Fisher Price Ride-On Horse
Around 1976 my brother had one of these Fisher Price Ride-On Horses. They were so cool. I don't recall having one myself, but I've seen photos of me motorin' on other ride-on toys and Big Wheels, so it's all good.
I looked this item up and it's available on eBay. It's funny, my mom wasn't the type to keep lots of our old toys, but for some reason, she kept this Fisher Price Ride-On horse for the longest time. I think it may still be in her basement.
Marx Big Wheel
I was excited to discover that the Original Big Wheel is still alive and well and available for purchase. The Big Wheel was all the rage back in 1972 and continued to thrive throughout the 1970s paving the way for imitations into the 1980s. They were made of heavy plastic and were typically red, yellow, black and had a blue seat. Visit this link for more info: The Original Big Wheel.
Marx Green Machine
In the 1970s, The Green Machine by Marx Toys was targeted at boys who were a bit older than the Big Wheel crowd. I feel as if I first discovered The Green Machine at a random classmate's backyard birthday party. If not that, maybe my friend Alison's big brother Ian had an old one in their family garage.
I remembered the name and seeing this insane sick ride that was definitely like a pimped-out style Big Wheel. A quick Google search didn't provide any real history lesson behind The Marx brand Green Machine, but today Huffy manufactures the toy. Look here!
It's no surprise Huffy recommends The Green Machine for kids six and up. I must say, the dual exhaust pipes and joystick controls surely make this ride kick-ass and way more intimidating than Marx Big Wheel. Huffy categorizes the Green Machine as an "Xtreme Ride" and that it is!
I was bummed when my husband didn't recognize the name "The Green Machine" -- alas there's that pesky three-year age difference rearing its ugly head again. When he was six, it was already 1981. I'm thinking the Green Machine fad had faded.
This image and other great stuff was snagged from MarxToyMuseum.com -- check 'em out!