This was maybe the best toy of the 70s in some ways. Loved this game to death. We would play this for hours. Now comes the sad part. When I saw they were making them again around ten years ago I had to order it (for my son of course!). I got it and it was like Rockem Sockem Miniatures. They are small and very cheap now.
Marx released this great toy in 1966, the world’s first boxing robots with “Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots,” a game designed by Marvin Glass & Associates. At the time, the toy became hugely popular during the 1960s and ‘70s.
You would control the robots by joysticks and you would counter the other person’s moves by dodging the oncoming punch. You would maneuver your robot and hit the other robot at just the right angle, you’ll be able to “knock his block off!” In other words, the robot’s spring-loaded head is knocked loose and pops up, signaling the end of the “round.”
When that happened you would just push his spring-loaded head back down and go again. The great thing about the game is you would not need batteries… you just pulled it out of your closet or from underneath your bed and played.