On December 31st, 1967, Evel Knievel made his not so successful jump over the fountains at Ceasers Palace. The popularity of this new daredevil struck a cord with the American public. Ideal wanted to cash in on this new sensation, and quickly signed Evel to a deal. Ideal designers went to work on what would later be called the "Gyro Powered Motor". An ingenious design which required no batteries, yet could propel the Stunt Cycle at breakneck speeds. When the Stunt Cycle and Scramble Van made their debut in 1973, they were an instant hit! With their success, Ideal would go on to create one of the most succesful toy lines in history!
By 1977 Ideal had grossed over $350,000,000 on their Evel Knievel toy line, and was credited with saving the failing toy market. The future looked bright for Ideal and Evel, but soon it would come to an abrupt end. Upset over allegations printed in a book, Evel decided to confront the author with a baseball bat. After Evel's arrest, Ideal thought it was in their best interest to cancel their contract with Evel. Production was immediately halted and stores cleared out their remaining stock.
Ideal didn't want to let a good thing go, so they did a quick makeover of the Evel Knievel line and renamed it the Team America line. Although it still retained the basic theme of the Evel Knievel line, it lacked the quality and magic.
it too, would soon become just a memory
Over half a century later Evel Knievel is still popular as ever! Thanks to Internet, many fans are still able to purchase items from their past and relive those magical moments. In 1998 Playing Mantis released a new version of the infamous Stunt Cycle. and now plans are in the works to reproduce most of Ideals E.K. Line using the original factory molds! Now a whole new generation can enjoy the fun we had so many years ago. The future certainly looks bright once again!
Although Ideals Evel Knievel line was one of the most successful toy lines in history, virtually no information exists on it today. A few websites contain brief mentions or photographs, but nothing indepth. This website was created to honor the most beloved toy in american history and provide the most indepth information for collectors and fans alike. Did you know that there are over 10 different variations of the Stunt Cycle alone? Or that some other Ideal toys were made from the E.K. molds? The E.K. line contains just as much history as it does fun. So why not takes a few minutes out of your busy schedule and go back to a simpler time when all we had to worry about was losing the Stunt Cycle down the sewer!