Toys of the Seventies, Zoar

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I had a Zoar eagle. It was designed to be a glider, and was made in the form of a bald eagle. The maker was Mattel, and it was made mostly of styrofoam with soft yellow plastic legs.
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C.D. - August 30, 2008 - Report this comment
I never saw this in stores, but I remember the commercials on TV -- and I wanted one. If I recall correctly, it had a string so you'd launch it like a kite. Then you'd yank the string to release it and the bird would glide to the ground. (I'm sure it didn't work as well on this side of the picture tube.) Thanks for bringing back this memory. -c
Edward - February 06, 2010 - Report this comment
It was actually called Zorr - The Mighty Eagle. (two "r's")
Darrell - September 03, 2010 - Report this comment
I had one and it was one of the coolest toys I ever had. It would seem to stay up forever. "i am sure it was at least a few minutes" One day it flew into the top of a tree and my brother had to shoot it down with a shotgun. The direct hit from a 12Ga broke its wing off and we looked in several stores but never found one again. Only my Schwinn Orange Crate bike was cooler than Zorr. If I could find one today I would get it for my kid. Or the little boy that still lives in me.
Benjamin - November 17, 2010 - Report this comment
I recently found a complete Zorr the Mighty Eagle, in its original box, in a thrift store. Needless to say, I bought it. It's a fantastic toy, and the box is classic 70s Mattel. I love it.!
Chip - December 21, 2010 - Report this comment
I had one and am looking for it again! It was way cool! It was the best glider I ever had ! Mine went into my neighbors yard and by the time I could jump the fence his dog mauled it! Cryed for a month after that ! I hated that dog afterwards. But got the dog back a month later! It dug out was in my yard where my dad said if it came into my yard to keep it away from the chickens ! Thats when my second best toy my Red Ryder BB Gun came in !! LOL
Mike - February 02, 2011 - Report this comment
I received Zorr The Mighty Eagle in the 1970's as a gift from my grandmother. It looked great when all put together. I took it into the park next to my house for a test run. You would hook the clip with string attached to the front and then start running until it took off. Once it was high enough you would yank the string to unhook the clip and let it glide. I was able to have quite a few very decent flights. Very cool toy but like most other styrofoam gliders it got busted up after a few crashes. I repaired it a few times then let it go. I am looking for another complete Zorr in box if anyone is willing to sell or may know of one available.
Jim - February 06, 2011 - Report this comment
Definitely one of my favorite toys from the 70's. Looks like one was sold on Ebay recently. http://cgi.ebay.com/Very-Rare-ZORR-Mighty-Eagle-Mattel-1972-w-Box-/170544830924
Mike - February 09, 2011 - Report this comment
Hi Jim, I am the person who picked up the Zorr from ebay. Other than the missing instructions I really need to find the right half of the body. It is such a sort of fragile toy that was made for I think only one year they are tough to find. I missed a MIB sealed one years ago and until recently thought of searching and found the one on ebay. I remember getting a couple really good flights where it would start to swoop down then a gust of wind would let it take off again. Being it was only styrofoam it took quite a beating after a number of flights where it landed fairly hard. I would love to find another to complete mine then I can offer the other to another collector.
paul - September 12, 2011 - Report this comment
I had one, i recieved for my birthday, last day of febuary, it had snowed the day before, so the field behind the house was muddy, it took off and i yanked the string, it glided down and nose dived into the ground breaking off the nose and legs. i duct taped it and tried again, it was never the same, would not fly right, nose dived again, broke wing,legs and nose, un daunted, the following year i got one again for christmas, same thing happend, took off, nose dived, broke nose and leggs. i was dissapointed, i would like to try again, but i never saw them in stores again. (sigh)
Mike - September 25, 2011 - Report this comment
Hi Paul, yes I also went through a bit of frustration with my zorr back in the early 70's. It took a number of trys to figure out what I was doing wrong. The spring clip would pop off to early or it would fly right back down without gliding. Most all of it was about the adjustment of the tail. Depending on what position the tail was in determined how it would fly. I was also trying to take off from a mound of dirt in the park next to my house and the claws would dig in and the clip would come off. Putting it on a peice of flat board or something else smooth really helped for take off. Once I got the adjustments right I made a number of really good flights. Yes there were also a number of times it hit a tree or came down hard and needed repair. it finally was to far gone to repair so it was trashed. I still have two Zorr's both unused but still missing the one body half. If I ever find the other part I may take it to the park and see if I can get a decent flight to post on you tube.
Shawn - October 13, 2011 - Report this comment
I had one too, and have been looking for it forever. I just found another on ebay. I bid $20, but have already been oubid. It's going to go high... http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-Vintage-1972-Mattel-Zorr-Mighty-Eagle-Flying-Toy-Mint-Unused-Box-/150675723068?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2314f9133c#ht_8872wt_1732
Mo - May 30, 2013 - Report this comment
Oh my God... Zorr! I loved him back in the day! I remember that I didn't initially realize it was supposed to have the quick release feature, so one day while I was running backward,tripped and fell into a ditch only to have Zorr come circling down and land right beside me... I thought he wss somehow trained. Ha ha! One of the coolest toys I ever had.
Doug - June 03, 2013 - Report this comment
i got one in the 70's i loved it was just telling a friend about it he never heard of it. i had a bunch of good flights and glides from it.Left it at our cottage and never saw it again.
Chris - June 09, 2013 - Report this comment
I have recently acquired a Zorr The Mighty Eagle. still sealed in box. Never opened. Amazed this looks like it was just purchased from a store. This is the first web search with anything even close to any information on this item. Hoping to sell on ebay to someone who can appreciate it. Jim's link showed a partially complete one sold on ebay for $80. Shawn's link had one new in box for $300. I will be listing shortly on ebay. seller ID godzilla34743. Need to get some good pics. Any comments and/or advice would be appreciated.
Jeff - January 13, 2015 - Report this comment
I love all the ZORR comments! I had to have one the minute the commercial showed up on TV, and voila - one materialized! Still have him, broken leg and minor scuffs. The wing has an address/name label that came with it. 43 years later I'm a PhD ornithologist - who says toys don't expand the brain?????
James - September 28, 2016 - Report this comment
Had a Zoar myself, back in the day. Saw the commercials; had to have one. Could never get the bird to fly up in the air when set on the ground, so I came up with the brilliant idea of setting it on the hood of our brand new Chevy Impala. If that car is still around I'm sure it still has the scratch marks across the hood, made by Zoar's yellow plastic feet/talons!!!
Todd - June 15, 2017 - Report this comment
I never had a Zorr but remember it pictured, probably in the JCPenney Christmas catalog. I didn't ask for one as a present, but it's nagged me all these years. Over time I forgot the name and kept doing web searches for "Ator", which only returned pictures from a cheesy 80's barbarian film. My memory was that it was made of hard plastic (couldn't understand how it flew), so am happy to have finally found it online, to read your stories about how it works. It's now on my wants list if I ever build a time machine!

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