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I’m a 58-year-old Aspergic gardening CAD-Monkey. Sardonic, cynical and with the political leanings of a social reformer, I’m also a toy and model figure collector, particularly interested in the history of plastics and plastic toys. Other interests are history, current affairs, modern art, and architecture, gardening and natural history. I love plain chocolate, fireworks and trees but I don’t hug them, I do hug kittens. I hate ignorance, when it can be avoided, so I hate the 'educational' establishment and pity the millions they’ve failed with teaching-to-test and rote 'learning' and I hate the short-sighted stupidity of the entire ruling/industrial elite, with their planet destroying fascism and added “buy-one-get-one-free”. I also have no time for fools and little time for the false crap we're all supposed to pretend we haven't noticed, or the games we're supposed to play. I will 'bite the hand that feeds' to remind it why it feeds.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

MB is for American Heritage!

American Heritage was an umbrella brand-mark for a series of Milton Bradley (MB) products (now MB Games and since 1984 part of Hasbro's portfolio) which seems to have begun with trading cards of 'old timer' cars around 1961 (some of the images of which - I'm pretty sure - ended-up being issued as place-mats here in the UK?), but which through the 1960's and into the 70's gave us three board games with figures, and two others which pique the interest of war gamers, but which (all five) are really family games with family-game mechanics.

1965 Only; American Board Game; American Heritage; Board Game; Board Game Playing Pieces; Boardgame Pieces; Command Decision Series; Game Counters; Game Figures; Game Playing Pieces; Game Tokens; Hasbro's Portfolio; Hit the Beach; Japanese Infantry; Liberator Bomber; MB; MB Games; Micro-Armour; Milton Bradley Games; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; US Infantry; US Marines; World War II; WWII Board Game;
We're looking at Hit The Beach, obviously channeling the US WWII pacific campaign, and in particular the island-hopping of the Marine divisions. In addition to the American Heritage moniker, there was also a further universal - to the five games - Command Decision Series sub-brand marking with a circle of stars.

I've  posed the ships and 'planes; when new the four US units are on the runner with the two accessories just laying on the blank area of card, held there by the runner, from which they need to be removed! Normally they hide under the board with the other ten Japanese machine gunners.

1965 Only; American Board Game; American Heritage; Board Game; Board Game Playing Pieces; Boardgame Pieces; Command Decision Series; Game Counters; Game Figures; Game Playing Pieces; Game Tokens; Hasbro's Portfolio; Hit the Beach; Japanese Infantry; Liberator Bomber; MB; MB Games; Micro-Armour; Milton Bradley Games; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; US Infantry; US Marines; World War II; WWII Board Game;
The island is a strangely symmetrical archipelago with a central feature and various islets to be 'hopped', while the Japanese figures look a bit like one of the Dunkin (and others) bubblegum premium sculpts, but I'm sure it's more coincidence than any copying, by either side.

1965 Only; American Board Game; American Heritage; Board Game; Board Game Playing Pieces; Boardgame Pieces; Command Decision Series; Game Counters; Game Figures; Game Playing Pieces; Game Tokens; Hasbro's Portfolio; Hit the Beach; Japanese Infantry; Liberator Bomber; MB; MB Games; Micro-Armour; Milton Bradley Games; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; US Infantry; US Marines; World War II; WWII Board Game;
The US forces or 'beaches'; blue beach, red beach &etc., consist of two US Infantrymen and two Marines along with one-each of the Naval and Army-Air support, figures are bigger than the commoner Battle Cry 20mm ACW's, at around the 30mm mark and I think it's fair to say the Marine has a more gung-ho attitude!

1965 Only; American Board Game; American Heritage; Board Game; Board Game Playing Pieces; Boardgame Pieces; Command Decision Series; Game Counters; Game Figures; Game Playing Pieces; Game Tokens; Hasbro's Portfolio; Hit the Beach; Japanese Infantry; Liberator Bomber; MB; MB Games; Micro-Armour; Milton Bradley Games; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; US Infantry; US Marines; World War II; WWII Board Game;
The vessels look like armoured tugs, but the Liberator bombers are rather nice, red and black are upside down so you can see the crude landing gear, that's it, another box ticked, it's been a while since we had a board game, although there's still about five [shots taken] in the long queue! Actually we had the Tri-Ang checkers, only the other day . . . Doh!

It doesn't seem to have been a particularly big seller (by the time it came out US involvement in the Vietnam War had seriously ramped-up and anti-war feeling was beginning to be heard), and when they were re-issued in 1975 it was dropped/replaced by a fifth game, which was set firmly in the more 'patriotic' era of the 1770's - as the bicentennial approached!

The American Heritage series:

  • Battle Cry - ACW (1961 & 1975)
  • Broadside - 1812 (1962 & 1975)
  • Dogfight - WWI (1963 & 1975)
  • Hit the Beach - WWII (1965 only)
  • Skirmish - AWI (1975 only)

2 comments:

peter said...

Never seen these before. But I wasn't even born in when they first came out. And in the year I was born there was no new game!. But a year later there was a new one again.
Thanks for sharing!

Greetings
Peter

Hugh Walter said...

I'm 57 in March Peter, am I to assume we're the same vintage? It's not the easiest set to find and I was lucky to get it for a reasonable price, with a lot for the commoner games I just keep the figures once I've Blogged them, but this and the Tri-Ang one the other day get looked after!

H