Playmates Fun to Drive Corvette Dashboard

This is a toy I stumbled upon a few weeks ago on eBay by complete chance. It’s more famous rival, the Tomy Turbo Racing Dashboard is well known, however it’s not the one I had as a kid. I owned this bessie.

The Playmates Fun to Drive Corvette Dashboard is, in my opinion, better in every way to Tomy’s model. Look at these advantages;

  • Pop up lights
  • A screen that is directly in front of the steering wheel (not beside it like the Tomy)
  • It’s a Corvette (sort of)!!
  • I used to own one

Made originally in 1985 in Hong Kong, this toy provided me with endless hours of enjoyment. Now, given the fact that the road itself repeats every 2 seconds (yes, that is right), you might wonder how. But to my 5 year old self, it did not matter in the slightest. It didn’t matter that you couldn’t crash the car and it certainly didn’t matter that is made an insumountable amount of noise, especially in high gear.

I did notice that although the toy takes 4 ‘D’ cell batteries, they were very hard to fit into the compartment. In the end I had to use an aggressive amount of force just to get the battery door shut. It’s almost like batteries have increased in size since the 80’s…. very odd.

Anyway, I hope that others who owned one of these, find this post and can bask in the glory of the past, safe in the knowledge that although lesser known, the Playmates was infinitely better than the Tomy Turbo Dashboard*

*I may be biased.

Check out the video and form your own opinion. The video contains a special guest reviewer who may return in future.

View the unboxing of this product.

Also, here’s a link to Ashen’s video about the Outrun game I mentioned. Enjoy!


Add Yours →

Hi there! Do you mind me asking how much you got it for? I have one in excellent condition that I’d like to sell just unsure how to price it.


Came across this and had to reach out! Just found mine from childhood and couldn’t agree more with you! It is truly the far better choice! 🙂 Thank you for your post, it made my night!

Leave a Reply