Toys of the Eighties, Fat Wheels
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It was a remote control jeep that had tires you could blow up with a special straw if if the vehicle caught a flat tire.
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Jay - June 14, 2007 - Report this comment
I have been looking for a picture of Fatwheels for over 10 years. WOW, TY From what I remember the Jeep ran on 4 C batteries, and a 9 volt for the controller. Because of the inflatable tires the Jeep had a lot of drag, I remember the running time was about 40 min. before the batteries needed to be swapped out.
Les - September 09, 2007 - Report this comment
I have been looking for a picture, commercial, or even the opportunity to buy a Fatwheels model for over 10 years also. I never owned one. But I am a big fan of RC.
Ron - November 07, 2007 - Report this comment
Damn thing kept getting flat tires! Ruined my Christmas.
John - December 16, 2007 - Report this comment
I would love to find one of these, just to play with one more time....
Mike - December 22, 2007 - Report this comment
I remenber getting one one these for Xmas one year and it came with instructions on ordering extra tires in case of flats because they were rubber. We ordered extra but ended up returning the Fat Wheels car because I wasnt able to control it.(I was prob too young for it)
Brad - January 31, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember getting one of these for Christmas and crying because it was the only thing I got. I feel really bad now because my parents were haveing financial problems at that time. I have appolizied to my parents several times about that day way back when. It quit working a few weeks after I got it. We gave it to some guy to fix and it was never returned to us.
john - February 05, 2008 - Report this comment
I had one that I also got for christmass when I was a Kid. I remember my parents ordering extra wheels because they were always going flat. I think I buried it in my back yard with the rest of my matchbox cars when it broke, I should go and dig it up
Kevin - March 10, 2008 - Report this comment
I too got one for Christmas. My mother looked all over to get it, and finally found a display model that was tucked under a chelf. We had shag carpet at the time, so I couldn't play with it in my room. I decided to run it on my desk, and it flew off and the axle broke. I had it for less than a day, but always remember it with fondness.
Michelle - March 11, 2008 - Report this comment
OMG!! I loved this thing and HAD to have it for Christmas. I took it outside Christmas day, in the New Jersey cold, and the greese froze up and got all thick. It never worked again. I had it for a total of 4 hours!
Rich - March 16, 2008 - Report this comment
As a kid I wanted one of these SO badly for Christmas, but it was the only thing I wanted that badly but never got. I've been looking for years for one, but with no success. After reading some of the horror stories it's no wonder; it was a piece of crap. That said, I'd buy one today in a heartbeat if I could.
Sonny Z - April 02, 2008 - Report this comment
WOW! I had one. I got it for Chirstmas or my looks WAY different than I remembered. My dad set it up for me...I went downstairs and tried it out. In about 2 minutes I crashed it under the elevated foot of the piano. It was wedged under there and the force actually broke the wheel off. We glued it but it came right off again. I dont know if we returned it or not. It seemed cool for that first two minutes!! Again, wow, that looks SO different!
Grimley - August 05, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember the TV ad for the Fat Wheels with kids driving it through dirt and rocks. It looked like it went 40 MPH on TV. I wanted one so badly that I must have driven my poor mother crazy for months before Christmas. When Christmas came and I did get it, the front axle was broken right out of the box. Disappointing to say the least! We took it back to the store (Two Guys in Union, NJ)to exchange it but they were sold out. I was too impatient to wait for more Fat Wheels to come in so I wound up taking another, what turned out to be very lame P.O.S. RC truck instead. Funny, but after almost 30 years, if ever I take a trip down memory lane, I still think about that damn broken Fat Wheels and wish I had waited for another one to come into the store!
Jason - September 22, 2008 - Report this comment
Fat Wheels was the bomb! I had mine for years. I must have crazy glued the roll bar a dozen times. Seems like everyone got it for Christmas (including me). It was that damn commercial that made it look so freakin cool. It was really quite slow especially when the tires were low on air.
Jason - September 22, 2008 - Report this comment
Here's the TV commercial:
Rollin Around - September 25, 2008 - Report this comment
I wanted one of these so bad! After I got it, we took it back because I couldn't get the wheels infleted. Brought the 2nd one home, same thing. Got a little air in them, put in batt's, and away I went. Remember how bouncy it was in the commercial? Yea, if the tires would inflate. U think it looks different? Thats because they used a promo in the commercial. The retail version was not as good as the promo. Took #2 back for a refund. Tried to find one on eBay. They are all probably burried in back yards like Johns. Thanks for sharing.
Chad - January 12, 2009 - Report this comment
I was like many of you who seen the commericial as a youngster. That damn fat wheels was all I thought about that year. I asked for nothing else. After opening all the presents under the tree there was no Fat wheels. I was broken... But there still was a chance because we always headed to grandma's after. My older brother of two years knew how much I wanted it and on the way there he said that my uncle bought it for me. I could not wait to get there. Once inside I headed for the tree and seen a good sized box under the tree with my name on it. A damn football. I still think about that christmas and laugh. I had a great childhood and had more gifts than I ever deserved but I never got the one I would have traded everything for. Fat wheels. I typed fat wheels in today because I was thinking about that christmas. thanks for the laughs.
Austin - July 10, 2009 - Report this comment
David Lewis - August 10, 2009 - Report this comment
I bugged my mom like CRAZY for a Fat Wheels for Christmas... thinking there was no way she would waste her money on such a stupid toy. I got extra copies of the Consumer Distributing catalog and bookmarked the page... circled it... ripped out the page and left it lying where she could see it. I was obsessed! It was that TV commercial that did it! I must have drove my mom insane. On Christmas morning, every present I opened I was hoping! We'd always get like 20+ presents. Mom always went overboard. I opened and opened and opened. No Fat Wheels. Then finally... the very last present I opened was a Fat Wheels! I FLIPPED OUT! Then me and dad were setting it up and discovered that one of the tires had a hole in it. It wouldn't inflate. So we went to Consumer Distributing the next day but they were sold out. We tried other toy stores. Everyone was sold out. So she got the money back and took me to a toy store at the Mall and told me to go nuts. I got a bunch of crap but I don't even really remember what it all was. All I remember from the shopping spree was some lame velcro tennis kit thing. Lame. It all sucked. I never played with any of it. 30 years later and my Mom still feels bad! LOL. I'm 40 now and she told me that a couple of Christmases ago she thought about getting me a real RC truck. LOL. Would have been a cute gesture. But really... the "damage" was done. LOL. It makes me feel better reading all these stories now about how it was a piece of crap though and how other people had busted ones of the box or had theirs break within a few minutes of using it! I wonder if it's too late to file a class action suit for emotional pain and suffering. hahahahahahaha :P
Mike - August 18, 2009 - Report this comment
Awesome, was just looking at an old school Toyota Land Cruiser and remembering my childhood playing around with the Fat Wheels. I wonder what ever happened to it, it's not like I recall wrecking it like I did with some of the other RC cars I had when I was a kid. Kinda wished I still had it :)
Steve - November 29, 2009 - Report this comment
I asked for one for my birthday from my Aunt. It was too much money.30 plus years later and I want one.Anybody know where to find one?
Betty Jo Soldano - December 04, 2009 - Report this comment
Does anyone know where I can get a Fat Wheels?
dodge boy - December 28, 2009 - Report this comment
i found a fat wheels =) anyone know where to locat parts? prob not huh? well would love to know needs two tires they dont leak there jus half flat and the blow up tube is stuck to itself shut grrrrr .
adidas - December 30, 2009 - Report this comment
i gots me a fat wheels for sale. its the same one thats in the pic up top. leave some email adds. or some way to contact and ill let you know.
rich - February 09, 2010 - Report this comment
had one same as the rest got it for christmas. Worked ok but ate bateries. lost it when my mom ditched dad. but it worked good for months
DJ Smoke - Raleigh, NC - August 30, 2010 - Report this comment
Me too, got one for Christmas... batteries onlyu lasted about 30 minutes! At 7 years old, didnt really have the lung capacity to keep the tires inflated! The commercial made it seem like the ULTIMATE off road vehicle. So I jumped ramps, climbed hills, even made an off road track for it for racing! couldn't race because they were all ont he the same damn frequency! Plus, I had repaired axles so many times, Krazy Glue was just caked up on the bottom! Absolutely Loved It!!!!
Martin - March 03, 2012 - Report this comment
I still have my Fat Wheels! I was so young when I got it, I don't even remember the commercials. I think my dad probably wanted it more than I did. Anyway, still got it, and the instruction booklet too. Tires are still soft, but the rubber tubes you use to inflate them (then wrap around the hub) has is very brittle, I wouldn't try to inflate them any more.
Sean - July 28, 2012 - Report this comment
Wow, I never thought I'd see another one. Yep, saw the commercial and HAD to have it. got one for Christmas in the early eighties and used it twice before it malfunctioned. The front wheels would twitch back and forth and not react to the controller. It could've been the batteries I suppose...but after only about 20 min of use? My parents didn't have much $ and never bought batteries to see if that was the problem. I was SO HEARTBROKEN! Fat Wheels sat in the closet as a reminder of how bad I wanted it and the disappointment that followed. It left a strong memory of how little $ my parents had growing up...but how they still tried to get us the things we wanted. Weird. I'll never forget the little peice of sh**.
Mo - July 31, 2012 - Report this comment
I got a fat wheels for Xmas 1980. Loved it! However my friend came over and she fell on it. Broke the wheel right off! Ugh those were the happiest days of my life before it broke!awesome toy!
Rob - October 19, 2012 - Report this comment
My parents/grandparents/parent's friends couldn't get over how horrible the battery life was. I remember playing with it once on a wood floor. I was nuts over the tire inflation. How cool was that? Looking at the shortcommings of the toy as an adult I can see how someone saw they just had enough technology and viable materials to manufacture a toy that would sell. It fell short due to the lack of durable plastics and non recharging batteries. It's a jeep for boys who want to play with this thing hard until dinner or bedtime.
owen - March 02, 2013 - Report this comment
I had one to, looking to buy one, any one know who has one that's working
Greg - June 13, 2013 - Report this comment
I have an original with original box from when I was a kid. Will sell for the right $$. I am in Buffalo,New York. Last one I saw on ebay sold for $700 !!! email me at monkeybuts if you have interest and $$. Thanks
Lance - December 15, 2013 - Report this comment
I got one for Christmas too. I loved the thing. Actually, when my dad and i went to woodwards toy floor we found it, i wanted to try it out. So i we asked the salesman for the batteries. He gave us some used ones and i played with it for a few moments then i said can i keep the batteries. He said they wont last. I said i don't care. I ended up taking the batteries and the Fat Wheels and i had a really awesome Christmas. Sadly it ended up in a storage locker and was taken later on when they broke the lock due to us moving. Love that Fat Wheels. Then was the Jeep Renegade. Another story.
Some Guy - January 20, 2014 - Report this comment
I remember "Fat Wheels" from the 70s' yo. Never owned one (too poor) but always wanted one. Ahh memories
Mark - April 16, 2014 - Report this comment
I have one in my closet. Never thought about selling it , but could use some money for a project truck
Steve - November 02, 2015 - Report this comment
parents told me it was too much money so never had one. Then I just won one on ebay and the post office lost it. Any for sale??
Jim Rockford - January 07, 2016 - Report this comment
Ahhh Fat Wheels, I got one for christmas. I loved it but the batteries didnt last long because of the drag of the bouncy tires. I would almost blow out my eardrum trying to blow them up to get more speed. Rear axle broke after third time I used it. It was out of warranty but the winter was so bad I only used it three times. My dad wrote them a letter and they replaced it. The tires ended up getting flat. Off to the junk heap a year later.
Lonetec - December 24, 2016 - Report this comment
I received one for a birthday at some point. I was very young but remember the tires never being right from the first drive. No speed and t that time i had faster!
JOSEPH - November 01, 2017 - Report this comment
Best toy I ever had lasted a week fat wheels
Kwin - May 07, 2020 - Report this comment
I got a fat wheels for my birthday. I just found it at my parents 1 week ago. Tires are dry rotted. I’m going to see if I can get it working again. I will need to find some sort of replacement tires.
Ron W. - December 02, 2021 - Report this comment
Loved my Fat Wheels as a kid. I’m looking to buy one. If you have one, reach out to me. Willing to pay $.

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