Unidentified Plastic Objects

My brother and I lived in Germany in the early to mid 1960’s. I believe it was there that we acquired a toy I am assuming today was perhaps German…but being in Europe, it’s possible it could have come from any number of countries. I have googled off an on since about 1998 or so using various spellings of the only name of the toy we knew, trying to find it but with no luck. We were in Germany again from 1972-75, but never saw the toy anywhere by then.

They were made of plastic, about 3/4" to 1" in diameter and 3/32" to 1/8" thick, slotted for connecting each to another, a hole in the center (though I do not know what it was for), and came in at least 4 colours. I’ve recreated them to the best of my memory in SU and brought the question here hoping there are some members, perhaps at least 60-65 years of age or older, who:

  • may remember the toy
  • knows where it actually came from
  • remembers what it was called (including the spelling)
  • knows if it still exist

I remember those but don’t recall what they were called.

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A cool “blast from the past “ Like DaveR I have a memory of them but darned if I can recall the name. I’m sure I’ll wake up at three in the morning next month with the name in my head.

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Parker Brothers Deelie Bobbers


Me too. My younger brother may have had some but I have no idea about the brand.


The design on that pouch is so late '60s it’s scarey! :rofl: :rofl:

Interesting. I never heard of “Deelie Bobbers,” but those appear to be exactly what we had.

They were given to us by a German couple, and so I assumed they were German. If they are the same, they might have been marketed under a different name. I did not put any reference to the name in my OP b/c we ever knew the spelling as little kids.

I remember calling them “zu-zu,” the Z pronouced as a German Z and not an English sounding Z as in “zoo” or “zero.” But again, I’m not really sure of the spelling. My brother remembers calling them “su-su,” the S pronounced as an English S as in “same” or “sun” and not a German sounding S. The U was pronounced like a double O in English, like “too” or “moo.”

I remember getting these for christmas one year and being seriously disappointed. Poor mans lego.

LOL…never thought about them like that. But I guess there could be some truth to it.

We were rather young when we received them… I was probably about in second grade, my brother even younger. The Lego came a little later, but no much later. Maybe Lego was not quite as expensive in Europe. I believe our first set of Lego was purchased in Germany… back when there was a board with streets and spaces on which to set buildings.

When creating big city scenes, we would get out the “Deelie Bobber” like things after running out of enough Lego to make anything else, and add them to whatever we were creating.

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