Not long ago, I received an email from my friend and mentor, Larry Houston. He’d stumbled across the existence of this toy motor scooter from the ‘60s that had a figure of Thor riding it. Marx Toys had apparently licensed the rights from Marvel Comics to manufacture and sell these.
Oh, and I shouldn’t forget to mention that they made the motor scooter pink. Why Thor would even need to be tooling around on a motor scooter in the first place is one question. But why someone at the toy company made the conscious decision that Thor’s scooter ought to be pink is one of those big questions in life that I just don’t think we’ll ever have an answer to.
I had been aware of the existence of this toy previously, but had kind of forgotten about it until Larry’s email reminded me. In response, I was able to show him evidence that not only had they done this with Thor, they’d sold toys of Captain America and Spider-Man on motor scooters too. Spider-Man’s was also pink, but for some reason they allowed Cap to have a yellow scooter. You can see all three toys here, if you’re curious.
Anyway, the mental image of Marvel’s god of thunder on a pink motor scooter stuck with me. Sometimes these things just have to come out, so there you go! Perhaps this could even start an internet meme, of people drawing Marvel superheroes on pink motor scooters! I mean, why not?