Laser Tag Craze Begins


We were the first to play laser tag. Star Trek Electronic Phasers were released in 1979 by the South Bend Electronics brand of Milton Bradley.

This toys were among the first to use the light-detecting technology that later came into prominence with the laser tag craze. The phasers also had sound chips in them that gave off phaser blast, ricochet and explosion sound effects.

In 1986, the first Photon toys hit the market, nearly simultaneously with the Lazer Tag toys from Worlds of Wonder and several other similar infrared and visible light-based toys. Worlds of Wonder went out of business around 1988, and Photon soon followed in 1989, as the fad of the games wore off.