Christmas Morning, 1979: Playskool’s Star Rider

Star Rider 1979

The Star Rider is the only toy I know of that tries to simulate the experience of flying a spaceship. It was pricey (about $50) and, from what I can tell, was only produced in ’79 and ’80. This 1983 article describes the Star Rider as “a young child’s riding toy now being marketed by Playskool,” but it sounds like a mistake to me. There’s nothing in the catalogs after 1980. A very rare find today.

That’s Kenner’s Imperial Troop Transporter to the right of the Falcon.

(Photo via Jack Mayfield/Flickr)

4 Responses to “Christmas Morning, 1979: Playskool’s Star Rider”

  1. 1 Don Gates December 17, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    I got a Star Rider for Christmas and loved it. I insisted my family take it with us when we visited my grandparents later that Christmas day, where I rode it until I puked. True story.

  2. 4 Nathan Haas October 12, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    One of the greatest Star Wars knock-off toys ever made!!!

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