1984 MB My Dog Has Fleas

1984 Christmas advert from MB games for the game My Dog Has Fleas!

The Milton Bradley Company is an American game company established by Milton Bradley in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1860. In 1920, it absorbed the game production of McLoughlin Brothers, formerly the largest game manufacturer in the United States and in 1987 it purchased Selchow and Righter, makers of Parcheesi and Scrabble.

Milton Bradley was taken over by Hasbro, Inc., in 1984. Now wholly owned by Hasbro, it is still retained as one of Hasbro’s brands, similar to the manner in which Parker Brothers is one of Hasbro’s brands. It is a board game and sometimes video game publisher. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Milton Bradley marketed a series of games (such as HeroQuest) in North America that were developed in the United Kingdom by Games Workshop (GW) that drew heavily from GW’s Warhammer Fantasy universe, albeit without explicit reference to the Warhammer product line. Milton Bradley also developed numerous game consoles such as the Microvision and Vectrex.

(more…)

1978 Operation MB Games

blossom-farm-mb-games-operationMB Operation ad from the 80’s

Operation is a battery-operated game of physical skill that tests players’ hand-eye co-ordination. Made by Milton Bradley, it has been in production since 1965, the year in which the game was invented by John Spinello.

The game is a variant on the old-fashioned wire loop electric game popular at fun-fairs and the flammer stores around the United States. It consists of an “operating table”, lithographed with a comic likeness of a patient (nicknamed “Cavity Sam”) with a large, red light-bulb for his nose. In the surface are a number of openings, which reveal fictional and humorously-named ailments made of white plastic. To work, the game requires two AA batteries.

Info gleaned from Wikipedia

1982 7UP featuring PAC MAN

This classic 7UP  TV ad from 1982 which featured the latest craze at the time, PAC MAN and a modified version of Kim Carnes ‘Bette Davis Eyes’ which was in fact sung by her in the commercial.  This probably my most memorable TV advertisement of the 80’s.

7  Up is a brand of a lemon-lime flavored non-caffeinated soft drink. The rights to the brand are held by Dr Pepper Snapple Group in the United States, and PepsiCo (or its licensees) in the rest of the world, including Puerto Rico, where the concentrate is manufactured at the Pepsi facility in Cidra. The 7 Up logo includes a red spot between the ‘7’ and ‘Up’; this red spot has been animated and used as a mascot for the brand as Cool Spot.

(more…)