Monday, August 8, 2011

1968 Pie Face Game

Presenting one of the rarest vintage games of all time: Pie Face, made by Hassenfeld Bros (Hasbro) in 1968. Pie Face came with a spinner, score sheet, cardboard target with cut-out window, and a pie launcher. Basically, you placed a whipped cream "pie" on the launcher, then took turns spinning to find out how many times to crank the launcher's handles. It was randomly set to let the pie fly into the player's face, positioned within the target. Sort of a cream pie version of Russian Roulette.


It was billed as "the most fun-filled action game you've ever played!" If, of course, your idea of fun was getting a pie slammed into your face.

The 15 1/2" tall target was made of cardboard...which helps explain why this game is so rare. I can't imagine they survived many whipped cream pie hits. The target is designed to make the player look like a clown, further adding to the humiliation.



Here's the pie launcher in readiness:






 And post-slam: 


















I wonder how many players really bothered to keep score...if I'd had one as a child, I expect my friends and I would have simply used it to torture my little sister.


Click here to see the original Pie Face television commercial in all its awesomeness. The lyrics are quite catchy:

"Turn the handles, 
hear them click, 
you'll never know 
when you'll be hit!
It's Pie Face!

Ask your mom 
for some cream,
Pile it high,
It's a scream!

Now we spin, what's the score?
Never had such fun before!
It's Pie Face!"


34 comments:

  1. I'm not playing! I plead lactose intolerant.

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    2. This Game is awesome we had a blast playing this game even when you’re losing your still having fun it’s a must have for family fun nights. Its simple to setup and the rules are easy to understand. It’s recommended for kids 5+ and I recommend safety glasses because you will probably get some whip cream in your eyes. To see how to play & setup check out our video at ===> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdA7FQiLS58

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  2. Well, the directions suggest using shaving cream if your mom doesn't have any whipped cream...or if a player claims lactose intolerance.

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  3. wow, this looks pristine. Great find in great condition!

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  4. I had this game when I was a kid. I got it for Christmas. I remember the feeling of waiting for the hand to get you.

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  5. Oh my goodness, I remember the commercial!

    I would give a lot to have a tour of your house, Tracy. Seriously cool

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  6. Oh my gosh, I loved this game so many fun memories with it. My dad was 32 and dying from cancer. He used to play with me on his bed, he would laugh and I did too. Not knowing that 4 months later he would be gone. Of coarse my 2 old sister wouldn't play. I'm always looking for one so I can play with granddaughter. I love to make those silly, but simple memories. And Betsy is right about the waiting for the hand to hit you.
    Judy

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    1. Judy, I'm sorry about your dad. You are so lucky to have those memories. You couldn't have been very old. I remember playing games with my dad although it was as a few years before this game. Some of my favorite memories are his laugh (I can still hear it almost as clearly as if he was sitting across the table from me) and our silly times. I was fortunate to have him until he turned 80years and 3 days.

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  7. I have old family movies of us playing this with my dad when we were kids! Russian Roulette at its best.

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  8. The videos show a sort of sponge or pad, wetted, and then the cream/foam on top of that. Was that included in the original?

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  9. Yes, the spongy pad was included with the game, but it usually deteriorated with time. Even with unplayed games, the sponge is usually dried out and crumbled. I think you had to supply your own whipped cream.

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  10. I have been looking for this game for years anyone have any ideas of where I can get one?

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    1. I have one for sale in mint condition but I'm in TN

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    2. Is it still for sale I'm interested.
      Please email me at Munoz_825549@yahoo. Com

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  11. I found mine at www.timewarptoys.com. They turn up periodically on eBay.

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  12. I have been searching for this game FOREVER. It holds such wonderful childhood memories for my entire family. It would be a dream come true to find one to share with my children. If anyone ever hears of one becoming available, please LMK.

    Thank you!
    AV

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    1. I Have one in mint condition for sale but I'm in TN :(

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    2. Hi Sara - do you still have the game? I just saw your post today

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  13. Is this for sale, and if so, how much?

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    1. Sorry, no: it's one of my most prized games!

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  14. Does anyone have this game for sale? Please email me @ Melissap908@aol.com

    Thank you SO much. :-)

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  15. Any body have one for sale .. Email me at Ehueston1958 @gmal.com

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  16. Barb April 20
    I want one. Will buy. Email me if you want to sell...barbbrown@carolina.rr.com

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  17. I would like to purchase one as well. Mandyctwp@aol.com

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  18. Anyone have one for sale? I wish is was distributed here in the USA! Please email me at tsilem63701@gmail.com if you have one for sale.

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  19. Does anyone have on for sale? l.kahlhamer@gmail.com Thanks

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  20. I would love a Pie Face Game too e mail me at:craftingvirginia@me.com

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  21. where can I get this game would love to buy it to share the laughter with our grandkids .. email me at j_juillette@outlook.com thank you

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  22. Would love to have one for grandkids had one when i was a kid email AnitaRigdon@Gmail

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  23. I'm sorry, but my vintage Pie Face game is not for sale.

    The game in the viral video (that has apparently led to all these inquiries here!) is the reproduction version produced by Rocket Games in the UK. It's sold out everywhere, but the store linked below expects it back in stock in May, and their price is reasonable:
    http://www.thetoyshop.com/Games-and-jigsaws/Children's-games/Pie-Face-Game/p/518683?awc=1736_1429742150_f6f6a8b6f789b221107331e5d8a625c7

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  24. Presenting one of the rarest vintage games of all time: Pie Face, made by Hassenfeld Bros (Hasbro) in 1968. Pie Face came with a spinner, ... piefacegame.blogspot.com

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  25. Amazon sells it

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00Y8YO2HG/ref=mp_s_a_1_1/192-2755675-0843355?qid=1439518971&sr=1-1&pi=AC_SY200_QL40&keywords=pie+in+the+face+game&dpPl=1&dpID=61a6pyEclBL&ref=plSrch

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