This memory was added on: January 8, 2010
I remember the "safety" mechanism that while it couldn't guarantee that you were on the floor, it at least required a hard flat surface. Took me about 5 minutes to figure out to duct tape that sucker down. Then you really could do some damage.
This memory was added on: November 26, 2008
Can you believe my best friend Darren had both Richocet Racers and Vertibird? I took every opportunity I got to go round there and play, fantastic toys.
Ricochet Racers in particular was a genius invention from a sales point of view. I can just imagine the product planning meeting at Palitoy that came up with that one: "Boys like to play with guns and cars. Let's make a toy that combines both." Meeting over.
Wonder if this poster and the previous one grew up together? Hmm.... - the editor
This memory was added on: November 26, 2008
I remember the commercial for this toy and when it came on I would lose my mind. When I was 7, I woke up Christmas morning, opened this gift and there it was...my very own Ricochet Racer. I was in Christmas Heaven until I found out that it didn't work. I cried all day and didn't want any of my other gifts. My mom took it back to the store the next day and they were sold out. I was devastated. After about a week, she came home with another one that worked. I would like to find one of these for my son but at around $200 now, I don't think so.
This memory was added on: March 15, 2007
This was absolutely my favorite toy as a kid - Ive been looking, and looking for one. I just knew they were called something like ricochet racers.
Mine was black, and had grey, plastic shotgun shell-like cartridges that you loaded the cars into. Then you loaded all the cars up into the magazine and you pulled back the bolt and shot them across the floor - they glowed in the dark, and so did stickers on the side of the gun.
This memory was added on: February 19, 2007
Do you think the whole "Racer" thing was just a front for getting "legal" firearms into the hands of eager little boys? Surely the safety mechanism was just to keep mums ignorantly blissful as they made the purchase. Yeah, I'm SURE the designers had no idea it could be used for purposes other than those specified.
I just passed up a new condition, complete set on ebay....way out of my price-range. Seems it features highly in other 30 something year old's childhoods too.
This memory was added on: December 20, 2006
hi does any one no where i can get one of these toys from i have look everywhere and cant find one my ancle is looking for one and really wonts it i would be very grartful if anyone could help me with this please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
This memory was added on: November 27, 2006
I got one of these for Christmas around 1971 or 72. Can't remember exactly. It was really cool within it's intended use, but was even better once we figured out how to tape up the safety mechanism which was supposed to keep us from shooting it anywhere but on the safety of the floor. After taping it up, we could shoot the cars, which had heavy metal wheels if i remember correctly, at the neighbors cat. What fun!!!
This memory was added on: August 8, 2006
I had the Spiderman set which rocked. In Baltimore, I'd set up on the floor in the finished basement and terrorize the cat when I got bored shooting through the web. I thought these worked great for what they were to do. Racing them or shooting at SSPs really livened up the enjoyment value. Great stuff. Not a VertiBird, but close.
This memory was added on: July 29, 2006
This was one of the greatest toys I ever had. We had wooden floors and these things would seem to go forever. My brother showed me how to bypass the safety mechanism and after that-anything that moved in the house was fair game. Great memories!
This memory was added on: March 23, 2006
I had the ones that glow in the dark. I used to just fire them in the air, they would not go far and you had to press a part on the front or it wouldnt shoot. I still have the front of the box because my sister and I made a sing on the back of it.
This memory was added on: January 14, 2006
Like a lot of you, the memory of this popped in my head. Also like lot of people, I had the western themed set. Another part of the set was a saloon with "swinging" doors. There were also some barrels, if I recall.