Inchworm from Hasbro (1971)

Company: Hasbro | Release date: 1971 | Where to purchase: eBay

“Girls love him! Boys adore him!”

In 1971, Hasbro released Inchworm, a ride-on toy for children ages two to six.

Designed by Marvin Glass & Associates, the toy was designed to resemble a giant green caterpillar and was adorned with a yellow hat, yellow wheels, and a large yellow saddle. Fabricated from heavy-duty plastic, Inchworm could support a rider of up to 75 lbs.

A joint beneath the toy’s saddle allowed it to expand and contract as a young rider bounced up and down. For safety, Inchworm’s wheels were restricted to forward movement only and emitted a clicking sound as they turned.

Today, Inchworm remains a nostalgic staple and a favourite of collectors looking to recapture memories of their childhoods. The latest rendition is available from Chicago, Illinois-based Radio Flyer in green and red as well as pink and purple colour schemes.

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