are an early set of Sanrio
characters that were introduced in Japan
and were discontinued in 1988
They are one of the oddest examples of Sanrio invention, being a family consisting entirely of vehicles.
The family includes Policecar, Airplane, Helicopter, and Ship. They can go anywhere they want, including the moon.
Their family motto is particularly post-modern Taoist: "Getting there is half the fun when you take a ride with us!"
Merchandise from The Runabouts is highly valuable to serious Sanrio otaku.