Toys of the Eighties, Rattle me Bones
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The toy rattle me bones was a game where the skeleton came on a boat steering wheel on top of a treasure chest. The object of the game was to pull off the jewelery of the skeleton and put it in the treasure chest. The object was picked by a spinning wheel that has pictures of all the jewelery on it.

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    Original TV commercial for the game "Rattle Me Bones".

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Andrew - July 28, 2007 - Report this comment
just have to throw my 2 cents in for this one. This game and the theme music stuck in my head like a repetitive song on the radio for years and now im finally lookin it up via internet in hopes of shakin this curse from my head.....
Mark L - August 11, 2007 - Report this comment
Yup, I remember the theme song too. They must have played that commercial a lot. If I recall correctly it was a game kind of like Operation, except the skeleton would shake if you touched it wrong. Is that right?
elle - October 08, 2007 - Report this comment
OMG I used to have one! It was very similar to "operation", You would pick the jewellery off the skeleton and put it in the chest, and if you made a bad move or touched the skeleton wrong it would shake like mad. The skeleton also glowed in the dark. I still remember the first time we played with it and the first time it shook we all nearly peed our pants. Such a great game :-)
Scott - March 30, 2008 - Report this comment
I had one of these, but lost the pieces rather quickly because when he would shake a lot of the items would fly off only to get sucked up by the vaccume.
Veronica - April 05, 2008 - Report this comment
Ours was seriously possessed... it would go off at night for no reason at all. It scared us to death- my brother, who wanted the game so badly, got it for Christmas... only to banish it to the basement playroom as the glowing skeleton gave him nightmares. haha.
Garoltveki - June 20, 2008 - Report this comment
Still have mine complete, pieces, box & all. I actually keep it displayed in my living room.
Ducky - July 22, 2008 - Report this comment
Scay little bugger! But fun game nonetheless :)
lish - August 31, 2008 - Report this comment
does anyone know where i could still get one? already looked on ebay~!
Sunnie - September 30, 2008 - Report this comment
i used to have this game. me and my sister were afraid to play it because it scared us when he shook LOL
Rani - October 11, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember this! :) My sister got it for Christmas one year, and loved it (if I remember correctly, she gave the skeleton a name and would use it as a doll, as well as playing the actual game). It used to terrify me, though... ;^^
Sharon - November 11, 2008 - Report this comment
I was cleaning a closet just now and found a brand new "Rattle me Bones" game, never opened. I bought it in 1989 in anticipation of having grandchildren some day. I'm torn between wanting to sell it or give it to my grandkids I now have who are 5,5,8,11 and 12.
turbonegro - March 04, 2009 - Report this comment
Attention people. This is the ultimate drinking game. It shakes, you drink. End of sobriety. Nuff said.
Val - April 29, 2009 - Report this comment
I believe this broke not long after I got it.
Athena - May 03, 2009 - Report this comment
AWESOME game. If anyone has one and wants to sell it please contact me.
Emma - July 22, 2009 - Report this comment
My boyfriend asked for rattle me bones for xmas years ago when he was just a little boy and his mum cudnt fine it anywhere because it was sold out he was gutted, he still talks about the game and i would love to surprise him with it, anybody know where i could get it ive tryed ebay already??
Vince - October 18, 2009 - Report this comment
I have one of these in great condition in the box with instructions, but I am looking for a few of the pieces that go on the skeleton. I have the parrot and the pipe and a few of the coins, but that's all. I need the spinner, hat, eye patch, necklace, etc. Any help? Ebay is a bust. Thanks.
Vince - October 18, 2009 - Report this comment
I'd also consider selling mine, since there are so many of you looking for one. I'm vinray89 on yahoo and ebay if you want to contact me. Thanks.
David E. - December 26, 2009 - Report this comment
I never got to play it and the song still haunts my mind!
Kat - August 14, 2010 - Report this comment
I actually still have mine, but my husband says the gears are stripped. I really want to open it and replace the gears since my 1 yr old likes it do much. The cheapest I've seen is on ebay and it's $20 after shipping....although the most expensive is $50 -- ppl must know what they have!
christine - January 20, 2011 - Report this comment
i was the little redhead in this commerical and would love to view it online. anyone know where i can find the commercial ? :)
robert Fuhrer - March 29, 2011 - Report this comment
I believe I have the original commercial
D-Unit - April 11, 2011 - Report this comment
I was lucky enough to find one on Ebay for $25, all it was missing is the hat. THat was the first I found in about 5 years of looking. I too would REALLY like to see the commercial again
Lisa - June 24, 2011 - Report this comment
I was the other little girl in the commercial. I'm wondering if anyone has found any versions of the original commercial. If so could you post the link. Thank you!
Vince Pepple - August 25, 2011 - Report this comment
I just submitted a link to the original TV commercial for the game I found on YouTube. By the way, if anyone has one of these or even just game pieces, I'd be a buyer. Email me at Thanks!
Kim - September 03, 2011 - Report this comment
I have one of these with the box for sale. UK.
erin - September 18, 2011 - Report this comment
Kim - Could I buy it from you??? Email me at Thanks!!!
LAURIE - November 01, 2011 - Report this comment
Looking to buy the pieces of the game if anyone has any to sell. please e-mail me
Tania Casey - November 19, 2013 - Report this comment
Looking for Rattle me Bones game, wanted for adult son who was terrified of it as a child. Ha Email me at
Toni - June 04, 2014 - Report this comment
I have one of these. Looking to sell. Has all the pieces in the box.
Lynne - April 13, 2015 - Report this comment
Looking to buy a complete game as a graduation gift for my son. Ebay items aren't complete or working.
Ana K - October 10, 2015 - Report this comment
Does anyone know how many coins the game had? I bought one from EBay but it only had two coins would like to play with the correct number! (will add pennies) The box and instructions don't say and photos on EBay all have different numbers of coins, obviously a commonly lost item (c: Thanks for reading!

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