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TTP (Turbo Tower of Power)
by Kenner
TTP


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This memory was added on: November 26, 2008

I had this toy when I was young and it was my favorite. I’ll never forget the day I lost my car. I had the “pump” tower but no car. I looked for it for YEARS. My mom used tell me that it was in the basement and if I cleaned it I might find my car. Turns out SHE took it and threw it away because she was “sick and tired” of telling me to stop shooting that thing across the kitchen floor. She had me searching and cleaning for years and she knew ALL ALONG that it had been tossed YEARS ago. Ahhh... the memories.

Mark Bolden


This memory was added on: December 1, 2007

I don’t remember if it was a TTP or SST. I believe it bore the Evel Knievel colors. Maybe I had different versions over time that have combined in my memory, but I do remember that it was my all time favorite toy. It had the air pump action rev - vwoop vwoop vwoop, higher and higher as you pumped, then flipped the switch to release. Indeed, the thing was darn near indestructible. I ran it on pavement, carpets, dirt trails, everywhere. I was so impressed that the thing would hit bumps ramps – whatever - flip completely head over tails, then rear wheel that was going so fast it would recatch the ground and keep on going. It also loved the soft knobby dirt bike tires. I don’t remember it being a set with ramps or tracks or anything – just the pump and the bike and rider. I think I do remember having to snap the front wheel back into place every once in a while. Did I also have to put the rubber chain or belt back on the motorcycle again? I think the pump was orange or and blue. Does that ring a bell? I have no idea what ever happed to it. Would give darn near anything for another one – I’d give it to my nephew and panic every time he played with it!


Jeff Bacon

1969


This memory was added on: March 31, 2007

I received one for Christmas about early to mid seventies. I still regard it as one of my finest toys ever. I came home one day and I found my sister had broken it. I really remember the sound it made as it spun up.


Chris
1968


This memory was added on: February 13, 2007

I have some blurry memories (I guess I was 3 years old or something like that) I remember I had this motorcycle set, and when I describe it to my friends, everybody told me I was confused, that it was surely the "roy Dinamo" (the name they gave in México to the evil knievel action figure) motorcycle, i Just found this page and now I know this is the toy I had. I remember this tiny traffic cones ¿were those from this set or i just have mixed memories)


Juan
1975


This memory was added on: November 16, 2006

I don't think there was an Eliv Knievel, although they were made around the same time. I had the TTP's at least two of the motorcylces. Yes they were faster and launched much better, than any with an action figure or Crank. As I remember they were just the cycle, with the cool whining noise that would go high in pitch with eash pump, no action figure. Now push that orange flap and let it rip. I know a little off the subject but Veribird, Steer n GO, FP Adventure people parachutes, and Krazy Kar were amongst my favorites. Were did I put my Demo cars with the black geared pull strip? Still have my 17dollor Lionel train set. Time flys.


Chris
1968


This memory was added on: October 22, 2006

I had the moto-cross set. It came with a plastic ramp and a tape measure made of rip resistant paper. After a few weeks of play the flywheel on the bike started to loosen and it would just make a whizzing sound and suddenly slowdown. That usually meant it would fall over onto it's side a few inches before the ramp. I got another motorbike/rider after that; but it wasn't as cool as the yellow and black striped rider that came with the set.


Tom
1966



This memory was added on: October 3, 2006

I think it was a yellow vette...#5 on the side??? the set came with some pilons and a curve rite at the end of the TOWER...Then I got a motercycle of some sort...man those were the days...I try to get all that kind of stuff for my son now...


Kurt
1966



This memory was added on: June 12, 2006

I had the motocross race set that's pictured and, IIRC one could purchase other bikes/riders seperately. I'm actually looking for one of these sets(and the other bikes/riders) to add to my vintage toy(mostly action figures)collection. I'm thinking Hasbro(since they bought out Kenner) should revive this line ASAP. Just think of the tie-in's they could do with their current(GI Joe & Star Wars)licenses and upcoming(Marvel)license. Maybe even work out a deal with NASCAR and the Kenievel Family. I used to do all sorts of crazy things with this stuff as a kid. Like I said, I'm interested in getting any of the bikes/riders & the mighty tower of power, so if anyone has any in working order, please feel free to contact me, thanks.



1966


This memory was added on: June 1, 2006

I had the Evel Knievel ttp, My Dad took it away when I sat it on my little sister's head and her hair got sucked in to the gyro. What a mess. I loved the toy. Does anyoe remember the sst's / stt's a car with a t-handled zip tie thing that you pulled and the car took off like a bat out of hell? I'm looking to buy one for my boy.


Damian
1963


This memory was added on: May 28, 2006

I had the motorcycle and the pump version of this. Ebay shows a version that you have to wind up...but mine was a pump that you would pump up and down and get that whining sound going. Then flip the lever and the motorcycle guy would take off. My brother and I made ramps and I'd attempt to jump everything in site.

Awesome toy ... it would sell like hotcakes today.


Russell
1965


This memory was added on: May 26, 2006

I had one of these, with a red Ferrari-like race car. I distinctly remember having a curved piece of track that would put the car up on two wheels. My mom hated the whine generated as the air pressure built up from the pumping. This toy was cool, but not as cool as SSP racers, its ancestor in the Kenner family.


Mike B
1965


This memory was added on: April 7, 2006

Loved my TTP motorcycle. That thing was so fast and it would jump unbeleivable distances. I crashed it into the wall so many times and the front wheel would snap off but it was weasy to just snap it back on and go again. Absolutely Indestructible. It is used to be fun to attach the driver in different ways and then crash him into something just to see how he would end up. My last memory was of losing the front wheel and trying to fabricate one my self that never worked. I was so dejected. Oh the good old days when TV was uninteresting and kids amused themselves.


Duane
65



This memory was added on: April 6, 2006

I think I May have had one of these too. The box looks pretty familiar. I wonder if there are any of these that may have never been opened still sitting in a forgotten warehouse. Would be kind of neat to find one still brand new.


Ted
68


This memory was added on: January 13, 2006

My oldest son was born in 1970 and he always LOVED cars. It didn't matter what kind so every time something new came out we got it for him. The Ricochet Racer, Stick Shifter, and TTP's were the greatest set any little boy could ever want. They were extremely fast. He was the only little boy in the neighborhood to have any of them and he loved it. He had two TTP's and either his dad or I would race with him. Some toys are worty of being reintroduced. TTP's certainly tops the list. Even in this age of video games this toy would delight any child.


Beverly



This memory was added on: December 23, 2005

Hey fellows I have some working ttp products. Two cars and a bike that are brand new in the box from 1974. I have one used ttp tower pump (the six million dollar man pump) that I will be selling. If your interested email me at wayfastkev@sbcglobal.net. I took out the vehicles to make sure they still work and they all do! Never been used but the one time I checked them. Great toy when I was a kid and they are still cool today. These are collectors items.




Kevin Brewer
1965


This memory was added on: November 19, 2005

I've been looking all over for this toy. This had to be one of my favorite toys when I was a kid. The darn thing went like 100 miles before it stopped. I used to line it up in my dad’s office and it would run through the office, through the dining room and all the way to the far side of the kitchen where it would smash into the cabinets at scale speeds of 200MPH. And, the thing was virtually indestructible. I’m sure the walls in my house took a worse beating than the toy did. Why would they ever stop making this toy? It had absolutely no down side to it!

I don’t know what ever happened mine but I probably pumped it up outside and it kept going until it reached Canada.




Brad
1965


This memory was added on: October 3, 2005

I loved this toy as a child also! You can find them on ebay, though they only show up from time to time. Very rare to find in the package.







This memory was added on: August 3, 2005

Just found a TTP ramp on e-bay..Air hose missing but lucky for me I stille have one. I also bought the Six Million Dollar TTP Set for $150(!).. Keep checking E-bay is all I came to say. Cheers!

Furryoca Amsterdam Holland


Furryoca
1967


This memory was added on: July 29, 2005

Living in Holland as a kid I used to play with this toy. It was called Turbo Moto over here and I had a Six Million Dollar Man set..Lost it over the years and saw it for sale in Paris for 350 euro! (about 250 dollars!)


Paul
1967


This memory was added on: July 12, 2005

WOW, I just discovered this sight and am running out of tissues. These toys are without a doubt the greatest of all time! Video games can't hold a candle to these classics. I am constantly telling my 11 yr old all about these great gems. The Evel Knievel bike and the TTP (and the SSP) had to be the greatest souces of joy in my youth. My best friend next door, Francis, always had everything first, but when we could finally double-up and have an arsenol of four TTP's hissing and jumping about, life couldn't be better. We'd jump anything we could find outside in the driveway, the sidewalk, and the basement was the best!!!!!! WOW what great memories!!!!


Charley
1966


This memory was added on: February 20, 2005

Yes, here's another 38 year old remembering how great these toys were. I had forgotten all about them until just now putting my 4 year old to bed and telling him about these great toys daddy used to have (and thinking about SSPs and TTPs). I agree with all the reports of the power these little suckers generated. I'd set up elaborate ramps and jump them 30 or 40 feet. I doubt they'd get past the Consumer Product Safety Commission today, but I'd still like to find one on Ebay.


Russell
1967


This memory was added on: December 26, 2004

This is a toy I had on two seperate occasions in the early 70's. The second time I had the toy, I decided to see if I could make it jump over my friend. I knew the cycle was agile but my friend was fat. So, I over did it. Instead of pumping the tower a few times, I pumped it at least 15 hard times. I'm not exaggerating.....when the cycle hit the takeoff ramp it not only cleared my friend, it kept going and crashed 5 feet high against the livingroom wall. I remember my friend lying on his back behind the ramp, lifting his head to see the cycle crash 5 feet up the wall. Me...I was in AWE for a few seconds. It didn't occur to me that the cycle would get that much power. What happened? When I went to check on the cycle, the inner gears were stripped. It was a fun toy and I was a bit dissapointed. Still, today I kinda laugh to myself whenever I think of that day.


Mike
1961
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This memory was added on: December 25, 2004

Because it's Christmas Day, I couldn't help but remembering my favorite toy of all time. I think i recieved it 2 years in a row,back when I was 9 or 10 years old. They just don't make toys like that anymore. I don't know why they stopped making them, but I think kids would love them today too. Those little motorcycles were sooooo much fun. The only down side was I played with them so much, I always broke them. I've been looking for an old one on ebay, but never seen one for sale. Wish they would make them again.


Demetri Sboukis
1965


This memory was added on: December 13, 2004

'been dying to see this toy again...even in a photograph.. my little ol' motorcycle daredevil who was dressed in a bee's butt suit, I used to say. No, I cant find it on eBAY... 5 YEARS TRYING NOW And the closest Ive ever been to it has been watching this photo....THANKS MAN!!!!

I used to line-up 3 or 4 hotwheels cars (at that times we couldnt afford to have a "collection" as it happens now) and meake "The Bee-Man" soar to the skies... and jump over them... (eat your heart our, Knievel!!!;;;)

The sharp (turbo) "zwinn zwinnn zwinnnnn..." noise it used to make as you pumped and released... the astonishing launch speed... the spectacular crashes it had after taking off the ramp...OMG!!! ... was my childhood precious!!!!!

- Marco, Puerto Rico


marco
1963


This memory was added on: December 6, 2004

I was a 5 year old kid who was told repeated by my mom to stop ramping my TTP Motorcycle off the back porch of our Mt. Vernon, NY home. Of course I didn't listen. Well, on one tremendous jump off our second story back porch, my cycle landed in the roof gutter of our garage...where I still believe it to be! I never had the nerve to tell mom. But I'm 38 years old and still miss it! Sick huh?


Bret
1966


This memory was added on: August 15, 2004

I had a TTP dirt bike and car. I think they were from two different sets. The most common car was a Lancia (for those who couldn't remember the name).


Steve
1969


This memory was added on: August 11, 2004

I finally know the name of this toy. I had two of these things in 1977. One came with just one car. don't know what kind of car, but the other had the motorcycle and a police car. Yes, played with that thing and made lots of noise. The mistake I made though was running the wheels the wrong way so they would not whine anymore.


Larry G
1971


This memory was added on: August 7, 2004

At age 7 had SSP and stipped the power handle on both. Had Evel Kienvel bike and ground down the mufflers during wheelies in almost no time - have to admit it was the most durable of the toys. TTP cycle was the lightest in weight, flew the fastest/highest/furthest and was the most enjoyable of all, but requried maintenance to keep everything running as new. My bike looked like a modern dirt bike w/ knobbed tires and would go over any carpet. Can't find any for sale on-line. Please help if you know of where. Thanks for the memories to all...


brett
1966


This memory was added on: July 6, 2004

ttp was just a bad attempt to improve KENNER SSP'S !!!


LAL LALALLA


This memory was added on: July 2, 2004

had one and I agree that it was among the all time great toys. when the tower gaskets finaly gave I ended up making gross modifications using an estes d-class model rocket engine (which actually worked!! just better than expected) My last memory of it consists of the car shedding droplets of molten plastic as it shot up our driveway and smashed into little bits against the garage door. I still have the scorched and warped flywheel as a memento.


james
64


This memory was added on: July 14, 2003

I think still have the pump, ramp and the car and motorcycle. Mat with car pictures on it to jumpover maybe. I think a year ago I saw them in my old toy box in my grandparent's basement. However car doesn't pump up worth a darn (I tried it while my wife watched me and laughed), just make a spinning soud as you pump. It was awesome to play with though. Me and my little brother played for hours. Until we broke something and then it got put up for a while. There was a comic series out about them-a racing team drove cars and used the TTP tower for "gas" , I remember..Gold Key comics or Charlton maybe published the comic, I think I still have them somewhere. Great memories!


Jerry
1967


This memory was added on: June 22, 2003

I remember pumping the air into my mouth. This was a great toy. Wish they would make them again.


dennis swing
1968


This memory was added on: June 6, 2003

THE MOST AWESOME TOY. IT WAS SO GREAT THAT I OWNED IT TWICE.STILL WOULD LOVE TO OWN ONE. I REMEMBER JUMPING IT OVER THE DINING ROOM TABLE WHILE MY PARENTS WERE EATING. NOT SO FUNNY IN THIER OPINION, SURPRISED THEY GOT ME ANOTHER ONE..


J.SERRANO
1966


This memory was added on: May 18, 2003

damn these were great .i had obe when i was a kid in 75 seem to remember it bein quite indestructable as it hit many walls ;) anyone know where i can find one these days ?


dave
65


This memory was added on: May 15, 2003

I can still hear the combination pumping/whirring noise as your would pump up the central wheel to get the thing going. Like SSP's and Whizzers, another toy to keep away from the hair!


Ken Fagin
1965



This memory was added on: March 8, 2003

This is another toy I had as a child, You pumped it up( I STILL HAVE THE BASE TO THE UNIT!!!) Then flipped the lever down and the car took off Great toy I had alot of fun with this!!!


Frank
1964