There are many satisfying sounds, from the crunch of a dead leaf to the click of a pen when you step on it. A TikTok user recently introduced the younger generation to the satisfying sound of clackers, aptly called a ’70s toy, which makes a great “clack” when used. The toy was certainly a success with children, but they were taken off the market for very good reason.
Clacker Reacts to TikTok: ‘One of my classic childhood toys’
In the video, which has already garnered over 380,000 likes, a man and two young girls demonstrate their skills with clackers. Comments are full of people who either want to try out Clackers themselves, or have fond memories of their time with the toy.
“It looks fun,” commented one person. Another wrote, “One of my childhood classic toys with lawn darts.” Someone else said, “Oh my god, I miss those things.”
Why were Clackers taken off the market?
Clackers, also known as clunkers and ker-bangers, first hit the market in the late 1960s. The toy is quite simple: two large balls connected by a thin rope. Users spin the rope to hit the ball with each other’s “clack”.
The real clacker was made from glass balls. Unsurprisingly, this led to injuries; After a few uses, the glass balls will eventually shatter and send pieces of glass flying towards the player. A few years later, Clackers was relaunched with balls made of plastic.
They were again taken off the shelves after reports of children getting injured while playing with clackers. Like the glass balls previously used by toy manufacturers, the newer plastic balls still had a tendency to shatter when hit too hard or too often at once.
In 1976, they were classified As a “mechanical threat” at trial United States v. Articles consisting of more or less 50,000 cardboard boxes, each containing a pair of clacker balls. However, the makers of Clackers won’t be giving up on their popular toy.
The Clackers Comeback
In the ’90s, clackers made a comeback with a new design. In addition to switching to a new, shatter-resistant plastic, the toy’s structure was changed. Instead of a rope with two balls at each end, the new clackers were made of a plastic handle with small balls attached to the handle with triangular pieces of plastic.
The clackers that many Gen Xers remember are no longer on the market, but this new TikTok shows that there are plenty of people who fondly remember the dreaded toy—and a lot of Gen Xers wish they had a set!