Thursday, April 5, 2012

Romper Stompers Cups You Walk On


Romper Stompers

Since Monday, I have wanted to blog about something, yet couldn't recall what they were called. I had the image in my head. They were sturdy yellow plastic cups with green cord attached to them.  Back in the late 1970s, we'd walk on these plastic cups and hold onto the string while walking. Talk about a retro toy. 

I did some research on this simple vintage toy. Originally marketed by Romper Room Toys, they were called Romper Stompers. I found out that an original pair of these fetch $50 on eBay. As a child, I thought the idea was to make us kids feel taller. WRONG! They were for hand-eye coordination and for exercise. What??? Romper Stompers, from Hasbro can be purchased today and come in a variety of colors and style. Did you have a pair?

6 comments:

b-chica said...

Yep, loved my Romper Stompers; and I actually had the real thing, instead of our usual knock-off versions. Amazed that I was coordinated enough to use them. Bet we still have them somewhere...

Sabrina said...

I had Romper Stompers, but up until now I forgot what they were even called. Ha! But yeah, I had those, I'd remember what they looked like as sure as it was yesterday. Cool!

Alexandriaweb said...

I didn't have any of my own, but there was a pair at my school :)

Pat Tillett said...

Oh yeah! I didn't have those exact ones, but we made them when we were kids. My kids had 'em...

Kelly said...

I'm still surprised that my mom would let me clomp around the house making so much noise on my Romper Stompers! So fun! And apparently good for me.

Tom said...

I had Romper Stompers too or, as I refer to them now, the ankle breakers. No, I never broke my ankle walking in them, but that's probably only a coincidence. Similarly, we would stomp on soda or beer cans to get them to stick to our feet (with the ends crushed up around the side of your foot) and walk on those. That made a lot of clatter walking.

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