Friday, October 1, 2010

Evel Knievel: Precursor to Jackass

Back in prehistoric times when the Toad was a child, you couldn't record kiddie shows and then fast forward through the commercials. Thus, the TV commercials became part of the Saturday morning entertainment! And no ad was more entertaining than the one for this toy.

I'm talking about the Evel Knievel Super Stunt Set. For those too tragically young to remember, Evel Knievel was the original Jackass, a guy with a penchant for jumping his motorcycle over buses and through rings of fire, while wearing a silly 70's bellbottomed suit. I believe he broke every bone in his body. This toy consisted of a wind-up crank to get Evel and his cycle all wound up, before sending it shooting up the ramp and through the rings, or into the walls, or whatever. The ad always had the little plastic guy doing wheelies and performing awesome feats, but since I didn't know anyone whose parents actually purchased the thing, I had no idea if it worked. Well, now's your chance. Buy this original Stunt Set for your child, take it away from him or her, and see if you can get the rockin' stunt action going. And don't worry about emergencies: this set comes complete with both a little gas can and a fire extinguisher.

Each of these classic toys is individually numbered. Hospital stays for Mr. Knievel are not included in the purchase price. Find the Stunt Set, for $49.99, at Back to Basics Toys.

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