Old toy for teaching children to accurately drop atom bombs

Before the "Nintendo wars" of the early 21st century, there were these toys, which invited young children to practice accurately releasing atom bombs. I'm not sure that the skills you learned with this gadget would translate into real A-bombing practice, though, which probably disappointed some youngsters.

Atom Bomber


  1. Look, if kids are going to be dropping nukes. . .  you want them to do it accurately.

    This toy serves a vital need!

    1. Indeed. Surely the whole point of ludicrously over-destructive weapons is that pinpoint accuracy becomes moot.

    1. before all this namby pamby coddling non-violence became so popular, you know, when kids could be kids! I especially like that the bomb is “all metal”, none of this nerf wussie stuff.

  2. I am way too young to remember this game but it did just remind me of a bombing game that I used to play at a friend’s house. There was some kind of a crosshair system on an arm above a rotating ground. You’d move the crosshair back and forth and try to drop the bomb in the target. Maybe it was a parachuting game. There was definitely a parachute on the thing you dropped. We alternated between playing with that and setting crazy jumps for the rev-up Evel Knievel stunt bike.

    1. It was made by Gabriel Toys, I had a baby sitter who had it and it was awesome and hard! Tried a quick search on youtube for the commercial but no luck.

      1.  That actually looks like a lot of fun, but somehow I was imagining a much larger version – like, several feet in diameter. That would be an awesome toy.

  3. Yes, we’ve made so much progress! Now we have first-person-shooter games and other vivid simulations of mayhem that really ad the personal touch to play killing.

  4. That is super cool! I had a cast Stuka that would drop a metal bomb when you pressed a button. The bomb could take little roll caps that tore to fit, and would make a nice bang if it hit righ on concrete.  I can remember taking a plastic model of the Bismark and bombing it with the Stuka, (while I was watching Sink the Bismark! on TV).

  5. When this kid grew up he invented the  GBU-28 bunker buster, appearing soon at your local Iranian centrifuge facility.
    (Why is it all the cartoon kids of this era look like Tom Sawyer on meth?)

    1. If this is anything like the bomber toy I had as a kid (and it appears to be very similar) “automatic” means “the bombs drop as soon as you press the red button on top of the fuselage”.

      1. That’s what I figured.

        Obviously, “automatic” meant something else entirely back then.  :o)

      1. That’s a different era; by the time the bombs were dropped over Japan we knew full well the dangers of radioactivity and certainly in the 50’s everyone knew about it – Civil Defense PSAs and the like strived to actually inform and educate the public (imagine that).

      2. I don’t think there was radioactive face cream, but there was a cold cream commercial that talked about a study using radioactive dirt to test how well different products clean:

  6. I wonder if the Imperial Japanese sold toys where you got to bomb hospitals?

    This is just about as tasteful.

      1. Selling a toy that encourages your child to simulate the incineration of 100,000 civilians is barbaric.

        Japan bombed hospitals in WWII. That was fucked. Simulating it would be equally so.

        1.  FFS, give me a break. I guess you protest every Call of Duty and GTA that comes out. I imagine Battleship makes you faint with horror. Horror! Lets not even talk about Risk!

          1. If Battleship had a kamikaze gameplay element, then I’d be offended.  Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go hand out angry flyers at the Whole Foods parking lot.

    1. Teapot, you’re like the Godwin of the Pacific, you know that?
      No thread is complete until you show up to bring up some strawman DubDub2 thing.
      But hey, if you wanna have a straw-party: I’ll apologize if you are from a country that has never bombed a hospital/wedding/aspirin factory.

  7. silly old people !! everyone these days knows that CLOSE COUNTS with atomic weaponry , as it does also with hand grenades and horse shoes !!  also , the illustration appears to be  a cargo plane !! also , an ” ace ” refers to someone who has shot down 5 ( or more ) enemy aircraft , not to precision bombing !!

  8. Whatever the PC implications, the toy itself looks pretty cool. As millions of Angry Birds players can attest, ballistic trajectories can be a lot of intuitive fun, for whatever reason.

    One of my favorite things in the Battlefield games set in WW2 (i.e. not the latest ones) was to drop bombs; I almost never hit on target because it’s so difficult but when you do it’s exceedingly satisfying.

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