The package, multiple colored shovels and balls, and the Mr. Bucket toy
|Age range||4 and up|
|Skill(s) required||Eye-hand coordination|
Mr. Bucket is a tabletop game and toy published by Milton Bradley and released circa 1992 which was discontinued but re-released in 2011. The game featured a plastic, motorized bucket which ejected different colored balls from its mouth. The player(s) then use plastic shovels to scoop up the balls and place them back inside Mr. Bucket.
The object of the game is for each player to get his or her balls into Mr. Bucket before he spits them out of his mouth. Blue, green, yellow, and red plastic balls are scattered around the floor like pins, and players each choose a shovel that corresponds to the ball color they will attempt to collect. Once Mr. Bucket is turned on, players scoop up the balls that match their shovel and drop them into the top of Mr. Bucket. While players are collecting, Mr. Bucket will spit the balls that have been placed inside him out of his mouth at regular intervals. The winner is the first player with all three of their balls in Mr. Bucket at the same time.
Occupational Therapy Associates, one of the nation’s leading clinics in the treatment for sensory problems, included "Mr. Bucket" in 2005's list of toys that will help with hand eye coordination.
In popular culture
The game was popularized by filmmaker James Rolfe when he released the episode of his Board James webseries entitled Mr. Bucket. A short horror film, it followed Rolfe and his friend, Mike Matei, playing the game and being uncomfortable with the allusion the game had to a sexual innuendo. Mr. Bucket stalks Rolfe and Matei until they ultimately drown the toy. The short film has currently has over one million views on YouTube.
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