977||Dark Blue|
|Flick N Spin||31288||1976||Orange|
|Flip Flop Faces||7029||?||Dark Yellow|
|Home Run Baseball||7039||1975||Dark Blue|
|Marble Catch||7039||1976||Fluro Orange|
|MotoCross||7029||1987||Black||(C) Coleco (!). This seems to be a rebadge/licensed version. Note the date is almost 10 years after most of the other Pocketeers|
|Pachinko Type 2||1976||Orange|
|Pac Man||7015||1982||Dark Red||Comes on a card instead of in a box|
|Pass the Puck||7040||1978||Red|
|Pile Up||31371||?||Dark Blue|
|Pitfall||3136||1978||Red + Yellow|
|Pocket Fishing||1976||Lime Green|
|Rack Em Up||?||?||Black|
|Rat a Tat||31334||1976||Burnt Sienna|
|Rock N Roll||31282||1975||White|
|Roll Up||31322||1977||Blue||Double sided game. The picture in the "US Game" column is the reverse side of the UK game.|
|Shooting Gallery||22||1976||Mustard Yellow|
|Stock Car Star||?||?||Red|
|The Derby||?||?||Blue||Note, US version has an extra horse!|
|The Election Game||31324||1977||Orange||aka "Time Machine"|
|The Amazing Maze Game||2-5||?||Dark Blue|
Thanks to Keith Ainsworth who provided the following scans of Pocketeer adverts from 1970's issues of Look-In magazine.
Thanks to Robert Strudwick for providing the following Pocketeer catalogue.
Other similar types of Pocketeer pocket games by manufacturers other than Tomy...
Tomy also went on to launch the "Pocket Arcade" series. Instead of being ball-bearing based, these games are clockwork and mechanical in nature. To play them, you 'reset' them, flick a stop/start button to 'stop', wind the winder up to its maximum, and flick the stop/start button to 'start'. You then play the game until the clockwork spring winds down!
The Pocket Arcade games all seem to be made in black cases, without model numbers or Copyright dates.
|Attack in Space|
|Raphael's Sewer Battle|
Tomy also later sold the "Pop-O-Matic" range of which we know of only two, if you know of any more then please drop me an email...
Another Tomy branded release are these two odd sports-related square cube games, a soccer game and a golf type game. Neither of these are mechanical, they both require you to move the cube to 'score' a goal.
Many thanks go to the following people for providing information, names, or actual Pocketeers.
Michael Davidson, Stuart McDonald, Adam Mawdesley, John Yeates, Keith Ainsworth, Jon
Dyton, Robert Strudwick.
I can be eMailed here.