Toys of the Eighties, 'Pass the Nuts'
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Plastic tabletop game for preschoolers - think of a pinball table, only vertical. The game featured four animal characters behind a clear window. Four plastic buttons at the base of the toy each corresponded to a different animal, and when you'd push the button the animal would move its foot, flip its tail, etc. You had to coordinate these maneuvers between the animals to get a plastic nut from the bottom of the game board to the top--hence the name of the game ... 'Pass the Nuts!'
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Keith Lello - December 21, 2013 - Report this comment
I don't know how he found out about the toy but when my second son was about 4, all he wanted from Santa was a "Pass the Nuts." Neither my wife nor myself had any idea what he was talking about but we began our search of toy stores to find many had no idea what we were enquiring about. We began to think our son had the name wrong when we found a store which had sold them but had none left. We widened our search and eventually found one in a suburban store on Christmas eve. The toy provided great entertainment and amusement to children and adults alike for a number of years. Unfortunately we disposed of it before we had grandchildren and regret that we are not able to recycle it. Accepting that electronic toys have tended to make such toys as Pass the Nuts obsolete, I believe the game provides sufficient demands on co-ordination and tactile sense judgement to compete with many of the present day offerings.
Jennifer - November 23, 2015 - Report this comment
this was in the same set up as mouse around the clock . Which I had . They both were by tomy.
Sally - March 03, 2019 - Report this comment
We still have this game -a favorite with our kids who grew up in the 1980s. Visiting children LOVE to play it - even more when they realize that the nut changes when it returns from entering the bird nest "door" at the top. Of course, it's not always easy to make the visiting parents give the kids a turn! LOL.

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