Big Trak

There are some toys from the 80s that we certainly say we ♥, while at the same time admitting that today they seem a little silly and a LOT dated.

Video games have obviously grown by leaps and bounds, and there are more than a few electronic toys that, while nostalgic, leave a lot to be desired.

But there are also some things that rock even today. Rubik’s Cube, for example, and… Milton Bradley’s Big Trak.

Created in 1979, Big Trak was (and still is) pretty darn cool.

Built like a rock-solid (though, yes, plastic) tank, Big Trak provided hours and hours of entertainment back in the day. Just a little bit of programming on that handy-dandy touch pad, and it was off–– moving forward and backward, rotating to move to the left or right, firing laser cannons (actually it was just a light that blinked, along with the cool ‘byoo-byoo’ sound)… what’s not to love?

And then… well THEN you could also wander down to your favorite toy store and procure yourself a Big Trak Transport and have even MORE of a ball with your new Big Trak dumptruck-y thing! Seriously, Star Wars action figures fit perfectly inside, along with dirt, Slinkies, rocks, and even, yes, the occasional snack for dad: (Pardon the UK version. The US version doesn’t allow embedding.)

The most incredible thing about all this, though, is the fact that Big Trak is still pretty popular over on eBay. Heck, you can score an original one for yourself, and it’ll only set you back about 50 bucks (which, as we recall, is less than it originally cost back in the early 80s.)

…and if that’s not awesome, we don’t know what is.

We ♥ Big Trak.


~ by weheart80s on July 10, 2012.

One Response to “Big Trak”

  1. I had one of these as a kid and thought it was the coolest toy ever. Wasn’t long till I took it apart to see how it worked. How did it know how far each side moved. Well it had a hole in each main drive gear that had an LED IR emitter and receiver in either side to count the hole. Years later I was on an Automotive technician site answering a thread called neatest toy you got as a kid. I said of course the Big Trak. Low and behold one of the key inventors of it had left Mattel and formed his own autoshop. He is a good friend today, still runs a shop, is big in promoting his cause to Asperburgers, John Elder Robison..

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