Big Trak programming toys in the 80’s

Source: Big Trak – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Did you have ever a Big Trak programming toys in the 80’s? As a kid I was given this gift and loved it. You could program it and do all kinds of things. I always wondered why more toys like this weren’t popular.

What was so wonderful about this toy is that you could also give it voice commands. Imagine that in the 80’s! It really chewed up the D batteries that it required, but it was worth it. I wish that they had allowed it to plug into popular game consoles so you could program it easier but it was still fun.

What was neat about the 80’s is that there were toys that don’t really exist now. This and other science toys have been dumbed down to protect the children. I also had a chemistry set that I really did all kinds of experiments with. Very dangerous of course but I survived. Sometimes you had to do things the hard way to find out the truth in life. That is another post however.

As I write this I can remember how loud this thing was when it moved. It was a grinding sound that really made you wonder if it was breaking. It couldn’t carry much weight either. I think what finally broke it is when I put heavy things on top of it to carry it to me. Of course as a kid you try to make things easier on yourself. If they had a more powerful model that had a wagon or carrying capability, this thing would have flown off the shelves. It is the extensible and ability to work with other things that make something popular.

What would have been perfect is if you could have customized the body or design of it. If it was a motor, pad and then spaces where it could hold things. If it was modular like the other toys of the type like Lego, or even supported Lego exterior that would have been amazing. If toy manufactures would just work together, they could make some amazing things that would benefit everyone. Why don’t they do this?