Toys of the Seventies, Grippity Gravity

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Early 1970's-This was a battery operated space vehicle that ran on its own track ... would grip even upside-down ... in fact the grip was so strong that I had the misfortune of getting my hair caught between the car and the track and I ended up with a nice bald spot and long brunette locks tangeled up in the set!
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Carole - June 04, 2007 - Report this comment
I got Grippity Gravity for Christmas one year. My father was an engineer. He didn't like the way it made noise when it went upside down so he balanced it by glueing pennies to it. Then he filed the wheels/gears so they ran smoothly. Then he an my uncle tried to rewire it to put in a stronger battery and make it go faster. I didn't get to touch it that first day, but some of my best memories were Dad and Uncle Carl and I laying on the living room floor tinkering.
M - July 06, 2007 - Report this comment
I had several sets of Grippity Gravity. The first one was new, several of the others were garage sale pick ups. There was also another set of \\'cars\\', I assume the same company, that would work on the same size tracks. Instead of all dark blue (or was it grey?) track with space cars it had multi bright colored track with airplanes and trucks. When new the system worked quite well. It had culdesacs that the cars would turn around in. Intersections you could set so the cars would go a certain way. Almost all of it could be set in any direction, right-side up, upside down, side ways. On time I covered a quite large living room, and every piece of furniture in it with a \\'city\\' of track. After some years the plastic became very brittle. Even unused pieces became unusable... Not one to pass down the generations. All in all, one of my favorite toys.
Amy - September 30, 2007 - Report this comment
I am looking for a "grippity gravity" for my brother who had one when he was 4, in the early sixties. He is now 48 and has cancer and I think it would make his day if I could find one for him. Thanks to anyone who has one.
Darin - October 20, 2007 - Report this comment
I received one of these for Christmas, my best guess would be around 1971. What an incredible toy. It was all blue track with the moon-car type vehicle (not the earlier rocket). Within a few months the toy was on recall and I was heartbroken as my parents returned it to the company...never to be heard from again! They just don't make creavtive and inventive toys like that any more.
John - January 09, 2008 - Report this comment
I got one of these for Christmas and have Super-8 footage of that day. Great memories. Only saw one on eBay and it was the space ship not the moon buggy like mine.
Jeff - February 09, 2008 - Report this comment
I had one of these that was disassembled in a paper bag in my closet as a kid. I remember the babysitter I had was upsetting my sister so I jumped in to save her. Needless to say he picked me up and chucked me into the closet and one of those damn blue tracks jammed me in the face and my pillow was soaked with blood in the morning. I wish it was set up on my desk that night!!!
corey - June 01, 2008 - Report this comment
i had one with blue see thru track went in the tub waterproof car was awesome anyone got any pictures?
John V. - November 23, 2009 - Report this comment
OMG! You really can find anything on the net! I have written so often about this toy, how I loved to watch it run its track so slow and turn around and do it all again. It was always so comforting to me then and to think about it now. I am mindless I guess?
Darcy - February 11, 2010 - Report this comment
I also had one of these as a boy. It was the moon type. Probably the best and most unusual toys that I have ever had. Me and my sister could watch it for hours. Only problem was that the pegs on the plastic track would easily break off and the moon car would get stuck on the track.
Darcy (again) - February 11, 2010 - Report this comment
Forgot to mention that I was the only person that I knew of that had one of these toys. Have never ever seen it again anywhere.
Rick L. - February 17, 2010 - Report this comment
John V, you're right - my memory of playing with Grippity Gravity definately has that comforting feeling you mention. Yup - best toy from my childhood! Prolly 'bout 40 years ago. BTW - there are a couple of short clips on YouTube.
Scott - June 12, 2010 - Report this comment
Still have mine. Actually two sets. One with the bullet shape cars, and one that had the capsule that the astronaut comes out when it is upside down, and the square rover type vehicle. Beside Lego, Hotwheel and Thingmaker, a favorite toy. Seem to be pretty rare. Been collecting mid century modern and pop culture stuff for years and have never seen this toy at collector fairs, estate sales etc. As someone else said, the track is fragile and easy to stress the joints. If you check youtube there is video of them on there.
Ken M. - December 15, 2010 - Report this comment
I had a racetrack around 1973 not sure who made it, The track was blue with orange hubs/tunnels at the intersections. The track was circular with a hub in the center the car would move around the track, once entering the clear orange hub/tunnel it would spin around and choose another direction to go in. I posted a video of the toy in operation that was taken Christmas of 1973. My screen name on youtube is nibiruinaquarius and the video is named racetrack. If any one could help me identify this toy track it would be greatly appreciated.
John C - August 05, 2011 - Report this comment
My cousin in Canada had one; and, I just loved playing with it. So, my dad bought me the basic set, to bring back to New Jersey. I loved playing with the Grippity Gravity, and, remember it fondly. I just saw a commercial on Nick for something or other that reminded me of it. So, I Googled it; and, here I am. So glad others remember this toy!
Eddy S. - September 10, 2011 - Report this comment
I got a Grippity Gravity set for Christmas in 1969 or 1970. I thought that thing was loads of fun. Mine had 2 space cars that looked like aerial tram cars. Kind like the space rover car that the Robinson family had on the 1960s Sci-Fi adventure "Lost in Space". Ah,fond memories of youth.
Joe Osegueda - March 18, 2012 - Report this comment
I also got the deluxe set for Christmas in 1970 or 1971!I got up Christmas morning,went to the living room,and it was already in action on my Dad's pool table!!It was one of the coolest toys I remember,and true it is very rare,have not been able to find one any where!!Strange,we all had a comforting feeling remembering this toy,I guess it was the time era!!
Todd O - March 19, 2012 - Report this comment
Mine was called "Orbit Grippity Gravity", I guess that means the moon type. Another toy not saved by me including the Vertibird.
HARVEY - December 15, 2012 - Report this comment
Paul - December 30, 2012 - Report this comment
Yep, I had this must have been about 1971, a present for Xmas. I was immediately fascinated by it. Was well into "building" type toys and anything sci-fi so this was perfect. It wasn't called "Grippity Gravity" here in the UK - mine was called something like "Spacelab 2000", it had the dark blue tracks with the toothed notches for the corresponding vehicle wheels to grip into - the front set were powered and notched, the back set smooth and just there to stop it falling off once upsidedown. My "set" included two of these vehicles, a space-shuttle shaped rocket with a red light-up plastic tail section and a round flying saucer type vehicle with a blue light-up tail. The cul-de-sacs worked by being powered by the vehicles themselves - the vehicle would enter the cul-de-sac, the power in the wheels would drive it around 180 degrees like a turntable, as soon the vehicle was free to move forward again (now facing back the way it had come) the spring-loaded turntable would spin back ready for the next vehicle. The central "junction" allowed you to connect four tracks in four directions, and again this would spin when a vehicle entered but ONLY if you switched a lever. Then you switched the lever back freeing the vehicle and thus choosing the track you wanted it to go down. I remember all this from 40 years ago, haven't seen the toy since - just goes to show what an ingenious and mesmerising toy it was. If there are toy design awards this surely should have won best of decade. Happy memories!
Tom - March 27, 2013 - Report this comment
I found my old GG still in the original box with the original receipt taped on with my Dad's signature. I got it in 1968 (I think for First Communion). I was fascinated when I first saw one at the Joseph Horn department store in Pittsburgh.
Jim - April 03, 2013 - Report this comment
I got mine around 71 also. I think dad got the last one FAO Swartz in NY had... the box was torn as they were out. I still have it and it still works. My 5 year old loves it as much as I did. It is a bit fragile, but I'm careful with toys. Anybody remember remember Silly Skiers? My kids like that one too and it's just as fragile!
carol - August 30, 2013 - Report this comment
I am looking for a grippity gravity for my son's 50th birthday - he never got one for Christmas and I have never heard the end of it - PLEASE if anyone out there has one for sale email
Jim - September 14, 2013 - Report this comment
They come up on ebay every once and a while. Keep looking. Set up a saved search so you will get flagged.
Andy - August 31, 2014 - Report this comment
I continued to enjoy playing with mine even after I 'aged out' of the target audience. It was a very cool toy. And it lasted a long time.
MLM - July 11, 2017 - Report this comment
I remember getting one when I a kid. 1969 07 1970. I had the moon car looking one. I thinke it was a medic vehicle. I also remember getting my finger caught in the gears! Love it tho!
Rob Lambert - July 11, 2017 - Report this comment
Actually spelled as Grippidee Gravidee, this toy was produced in Japan by Tomy, starting in 1968. The vehicle loosely resembles the Chariot from "Lost In Space." Distributed in America through Hasbro. Also distributed in UK and Australia.
Kurt - July 31, 2017 - Report this comment
I'm 56, got one for xmas when I was 7 or 8. I still have it! Along with all my other toys as a kid in storage somewhere. Mom was a pack rat lol

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