Gather 'round the fire, kids, and let me tell you about some cool robotic toys from the 1980s. On second thought, just look at this slideshow instead.
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8 Responses to “12 Electronic Toy Robots of the 1980s”
We didn't have any of the ones you mentioned, but I'd forgotten that my brother had Casey, basically a robot version of Teddy Ruxpin (I think for younger kids): http://www.theoldrobots.com/smallbot29.html
(He didn't care about the book/story tapes, but loved to make it lip-sync to MC Hammer.)
Seeing the Big Trak slide reminded me of a toy car I had in the early to mid seventies that was 'programmable'. It included a selection of ~6″ long cards that were inserted into the back of the car that made it drive forward, turn, stop and back up etc. A motor in the car pulled the shaped card through which changed the steering and stop/start motion. There also was blank cards you could cut with a scissors to make your own 'program'. Does anyone remember this and if so what was it's name etc? Haven't thought of this for 40+ years but the Big Trak jogged a long dormant memory…
I also had the toy car guided by the variable width card, when I as a kid. (70′s). One side of the card regulated the forward, neutral, backward shift. The other side regulated steering. I can't remember the brand nor can I find anything resembling it on the net. It might have been a red VW beetle by Hasbro but I am not sure. This car was a simple analog computer, so to say.