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Evel Knievel Paint By Number Coloring Set (Hasbro, 1974)

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Paint by number didn’t have quite the allure of the poster pen sets. I never liked being told what to color, and I’m betting I wasn’t alone.

One of the things that interests me is how kids’ heroes—and the toys that represented them—have changed so much. They were once based on real people—cops, cowboys, the original G.I. Joe, Matt Mason, the Fisher-Price Adventure People, and so on. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s they became more bionic and less terrestrial, more perfect and less human. Superhuman is now the baseline for action entertainment.

In retrospect, I’m not sure why I loved the idiotic Evel so much. But at least he wasn’t a talking turtle, or a robot that transformed into a robot riding a motorcycle.

Evel Knievel Sky-Sicle and Motor-Sicle (Mego, 1974)

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Goofiest looking kid in the world is sucking on a popsicle mold that looks like a cock and balls. Allow me to say, for the first time ever on this blog—what the fuck?

(Images via Vintage Ads and Pinterest)

Toy Aisle Zen (Circa 1976): Matchbox Display and Ideal’s Evel Knievel Super Jet Cycle

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J.C. Penney, somewhere in Baltimore, is the store in the first photo. Toys are on the left.

(Images via eBay, Evel Knievel Stunt Toys, and Yesterville)

Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle

 

 

Oh yes, you remember. The jump in the second video is killer.


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