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Sultan Kinkari
08-27-2001, 04:47 PM
???

Three Dog Night
08-27-2001, 04:49 PM
I'm not sure, but they are still available.

Halfpint
08-27-2001, 04:52 PM
Space hoppers? Those big orange creatures with two 'horns' as handles and a weird face on them?

delphica
08-27-2001, 04:53 PM
We called them Hippity-Hops when we were kids. I don't know if that's a brand name, or a generic regionalism.

bertieman
08-27-2001, 04:56 PM
http://firebox.com/cat.php?id=retro

They call 'em Space Hoppers here. Always knew them as that as a kid.

Bertman

Johnny L.A.
08-27-2001, 05:04 PM
I agree with delphica. They were called Hippity Hops when I was a kid.

Sofa King
08-27-2001, 05:06 PM
Hoppity Hop (http://yesterdayland.com/popopedia/shows/toys/ty1133.php). Not shown is the most common version, brick red like the ones we used to play dodge-ball with a simple rubber ring for the handle.

dwtno
08-27-2001, 06:08 PM
Oh, they're definitely called "Hippity Hops." They were, and still are, made by Matell. In fact, check out hippity-hop.com http://hippity-hop.com/editorial/. They've been delivered a cease and desist by Matell for using the name.

The last time I saw a Hippity Hop, we were painting it black and hanging it from a chain to use as a wrecking ball on a the set of a television show we were producing. Cheap prop!

Harmonious Discord
08-27-2001, 06:09 PM
Hoppity Hop for the ball only, and Hoppity Horse with the horse head.

bettypat
08-27-2001, 06:35 PM
We just call them the "bouncy balls" then kick them out of the way hoping that they will roll into the road and get run over....boy are they in the way!!!!!!!!

Osip
08-27-2001, 06:41 PM
When I was little I had one I called it a Hippity Hop.
It was a memorable toy since I had one kicked out from under me on the play ground and I broke my collar bone !


Osip

racinchikki
08-27-2001, 06:43 PM
I had a Hippity Hop. So did my sister. One was orangey-red and the other was blue - I forget which was which; mine was the smaller and I think it was blue. We had a yellow one, too, at one point. This was in the mid to late 80s, for reference.

pkbites
08-27-2001, 07:28 PM
I don't know who first made them, but I had one in the mid-late 60's. An absolute blast!:) One of my favorite toys of my entire childhood!

I do know this: The ones me and my sibilings had said Hopity Hop on the back, in small letters.

Larry Mudd
08-27-2001, 07:37 PM
Mine was a red Hippity-Hop, with a plain ring. Done in by a broken "stubby' beer-bottle.

D'ya think you could get an adult-sized one these days? 'Cause I know I'd buy one. Just the thing after a day's work.




PS: You could get blue ones??!


I never knew. (And I'm not sayin' nuthin'.)

pkbites
08-27-2001, 07:44 PM
Originally posted by Larry Mudd

D'ya think you could get an adult-sized one these days? 'Cause I know I'd buy one. Just the thing after a day's work.

I'd run someone over on my way to the store to buy one if they made them for adults.:D

Someone out there in toyland is missing a huge market!

mmmiiikkkeee
08-27-2001, 07:53 PM
I liked the bit on the Tonight Show a while ago where Jay mentioned that Pamela Anderson had her implants removed... and that she took 'em home and the kids were playing with them; then they showed a bit of footage with two kids bouncing on hippity-hops:D!

pkbites
08-27-2001, 10:13 PM

pkbites
08-27-2001, 10:16 PM
Oops.:D That last post was suppose to have a wbsite on it:

http://robinsweb.com/interesting/I_S_O.html

This site clearly shows a Hopity Hop with the name Hopity Hop on it. Where are you guys getting the name "hippity hop"?

pkbites
08-27-2001, 10:17 PM
Sigh!:rolleyes".
That's supposed to be "Hoppity hop" with 2 p's.

elelle
08-27-2001, 11:43 PM
I remember it distinctly as Hoppity-Hop. I also remember that if you got your trajectory right, you could make a mighty fine impression upside your pesky little brother.

galt
08-28-2001, 01:48 AM
I also recall it as Hoppity Hop (because the corresponding product would otherwise be "Hippety Horse", which doesn't make much sense). I had a red Hoppity Horse, but I remember that Hoppity Hop was definitely better for high performance hopping, because the horse's handles were just rubber sticks that stuck out the sides of the horse head, so when you pulled upwards on them, they bent. The ring was much sturdier.

Cabbage
08-28-2001, 02:59 AM
D'ya think you could get an adult-sized one these days? 'Cause I know I'd buy one. Just the thing after a day's work
Actually, I believe they do make them for adults; I recall seeing one in an adult store with a dildo attachment.

Yeah, I know, probably not what you had in mind.

xash
08-28-2001, 03:17 AM
hey pkbites, didn't know we could do empty posts in here... i'm gonna wait till someone asks a serious question one of these days 'n then we'll have some fun :D

TheLoadedDog
08-28-2001, 05:18 AM
Yeah, well my parents never bought me one. There, I said it. Satisfied?

Doesn't matter though...

LOOK! It's not an issue, so just drop it, OK? :mad:

Booker57
08-28-2001, 05:30 AM
Didn't Pheobe on "Friends" use one recently? She commented to the other girls that is was great for releving tension. "If you know what I mean".

Akke
08-28-2001, 06:00 AM
In the Netherlands the name is 'Skippy Bal'

racinchikki
08-28-2001, 07:27 AM
Originally posted by pkbites
Oops.:D That last post was suppose to have a wbsite on it:

http://robinsweb.com/interesting/I_S_O.html

This site clearly shows a Hopity Hop with the name Hopity Hop on it. Where are you guys getting the name "hippity hop"?

Well c'mon, we were little kids, and "hippity hop" has more of a ring to it than "hoppity hop"! :)

Johnny L.A.
08-28-2001, 07:49 AM
I used to have a riding toy when I was a kid. It was a circular yellow chassis in which the rider sat, with a large red wheel with a white spiral on it on each side of the rider. There was a small castering wheel in the back. The large red wheels had crank handles on them. The rider used the handles to turn the wheels and to control the direction by differential cranking. His feet were in front of him in a footrest.

Does anyone remember what that toy was called? I think, but I am not at all sure, that it was by Mattel.

johnboy
08-28-2001, 08:05 AM
Johnny L. A., I believe that toy was called a Krazy Kar.

Johnny L.A.
08-28-2001, 08:36 AM
Thank, johnboy!

It is indeed the Krazy Kar (http://marxtoys.com/marxtoys/p25.htm) by Marx Toys.

Too bad I'm too big for it (it's only rated for 70 pounds (32 kilos). Someone should come out with a larger version.

johnboy
08-28-2001, 08:42 AM
Now L. A., you KNOW those are just conservative ratings (like automotive horsepower ratings in the early seventies), give it a shot!

Celyn
08-28-2001, 09:15 AM
And they were called "Spacehoppers" in the U.K., I seem to recall.

dqa
08-28-2001, 09:16 AM
Originally posted by pkbites
Where are you guys getting the name "hippity hop"? Obviously it comes from the song:

Here comes Peter Cottontail
Hopping down the bunny trail
Hippity Hoppity Easter's on it's way

Why they chose the lamer "Hoppity Hop" I have no idea, unless there were some copyright/trademark issues.

pkbites
08-28-2001, 09:43 AM
Originally posted by Johnny L.A.
[B]I used to have a riding toy when I was a kid.[/ b

I had a Krazy Kar as a kid too! I loved that thing! I never had a big wheel though:( I think by the time big wheels came out., I was too big for them.

Running with Scissors
08-28-2001, 10:06 AM
Hedstrom calls them ball hoppers (http://hedscape.com/servlet/ToyFinder?action=displayproduct&productnumber=4). A descriptive, if boring, name.

davesink
08-28-2001, 11:00 AM
I'm 42, and I remember seeing one in a magazine article before they really caught on and successfully pleaded with my parents to get one. I distinctly remember it having a U-shaped handle connected by a separately molded plastic straight "grip" as opposed to the later Mattel models descibed above with the O style grips. I also remember it being called a "Kangaroo Ball" but don't recall the manufacturer. I think it was a smaller "no-name" company.

elelle
08-28-2001, 10:53 PM
Originally posted by Cabbage
D'ya think you could get an adult-sized one these days? 'Cause I know I'd buy one. Just the thing after a day's work
Actually, I believe they do make them for adults; I recall seeing one in an adult store with a dildo attachment.

Yeah, I know, probably not what you had in mind.

Au contraire, Msr. Cabb-age. Gotta link? My hippety could use a bit more hoppity...

Cabbage
08-29-2001, 04:41 AM
Well, I looked around a little, and this is the best I could find (adult link ahead):

http://velvetstoys.com/sex_toys.htm

(look for the easy rider ball on the page).

I'm not sure if they come any bigger than that; 12 inches seems kind of small (certainly not full size) if you really want to ride it like you rode it when you were a kid (hey, I'm talkin' about the ball, not the dildo!).

*Twitch*
08-29-2001, 07:07 AM
check out http://firebox.com//product.php?id=450 for a racing 3pack of them!

GENE STONER
08-29-2001, 09:42 PM
Yeah, I remember those hippety hops.

But does anyone remember those toys that had 2 big plastic wheels with hand cranks, and you would sit in the middle of this round plastic seated area, and turn these hand cranks and propel the toy forward, backword, or pivoting?

pkbites
08-29-2001, 11:48 PM
Originally posted by GENE STONER
Yeah, I remember those hippety hops.
But does anyone remember those toys that had 2 big plastic wheels with hand cranks, and you would sit in the middle of this round plastic seated area, and turn these hand cranks and propel the toy forward, backword, or pivoting?

Uh.......STONER,:rolleyes: those were brought up already by Johnny L.A., it's called Krazy Kar.

lieu
08-30-2001, 01:42 PM
Maybe I'm thinking about something different but in the late 60's or early 70's we had two plastic/glass balls on a string that you hold at the midpoint and they meet on the up and downswing making a "clacking" noise. Hence the name: "Clackers."

johnboy
08-30-2001, 04:08 PM
Lieu, I believe the toy you are referring to is the Knicker Knocker (at least that is wht we called them) They came to my neck of the woods (Midwest USA) in the mid 70's. The glass ones had a nasty tendency to shatter and were pulled off of the market.

jack@ss
08-30-2001, 10:43 PM
Yeah, I remember clackers. I don't remember them being made of glass, but plexiglas-type resin. I heard they were taken off the market because they could be used as a weapon.

Sultan Kinkari
08-30-2001, 10:49 PM
But almost every kid in America owns a baseball bat...

discombobulator
08-30-2001, 10:59 PM
Originally posted by Booker57
Didn't Pheobe on "Friends" use one recently? She commented to the other girls that is was great for releving tension. "If you know what I mean".


Actually I saw a rerun of an episode today, where Rachel turns 30 and they have clips of the other freinds' 30th birthdays. There was a clip of Pheobe (Phoebe?) bouncing on one for one mile, which was something she wanted to do before turning 30. I beleive I heard her call it a "Hippity Hop" later in the show.

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