Stompers...Or Something Similar?

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  1. j.a.f.o.

    j.a.f.o. Just Looking, Not Buying

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    I remember these--particularly the 2-speed version--being one of the highlights of my 80's childhood:

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    This would be perfect for my 3-year-old boy, however, I can't justify shelling out the money on ebay for what is now a 20-plus-year-old collectors item.

    Does anyone know of a toy that is similar to Stompers (i.e. small, battery powered all-terrain madness, but with the option of setting it to "neutral" for free-wheel play)?
     
  2. Greyryder

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    Sorry, can't help, but man do I remember those things. Stompers and Rough Riders were the coolest things, back in the day.
     
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    BrokenSVT It's not broken anymore.

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    Darkhawk79 TFWM SUCK!!!!!

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    Man...i've still got my Bigfoot 100% complete and working. There were others that went along with it and a trailer and a pull sled as well. I used to have them all
     
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    Mine's battery cover is MIA, but it's somewhere in a box I'm sure. It's in much better condition than the picture implies, I hadn't cleaned it up at that point.
     
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    oh my brother and I loved these as kids.
    The coolest ones, if you can find them, are the Diving Devils.
    They have a neutral/push mode; battery operated land mode and are
    waterproof so if you take them in the water they can paddle on top or
    if you lift the plug in the back, can dive underwater and crawl on the ground
    of a pool or bath tub. They also came with a little pilot (kinda looks like a Diaclone driver w/out the magnet feet).
     
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    netkid Where's my Goddamn shoe!

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    If you have a Big Lots near you check with them...they usually have old or k.o.'d stuff like that.

    I used to love Stompers and Rough Riders....I even had the one that you could put in water...it had these big oversized tires on it that had directional treads to help it through the water
     
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    :sly:  Wow. That's almost scary. :lol 


    As for finding a newer, less collectable thing like this, I'd check the Hot Wheels isle a Target, Walmart, and/or TRU. They usually have something like this, but probably not as high-powered. They don't make 'em like they used to, but it should get the job done. :lol 
     
  11. ckhtiger

    ckhtiger old skool fool

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    man, I remember having like two stompers as a kid, but they were both made like crap. now rough riders, they could take a beating.
     
  12. gargunkle

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    I don't think I had a lot of Stompers but for a while I really liked them. Had one with the stunt wheel too. Hmm, they might even be around my mother's house still.
     
  13. j.a.f.o.

    j.a.f.o. Just Looking, Not Buying

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    Checked them out and tried contacting them...it doesn't look like they are anymore.

    Per plowking's suggestion, I also checked Big Lots: Nada.

    So, seeing as there isn't anything out there remotely similar--or as cool--I'm going to take the ebay plunge (and for the amount of money I'd be bidding, I'm for sure only buying one). I'd now like to get input on what I should get. Here are the available options:

    Rough Riders Knight Rider
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    I've always wanted this as a kid, so it'll be as much for me as for my son (probably more so for me).

    Stomper Speedster
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    This one seems cool, with it's five-position steering.

    ckhtiger already weighed in on his preference for Rough Riders. Any other opinions?
     
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    [Necro]There are new toys emerging called "Power Scouts," I don't recall if Hot Wheels or Matchbox licenses them. Thought it worth mentioning, as they look to be roughly the same size and configuration as our toys from yesteryear :) [/Necro]
     
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    Monster Trucks were so awesome when I was a kid. Now it's run by Clear Channel...bah.
     
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