Cadaco Mini Skee Ball
I've always liked mini versions of arcade gear, so here's a mini Skee Ball setup from Cadaco. Cadaco is still around, manufacturing magic sets (designed by magician Marshall Brodien, no less...) and games. There isn't a year imprinted on this toy, but I'm guessing it could anywhere from the 60's - 80's. I recall lots of cheap-ish toys being revved up via day-glo colors from time to time.
It works pretty well. You don't roll the ball yourself, instead you test your aim using a spring-loaded cannon to shoot the ball at the target. I must be a Skee Ball whiz these days - at least when playing such a tiny version. Now that I'm an adult this game seems a bit easier than I recall. Ah, growing older and increased skill at baby sized carnival games sure can be bittersweet.
Sure it's a fun game, but this is also a sneaky way for me to introduce you to a great retro-sounding band from here in Chicago. J+J+J capture a great snapshot of 80's dance/techno without being slaves to that kind of sound - I'll write about them some more one of these days. One of my favorite songs of theirs is "Skee Ball vs. The Mall", and yes - I listened to the tune while I was playing with the Cadaco Skee Ball. If I were do both of things while at a mall I imagine that I'd explode or something.