Lets go on a trip through the way-back machine to the late 1960s: where plastic toys had just started to replace wood and steel toys, and things like the Ideal Toy Company’s Toss Across started showing up for all to enjoy.

 

Oddly, this is the biggest image for the original Toss Across that I could find.

The Toss Across was really just a new take on Tic-Tac-Toe.  The goal is the same, get either three Os (naughts) or three Xs (crosses) in a row to win.  The difference here is primarily that there will eventually be a winner in Toss Across because an O or X can always be changed to the other symbol with a well-aimed bean bag.  It’s also possible, with a poorly aimed bean bag, to change one of the symbols to the wrong one and cause yourself to lose. So it goes.

Lyle and I had a set of these back in the day (“the day” being a Thursday in 1991).   I honestly don’t remember how much we did or didn’t play with it, but I do remember chucking the bean bags at each other from time to time.

-Confusion is a state of mind, or is it?

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