On the May 3, 1966 episode of The Tonight Show, Johnny Carson challenged his guest for that evening to a game of Twister. The game’s debut on The Tonight Show sent customers rushing to the store to buy it. Abercrombie & Fitch was the only store left with the Twister game in stock and quickly became overwhelmed with customers. Sears eventually changed their minds and restocked the games. By early 1967, more than 3 million Twister games had been sold.
In 1987, 4,160 students from the University of Massachusetts Amherst positioned hundreds of Twister mats together and set a world record for the largest Twister game that was ever played.
Due to popular demand of the games, many product extensions have been introduced over the years. Hasbro released Twister moves in 2003 and the Twister Dance DVD in 2006. In 2007, they added Twister Scram, Twister Take Out, and Twister Dodgeball. Adding to the outdoor fun, Hasbro also introduced Twister Hopscotch in 2008 and Twister Hoopla in 2010.
In 2015, Twister and Thomas Rhett teamed up for a game with his fans on the World Record Breaking Twister mat, which measured 27,159.616 square feet. In the same year, The Strong National Museum of Play inducted Twister into its Toy Hall of Fame.
Twister is a classic and is guaranteed to bring out the competitive side of its players as well as hours of laughs. The competition to outbalance your opponents gets real, real fast.
Chelsey Hubric is the editorial intern at Adventure Publishing Group and Toy Insider. She is a senior at Hofstra University, majoring in journalism with a minor in global studies. Chelsey enjoys spending her free time binge watching Gossip Girl on Netflix and hanging out with her friends. You can follow her on Twitter at @chubric25.
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