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These were wind-up games that were pretty small, almost hand held. "T.H.I.N.G.S." was an acronym for something, I don't remember now. The two I had were (1) a guy (you controlled with a button, moving up and down only. As you pressed the button, he would release one barrel at a time) rolling barrels across a bridge and getting them safely across into a holding tank, while a gorilla (this was the wind-up part) jumped up from under the bridge and tried to knock them off by hitting the underside of the bridge (the bridge was two pieces that flipped up every time the gorilla hit it). You only has a certain amount of time to try to get all the barrels across the bridge before the wind-up gorilla finally jumped up and kept the bridge up so you couldn't send any more barrels across. The other was a knight (controlled with a button) that had to try to catch the rings (moving up and down only, you controlled his movement depending how much you pressed the button)with his lance as 4 bats (they were the wind up part) flew in a circle overhead with small metal rings they carried with there magnetic feet. The bats would pick up the rings at one side of the game (the rings were stood up in a little holding place so the bats could just brush them enough to latch on to them one at a time) and the bats would fly in a circular motion over the knight. If you didn't get the ring off of the bat's feet and on to your lance, it would "drop" then off into another holding place, ( this was a piece on the game that stuck up just enough, so when the bats went over it, it would scrap it off into the holding place) and you lost that ring. When the wind-up bats would stop, you counted to see how many rings you got on your lance.
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NebulanFree - May 25, 2007 - Report this comment
I have about a dozen of these. The acronym stood for: Totally Hilarious Incredibly Neat Games of Skill Good times.
Patrick - May 28, 2007 - Report this comment
O that's what they were called. I loved these games. I remember playing Sir Ring-a-lot.
X - May 28, 2007 - Report this comment
My cousin had Sir Ring-a-Lot. I had Eggzilla and Astro-nots. Eggzilla- a little baby Godzilla type thing sat in the middle, and you had a short period of time to put his shell together around him like a puzzle. If you got it together in time, the top part would push a button on it's head, stopping the game. If you didn't get to it in time, Eggzilla would jump up and send the pieces flying. I don't remember as much about Astro-Nots, other than it had little men that rotated around a base, and you had to use a magnetic spaceship arm to pick them up.
TheLittlestHobo - October 29, 2007 - Report this comment
I have been trying for years to remember what these games were called. Mostly cause noone has a clue what I was talking about. My favorite was Go-rilla. You had to send logs across a bridge as fast as you could, but a big (Donkey Kong looking) gorilla kept lifting the bridge in the center. Does anyone know if these are sold anywhere (Ebay does have sir-rings-a-lot)?
Jaysmack - January 21, 2008 - Report this comment
Totally Hilarious Incredibly Neat Games of Skill. WHY oh WHY do I remember that? Eggzilla was dzope!
Dan - March 02, 2008 - Report this comment
I had one called Sir Lance-A-Lot...or something!! and i remember there was a knight and he had a lancer thing and you had to get little hoops on it was fun. really cool stuff...
Jess - June 18, 2008 - Report this comment
I loved my T.H.I.N.G.S.! I had Sir Ring-a-lot, Eggzilla, Flip-o-potamus and one other which I can't remember now - it's not in the pic above or previously mentioned. I loved the buzz that the clockwork motors made. Happy days!
Cheech - June 27, 2008 - Report this comment
I loved collecting these games. I have the whole set packed away in a box in my basement. I had to save up my babysitting money to buy them when I was a kid. Too bad they stopped making them.
Andy - July 02, 2008 - Report this comment
Thank you! I've been looking for the name of these. I loved them, but my mom only bought us one each. I'm gonna get them all!
Nick - February 02, 2009 - Report this comment
Im from NZ and I had Eggzilla - loved it! I also had another one that had a rotating tree with little "flys" that you had to grab - i cant see it here! In NZ only 4 got released -would love to buy some of these again - they were so cool!!
Will - October 29, 2010 - Report this comment
Dang, I had forgotten all about these...amazing what short lived, forgotten parts of 80s childhoods you can find on this site..I had the Eggzilla, Flip-o-potamus, and Sir Ring-a-lot...These were pretty neat toys to have been completely forgotten like they pretty much are.
heretic - January 12, 2011 - Report this comment
Oh man been looking for these THINGS for ages! I had sir-ring-alot and grabbit (I think it was called that). You had to push the button that would make a frog jump out of its hole and the object was to try and eat the flies hanging from a tree as it spun round. If you didn't do it in time the tree would pop off. Ah, they dont make em like that anymore!
Emily - March 04, 2013 - Report this comment
Loved these! I just found 2 in my mom's attic. I'm pretty sure I had more, but no idea where they are.
Jess - December 22, 2014 - Report this comment
I LOVED my T.H.I.N.G.S. I used to get them from John Lewis. I had Sir Ring-a-lot, Flip-O-Potamus, Grabbit and Eggzilla. They kept me entertained for hours. I'd practise until I could ace them.
Nick - June 03, 2015 - Report this comment
Yes I too and from NZ and i had the one with the Tree with the flys that you had to grab, cant remember what it is called but yes i cant seem to find it here. SO COOL!! I had the Eggzilla one as well. would love to get them again
robert fuhrer - July 14, 2015 - Report this comment
I'm the founder/owner of Nextoy, the company that created these and can answer any question probably. The Tree with flies was Grabbit...
Andy - December 21, 2016 - Report this comment
If anyone is still reading these--I've been looking for this game for years, and just found one of the above posts. The one with the gorilla holding up a bridge. That's the game! I'm not sure it's called "Go-Rilla" though. I can't find anything about it, if it is. Does anyone have any info on this? Thanks!
NebulanFree - January 13, 2017 - Report this comment

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