Usually toys conjure up good memories for me, but this one...not so much.My friend had one of these.I thought it would be fun to wind it up and let it spin on top of his head.Well it wound up taking a large clump of hair out of his scalp.The only possible upside to this wretched tale was that he was due for his Summertime buzz cut,so he would have short hair anyway.Otherwise, it was a neat toy,it stayed up much longer than any top I knew of.
Wow Brian, that is a sorry tale. Your poor friend! It does look like a huge weight inside that toy and a big spinning point. I can see how it would rip out hair! Their is a craze in the UK at the mo especially in schools where kids have a fidgi-spinner, a sort of three lobed spinner they hold between their fingers. the centre is ball-bearinged so the outer lobes spin and spin and spin. Some have lights and sound! Is this in the US?
Yes my grand daughter keeps me informed of the latest fads.Last year it was the Hover board.The year before, it was The Rainbow Loom.The year before that, it was the Cup Song,and so on and so forth.Well, at least she's focused on these things instead of boys;p
ha ha, so that's what crazes are for! I wondered why my Mum encouraged my monster madness in the late Sixties, it was to keep me away from the ten year old gals of Preston! As for Rainbow Looms, they were here too and called Loom Bands. Never heard of the Cup Song. The fading craze here knocked to one side by Fidgi-spinners is bottle flipping i.e flipping a plastic bottle of water or pop so that it lands on its base on a table or desk. Most annoying in a school!
ive got a couple of these and had a mini wizzer at one point too. I loved wizzers, they were up there with Matt Mason and Hot Wheels! The other main contender was the magnetic top, same size, red and white but with a magnetic point. Think they were marketed by Aurora briefly
Wow, I really don't have vivid memories of this toy at all Bill, which is surprising now you say you loved wizzzers! The Magnetic Top is a complete mystery to me sorry. Get a snap of your wizzzers on the blog! Better still some video!
No but I had ( still have) an Orbitoy. Remember those?
Nope Michael, no idea what an orbitoy was or is! Send me a piccy and I'll post it on the blog for you. Email address at the bottom of this page for me, Woodsy.
I had two of these. One was the style pictured above and the other was a rounded top version that came with the cars. Two cars were made, I had the Pitboss https://img0.etsystatic.com/139/0/6215699/il_570xN.1071812076_eq2c.jpg What I liked about these cars was the ability to take a rider from a Rumberrr and put in the single seat to "drive" it. I'm pretty sure that it was by pure coincidence that one of the riders I had fit, especially since you ended up wedging him in. This rider fit the best in the seat http://toys.thowden.com.au/wp-content/gallery/collectors-case/rumbler_bikes.jpg Not sure what happened to my Pitboss or Wizzzers but I still have some of the Rumblerzzz and riders.
Wow Lance, I love that Pitboss Car and those bikes. the top-hatted rider is Mister Cool himself! So have I understood this right, some of these toys came with Wizzzers?
Correct Woodsy, there were two cars available. They were sold separately in a box with an included wizzzer to power it. You revved up the wizzzer (and those could get some massive rpms going) and put it in the hole atop the car. The spinning tip would then be rubbing against one of the rear wheels and cause it to spin also. The front wheels had limited turning that you could set but usually due to the weight of the wizzzer in the back, it did wheelies and spun all over the place. The rear wheels were on one axle so the torque was applies to both and each had a rubber band around it to give the tire grip on smooth surfaces. The cars shared the same chasis and wheels differing only in the body style. I never saw a T-Square back when I was a kid but always wanted one. https://thumbs.worthpoint.com/zoom/images1/1/1014/29/square-spin-buggys-1970-mattel-wiz_1_d4e447a10cf8c8216f9a3c36c2176646.jpgThe Rumblerrrr motorcycles were not wizzer compatible but they did come with a 2 or 4 wheeled "adapter" so they coul;d run on the Hot Wheels track. Trikes came with a 2 wheel that went up front and the normal 2 wheel cycles came with a 4 wheel adapter to keep them upright,
That's a brilliant explanation Lance, thanks a bunch. I had no idea that the whizzzer actually inserted into and stayed on the cars to power them! A fab idea! Its a whole world pf toys I never knew about!