The 1970s may well have been the decade that taste forgot but it was peppered with all-American heroes: from the Six Million Dollar Man and Vegas-era Elvis to Fonzie, Muhammad Ali and Burt Reynolds. But for lovers of derring-do, there was only one idol worth worshipping: Evel Knievel.
Whether he was plummeting down a canyon, careering headfirst into the side of Caesar's Palace, or going for a burton whilst attempting to leap over a load of London buses, our bourbon-soaked hero managed to generate more column inches than any other accident-prone stuntman in history.
But the main thing Evel Knievel will be remembered for is the ludicrously popular toy bearing his name. This gloriously entertaining stunt cycle single-handedly saved the ailing 70s toy industry and eventually grossed over $350 million dollars. Not bad for a wind-up bike with a bendy figure sitting on it!
And now you can recreate those wonder years with this re-issued classic. The Evel Knievel Super Stunt Set is actually made from the original moulds and the memories will come flooding back the second you start cranking the energiser. Evel's incredibly sturdy stunt bike still shoots down staircases, whizzes along corridors and scares the living daylights out of cats and dogs. It also allows you to perform the frankly insane stunts Evel made famous over 30 years ago - including wheelies, jumps, flips and wince-inducing wipe-outs.
This deluxe set includes a posable Evel Knievel figure with removable helmet, motorcycle, energizer, adjustable ramps, simulated hoop of fire, 14-piece brick wall and various accessories. What's more, each set is individually numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity and background booklet.
Even if you've never heard of Evel Knievel (and if you haven't, how's life on Mars?) you'll be totally hooked by this classic plaything. Because just like the good old days, watching Evel come a cropper is half the fun. So what are you waiting for? Hit "Buy" before global Evelmania strikes again. Vroom vroom!