#ThrowbackThursday Belongs to The Ding-A-Lings!

Because, why not?

This week clearly belongs to the robots.  No seriously, the teaser on Facebook made it clear.

The 1960s, I’ve figured out, were an interesting time for toys. It seems like in the days when science fiction was decidedly more unusual than it is now, science fiction belonged to the robots and not to aliens, or humans with alien-esque abilities.

When I was hunting down commercials for this week’s Throwback/Flashback, I randomly clicked on a file and was taken to the world of robots.  Eighteen minutes worth, folks.

That’s what made this so much more difficult.  All of the commercials were awesome!

So I made a music video of the commercials I didn’t use (and ones that I did use for Throwback/Flashback).

That’s how you do it, folks!

But of course, I had to pick out something to use, and I think I nailed this one effectively.

I’d like to introduce you to…The Ding-A-Lings!


Topper Toys introduced these cute little robots to the world with this 3-minute ad, showing prospective sellers all the great Ding-A-Lings in creation, their abilities, and how they operate:


One power cell to control them all!

These kids are clearly excited to be playing with the Ding-A-Lings.

And you will be too, when you click play on the video!

I’m figuring this was more of a marketing video for retailers to introduce them to the toy line, and less a commercial to attract children, given the mention of how much advertising dollars are being used to promote them.

I can’t really find anything on these toys, other than this website about them.  There isn’t really any information about Topper Toys, aside from what I found on Wikipedia.  All I know is that Topper doesn’t exist anymore, and has likely been defunct for a long time.

If anyone can shed light, I’d love to hear from you.  Also, I want to know if anyone had these toys!

And there you have it, another entry for Throwback Thursday!  Robot Week continues tomorrow with Throwback Thursday’s younger sibling, Flashback Friday!


I like this one.  His smile is so cute!

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