VertiBird Share your own memories of this toy

This memory was added on: April 18, 2010

The memory is vague, but the feeling I had flying that toy was unforgettable. I had the basic Police chopper that had the base and a couple of items to pick up, and shortly after (probably because I bent the rod) got the Rescue ship. That made the toy “portable” to different parts of the house while flying at the same time. THE coolest toy ever. My older brother came back from Vietnam. He was a jet mechanic and loves aircraft. My best memories were he and I just hanging and burning through D (or C, can’t remember) cell batteries like they were nothing.

The shorter versions are neat and bring back those memories. My son just played with one at a friend’s house and had the same reaction. We’re going shopping this weekend. Wish they made them bigger and better, instead of smaller and cheaper – it would be sooooo worth the money.

Steve S.

This memory was added on: April 18, 2010

Our father had 3 daughters, no sons so he had to buy us the traditional boy toys so he could play with them. I will never forget that Christmas that we got the VertiBird Helicopter. We were so excited to use it. Dad hyped it up good. He spent what seemed like an eternity getting it set up. Then it was to be our chance to play, but WAIT! he needed to try it out first. He just "had to make sure it was working right" I remember how much fun my Dad had with that helicopter, making it hover and going forward and backward. Finally he let us have a turn. We played with that thing for a long time. We still laugh at how Dad really got that gift for himself.

Julia Hoffman

This memory was added on: April 18, 2010

I had a couple of these, the police one and the ship version - the latter version really captured my imagination and I became a pretty good pilot. God I played with them for hours and hours. While flying successful missions was quite fun, my fondest memory of them was when my older brother would have to enter my airspace to change the channel on the TV (there being no remotes back then, of course), so after assuring him that I understood that he was to be avoided, I would then purposefully pilot the thing into his bare shins. Those exposed copter blades could really get a reaction out of him! Hey, that copter was kinda tricky to control, right? I guess I was convincing enough in my plea of ignorance that I managed to hit him in the bare legs or feet several times over the years before he stopped believing in my innocence. Ah, good times!

Craig P

This memory was added on: March 13, 2009

This was one of my most favorite toys growing up!

I bugged my parents pretty hard about getting me one and voila! Christmas during 6th grade it arrived!

I still have it and you can tell how much it is was played with by all of the battlescars on the side of the ship!


This memory was added on: January 27, 2009

I loved my VertiBird as a child. I spent hours hovering and picking up items. I think I ruined it when I folded the cords in half to pack it away. Very very sad.

Several years later (in High School) I was at a friend house and VertiBird came up in conversation. He said he had one too. His was in the attic. So we scrambled up the stairs and searched. Then we spent the next several hours playing with it in his room.

Last Christmas I was looking for a gift for the "Angel Tree" (gifts for underpriveledged kids) and found a toy that was almost exactly the same thing. Of course I bought it. It was $20. Since then I have seen sets that are about half the size in Walmarts and Targets.


This memory was added on: March 19, 2008

VertiBird - best toy ever.

We would take two of them and place them just close enough to touch. Then we'd have dog fights. The person who got caught in the shag carpet lost.


This memory was added on: May 26, 2007

I had the vertibird Air Police back in 74', it was by far the best toy I ever had. If anyone is looking for a vertibird there is a wedsite you can go to. this guy not only sells sets (new ones still in box!) He fixes broken ones too and sells rebuild't sets as well. They are not cheap. But then again what's it worth to you, to have some of your childhood back!


This memory was added on: April 21,2007

Along with plastic models, Major Matt Mason and Hot Birds, this was a favorite of my youth in the early 70's...I recall I thought it was odd that it could fly faster in reverse than forward! There are many verti-bird-like toys out there now, I recall getting one for my sons a few years back.

Erik Hertzer

This memory was added on: April 10, 2007

Wow, I'm not the only 45 year old who remebers the most awesome and "highly dangerous" toy ever made. I'm willing to pay any reasonable price for the coast gaurd ship version.


This memory was added on: March 18, 2007

When I was growing up, we didn't have much money and there were six of us kids in the family kids in the family. When I first saw the vertibird commercial, I knew I had to have one. Well, Christmas morning, when I was 9 or 10, low-and-behold there she was under the tree. After a couple of hours, something broke on the copter and it would no longer work. I din't get a new one. I had it for one day, and still think about it.


This memory was added on: March 14, 2007

Here is a funny story about the Vertibird helicopter. My brother and I got it for Christmas the year it came out, but we never knew it till the end of January when we found it in the garage. My dad got hooked on the toy. He loved playing with it so say my mom. When we discovered it, my dad's story was that he found it jammed in the chimney so he said that it probably fell out of Santa's toy bag. My brother and I enjoyed the Vertibird, but apparently not as much as my dad.

Rob Robinson

This memory was added on: March 4, 2007

Wow! I can't believe ther is a site devoted to this incredable toy!!! I happened to google "helicopted toy" and found all of this. Yes this was my favorite toy of the 70s. I'm 43 and I LOVED this toy!!!!! Looking foe one now for my kids.

shaun carver

This memory was added on: February 15, 2007

My first memory of the whirly bird helicopters was in 1972, during Saturday morning cartoons. I was six. If I recall correctly, there was a Coast Guard rescue ship model and a Police model. I begged my parents for a Coast Guard rescue ship in November, and Santa brought me one for Christmas. I thought it was the coolest toy ever made. I loved the idea of guiding the helicopter over the rescue basket and saving the little man in the basket. I got pretty good at it. It made such an impression on me, that I joined the Coast Guard at age 20 and became a Flight Mechanic / Hoist Operator on the HH-65 Dolphin helicopter. So now as an adult, during a rescue, I give the pilot directions, and guide this state of the art helicopter to rescue real people. Thanks for the the initial training Mattel. I put to good use during my 20 career.

AET1 Delgado US Coast Guard Flight Mechanic

Armando Delgado

This memory was added on: February 3, 2007

I believe I was officially qualified and earned my "wings" to be a Coast Guard search & rescue helicopter pilot by the time I was in 2nd grade.

I logged believe I have more stick time with my Vertibird than many Army med-evac Huey pilots did while in country in Vietnam.

This chopper was best utilized on important rescue missions over hideous colored shag carpet, watching an NFL football game with Joe Namouth, Terry Bradshaw and/or OJ Simpson (The Juice), drinking root beer and eating pizza rolls with dad in the family room.