I remember when wind-up toys from the great Japanese toy company Tomy were pretty common. Of course, Tomy is still out there today, but from my young viewpoint, they seemed to come out of nowhere in the late 70's or early 80's.
Here is a charming and fun little toy that I picked up to sell, from nostalgia, but after playing with it, I couldn't part with it.
This is from a series of sports-related wind-up games that also included "Goof-Around Golf" as well as football one. All three cleverly folded up into carrying cases, making them completely portable.
For Strolling Bowling, an additional part of the lane hooks onto the end of the board, which also contains a well-designed mechanism for the bowling pins. Levers on both sides of this add-on allow the pins to be reset, and you are ready to bowl. Just wind up your little bowling-ball-friend (with holes oriented in an ersatz face, of course) and let him hop down the lane!
When you are finished bowling, everything stores in the lane, which becomes a carrying case, complete with a cut-out to store the wind-up, so it doesn't get rattled around. Excellent design, and for those of you who note the original price tag, it's $5.99.
Speaking of Tomy, I should really do a feature one of these days on their often-copied masterpiece, RUN YOURSELF RAGGED!