Mattel Hawaiian Punch board game
The game was released in 1978, and based on the popular soft drink Hawaiian Punch. It featured playing pieces based on a can of the drink and the company’s mascot ‘Punchy the Puncher’. The character was animated by Jan Svochak, and his catchphrase "How about a nice Hawaiian Punch?" would lead to him punching someone unexpectedly.
The game also featured parts made from Play-Doh, making it an unusual marketing combination of two different companies and products.
The Mattel Hawaiian Punch board game
The game is a spin-and-move game in which players move their pieces around a board based on moves given by a spinner. However, all the counters are made from Play-Doh, and moulded into the shape of a pineapple using a special plastic mould which resembles a can of Hawaiian Punch.
If a player lands on a square matching the colour of their opponent, their Play-Doh counter can be squashed by that player using a plastic masher in the shape of Punchy the Puncher.
Squashed counters can still move around the board, but if it lands on a ‘Size Check’ square and is found to have been squashed too flat to fit inside it properly, the player must re-mould their counter and start again.
How much is a Mattel Hawaiian Punch board game worth?
Complete versions of the game can be rare, particularly those which still contain the original Play-Doh. In good condition, complete games can sell for between $30 and $50 on auction sites such as eBay.
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