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(X-Entertainment)   Takara's Penny-Racers: the only toy cars powered by dirty old coins   ( divider line
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2003-03-05 12:45:20 AM  
What about the cars powered by dirty old men?
2003-03-05 12:45:30 AM  
Duffman can't breathe!!!
2003-03-05 12:47:41 AM  
[image from too old to be available]?
2003-03-05 12:48:45 AM  
I've got 2 of the glow-in-the-dark ones sitting on my desk *right now*. Sans pennies.
XE is the bo diggity bomb.
2003-03-05 12:53:37 AM  
Mine was powered by a 1909-S-VDB. Now I can't find it or the penny.
2003-03-05 12:54:06 AM  
So we now add a link to X-E every time they put up a new article? That article has to be atleast a week old anyways.
2003-03-05 12:56:42 AM  

I understood that... I'm not a nerd... my best friend works in a coin store.

I'm a nerd aren't I?
2003-03-05 12:59:11 AM  
I used to line Gi Joe's up and try to knock them over with these things.
2003-03-05 01:04:51 AM  
"I used to line Gi Joe's up and try to knock them over with these things."

That's nothing. I used to line up my sister's Barbie Dolls and try to knock them up with my G.I. Joe. He had a weekend pass.

Never understood why it didn't work until Barbie's clothes were taken off. Anyways, didn't matter that she didn't have the gear down there, she's still a little whore, and her friend Malibu Stacey too (probably a runaway from the Greyhound Station).

2003-03-05 01:08:08 AM  
That was the best part about toys from this era. A whole lot of them had the glow in the dark function. badass!
2003-03-05 01:08:54 AM  
Penny Racers are old?

Now I feel old.
2003-03-05 01:09:42 AM  
I had one of these in kindergarten - 1982 maybe? Pretty damn cool. I seem to recall that a dime worked better though.

Anybody remember the toy motorcycle that used a flywheel spun up by a seperate hand-crank/launching deally? You'd mount the ~16" long motorcylcle in the launcher, crank the hell out of it to spin up the bike's flywheel, and hit a button to let it go.

I got it to do some extremely impressive jumps and it typically stayed on 2 wheels after landing. God I LOVED that thing. My Air-Jammer Road-Rammer was a close 2nd favorite.
2003-03-05 01:12:16 AM  
Nanookanano, I feel your pain.

These things were so cool. Anyone remember those wrist racer thingies? They were pretty cool too.
2003-03-05 01:13:27 AM  
Shriners rule.
2003-03-05 01:14:39 AM  
St Ides - Yes, we're both nerds. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, though.
2003-03-05 01:18:53 AM  
Hell yeah! I remember the Air-Jammer Road-Rammer and the ColecoVision. Zoids, Legos, toys with wood (so you could get a splinter), toys made with metal (so you could cut yourself), lunchboxes made from metal!!!!!..OY, those were the days. Now they've got them HotWheels that don't have anywere near as much metal in 'em. Oh well.

/grumpy old man
2003-03-05 01:19:29 AM  

Those motorcycles are/were awesome.
I need to get me one of those.
2003-03-05 01:20:15 AM  
Yes! The bi.t.c.hen crank up motorcycle. That sucker would climb the walls. Really!
2003-03-05 01:31:00 AM  
That's nothing, you should've seen what the girl Penny next door would do for a quarter.
2003-03-05 01:38:38 AM  
I'm glad you guys remember that motorcycle. I seem to remember that the rider snapped-on and on occasion he would go ballistic. Does that sound right?

I also had a smaller motorcycle (~8") that had a helmet on the back attached to a string with a spring & ratcheting mechanism. You'd hold the motorcycle in one hand and yank the helmet a few time to get the wheel spinning then let it go. Very cool. Not as cool as the crank-up one but still mad fun.

OK, while I'm waxing nostalgic...

My ex girlfriend's parents were having a garage sale one day while I was visiting a few years ago. On of of the tables was a brand-new, in box, Transformer. It was Sideswipe the Red Countach. Well, I insisted on giving them the $1 they were asking and I now have it on display - yes, I'm a huge dork.

Anybody into RC cars in the mid 80's? My dad bought me a used Tamiya Frog which set me on a RC vehicle binge that honestly culminated in me going into engineering. Crazy how that works. Anyway, the awesome Tamiya Frog:

[image from too old to be available]

Sorry about the size.
2003-03-05 01:39:47 AM  
HEY.......i have a functioning colecovision with 48 working games........AND a 1st generation Atari 2600 with about 150 games that all work...with instruction manuals.

I used to collect hot wheels.....the METAL ones....but my mom chunked em when i moved out...BLAH!
2003-03-05 01:40:05 AM  
I'm dating myself here, but does anybody remember McDonald's Fast Macs? They were like Penny Racers. Check them out here.

During my high school days we would go to the nearest McDonald's spread some salt on the table and let the Fast Macs fly. Yeah, childish for a high schooler, but what the hell.
2003-03-05 01:43:19 AM  

SWEET! My buddy has a Colecovision knock-off that could play 2600 and CV games - crazy I know. I want to say it was made by Sears? Ever heard of this? These things actually go for quite a bit of money on eBay.
2003-03-05 01:44:57 AM  
Safeinsane, I'm dating myself, too. So far, it's lasted longer than all my other relationships, tho I can be a bit clingy at times.
2003-03-05 01:47:24 AM  
I remember the Air-Jammer Road-Rammer..

Me too. That thing was pretty fast for only running on air. Remember the Stretch-Legged StoomDorm by Tomy?
2003-03-05 01:48:30 AM  
So where's those pictures of Penny? :)
2003-03-05 01:52:00 AM  
I used to collect hot wheels.....the METAL ones....but my mom chunked em when i moved out...BLAH!

I had a shiatload of those at one time. My cousin, once he outgrew them, gave me his collection for my birthday years ago. He kept them in a silverware case with felt lining. Every time I went to his house it was the first thing I went for. I can still hear the muffled noise of cars banging into each other inside that case. Wish I hadn't sent them to their ultimate demise...they are worth quite a bit now.
2003-03-05 02:14:58 AM  
The wind up Motorcycle peformed better stunts than the original Evil Knievel it was designed after. I believe it was pulled off the shelves when some kid broke his mom's ankle with that thing... What a BIATCHIN toy that was... We used to try and jump the canals (after they drained them). Half way across or about 30 ft was the record.
2003-03-05 02:16:14 AM  
takara pwns you all...

...only b/c its a different breed of speed

2003-03-05 02:21:36 AM  
Okay, who had an SSP? I had the Star Wars vans. Niiice.
2003-03-05 03:07:45 AM  
These things were great, they were like cat crack. You give them a go and your friggin cat is wired for hours chasing em.
2003-03-05 03:27:29 AM  
Am I the only one that chuckled at the commercials disclaimer of "Pennies not included" ?
2003-03-05 03:45:24 AM  

I did... I also noticed that one of the cars towards the middle of the commercial had what looked like a nickel in the back slot? What's up with that? ;)
2003-03-05 03:48:57 AM  
Hmmm... Maybe it's a dime. Hard to tell, the side of the coin looks smooth, though.
2003-03-05 04:55:15 AM  
Ha! You all are old.

Wait, I'm old too.

2003-03-05 07:53:40 AM  
I loves me some X-E. Seeing those old commercials again is just too cool. Just wish there was a 70's page as good.
2003-03-05 08:50:19 AM  

You may be talking about the Sears Tele-Games Video Arcade console. It was a cx2600 clone. I currently have one, but I don't know which model it is. Sears bought rights to sell cx2600s, but renamed them under the Sears brand. There was also a Coleco clone called Gemini, which could play 2600 and there was an adaptor for the ColecoVision that did the same thing. The Columbia Home Arcade was the Gemini under another name.


I have a 6 switch Atari cx2600 that was made in June 1981 and is not a cx2600A. I had two others, both 6 switch models, that I foolishly got rid of; hopefully they weren't Sunnyvale editions (Heavy Sixers). My "new" one isn't from the original batch of cx2600s. It has the stickers on the bottom still, including the Atari helpline phone numbers. I am looking to get a '77-79 cx2600 and either a 5200 and/or 7800. Not that either of the latter had really great games, but it would be nice to have. Contol sticks are also good to collect, I have yet to find a working pair (both the work) of remote control sticks for 2600.

I am thinking about picking up a Magnavox Odyssey and a Fairchild Channel F, just because Odyssey sucks so much and Channel F was so bloody cool in being what it was. A Gemini and Columbia Home Arcade would be nice additions to my collection.
2003-03-05 09:17:31 AM  
I've got one of these on my desk right now. I've had it since I was a "lil' tike".
2003-03-05 10:29:21 AM  
I loved these things.

/easily amused
2003-03-05 11:55:00 AM  
Those things are still around, in video game form, anyway. They games are called Choro Q in Japan and they've been released in the United States under various alternate names.

2003-03-05 11:58:12 AM  
Anyone remember "Stompers"? The 2-4 wheel drive "unstoppable" tiny cars and trucks. Or even further back the dragsters with the ripcord? The ripcord was red with teeth and you could whip your little brother with them. The dragster sparked and was the best thing ever made. (Sigh)
2003-03-05 12:58:49 PM  
SST Dragsters, Iwannafark. Pull the ripcord and watch them take the hell off. I also had the Smash-up cars also. Great fun.

And the unstoppable cars/jeeps/trucks? Mighty Mo's. Damn things would practically crawl up a wall.
2003-03-05 01:05:55 PM  
Five Words: Hot wheels and Rocket engines.
2003-03-05 01:36:11 PM  
Stompers were the bestest! The ones with the headlights were even cooler. Those bastards would run submerged in water. They ran on 1 AA battery @ 1.5V, but you could rig up a 9V battery to it and they went like mad! I wonder if there any on Ebay.

Be right back.
2003-03-05 02:49:51 PM  
Abra-Cadaver: A 9v battery? Wow, I must get Stompers and a 9v. Do you think a car battery would work with my laser pointer?? I do NOT get electricity (well, I do from the power company but you get what I mean).

Off to find Stompers!!
2003-03-05 02:55:15 PM  
Bobneilious: Yeah, super-sonic transport. Kick ass!!!

Why am I old now?

/sobs quietly
2003-03-05 03:23:03 PM  
Interesting note, the "minicars" (Bumblebee, Cliffjumper, Brawn, etc...) from the original line of Transformers had their vehicle modes modeled after Penny Racers.
2003-03-05 06:33:29 PM  
Coin operated self-destruct. Not one of my better ideas.
2003-03-05 07:23:07 PM  
Nice Plankton reference!
2003-03-05 07:33:31 PM  
I always find XE articles about 40% too long.
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