Toys of the Eighties, see-through locomotive
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I don't know what the name of the specific toy was (may have been several different versions by different companies), but it seems like these things were all the rage for preschoolers of the 80s. The locomotive body was clear plastic, so you could look inside and see all the colorful gears & parts moving and working. Usually played some type of music and ran on its own via wind-up mechanism.
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Jennifer - September 03, 2009 - Report this comment
omg my neIghbor aross the street had one of these. it had a wind up on the isde it make it go. it was neat casue you could seethe parts moving inside.
Steve - August 26, 2010 - Report this comment
I had a similar product, but it was battery operated and I believe was made by Tomy.
Vicky - December 17, 2010 - Report this comment
I had one of these!! Loved it. I think I had a robot too.
Traxus - January 01, 2011 - Report this comment
I'm pretty sure the red train was similar to or made by the same manufacturer as the Mr. Machine.
Paul - September 06, 2011 - Report this comment
I had this train and it was an awesome toy. Spent endless hours taking it apart and putting it back together. Any ideas on how to get one now? I would like one for my son. Thanks.
Rick - August 30, 2012 - Report this comment
I was specifically looking for this kind of toy. Back in '69, when I was 5,I got a see-thru helicopter with colorful gears for Christmas. The first thing I did after seeing it work was attack it with a screwdriver, forever turning it into an irreparable pile of bright, colorful junk, and I loved it. Please keep giving kids toys that illustrate how things actually work, as opposed to 'little boxes full of incomprehensible guts that beep and flash'. The loss of wonder is the worst part of our flawed educational system.They've got to want to learn.
Rick - August 31, 2012 - Report this comment
Amen, Rick - I couldn't have said it better myself! I've recently started my 11-month-old on a vintage Fisher Price busy box - that crib toy with all the gears, buttons, dials & spinners - and he LOVES it! Keeps his little hands busy and keeps his mind curious. :)

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