Museum of Curious Toys & Games: The “Funny Face” Board Game (1968)

Margaret Wallace
Oct 1, 2018 · 3 min read

Hello and welcome to another unique item in the Museum of Curious Toys & Games. Each item featured in this unique collection represents a questionable moment in the development of toys and games throughout history.

Featured Item: The “Funny Face” Board Game

Museum of Unsettling Toys & Games: Funny Face Board Game
Museum of Unsettling Toys & Games: Funny Face Board Game
The “Funny Face” board game — the stuff that nightmares is made of.

Whitman was a board game company that was founded in 1916 as a subsidiary of Western Publishing Company. In 1968, Whitman had the let’s say unique idea to make the “Funny Face” board game — screenshots from which you see here. In 1979, Mattel purchased Whitman and they were eventually phased out. Lucky for us, “pieces” of this terrifying clown face game live on…in our nightmares!

Nothing Creepy About These Missing Eye Sockets. No, Not At All

Museum of Unsettling Toys & Games: Funny Face Board Game
Museum of Unsettling Toys & Games: Funny Face Board Game
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Nightmare-Inducing? Eye Ear You!

Museum of Unsettling Toys & Games: Funny Face Board Game
Museum of Unsettling Toys & Games: Funny Face Board Game
An eye for an eye for a nose?

Step Right Up! Spin to Win…a Clown Nose and Other Clown Body Parts…Shudder

The basic premise of the “Funny Face” board game is pretty easy. Players must use a spinner to make a complete clown face before your opponents are able to do so.

Hello and welcome to a private showing of the Museum of Unsettling Toys & Games. Each item featured in this collection represents a questionable moment in the development of toys and games throughout history. Featured Item: The "Funny Face" Board Game
Hello and welcome to a private showing of the Museum of Unsettling Toys & Games. Each item featured in this collection represents a questionable moment in the development of toys and games throughout history. Featured Item: The "Funny Face" Board Game
Spin to win — and keep nightmares at bay!

The game was widely available in the 1960s. It would be interesting to know who came up with the various clown characters — so we can sure to avoid them forever. What were they thinking?

"Funny Face" Board Game
"Funny Face" Board Game
Toothy grin.

The clown characters are incredibly expressive, odd, scary and almost psychedelic in their characterizations. Take, for example, the clashing patterns of their bowties, hats, feathers and flowers. Note the odd colors of those clown ears — yellow, blue, pink. Note the hat designs, also very expressive, quirky and unique.

Funny Face Board Game
Funny Face Board Game
These clowns have that “It” factor.

Have a game or toy you think belongs in this collection? Please feel free to get in touch and let me know.

Tags: #boardgames #vintage #clowns #funnyfaceboardgame

See More Curious Toys & Games:

Bandai’s “God-Jesus” Robot (1984)

Kenner’s “Milky the Marvelous Milking Cow” (1977)

Know of a game or toy that belongs in this collection? Please feel free to get in touch.


Originally published at Margaret Wallace.

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