We at Dogbotz Boneyard are familiar with many canine tales as well as vintage games and toys. However, this rare children’s board game, Little Klinker in Santaland Game, manufactured in 1960 by Transogram Company, Inc., of New York has been, until now, an oddity and mystery.
According to the story booklet that accompanies the game, Little Klinker was a little puppy and one of Santa’s helpers, who apparently never grew in size. The tale claims that, after all the preparations of placing the toys in the sleigh for Santa’s annual nocturnal ride on Christmas eve, Santa and all the elves took a nap so they would be energized for their evening sojourn. However, had it not been for little Klinker’s incessant, deep-winded barking to awaken everyone, the Christmas Eve journey might have been ignored. One quirky tale indeed!
This vintage game is in good condition with bright graphics. Also included are a somewhat creased and discolored story booklet and playing instructions; four differently colored, cardboard playing pieces, each with the image of Little Klinker on a wooden stand; a slightly warped yet still usable spinner; a colorful cardboard sleigh with some edge wear, four small metallic sleigh bells, and a deck of cards in good condition.
Though the color graphics on the box cover still remain bright, the cover has some condition issues. The graphics do show some minor spots and stains. The cover has frayed corners and edges, one of which has been reinforced with shipping tape. All four corners are similarly treated. (Please view accompanying photos for condition issues.)
Little Klinker in Santaland Game is a funky, almost unheard-of board game that, despite some condition issues, would be great for an evening of family entertainment. The game’s rarity certainly makes it an unexpected addition to a vintage game and toy collection.
Note: As part of our Year-End Holidays Sale, purchase of the Little Klinker in Santaland Board Game comes with a free $15 Dogbotz Boneyard gift certificate, which can be redeemed during a future purchase at our online store. The expiration date of the gift certificate is one year after purchase of this item.