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Subject: need help to identify a toy

Written By: lawnjart on 07/07/13 at 10:38 am

From an old home movie in June 1989, so toy is probably 88 or 89.  Kid was obsessed with dinosaurs, and side of box appears to have one, so that may be a clue.  Here is a link to a movie of the toy being opened:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gb1nR7ZH9g&feature=youtu.be

Attached is a still of the side of the box.  I swear it says "Roadies Runner" or something but google has nothing.  The only toy in the tape I can't identify is the one with the most camera time.  Looks like a line of cars, and this one is some sort of off road vehicle?

Thank you all.

Subject: Re: need help to identify a toy

Written By: pell on 07/08/13 at 3:41 am

I'll see what I can dig up, but often a product like this in a movie or TV show is fictional unless the producers have a product placement deal with a company.

Edit: Nevermind about the product placement. I overlooked the part about the clip being from a home movie when I wrote that.

Edit: So far, here's a possible lead. It's an old Shockwave Flash site for a toy company in Thailand, and they have toys with similar looks and names to yours:

http://www.twelvecom.com/thaitoy.swf

Edit: Yep! I think this is it. If you mouse over the spinning menu on the right and click Product, you jump to a page of toys. There's a small image on the left labeled "" with toys that kind of look like yours. Right click on the page so that your Flash Player options pop up and click zoom. The yellow toy in that image is the toy in your picture. Compare the engine parts on the hood of the yellow truck with yours.

This looks like their current name and site if you want to contact them:
http://www.thaitradeusa.com/home/?p=1331

It looks like this company used to make these kinds of toys and sell them to different toy companies who branded them different ways. It may not have been a major toy line under any particular brand. I'm still not sure if this company made your toy, but since there isn't much about it online, it was likely sold under this kind of deal.

Subject: Re: need help to identify a toy

Written By: lawnjart on 07/08/13 at 6:34 am

I can _not_ believe you found that so quickly.  I have spent days working on this.  You have 100% found it.  From the rest of the video you can see on the back of the box the full line of the toys, and there are five of them (the white one had really stuck out).  You are a genius, this board certainly didn't disappoint!  How did you do it????  You are AMAZING!!@!!

Subject: Re: need help to identify a toy

Written By: pell on 07/08/13 at 7:01 am

You're welcome. :)

The Google search term that found it was:
"roadies runner" toy

It was just luck, I guess. That page probably should have been deleted a long time ago. All the regular web pages it links to are already gone. Maybe it was overlooked because it was a Shockwave page rather than html.

I agree that there are a lot of helpful people here.

Subject: Re: need help to identify a toy

Written By: lawnjart on 07/08/13 at 7:05 am

Now that you unlocked a piece of the puzzle for me I see someone tried to sell one on ioffer but the link is already dead.  Update:  they were for the mini line:  http://cdn103.iofferphoto.com/img/item/138/013/927/l_hMIV-6m.jpg

There is info for a TECHNOPLAST INTERNATIONAL INC toy company in PA (where I am located).  Going to try to give them a call for kicks later today.

All I ever got on google were links to MTV Roadies, a Brazilian Road Rules-type show or something.

Subject: Re: need help to identify a toy

Written By: moycon on 07/08/13 at 1:01 pm

Wow Good job pell! I had never heard of Roadies. These were probably sold in Flea Markets and discount stores as opposed to ToysRUs and Sears and the like. Probably why info is so scarce.

Subject: Re: need help to identify a toy

Written By: CatwomanofV on 07/08/13 at 3:30 pm


Wow Good job pell! I had never heard of Roadies. These were probably sold in Flea Markets and discount stores as opposed to ToysRUs and Sears and the like. Probably why info is so scarce.



For someone who buys to sell old toys, I have never heard of it either.



Cat

Subject: Re: need help to identify a toy

Written By: lawnjart on 07/08/13 at 7:49 pm

Since you are all on this journey with me now, I found some great pics of the cement mixer (item 3000 from the thaitoy webpage):  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.443097135743593.100150.358821574171150&type=3

https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/77029_443097235743583_47804703_n.jpg

man...we'll all be Roadies Runner experts when I'm done with this:

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=971261

http://images.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/pix/3238073.jpg

Subject: Re: need help to identify a toy

Written By: Foo Bar on 07/09/13 at 1:36 am


Now that you unlocked a piece of the puzzle for me I see someone tried to sell one on ioffer but the link is already dead.  Update:  they were for the mini line:  http://cdn103.iofferphoto.com/img/item/138/013/927/l_hMIV-6m.jpg

There is info for a TECHNOPLAST INTERNATIONAL INC toy company in PA (where I am located).  Going to try to give them a call for kicks later today.

All I ever got on google were links to MTV Roadies, a Brazilian Road Rules-type show or something.


http://i.imgur.com/1rkUWhI.jpg

And I've taken the liberty of rehosting that in case the original link goes away.  Good work and karma to both of you for digging deep.

Subject: Re: need help to identify a toy

Written By: lawnjart on 07/14/13 at 9:07 am

The reason for all of this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLvtrihEYWs&feature=youtu.be

Subject: Re: need help to identify a toy

Written By: pell on 07/14/13 at 4:23 pm


The reason for all of this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLvtrihEYWs&feature=youtu.be


That's neat. Were you one of the people there that day?

Subject: Re: need help to identify a toy

Written By: lawnjart on 07/14/13 at 4:51 pm

Birthday boy is my nephew, I'm the girl behind him.

Subject: Re: need help to identify a toy

Written By: pell on 07/16/13 at 8:33 pm

I'll bet he gets a kick out of this.

Subject: Re: need help to identify a toy

Written By: moycon on 07/16/13 at 9:27 pm

Ha VERY cool! Thanks for sharing.

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