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Big Wheelin'

The chase is on

Originally uploaded by sloanro.

Easter Sunday in San Francisco: a Big Wheel race down Lombard Street. It was sort’ve ridiculously well-documented.

April 17, 2006 / Uncategorized


Awe. Some.

Mike says…

Ridiculously well documented, or awesomely well documented? I think we all know the answer.

If only I were able to manipulate time and space so that I could do that race on my old Masters of the Universe Big Wheel.

By the power of Grayskull.

Mine was M.A.S.K.!

Show of hands — who remembers M.A.S.K.?

Paul Cloutier says…

I remember M.A.S.K. also known as Mobile Armored Strike Kommand and their most nefarious enemy V.E.N.O.M or Vicious, Evil Network of Mayhem.

i only ever had a Green Machine which may actually be the perfect vehicle for the race next year.

Or you could just get an adult sized big wheel

“Mask” was great — I still remember the toys. I was also a big fan of “Centurions” — those oversized G.I. Joe guys with the pegs in their chests that all wore suits. I was a “Centurion” for Halloween once.

But my Big Wheels were two: a “Dukes of Hazzard” big wheel when I was little. And a “Transformers” one when I got a little older. It actually transformed. Well, a panel that had a robot face on it flipped up on the handlebars. But it was still awesome.

One of the great things about M.A.S.K. is that toys actually reflected the way the vehicles were portrayed in the TV show with a fairly high level of accuracy. And who doesn’t love fast things that transform into other fast things (or things with huge missles)?

Another favorite of mine back in the day was StarCom – spaceships that would undergo some transformations (wings deploying, etc) using awesome windup technologogy and magnetic switches activated by the boots of the figures. Damn those were good toys, and again true to the cartoon.

Tim, I agree with you on the Centurion front. Those were great. I remember one Christmas where my brother and I, and the three neigbor kids, each got one… We mixed and matched the vehicle parts to come up with some truly strange creations.

Still, there are a couple things in the cartoon plotline that bothered me as a kid… the enemies were Cyborgs who were… bitter at being half robot? It’s hard to say. While the heroes were apparently fully human with special suits. I think.

But in one episode, the middle Centurion, the blue one who could fly, got severely injured and was made a Cyborg to save his life. It seems the kind of episode of a kids’ show where he should wake up at the end and it’s all been a terrible dream, but I’m not sure if he ever did. I’m still haunted by the horror that the character experienced on his discovery that he’d become the very thing he’d been fighting, and I can’t remember his name.

Do you have any photos of that halloween costume? I bet it was awesome.

Andy — StarCom — yes! The amazing thing about the StarCom ships is that the parts all moved slowly, as you’d expect big spaceships parts to — instead of just flipping out all cheaply like everything else did. It was very striking.

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