#20 – Dominos (Top 25 Favorite Vintage Toys)

For me, dominos was never about “matching the dots”, or whatever the official rules are for game play. They are for setting up and knocking down as shown in the video.  Growing up, I watched a TV show called “That’s Incredible!”  The show was filled with stunt men and daredevils,  ghostly haunts and other supernatural stuff. Oh, and dominos competitions.    I was always amazed at what they got the dominos to do when the fell one after another.  I remember once falling dominos set of a rocket!

At one point as a kid, I thought I could be a domino showman when I grew up. I really thought this was a career (grown men were doing this on TV, how could it not be a career? LOL)   I would try setups of my own.  Nothing like in the video (of course not!), but I was able to arrange it so a domino fell into a toy car, the toy car rolled down a slanted ruler, only to knock over more dominos!  I was so excited to impress my family, that on Christmas Eve (after receiving more dominos as a gift), I ran to a kitchen drawer at my mom’s new place searching for a ruler.  I yanked at it and discovered it wasn’t a drawer at all.  It was a decoration with a fake wooded plate that mimicked a drawer. It fell onto my bare toe and two days later the poor toe at to be treated in the emergency room.  That might have ended my dominos career.

*****As a side note, I had a game “Domino Rally!”  It had plastic setups, ramps and miniature staircases.  I never like the game much.  It didn’t work as well as it did in the commercials.

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