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12, 1969 5. A. BARLOW ETAL 3,460,830
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- MAPVl/V I. GZASS V BY Jm 8- W ATTORNEYS United States Patent 3,460,830 DUELING GAME APPARATUS Gordon A. Barlow, Burton C. Meyer, and Marvin I. Glass, Chicago, Ill., assignors to Marvin Glass & Associates, Chicago, 11]., a partnership Filed Nov. 17, 1966, Ser. No. 595,210 Int. Cl. A63f 9/00; A63h 3/06 U.S. Cl. 273-1 3 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE The present invention relates generally to game apparatus and is particularly directed to a game involving physical activity of the players in dueling with elongated balloons.
Games which require physical activity on the part of the players have long been popular, particularly with children where there is a constant need for the expending of energy. The present invention provides such a game wherein each of the players are equipped with an elongated balloon having a sharpened element on one end, so that the players may duel one another and attempt to puncture the opponents balloon.
It is, therefore, a primary object of the invention to provide game apparatus including an elongated balloon and means removably attached to one end of the balloon including a balloon puncturing element. A further object of the invention is to provide the described game apparatus, wherein the removable means is in the form of a figures head including a collar portion for encircling the end of the balloon. Still another object of the invention is to provide game apparatus including a plurality of elongated balloons, a simulated snakes head for positioning on one end of the balloon and having a sharpened protuberance, and a hollow tail member for positioning on the other end of each balloon and containing a plurality of loose elements to provide a rattling noise as the balloon is moved about. Other objects and advantages will become apparent from the following description of the selected embodiment of the invention, as illustrated in the accompanying drawings, wherein:
FIGURE 1 is a perspective view of an elongated balloon equipped with the dueling apparatus;
FIGURE 2 is an enlarged perspective view of the removable head portion seen in FIGURE 1;
FIGURE 3 is a still further enlargement of the balloon puncturing device attached to the forward portion of the head, shown in perspective;
FIGURE 4 is an enlarged longitudinal sectional view of the tail element; and
FIGURE 5 is a plan view of the mask worn by the players.
With reference particularly to FIGURE 1, it is seen that the game apparatus comprises an elongated balloon 10, a simulated snakes head 12 removably attached to one end of the balloon, and a simulated snakes tail or rattler 14 attached to the other end of the balloon. For additional interest in the game there is provided a face mask 16, such as is seen in FIGURE 5, to be worn by each of the players.
In the playing of the game, each player is provided with a mask 16 and an elongated balloon 10 to which he secures the head and tail portions 12 and 14 in the manner seen in FIGURE 1. At a given signal, the opponents begin to duel with one another, using their snake balloon as a weapon. Preferably, the players are instructed to hold the balloon adjacent the tail portion 14, so as to provide for maximum movement of the balloon and head portion during the dueling. The object of the game is to strike the opponents balloon with the sharpened element 18 attached to the snakes head so as to puncture the opponents balloon.
In the selected embodiment, the snakes head is preferably of plastic material and is formed with a collar portion 20 (FIGURE 2) which is adapted. to encircle and frictionally engage the end of the balloon. This collar is split to provide for expansion in the event balloons of larger cross-sectional diameter are used. The forward end of the snakes head 12 is provided with a sharpened protuberance, such as the metal clip 18 seen particularly in FIGURE 3, which is clamped into position by compressing the inwardly bent end portions 22 together against the nose portion of the snake. The two sharpened corners 24 at the lower end are thereby disposed in downwardly and outwardly depending relation to the head.
The snakes tail or rattler section 14 (FIGURE 4) is a generally hollow conical, plastic piece with the enlarged open end portion 26 adapted to be fitted in frictional engagement with the other end of the elongated balloon 10. This tail section includes a dividing wall section 28 en closing a plurality of loose elements 30 in the end of the tail. The entrapped elements 30 may be small plastic or metal balls which provide a rattling noise as the tail section 14 moves around during the dueling between opposing players. Additional interest is provided by equipping each of the players with a grotesque mask of paper or the like, such as is indicated at 16 in FIGURE 5.
Although shown and described with respect to particular elements and structure, it will be apparent that various modifications might be made without departing from the principles of this invention.
What is claimed is:
1. Game apparatus comprising a plurality of elongated inflated balloons, means simulating the head of a snake removably attached to one end of each balloon and provided with a sharpened, projecting portion, means simulating the tail of a snake removably attached to the other end of each balloon and containing a plurality of loose elements so that a rattling noise is effected as the balloon is moved about, and a face mask to be worn by each of the players.
2. Game apparatus comprising an elongated balloon, means simulating the head of a figure and including a collar portion encircling one end of said balloon and frictionally engaged therewith, said head simulating means including a protuberance adapted to burst a balloon by striking it, whereby a plurality of players each armed with said apparatus can duel with one another in an attempt to burst an opponents balloon.
3. Game apparatus as set forth in claim 2, including a hollow tail member removably received by the other end of said balloon and containing a plurality of loose elements, so that a rattling noise is effected as said apparatus is moved about.
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