Name that 80's toy!

Jimmy KingJimmy King Registered User regular
What I'm thinking of may actually be Capsela, but I'm remembering some differences that lead me to believe it was a different, similar product. So, mid-80's robotics/engineering oriented toy. The kit I specifically remember was kind of bug-like with 6 or 8 legs, mostly black with some clear parts, and I specifically remember it being air powered and you had to physically pump up some deal first and then the air would run the motors and make it walk.

Capsela, as far as I can see, is all battery powered and I see nothing that has legs except the Bug Builder. This kit was more robot-looking than the Capsela Bug Builder kit, though.

Anyone know what it was?

Posts

  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    not a doctor, not a lawyer, examples I use may not be fully researched so don't take out of context plz, don't @ me
  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    Also this might interest you : http://www.owirobot.com/

    not a doctor, not a lawyer, examples I use may not be fully researched so don't take out of context plz, don't @ me
  • Jimmy KingJimmy King Registered User regular
    Hmm, no weapons and definitely more in the Capsela style look. If I didn't so definitely remember some part of it being air powered I'd just say it's Capsela with 20 years of memory degradation since I last saw the thing.

    After some more digging, it may have been Zoids. Garantula is almost exactly what I remember and the little gold dude that rides in it is very familiar. It's not air powered and seems a little more simplistic (no putting it together, modifying it, etc) than I would have guessed my dad would have bought to play with, but the look is correct.

    I wonder if I'm combining the memory of a couple different toys.

  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    Zoids looks familiar, I remember those.

    not a doctor, not a lawyer, examples I use may not be fully researched so don't take out of context plz, don't @ me
  • Count FunkulaCount Funkula Registered User
    I think you might be talking about Tomy's Space Pets. I actually have two of these, the High Hopping Hoomdorm and the Stretch Legged Stoomdorm. Still work after all these years.

    http://www.oocities.org/sunsetstrip/8410/hoomdorm.html

  • WaterfallSandSunWaterfallSandSun Registered User regular
    I used to have this/these (forget if it was one or a set) TMNT action-figures(s) where you select from a small collection of some sort of plastic(?) strips and you'd slip the strips in a little hole just big enough for the strips to go through on the shell part, and then you would hear them say things like "COWABUNGA". The sound/voice matched how ever fast or slow you pulled the strip through. They were goddamn awesome. Might be early-90's.

    If anyone knows the exact name/model/type of this toy or have pictures(!) of them, that would be nostalgia-explosion.

  • see317see317 Registered User regular
    I used to have this/these (forget if it was one or a set) TMNT action-figures(s) where you select from a small collection of some sort of plastic(?) strips and you'd slip the strips in a little hole just big enough for the strips to go through on the shell part, and then you would hear them say things like "COWABUNGA". The sound/voice matched how ever fast or slow you pulled the strip through. They were goddamn awesome. Might be early-90's.

    If anyone knows the exact name/model/type of this toy or have pictures(!) of them, that would be nostalgia-explosion.

    This one, I think I can help with.
    http://www.tmnttoys.com/91figures/talking/talking.html

    Ringo wrote: »
    Well except what see317 said. That guy's always wrong.
    WaterfallSandSun
  • Jimmy KingJimmy King Registered User regular
    I think you might be talking about Tomy's Space Pets. I actually have two of these, the High Hopping Hoomdorm and the Stretch Legged Stoomdorm. Still work after all these years.

    http://www.oocities.org/sunsetstrip/8410/hoomdorm.html
    Ah hah, you're awesome. My memory had merged the Zoids Garantula and the Space Pets Fleet-Footed Floomdorm into a single toy.

    Now I wonder where both of these toys went. These were actually some of the very few things I had left from my dad after he died when I was pretty young. I kept track of them for years, then apparently forgot about them for a good 15 years or so, and then remembered them when a friend was showing me an arduino controlled robot he wanted to build.

  • WaterfallSandSunWaterfallSandSun Registered User regular
    see317 wrote: »
    I used to have this/these (forget if it was one or a set) TMNT action-figures(s) where you select from a small collection of some sort of plastic(?) strips and you'd slip the strips in a little hole just big enough for the strips to go through on the shell part, and then you would hear them say things like "COWABUNGA". The sound/voice matched how ever fast or slow you pulled the strip through. They were goddamn awesome. Might be early-90's.

    If anyone knows the exact name/model/type of this toy or have pictures(!) of them, that would be nostalgia-explosion.

    This one, I think I can help with.
    http://www.tmnttoys.com/91figures/talking/talking.html

    omg.

  • THEPAIN73THEPAIN73 Shiny. Real shiny.Registered User regular
    WOW I haven't seen that toy in forever!

    Brings me back.

    Facebook | Amazon | Twitter | Youtube | PSN: ThePain73 | Steam: ThePain73
    3DS FC: 5343-7720-0490
  • jamesrajamesra Chicago, ILRegistered User regular
    Not a reply, but damn I loved my capcella. Too expensive, really. But it was so cool as a legos graduate.

    "Everything in war is very simple, but the simplest thing is difficult. The difficulties accumulate and end by producing a kind of friction. . . . This tremendous friction . . . is everywhere in contact with chance, and brings about effects that cannot be measured, just because they are largely due to chance" Carl Von Clausezwitz. (1832),
  • Zoku GojiraZoku Gojira Monster IslandRegistered User regular
    edited December 2012
    The only thing I remember about capsela was hooking up gigantic batteries to it in place of the usual 9V or AA or whatever it took. The kind with the coils that you had to hook leads up to. The same electric motors that once purred contentedly instead howled like banshees. You could get the same effect by stacking a bunch of capsules with increasing gear ratios and cranking a wheel at one end by hand, but it wasn't the continual push you got from a big freaking battery.

    Zoku Gojira on
    "Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are." - Bertolt Brecht
    PSN: ZokuGojira - Send FR for Pinball FX3 / Zaccaria Pinball leaderboard competition
Sign In or Register to comment.