Bop the Beetle game
The Bop the Beetle game was a children’s board game sold during the 1960s by the U.S toy manufacturer Ideal.
The Ideal Toy Company was established by Russian immigrants Rose and Morris Michtom in 1907, after they had created a number of stuffed toy bears to cash in on the story of President Theodore Roosevelt refusing to shoot a tethered baby bear.
They names them ‘Teddy’s bears’ and sold them through their store in Brooklyn, New York – inventing the Teddy Bear in the process. The company grew and hit the peak of its success during the 1960s and 70s. It ceased trading during the 1980s, but many of its most memorable creations are still produced by other manufacturers to this day.
Ideal Bop the Beetle game
The Bop the Beetle game was released in 1962, and featured a large plastic frog in two halves. When joined together, these halves would create a frog’s mouth which opened and closed in a similar manner to a clam shell.
The game also contained two smaller plastic beetles and two ‘flip sticks’. The aim of the game was to use the sticks to flip the plastic beetles into the open mouth of the frog, which would snap shut when they landed inside.
How much is a Bop the Beetle game worth?
Boxed examples of the game which contain all their original parts and remain in good working order can sell for $20 - $50 depending on their condition. Unboxed examples, or those missing components are usually valued at less than $15.