The Cozy Coupe: 30 Years Old
Did you know the Cozy Coupe car from Little Tykes is 30 years old this year? I, quite honestly, didn’t even know they still sold it. I never had one when I was a kid and I don’t remember ever being in one or being interested in getting one. But I must be the exception because they’re ridiculously popular. I read in this month’s Mental Floss magazine that 457,000 of these things were sold last year. That’s 20,000 more units than the Toyota Camry, making it the number one selling car in North America in 2009. It’s all great that this little Flintstones car continues to sell so well, but what I find a little weird is that it’s something of a cult phenomenon. There are clubs that actually spend time and resources modifying them. I read in Mental Floss that there is someone who put an LCD screen in his! It’s not that I’m against improving on production model cars, but it’s a little silly to modify a plastic car that is going to be used by a kid and probably get turned upside down and left in the rain. But, there you have it; people will be people. I found a few pictures of modifications people have made to their Cozy Coupes. I gotta say they’re pretty creative. I couldn’t find that one with the LCD though. I wonder if that person is to ashamed of himself (I think only a guy would do that) to post pictures.
It isn’t just the Cozy Coupe that gets the treatment. Those little electric motorized kid cars seem to be popular too. Why? Why are people compelled to spend time modifying kids toys? My theory is that people really want their kids to be unique and special, despite the obvious reality that they aren’t, so they go through all this effort to make sure their kid is the “coolest”. Of course the kid doesn’t give a damn. All the kid wants is a little car to push around. He doesn’t care if he’s one of 457,000 other kids pushing the same car around. It’s fun. Only the parents seem to be so insecure as to go through the effort to really stand out. Might as well get the kid a tattoo while they’re at it.
Here are the pictures:
Geek Squad Coupe. Not sure if this is a commercial or someone’s just crazy.
Whoever did these has mental issues.