Originally released in 1978 this is one of the core 3 models in the Tonka Clutch Popper series. A stylised version of a Chevrolet Vega, called ‘Blue Laser’ on the original packaging. Great looking pressed steel toy car with or without decals/stickers, reliably a fast model. The decals/stickers of ‘Action’ on the side usually indicate an early late 70’s – 1980 model, after that you’ll find the Cragar decals, and later foil type decals of the ‘Turbo Racer’ series. The main body shape, base and wheels stayed the same, it appears an additional reductive gear was added when the turbo sound was added (Cragar models upwards mainly). as these models tend to run noticeably faster if revved up to max.
(The above photo of this model by Bas de Graaff is from this Flickr album)
|Body Type||Chevrolet Vega|
|Year||1978-80 (Action – Blue), 1981-82 (Cragar – Blue), 1983/84 (Turbo – Blue/Red)|
|Colour||Blue 1978-82, Red (Gold chassis) – 1983, Red/Blue (Gold chassis) – 1984|
|L-W-H (mm)||120 – 65 (rear) – 40|
|Motor||Rear wheel, flywheel single clutch|
|Special features||Fast, turbo piece on bonnet/hood|