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BIG TRACK REDUCED TO £33.99 DELIVERED @ PLAY

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6y, 4m agoFound 6 years, 4 months ago
Anybody remember these?????? - classic retro toy from the early 80'S

Pre-order. | Due for release on 27/08/2010

ig Trak is back, enabling parents of today to buy one of the most memorable toys from their past and bring it back to life for their own children to enjoy - and of course for those who simply wish to have the toy they were never lucky enough to own as a child. It was the subject of a massive craze in the 1980s and the toy you simply had to have! A simply brand new retro experience!

Easy enough for kids to learn, but so much fun, even adults won't be able to resist. Boasting all the features of the original model, including 23 button keypad, front-mounted blue photon beam headlamp and the ability to store up to 16 preset programmes. With a 23-button keypad on its back, you can programme the plastic tank to trundle forward, then turn, then trundle some more... You get the picture. It also had 16 presets to perform predefined sequences of movements. It is like magic.

The revived Big Trak is an authentic reproduction that will boast all the features of the original, including the ubiquitous '80s go-faster stripes and blue headlamp. The centre wheels are driven by two motors to allow change of direction. Use the 23-button keypad to enter instructions for Big Trak.
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#1
http://www.hawkin.net/bigtrak/i/hb_bigtrak_web_sl_19.jpg

http://images.play.com/banners/content/bigtraklarge2.jpg



Edited By: janz70 on Jul 30, 2010 13:43: NEW PIC
Edited By: janz70 on Jul 30, 2010 13:43: NEWPIC
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#2
Ordered :{
#3
sorry expired by mistake , I have asked mods to un- expire
#4
Always wanted one of these when I was younger.
Might have to get one for my son now!!
#5
I wanted one as well, think it was expensive back in the day?, I was gong to program it to bring me drinks....though it would have been easier to get them myself thinking about it!
#6
Wow i had one of these when i was a kid !
#7
how much was one of these during the early 80's?
#8
I still have my original Big Track in it's box (+ trailer) sat in the loft 8)
#10
Its £34.99 in the new Argos Catalogue as well
#11
your link doesnt work for argos and argos charges for home delivery but if you want to drive into town to pick it up fair enough - I think I'll just wait for mine to be delivered
#12
here a working link to argos big track

Edited By: janz70 on Jul 30, 2010 14:36: edit
#14
FTCom
how much was one of these during the early 80's?


They were expensive back then, i think around £50

Personally i wouldn't bother with one they are so hard to program , mine had trailer with it as well
#15
thats part of the fun - we all find kids can can do techy stuff way better than us - remember when you used to program the video for your folks
#16
FYI: Slightly more expensive at MenKind.co.uk (after delivery charges are added) but apparently available from Monday 9 August 2010...

Big Trak 2010 Retro Toy (Item Code: 29961) £33.99 + £4.95 to UK mainland

BFN,

fp.
#17
janz70
thats part of the fun - we all find kids can can do techy stuff way better than us - remember when you used to program the video for your folks


It was easy to punch in the settings but was hard to calculate when it should turn etc
#18
HOT HOT HOT!!! X)
#19
This has been "coming soon" since about 2 Xmas's ago and keeps getting put back.
I will believe it when I see it.
#20
fanpages
FYI: Slightly more expensive at MenKind.co.uk (after delivery charges are added) but apparently available from Monday 9 August 2010...

Big Trak 2010 Retro Toy (Item Code: 29961) £33.99 + £4.95 to UK mainland

BFN,

fp.


I like the way you put "BFN" when it's in no way connected to the clan or the game.. ahaa :L
#21
Still got mine from when I was a kid...and it still works. Wish I'd got the trailer with it at the time!
#22
I too had one of these in the early 80's, I got it along with the trailer one Christmas and was thrilled although they were a nightmare to program on carpets.

Watching the old tv commercial shows how naff they really were. Saying that I'm pretty sure this advert is what made me want ont so much.
#23
I bet you this one isn't anywhere near as well built as the original!
#24
I remember these, fantastic
#25
Watching the old tv commercial shows how naff they really were. Saying that I'm pretty sure this advert is what made me want ont so much.

Thanks for that link

enjoyed that
#26
By the time this is released it will be £4.99 lol.
#27
deanos
FTCom
how much was one of these during the early 80's?
They were expensive back then, i think around £50Personally i wouldn't bother with one they are so hard to program , mine had trailer with it as well

think they were £100....thats alot of money then.....equivelant to around £300 now i guess
#28
Bought one of these on ebay (original) - now I have something to spend a gift voucher on
#29
Er eeew er eeew
#30
royals
deanos
FTCom
how much was one of these during the early 80's?
They were expensive back then, i think around £50Personally i wouldn't bother with one they are so hard to program , mine had trailer with it as well


think they were £100....thats alot of money then.....equivelant to around £300 now i guess
They were £39.95 and the trailer was £17.50, it's shown at the end of the commercial I linked in my previous post.

That's still around £170 for both items in todays money so about the same price of the new Xbox 360, how times have changed.

Edited By: Blaiz on Jul 31, 2010 00:36: .
#31
Loved this when I was a kid - many hours of fun programming it to hit the sleeping dog up the **** and 'fire it's laser cannon' (in a good natured way) or enter a room full of adults and cause mayhem while I was in a different room. Seemed like brilliant technology then and you had to work out the route and distance in detail for your plan to succeed :)

Feel a bit guilty now knowing how much my parents paid for it.
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With regards the comparison to an Xbox 360 console today, it is indeed a valid comparison you have made, Blaiz. These toys were the forerunner to today's home computers & video games consoles. They were very advanced for their small size in their day, & may well have been a direct influence to the individuals that produce the home entertainment software we all enjoy today.

Tomy introduced a toy a few years ago (Listing at Amazon.co.uk) that was similar to the “Big Trak” (“Bigtrak”) product that was aimed at children who watched the TV programme "Dream Street". I bought one for my kids & unfortunately the noises it made scared my youngest so it was never really used to the full potential it could have been. All of my kids are probably too old now to consider using the idea in that form (“Dream Street” is now a distant memory), but I may well attempt to see if they are open to the idea of learning how to make programmable comments via an electronic key pad. It will help with reasoning & logic skills.


I mentioned in the other threads I quoted above that sometimes it is worthwhile going back to old(er) technology to appreciate how we have advanced & what we now take for granted.

However, I also commented that If the new “Big Trak” product supported a wireless (bluetooth) interface that was controlled from a PC, or any suitable device (mobile telephone/iPod Touch, or even home video game entertainment systems/consoles such as a PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, or a PSP, etc) for instance, then it may introduce kids to programming a computer by creating logical steps to reach a desired goal like the "Logo" programming language used to be able to achieve using the "turtle graphics" syntax.

To create a square with sides of a size of 200 units you would use the following instructions, for example:

FORWARD 200
RIGHT 90
FORWARD 200
RIGHT 90
FORWARD 200
RIGHT 90
FORWARD 200
RIGHT 90

Maybe with some Government Education department backing we can see Bigtrak in classrooms (again) in the near future.


Buying a 1960s car to understand how an engine works, or using a Disk Operating System on a personal computer instead of relying on a Graphical User Interface, for instance. As soon as the new(er) technology fails today's users have no idea what to do to resolve an issue themselves & give up before trying anything that isn’t given to them in an online "help" document by the manufacturer.

In my two examples, cars & computers are mindlessly disposed of because the "value added" technology has failed, not because the item can no longer be fixed or used by somebody who understands the core operation of the items & has the knowledge to address the problem encountered.

Teaching kids to think for themselves, by tackling basic problems such as making a motorised toy navigate a few obstacles can divert a generation away from using Google to do their homework, for instance. Imagine what the world will be liked in one hundred years time? Will the human race (in the developed world) have forgotten how to make a fire, or tie a knot? It may sound silly now, but if we become increasingly reliant upon technology that day will come.

I suggested that re-introducing (now, considered to be) simple programming devices into classrooms would help today's generation much more than their parents buying video games consoles to play once they return home from school.

Member RHCP added...
RHCP
I bought a Big Trak from someone on AVForums about 3 years ago, to teach my year 7 pupils about inputs and outputs, I still use it now the kids love it. :w00t:


Mobile telephones are another good example of technology influencing society and not for the better (in my opinion).

Without Short Message Service (SMS) devices the young(er) members of today’s society may have a better understanding &/or appreciation of how to spell words, what punctuation is for, or how to construct a sentence correctly.

However, I agree with those that are reluctant to return to their respective past experiences.

I have spoiled a few memories with watching children’s television programmes from my informative years; “Mary, Mungo & Midge” and “The Clangers” being examples that come to mind immediately.

I would love to introduce my own kids to the three stop-motion animation shows set in Trumptonshire (“Camberwick Green”, “Chigley”, and “Trumpton”) but I think re-watching these may tarnish my fond memories. With today's influences ("Ninja Samurai Pizza Cat-eating Pocket Monster Battlebots", or whatever) I expect my kids will not gain anywhere near the same amount of benefit from the programmes anyway. They will miss the benefit of the stories and the positive messages they portrayed.

“ Nostalgia isn't what it used to be”

The following text & image are both taken from my comment #108 in a previous "Misc" thread:
"Are university students "stupid" or lack common sense."

fanpages

...Some may argue that the human race has made progress because of technology. Others may have differing opinions.

http://labspace.open.ac.uk/file.php/4918/7CF6DAF8-A626%E2%80%934DEF-9785C5F931B1FF9E.gif

Source: Without prior permission from Ted Goff. © 1997 Ted Goff. World Rights Reserved.


BFN,

fp.

Edited By: fanpages on Jul 31, 2010 04:26: Added final quote/image from another thread
#33
Don't forget a massive extra 2% off at Play with Quidco! ;-)
#34
Damn I remember wanting this but my parents never bought it for me.

Might get one for mysel...er, I mean my son.
#35
Gawd, this brought back a memory. I'd completely forgot about these. Mainly of the advert. Always wanted one but didn't get.

It's kind of like a real life Logo programming language.

You know what would be great? If they brought out an updated wireless version that you could program on your PC.

SO, SO, SO, SO tempted :D.

Heat just for the memory. Can you still give rep these days? I haven't figured out how if you can.
#36
Very tempted but I know it'll be money wasted.
#37
I like the way you put "BFN" when it's in no way connected to the clan or the game.. ahaa :L

Surely it just means 'by for now'? Not needed eitherway I agree, but just saying...
#38
The novelty will wear off quickly and it'll end up in a cupboard
#40
I had one of these. Does it still use a ton of batteries though? I remember 4-6 D size 1.5V batteries and a 9V PP3 battery were required.

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