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Updated Speeder Bike Ride-On Toy Completely Lacks The Original’s Charm

Ride-On Speeder Bikes (Images courtesy StarWars.com)
By Andrew Liszewski

The photo you see on top is a speeder bike ride-on toy created by Huffy in 1984 as part of a toy store sweepstakes. Not only does it actually look like the speeder bikes featured in the Endor chase scene in Return of the Jedi, but it also has a bit of retro 1950′s charm to it. In other words, I’d proudly ride one of those around, even today.

But the photo you see on the bottom is an updated version of the speeder bike ride-on toy created by an Australian company called ToyMonster. Not only is it completely lacking any of the charm of the original, but it barely even looks like a speeder bike. On the plus side it’s apparently faster and handles better than the original, but it’s yet another reason why I feel that today’s kids have gotten royally screwed in the toy department.

[ StarWars.com - The Return of the Speeder Bike Ride-On ] VIA [ TheForce.Net ]








  • http://www.varologic.com/ web development

    WoW both speeder bike old and new version looking fantasitc but i am worry how it is possible to ride on it and in comfortable manner?

  • Brandi

    One thing about the new one– you can do a Tokyo drift on it! (Alas, the video I saw of a kid doing a slick drift into a garage on a Green Machine, which this bike looks to be derived from, has gone offline).

  • Brandi

    Actually, the video is still around, just hadn't showed up where I first viewed it:
    http://www.break.com/index/big-wheel-drifting.html

  • MrWall

    it's a “pimped out” green machine from my childhood! actually I had a red baron but that's only cuz it's what K-Mart was selling (same thing though)

  • MrWall

    it's a “pimped out” green machine from my childhood! actually I had a red baron but that's only cuz it's what K-Mart was selling (same thing though)