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Ricochet Racers
by Palitoy
Ricochet Racers

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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.

Ruben D

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.

Scott M

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.

Neil Hunt

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 drmiddleton@hotmail.co.uk


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.

Joe L.

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.


This memory was added on: January 4, 2006

Hey! What a cool game.

I never had one but I can remeber going to my friends house (single child, had everything), who's birthday it was and he got R.Racer and I am pretty sure it was a "Glow in the dark" version!


Ian Butterfield

This memory was added on: December 29, 2005

I loved this toy. I had the western set with the big buffalo nickel target that would roll back and forth. I had a loooong hallway in my house, it was perfect. And yes, what kid didn't try to shoot the cars(or anything else) out in mid-air? I rember getting it on Christmas Eve and my parents wouldn't let me play it until we got home from my Grandmothers on Christmas Day. I just stared at the box drooling.


This memory was added on: December 22, 2005

I didn't own one of them, but my best friend did. And he had two of them! He had this long wood hallway. It's one of the most burned-in memories of my childhood year's for some reason.

I just thought of it and did a search. Very cool to see it again.

Grungy R

This memory was added on: December 7, 2005


patrick simeone

This memory was added on: November 25, 2005

I had the red, white and blue model, and later, a friend's "southwest" model Ricochet Racer toy. Even at age 10, it was a simple matter for me to defeat the safety mechanisms, and enable it to fire heavy wooden dowels across the back yard with enough power to dent our metal shed.

When we played War, the 'Racer was always a heavy weapon; we imagined it to be some kind of hand-held 40mm rocket-launcher.

When we played war, everyone had to pick their weapons. We had enough toy eapons to outfit a small army. Usually, everyone carried a long gun or heavy weapon AND a pistol.

We supplemented our armory with mortars and cannons made from Giant Tinkertoys.

But the 'Racer made that satisfying KLACK when you fired it...

Charlie Seljos

This memory was added on: November 22, 2005

You could take off the spring guard and shoot the cars in the air at each other!!


This memory was added on: August 7, 2005

i was just thinking about this toy, about ten minutes ago. so, with my computer on, i thought what the heck, maybe some one else had this toy. and BAM, it came up. i guess there are alot of you out there who loved this toy. i can still remember trying to overide the saftey measures so i can launch these things in mid air across the room. thanx for keeping it alive.


This memory was added on: April 26, 2005

Cool toy I remember it to be well built and I had a ball w/it. And when it did break, The gun was still cool to use in neighbor hood gunfights


This memory was added on: April 23, 2005

I'm not Crazy!! This was one of my all time favorite toys but nobody my age seemed to remember anything about it. I even thought I had imagined it until I found one of the bullet cars in a box of old stuff. I also remember duct-taping an old bow to the barrell so I could pretend I was Chewbacca when I played Star wars with friends.......ahhhh, good memories.

Greg Lewis

This memory was added on: March 26, 2005

Man... I can't believe someone remembered this one... I had one and it was AWESOME... we had hardwood floors in my house so the cars would REALLY take off...and after I finished playing with the cars... I would run around the house playing "bang bang".... man.. THAT and my Rocket Tubes (which I still have) were some of my favorite toys


This memory was added on: March 24, 2005

I LOVED this toy! Believe it or not, I bought a used one in my 3rd grade class with the "Honor Money" we could earn with good behaviour. We were also supposed to learn about money, and I was appointed the Loan Officer at our class "Bank." So, I naturally loaned myself the money to buy it, and promptly went home to figure out how to fire the cars at my sisters. Can you imagine buying a toy gun at school now? Yikes!


This memory was added on: December 27, 2004

I had completely forgotten about this Xmas gift from yesteryear. Now getting flash-backs of trying to over-ride the safety device to allow the cars to be launched in mid air. I seem to remember the arm of the PVC sofa was the perfect place to rest the red safety lever.


This memory was added on: November 22, 2004

Mine came with a Spiderman and Superman car. I remember the "capes" too. I remember thinking I couldn't believe Santa actually brought me this awesome weapon! lol. I had the ramp with the "web" ring too. I'm glad I found this website. Had to have evidence the toy existed....everyone I mention it to looks at me like I'm crazy. Fun reading the memories.


This memory was added on: November 8, 2004

I was actually in one of the commercials for Ricochet Racers in the early 70's...Filmed in Spain. I remember the hot set lights and blistered forearms after 6+ hours of filming! I finally saw the commercial aired in 1975!

Bobby Mac

This memory was added on: September 27, 2004


This memory was added on: September 27, 2004

loved it ! absolutely loved it ! then came tin can alley !


This memory was added on: September 8, 2004

I had a Spiderman racer which came with a ramp with a rubber web at the end. My friend had a Captain America one. We used to lanch our racers towards each other. Naturally Spiderman would kick Captain America's ass every time.


This memory was added on: May 9, 2004

I had this toy, only mine wasn't Red, White & Blue. Instead it had a Western thing going on. The gun was light brown, and had the Wild West type decals all over it. After the spring inside was no longer working, this toy became my 'war' gun

Chris S.

This memory was added on: February 26, 2004

Think my nephew and I played this for a bit on one of his birthdays for a total of 20 mins and then the evil little guy in red sat on our shoulders...the cat was never the same again.....


This memory was added on: July 12, 2003

My little brother had this toy also.I always thought it was lame. Even the commercial didn't entice me. Just like you guys, we tried to shoot each other with the thing. *LOL*!


This memory was added on: June 24, 2003

I remember the tune "ricochet racers on target.." i also remember just shooting the cars into the air but did seem to have a good time with it.. i liked my "hugo" head better but still a memory

Daryl Rano

This memory was added on: May 29, 2003

I had the Marvel variant of the Ricochet Racer. As I recall, it came with Superman and some other character. Both of them wore a "cape" of plastic. The cape was a pain in the butt as you had to wrap it around the car before "reloading" the car into the cartrage. I eventually yanked these annoyances off. I must have had a different version of Ricochet Racers than lots of other folks because my cars were made with lots of steel. They would go like a mad bastard over the lineolium floor in the basement and could be counted on for a good 30 feet or more in the air if you launched them at a 45 degree angle.


This memory was added on: May 15, 2003

Same here! Was my brother's toy. The damn cars wouldn't go very far on the butt-ugly, low pile, bizarre brown square mosaic pattern carpeting in his room. So we taped the little safety pad (yeah, right!) to the barrel and shot away!

Ken Fagin

This memory was added on: May 9, 2003

Racers Schmacers!! Within 30 minutes of using this sucker my friends and I grew tired of merely launching the little cars across the carport floor and began testing the gun's ability to launch the vehicles (and anything else we could fit into the barrel) at each other.

Joe Wiseman