It’s funny how some games have stood the test of time, whilst overs have faded away. Â One of the latter is Mr. Pop!, and I’m surprised that it’s no longer available given that it was a lot of fun to play.
Mr. Pop was a cross between Perfection, Guess Who? and Mr. Potato Head. Â It was a single player game in which you first had to pick a card that had a picture of a man’s face on it. Â You had to recreate that face by inserting plastic pieces of hair, eyes, noses and other facial features into slots on a plastic head.
Sounds pretty easy so far, but you had to do this against the clock. Â The plastic face was mounted on a plastic board that featured a clockwork timer (that’s what we like – no batteries!) so to play you wound up the timer and pushed the head back until it clicked into a locked position. Â Letting the timer run out caused the head to pop forward, shooting all the plastic face pieces out at the player, which was quite a shock.
The game was intended for younger players, but adults had just as much fun playing it, and quite often were worse than the kids. Â It’s a crying shame this game is no longer available as beneath all the fun it was quite educational, teaching concentration, pattern matching and hand eye co-ordination skills.
Whilst Mr. Pop is no longer available, there is an almost identical equivalent called Mr. Funny Face, so if you hanker for a bit of face making fun against the clock, why not check it out. Thanks to Pamela for pointing me at this new version.