May 18, 2012

Toy de Jour (219) - Escape the Blob!

I recently visited Lund & Co. out in River Forest for work and when leaving I asked about one of the board games on the shelf that I had noticed last time I was out there. The game is called Escape the Blob! and has a pretty cool figure that came with it. I believe the game hit retail in the late 80s or early 90s but I hadn't heard of it until I saw it in the showroom. Bruce offered to give me a sample of the toy from the box but I felt a little rude so I asked if I could just borrow it for the blog. She (I assume it's a she because of the eyelashes and purple color) became fast friends with many like-minded toys that I have. 


This is the full game, which I don't have, just grabbed the ONLY photo of it I could find online.

From what I could tell, you take the blob around and pick up the various game pieces if it lands on them. The little pieces are small enough to fit into the hole on the bottom of the figure that is lined with soft rubber and then go inside the body of the figure. The back of the figure has a hatch you can open when it's full to release the pieces. The figure also squeaks and closes it's eye when it's pressed down to pick up a piece. This definitely looks like a toy that a lot of people I know would like to add to their collections. And with good reason.

This one being a prototype actually has pen-drawn red lines on it's eye. Not sure if the finished product does, but I think it's a nice touch on this one.










8 comments:

Sam Scrivener said...

I used to love this game when I was younger! And I haven't been able to find it again and would love to buy it again! Do you know of anywhere where I can purchase it?

Sam Wells said...

Sam, I'd be hard pressed to find this to be honest. I looked a few times after being reminded that it exists when visiting our client's offices. He's got the only copy I've ever seen and it's the prototype, so I don't think he's going to be handing it off any time soon.

Good luck in your hunt!

Amy Dean said...

Hey, old post I know. But I'm in the middle of moving house at the moment and my dad has kept this game from when me, my brother and my sister used to play it. I could sell it if anyone's interested?

Sam Wells said...

Looks like the last few that have sold on eBay were from the UK and went for about $80 USD.

I'm personally not looking for it, but maybe Scrivener will see this post...

Thanks Amy!

Sam Scrivener said...

Hey I would definitely be looking to buy but would depend on price really?! The reason I was looking for this great game as I have a younger sister who I thought would love the game as much as my family did when we were younger. It's a game that can be enjoyed by so many ages :)

Amy Dean said...

As far as I know it's all complete. Just looking for the right price ;)
Thanks.

Sam Scrivener said...

Have you got any photos? £25? Have you got a figure in mind? Where about are you from? Sorry for the questions.

Sam Scrivener said...

Have you got any photos? £25? Have you got a figure in mind? Where about are you from? Sorry for the questions.