Patent 5240260 Issued on August 31, 1993. Estimated Expiration Date: January 13, 2013. Estimated Expiration Date is calculated based on simple USPTO term provisions. It does not account for terminal disclaimers, term adjustments, failure to pay maintenance fees, or other factors which might affect the term of a patent.
A toy game apparatus includes a plurality of independent character figure body portion segments which are rotatably received on a bent rod so that they extend upwardly from a base and a plurality of upwardly facing, hand-like ball receiving elements on each of the body portion segments. The apparatus further includes a sound responsive operating mechanism for rotating the bent rod to shift the body portion segments back and forth in response to a predetermined level of sound. The apparatus is operative in an amusement game wherein game players are required to assemble balls in the ball receiving elements and wherein talking or laughing sounds produced by game players cause the operating mechanism to rotate the bend rod to shift the body portion segments back and forth.