Toys of the Eighties, Green Machine and Red Baron Big Wheel
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Do you know the original manufacturer of the Green Machine? (Huffy Bikes just came out with their 2003 version of the Green Machine and I emailed them and they said they were not the original manufacture) Also, in the description of the green machine on inthe80's website, you mention a variant of the product which you call "Blue Max". As a child I had a variant of the green machine in which I knew as the "Red Baron".
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    Marx Toys out of Stamford, CT was the original 1976 maker. see the picture in the link.

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pete - April 26, 2007 - Report this comment
ahhhh, I remember the Green Machine well, and actually just won the original Green machine NEW in its original Box from 1976 on ebay! Does anyone have any info on the Red Baron , I LOVED the Red Baron but cant seem to find anything on it...was I dreaming???? -pete
Ed - September 04, 2007 - Report this comment
The original green machine was made by MARX.I had one in 1977 when I was 8.
Sharry - October 29, 2007 - Report this comment
My Grandparents still have an original and very well used green machine. Now all the younger kids love to ride it around thier backyard!
dave - December 02, 2007 - Report this comment
yea baby! i commanded the BLUE MAX when i was like 8 or something. it was awesome1 i miss it dearly. does anyone have a picture of one of these great toys?
Sandman - January 25, 2008 - Report this comment
I loved this thing. I love pedaling to the end of driveway as hard as I can and push the left steering lever forward and right lever backwards - man what a 180 degree spin-out. My brother had a similar toy called the "midnight rider". Same concept, just dark blue and yellow.
sandy - February 26, 2008 - Report this comment
I had a Green Machine growing up along with two other boys on my street. I was shocked to see that they had one when my son was little, but had changed the name to Sidewinder, with a snake on it. He rode it until he grew out of it and still talks about the spin-outs he used to do at the end of our driveway.
Ralph - March 15, 2008 - Report this comment
I had a original green machine in 1979 & it was my favorite toy of all time to ride. Now in 2008 my 5 year old son got his 1st green machine a few weeks ago & he loves it just as I did! The Green Machine will always be a classic to me!
Lee - July 26, 2008 - Report this comment
I loved the Green Machine - my neighbor had it (I didn't) but I got to ride his. Also I remember the "Hot Seat" a chopper looking tricycle type bike. I had a regular Big Wheel then got a more rare black version called "The Cobra". Crap, I didn't keep any of those things...at 5'2" this girl could still fit on a Green Machine! haha.
Shane Goralski - April 30, 2009 - Report this comment
I had a Red Baron and my brother had the Green Machine. We chased everybody off the sidewalks and driveways near our house back in the day.
Brent T. - June 26, 2009 - Report this comment
i had a Blue Max & have pics...loved it! No one seem to know about them though?...Any info would be great..Brent.777@gmail.com
Kelly Jo - August 01, 2009 - Report this comment
I was eight. A tomboy. When I saw that green machine for the first time I KNEW I wanted it. Most toys didn't live up to their claims. But, boy, this one DID! Just like so many of you who have so many memories of this very 'special' toy, I too, have many great memories of going up and down my circle driveway and spinning out on it. The control, the fun, the cool looking green and black, from the eyes of an eight year old. Man, you could really get going there, too! Just me, the Green Machine and God. I had much business to do with my Green Machine, on a regular basis. It showed me something about myself, at that age. How a created cycle- could change my perception of things around me. I grew on that Green Machine. We moved from that New Orleans, La home that we had built, and the Green Machine was outgrown...but not the memories, the fun, or the lessons it taught me about myself. Every time I think about a Green Machine, I get a big smile on my face and a special one in my heart. It was mine, ..or all of ours, here on this post board, and it was the best of childhood memories.
bastage - September 03, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember the odd looks when I trotted that thing out, none of my friends knew what was up with the levers. My parents live on top of a hill, I would coast down cause that thing would fly and then I would spin that thing out. Thanks to the 4 back wheels didn't flip over. Not recommended for the uncoordinated.
Jim - September 04, 2009 - Report this comment
When I was about 5 years old, I roared downed the sidewalks and around the corners on my green machine in the apartments where i lived. Our landlord did not like the green machine. Oh man - what a toy - those gears -the control they gave you. Very nice early memories!!
jollygreenjohn - October 30, 2009 - Report this comment
This would've been about 1973 or so.. was living in an apartment bldg. off of California Ave in Chicago. I had gotten a big wheel and a green machine at roughly the same time. Remember the landlord had fastened wooden blocks to the pedals as my legs were still too short. The green machine I remember was a four wheeler, pedal-driven with a conventional ste ering wheel and a "u-bar" that stretched behind the seat (maybe for a go-kart motor?).. We moved to my grandparents in nowhereville, Indiana shortly afterwards.. nearest pavement was five miles away at that time. Held up pretty well there, too.. wish I still had it.
Qoonass - December 04, 2009 - Report this comment
I had a Red Baron, my friend a Green Machine. Being heavier than most kids, I broke the levers on the Red Baron fairly quickly. A blessing in disguise, however, as I realized that by leaning back and putting my arms behind me, one hand on each rear "wing," I commanded far more control over the vehicle. My spinouts went from awesome to unbelievable.
matt - August 13, 2010 - Report this comment
Dose anyone rember the Hot Seat? airborn77@gmail.com
Hublot - November 01, 2010 - Report this comment
How a created cycle- could change my perception of things around me. I grew on that Green Machine. We moved from that New Orleans, La home that we had built, and the Green Machine was outgrown prettyreplica.com but not the memories, the fun, or the lessons it taught me about myself. Every time I think about a Green Machine
andy - February 22, 2011 - Report this comment
whats up lee?
Brian - March 06, 2011 - Report this comment
Can anyone remember this one. I had a big wheel. It was red, and was shapped like a tube. You would sit down in it, and you where protected all around by plactic tubing. It had a big wheel in front and 2 small 360 small spinning wheels in the back. I cant seem to find the name, or anything like it. I think it came out in 77,78,79. I wish I could remember the name of it...Anyone??
John - September 27, 2011 - Report this comment
Just saw today a green machine in the box on EBAY but its missing the seat and right hand lever. I wonder if anyone knows where i could get parts? I may just pick it up and keep a look out for these parts its so hard to find a new one these days. OH what memories
Mike - February 05, 2012 - Report this comment
Had the red Baron as a kid, and rode it 'til there just wasn't any "tread" left on the front wheel. I also remember a conventional three-wheeler (Forget the name) that had a frame that would wrap-around as it came down from the front-fork neck, with a pair of caster-style wheels in-back. Both were exceptional cool.
rudolph - February 06, 2013 - Report this comment
it was one between big wheel and green machine (call chopper something in the 70's)dose anyone know?
RICHARD - April 07, 2013 - Report this comment
I DO REMEMMBER THE HOT SEAT ME AND MY BROTHER RODE IT UNTIL THERE WAS NOTHING LEFT OF IT. THE MACHINE WITH THE BIG FRONT WHEEL AND THE 2 360 DEGREE SPINNING REAR WHEELS (RED IN COLOR) WAS CALLED A WIPE OUT 360. I REMEMBER THIS TOY WELL, MY COUSIN WAS RIDING ONE DOWN A PAVED HILL IN A GRAVEYARD AN EXTREMELY STEEP HILL STARTED SPINNING AND KNOCKED A TOMBSTONE DOWN WITH HIS FACE. IT PUT HIS TEETH THROUGH HIS LIPS. THEY TOOK THEM OFF THE MARKET FOR BEING UNSAFE.
Homer - May 26, 2013 - Report this comment
I had a HOT SEAT and LOVED IT ! Can't find any pictures of it. Use to ride it up on two wheels all the time !!!!
Duane - October 14, 2013 - Report this comment
I owened a Redbarren in the 70's it was idenical to the Greenmachine
Shatner - December 16, 2013 - Report this comment
I had the Green Machine when I was a child. Lots of fun until a large girl split my seat. I said she was too big. After that, my mother got me a Blue Max. It had solid seat that was actually molded in to the "frame". I think the Blue looked better than than the Green. The Blue had nice yellow accents.
JG - August 31, 2014 - Report this comment
Got a blue max right now. Had it as a kid in the mid 70s. Went to visit my parents and they had found it in an old shed they were cleaning out. Still in GREAT condition. My kids love riding it, as do the neighbor kids. I've always said, the Blue Max was the best gift I ever got...now I have it again!

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