Toys of the Seventies, Verdi Bird

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In the early '70s, Mattel introduced a helicopter that was controlled by a wired remote control. He helicopter was attached onto an arm, that was attached onto a base. It would go around in a circle, and with the remote you could lower the 'copter' to pick up stuff.

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Dave - October 02, 2007 - Report this comment
Perfect toy untl your fat friend sits on the arm and then it never works again
Mark - December 26, 2007 - Report this comment
Are these items available to purchase any more. I would love to get one. Info can be sent to
Garren - March 16, 2008 - Report this comment
Target sells something very much like it in 2 scales. Bought one for my son. Remembered the old Verdi Bird days myself!
John - August 10, 2008 - Report this comment
Loved the thing. Surprised it survived our childhood as long as it did, it was a fairly delicate bit of kit. There's a vertibird simulator on a web site somewhere, not nearly as enjoyable as the real thing however.
Marcus - November 27, 2008 - Report this comment
My Brothers and I loved this. I can still feel the wind as it went by. Loved to make it hover. It was sort of a delicate toy. I think or E-Bay has some similar toys. Great fun.....
LaWanda - May 19, 2009 - Report this comment
Can someone please tell me where I can purchase the verdi bird helicopter. I'm trying to purchase it for a friend's birthday.
cobalt - June 29, 2009 - Report this comment
I come across a website that had a free program that was for the PC and it was Verti Bird. Someone took much time writing lines of code to have a virtual verti bird and it is fun. I had one and loved it and the software is very close to the real thing. just never fly over your parents ash tray or else things get a little dusty! I have seen original verti bird's on auction websites they are $$ now.
Becky - November 30, 2009 - Report this comment
My father got this more for himself than for me.:) My cat chewed the little rubber tips off the prop and it never got off the ground again.
Randy - December 24, 2009 - Report this comment
I had a Verdi- Bird that was built into a Coast Guard Boat about 2 1/2 to 3 ft long probably around 1974? loved that thing!
marty - March 03, 2010 - Report this comment
I actually tested toys for Mattel as a kid. And my favorite was the Verdi Bird. I was give a huge battleship approximately four feet long. I was to play with it for two weeks and then they'd call my mother and ask her a series of questions ranging from how often did I play with it to was I bored? It was a great toy and worked well with my GI Joe. It was a great program for poor kids where we could get toys without taking a handout.
Randall the vandal - July 26, 2010 - Report this comment
I use to make my little sister lay on the floor and I would try to land it on her head. Was fun until the prop became entangled in here hair...I got in trouble over that one!
Nate - October 10, 2010 - Report this comment
My grandparents purchased one of these and gave it to me for my birthday. Probably around 1974-75. I was about 12-13 yrs old then and had a blast with it. I'd really like to find one to buy. I remember it having Coast Guard decals. It was a white styrofoam boat with a helicopter pad. I think there was something to control rotor speed and something to go left or right. I think it used 8 D cell batteries. I think there was a hook under the helicopter and you could pick up something with it and set it on the boat. Can't remember what though. If anyone finds one of these for sale, let me know. Nate @
robbie - October 27, 2010 - Report this comment
my dad saw this
ricky - June 08, 2011 - Report this comment
my dad had one for his childhood and he gave it to me when i was 4 but it did'nt work very well by then and not it does not work at all. a few years ago my mom and dad got me a chopper patrol but my fat friend sat on it and boom no more chopper patrol!
Kirk Russell - February 09, 2013 - Report this comment
Bob renner broke my Verdie Bird
polar bear - March 31, 2016 - Report this comment
I bought a overdue bird when it first came out and my friend and I would get stoned and play with it until the batteries were dead , and that took like 8 D batteries ,so it was an expensive deal to keep buying these batteries and we didn't have a clue about a battery charger , that's if they even had them back then . Well we found a way to charge dead batteries by using a model train transformer and connecting the positive and negative terminals to the respective terminals on the batteries , and you know something , it actually worked. We had hours of fun with that .
Jim Murphy - December 20, 2017 - Report this comment
I have one of these still from around the mid 70's. What is it worth?
Rob Lambert - December 20, 2017 - Report this comment
Jim: There were about five different Verti Bird sets made between 1971 and 1976. Among them, the red Fire Rescue copter, the Air Police, Coast Guard and Paramedic copters. Mint in box and unused, $400 to $500. If loose, but complete and working, around $40 to $60. If with box and instructions, used, over $100. eBay has some for sale, to give you a deeper estimate. Prices will vary according to which copter you've got.

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