Flashback Friday: I Took a Lickin’ From a Chicken

Bet you thought that October was going to be all Halloween-themed Flashback Fridays, didn’t you, denizens? Perhaps the majority of them will be…I still haven’t decided yet. However, today’s Flashback is dedicated to one of the silliest and strangest toys I had as a kid: I Took a Lickin’ From a Chicken.

Of all the toys from my childhood, this was one of the few that transcended age boundaries and captivated anyone who came in contact with it. I’m sure that anyone born after the video game console revolution would look at this as something antiquated and quaint. But back in the early 80s, this was something akin to magic.

Okay, it was probably just magical to a 5-year-old who found herself being regularly beaten at Tic-Tac-Toe by a tiny animatronic chicken…but to adults, it still held a sense of curiosity and wonderment. This was one of the earliest examples of a hand-held electronic game. This was my generation’s GameBoy.

Chew on that for a while.

I know that the game was able to things other than Tic-Tac-Toe, but I don’t really remember what. I just remember sitting and pecking away (haha) at the multicolored number pad, trying my hardest to beat that stupid little plastic chicken…or at the very least, to keep it from beating me. Yet again.

Yes, I did, indeed, take many a lickin’ from that chicken.

I wish I still had my version of this game, if only for the pure kitsch of it all. However, I will have to suffice with photos and videos like this one. Welcome to how I spent hours of my childhood, denizens…

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsq-zCD9wIw&w=640&h=360]