Thursday, June 29, 2017

Killer Games (and Toys)

By Liz McCall
From: the Vintage Toyshop Series
Author: Barbara Early

One might think murder is nothing to play around with, but it's funny how many toys and games around the vintage toyshop have some kind of mystery connection. Of course, there are the ubiquitous (and multiple) versions of Clue, but here are a few of my other favorite finds.

Scooby Doo. The canine detective has a large following that has only grown throughout the years. You can play Scooby Doo Monopoly, or just enjoy one of a number of plush dolls, action figures--or even this mint in box Velma bobblehead from my personal collection. (Velma's my favorite!)

Nancy Drew has also spawned board games. Now, of course, Nancy is flying high with her very popular computer games from Her Interactive, but before that came...


Frank and Joe Hardy apparently didn't want to be outdone by the girl sleuth... (Frank was my favorite! Who was yours?)


TV has spawned a lot of mystery games. How about a little time with your favorite boys from the 12th precinct? (BTW, a retired detective friend of mine insists that Barney Miller is hands down the most accurate betrayal of the police department, even today.)


And it goes back even further before that. How about this black and white favorite?


And what would mystery be without a good villain?

(Snidely. Snidely! You untie Velma from the railroad track right now, you hear?)








SUMMER GIVEAWAY!

As part of our Killer Characters summer giveaway, I'm offering you a chance to win your own Velma Wacky Wobbler. (The one pictured above in the box is mine!!) Just leave a comment below by noon (Eastern) on Saturday, July 1st, and I'll choose one winner at random! Be sure to include your email in a safe spambot-free format, ie, yourname AT provider DOT com!

BONUS GIVEAWAY!

I'll be frank. (Not Joe.) I'm not personally all that fond of author newsletters, but I've been...ahem...reminded by my publisher that I should be doing this, so...

I'm launching Barbara Early's Very Merry UNnewsletter. So for games, giveaways, and yes, the occasional news of my books, subscribe now, and I'll enter you in a giveaway to receive your choice of either 1 hardcover copy of Death of a Toy Soldier, OR 1 Advance Reader Copy of Murder on the Toy Town Express (releasing in October). Just mosey on over to my website to find the form to enter, or use this happy and convenient link: Sign up for Barbara Early's Very Merry UnNewsletter! This bonus giveaway runs until July 15th.



67 comments:

  1. What a blast from the past those games are! I don't think I played any of them unless a friend had them, but the Nancy Drew one--would have loved to have had that! Thanks for the cute giveaway!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. The Nancy Drew game is not easy to find, but they sometimes pop up at shows and on eBay. Still haven't played it yet!

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  2. What a fun post! I used to love watching old reruns of Perry Mason--didn't know there was a game. I am on Team Frank also! Thanks for the chance to win. cking78503(at)aol(dot)com.

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    1. There's a game for so many shows. I'm still looking for a copy of the Murder, She Wrote game--because there was one.

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  3. Those games look so fun. I have never played any of them, we were always a clue kind of house. Now I get to play clue Jr with my kids and they always beat me. I'm so excited for your news letter! Utaker555@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks, Brittany. Clue is such a great game for kids. Makes them think, while they're having fun.

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  4. Love vintage toys! Thanks for the chance to win! mcastor07(at)Gmail(dot)com.

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  5. I never had games like these either, mainly because I was an only child and my parents didn't think I'd get much use of them. But I love the Velma Wobbler. What a neat prize. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  6. The games are wonderful. So nostalgic from my era. Thanks for your great giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. I think the nostalgia is what makes them collectible. And most were quite reasonable at the last show I attended.

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  7. I never had these particular toys. I do have clue board game and a newer version of a Perry Mason Board game. Scooby Doo has always been my favorite cartoon. I didn't have any Scooby related toys but my daughter did, she had the Mystery Machine and the whole gang.

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    1. Fun! I've not seen a newer Perry Mason game. I'll have to look it up!

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  8. I love this post and the fascinating games which I would have enjoyed greatly. Wonderful giveaway. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. So many great mystery board games. Thanks for the contest. monstercreed1@yahoo.com.

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  10. Board games were and are still my very favorite -- Mystery Date, SORRY!, Masterpiece, The Game of Life, Candyland, Chutes and Ladders, etc.. I also love Scooby Doo. Thanks so much for the giveaway (now to scoot over to your Unnewsletter!) bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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    1. I love board games. I'm beginning to develop a taste for some of the more complex German games now. That is, when I can find others who want to play.

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  11. I love Scooby Doo. Thanks for the chance. sclickner@juno.com

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  12. Talk about a blast from the past.
    I remember so many of those things - and had
    really fogotten about them.
    thanks for the reminder.
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  13. Love the old toys! lkleback@hotmail.com

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  14. I have never seen or played those games...but I am sure I would have...mysteries were always my favorite books...Trixie Belden was the best!

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    1. Sad to admit that I think I missed Trixie completely when growing up. I have started to pick them up when I see them at used book sales.

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  15. This looks great! rhondabeewel@gmail.com

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  16. I have never seen those games. Would have been funbut a a virtual only child no one to play with.Candykennedy45@gmail.com

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    1. I know that feeling too. Although I was a little tyrant and forced all the adults in the family to play with me. That might be why they taught me adult card games when I was rather young, because they grew tired of the kids games.

      I made a small fortune in poker, BTW, which happens when you're ten and everyone else is, well, less than sober.

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  17. I'm a huge fan of board games, I play with my kids and grandkids all the time ! Love the Velma doll 😁 kathambre@yahoo.com

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    1. Yes, we play a lot of games in our house!

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  18. Love the old toys we didn't get them as i was in a strict foster home but my kids did get all they wanted and they were fun to play with I do have a lot of the Flinestone things like a little lunch box with a fossel watch inside and things like that. ptclayton2@aol.com peggy clayton

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    1. Yes, we often raise our kids the way we wish we were raised. I think we played more games with our daughter than anyone played with me when I was a child. And we all still enjoy games.

      I've seen a few Flintstone things at the shows, but, come to think of it, not as much as I thought there would be. Hold onto it!

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  19. Love seeing the old games & toys!! :) mommawyant at redplanethobbies dot com

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  20. Loved board games growing up and when the kids were little. Cute giveaway! Signed up for newsletter.
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  21. WE are such Scooby Doo fans in my family. Halloween 2005, I was Velma, my husband was Shaggy, my sister Daphne, her husband was Fred. Her toddlers were 3 and 2, both were Scooby, and I made the 11month old baby into a box of Scooby Snacks. It was the best Halloween memory. and still to this day, my favorite cartoon.

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    1. Colleenmvotour AT yahoo DOT com

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    2. Fun! My son-in-law and his two sisters did that one year. Such a fun picture!

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  22. I still have all my Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Dana Girls, Trixie Belden and Bobbsey Twins books! Would have loved to have had that Nancy Drew game! And, of course, I'm still a he fan of Scooby Doo!Now a big fan of Barbara Early, too!

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    1. By the way - I work in a library and I happen to be on the Book Selection Committee - making sure we have your books!

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    2. By the way - I work in a library and I happen to be on the Book Selection Committee - making sure we have your books!

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  23. Scooby Doo and Nancy Drew made me a mystery lover. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. kchinetti at gmail dot com

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    1. Exactly, they're the gateway. Fortunate for all us mystery writers!

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  24. All those old games are pretty cool. Signed up for your newsletter. turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  25. I really wish I had some of my vintage toys and my Nancy Drew books from when I was young. It was always so much fun playing board games. Really enjoyed the trip dowm memory lane and I also enjoyed reading "Death of a Toy Soldier" and I'm looking forward to reading to the new book. Subscribed to the unnewsletter.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  26. These are great games & I do love a dastardly villain.

    Happy to subscribe.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  27. Thank you I did the newsletter and yay for an entry at one of your books...
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  28. Even as an adult I love Scooby Doo.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  29. Love Scooby Do!!
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  30. I have that exact same Nancy Drew boardgame. Thanks for the chance.
    Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  31. My dad collects early editions of the Hardy Boys. I had a thing for Joe when I was a kid! We're both big Scooby Doo fans. I collect Monopoly games and have all types of board games.

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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  32. I love board games and vintage toys. Thank you for this chance! I subscribed to your newsletter. areewekidding(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  33. I have read the Nancy Drew books but I never knew there was a game. I signed up for your newsletter and can't wait to receive it. Thank You!
    moonbay7399(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  34. I have all of the Nancy Drew books and my oldest granddaughter is reading them now. My kids loved Scooby Doo and the Hardy Boys. Thanks for the chance to win.
    cecilialyoung(@)gmail.com

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  35. I LOOOVE the Nancy Drew PC games and I have Scooby Doo Clue!Thanks for the chance!
    Jamuller312 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  36. We still have a number of vintage toys and games. I subscribed to your newsletter. servedogmomATyahooDOTcom

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  37. I never had any of those games but I absolutely love Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys! I think Joe was my favorite. I'm a big Perry Mason fan too. Velma was also a favorite (besides Scooby Doo of course),

    sharonbabyme@yahoo.com

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  38. Was not aware of these games.
    kckendler at gmail dot com

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  39. These vintage games are great! I wish I had an opportunity to play them. j dot marshall 730 at yahoo dot com Thanks for sharing!!

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  40. I loved being reminded of these great toys and games. Thanks for sharing!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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  41. I've never seen any of these board games, but would love to add them to my collection! I normally play Monopoly, and if it weren't for my furbabies trying to help me play (see knock all the pieces everywhere and try to eat them, same with the money and deed cards) I'd drag one of mine out more often (I currently have the Deluxe Edition and the New York edition...the Manhattan square has the Two Towers on it, so I'm never getting rid of it, ever). I also have a copy of Scrabble in Spanish (ever since taking the class in high school and discovering that version of the game there I've wanted my own copy---we used the class copy to study our vocabulary words, of course :P ).

    I've been a fan of Scooby Doo since I was little (and yes I remember all of the old series, my favorite of course being the original, was never a fan of A Pup Named Scooby Doo though) and my favorite of course is Scooby. :D My favorite human is Shaggy, and I cannot STAND Scrappy Doo! I thought it was the most hilarious thing ever when they made him the villain in the first live action movie.

    I love both the Hardy Boys, but if I had to pick, it would have to be Joe (doesn't hurt that at the time I was a huge Shaun Cassidy fan). I watched Barney Miller every week with my grandparents, but couldn't tell you the names of any of the characters now other than Barney and Fish. I've always been a HUGE Perry Mason fan, and have read every book in the series that our county library has (which is most of them). My first mysteries were Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, and Encyclopedia Brown. I kept reading the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series up into the hundreds until I could no longer find them at bookstores on a regular basis, then fell so far behind I figured I'd never get caught up. My first "adult" (as in not geared towards kids, get your minds out of the gutter!) mysteries were Agatha Christie, and I've read all of hers and at one time owned most of them, till they got water damaged. Now I own maybe three or four of them, including N or M? (one of my favorites) and The ABC Murders.

    I didn't know they'd made a plush of Snidely Whiplash! He was one of my favorite villains growing up, along with Simon Bar Sinister and Boris and Natasha. (I'm weird, I know.) I always thought Dudley Do Right was an idiot, but loved Rocky and Bullwinkle, Mr. Peabody and his pet boy Sherman, Underdog, Hong Kong Phooey (even though he was an idiot too---the cat was pretty cool though), and Mighty Mouse. Am I showing my age yet? :P

    I signed up for your UNnewsletter, using christineocheallaigh at yahoo dot com.

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  42. I loved watching Scooby Doo. I always wanted to be Velma (I already have the glasses). I collect the old mystery books like Trixie Beldon, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Cherry Ames (my favorite), Vickie Barr (just need one more book and I will have the complete set), Beverly Gray, and Donna Parker. I am looking forward to reading Murder on the Toy Town Express. Have a great holiday weekend. Doodlesink (at) hotmail.com

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  43. I love the old school board games! Especially Nancy Drew; she was my favorite growing up! I had major thing for Joe Hardy( had a huge crush on Shaun Cassidy back in the day!). Also, Velma from Scooby-Doo is my mascot, and of course, who doesn't love Scooby? Thank you for such a great contest to try and win; this would make my birthday so fun next month! hopegrubka@att.net

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  44. What a fun post. It would be awesome to win the Velma Wacky Wobbler. Thank you for this opportunity!
    peggyhyndman(at)att(dot)net

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  45. I would love to win a Velma Wacky Wobbler!! I signed up for your UNnewsletter. Thank you so much for the chance to win!
    magicgirl2357(at)yahoo(dot)com

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