Ollie McTwist and the Skateboard Gang


I remember, late in the 80’s, receiving my first skateboard. For a young boy this was a rite of passage, marking the time when I was no longer a small boy, I was now old enough and brave enough to travel like a teenager!

Except I was terrible at it. Sure, I could move around ok, but speed, skill and bravery, all eluded me. So imagine my joy when my parents bought me a member of the Skateboard Gang!

These friction racers were exactly what all grown ups thought skateboarders looked like – loud, brash and overly colourful – and for many weeks, I was happy to forget about my trials with the real thing as I sent my racer up and down the included ramp.

But then, for me at least, the trend faded and skateboards were no longer fun. Which meant my toy, the leader Ollie McTwist, was no longer wanted. Who knows what happened to him? Hopefully he found his way to a good home, perhaps to someone who owned his friends Total Lee Cool, I Soar and Roxanne Roller.

Image above from a Mattel Dealer Catalog on the OrangeSlime.com website.

Hayden Yale

Child of the 80's. Born, raised and living in the Cheshire countryside, England.Lover of fan art, especially if it is based on my childhood heroes from Masters of the Universe, Thundercats, Transformers and TMNT. Penchant for almost anything retro, especially movies, games and art.

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