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Battling Tops (Ideal, 1968)

Battling Tops was a children’s game re-named in 1977 to Battling Spaceships to capitalize on the Star Wars theme. In 1982 Ideal was bought by Marx. They discontinued the game a few years later. Recently, Mattel has brought Battling Tops back to the marketplace.

The object of Battling Tops is to have your top be last one standing and spinning. The tops spin on a circular concave arena with four launch positions. Players wind a string (attached to a pull tab) around their top and place it on the launch position. To release the top, you simply pull the tab. The concave shape of the arena forces the tops to spin towards each other “to battle.” The winner is the first player to win ten battles.