The Green Machine
was kind of an other-worldly Big Wheel
. It was mostly green and black and looked liked a cross between a cricket
and a Transformer
. Longer than the more-popular (or perhaps
just "more-sold") Big Wheel, the Green Machine had the appearance
of a chopper
or a souped up hot-rod
. If the two were sitting side by side and you asked any six-year-old
which one could go faster
, there would be no hesitation
: the Green Machine just looked
Although the Big Wheel and the Green Machine were both front wheel drive, it was the latter's rear wheel that turned much like a forklift. Being physically longer, the Green Machine had a larger turning radius than the Big Wheel this may explain their lack of use as Zambonis at ice rinks making it more difficult (than with a Big Wheel) to do spin-outs.
The Green Machine was also steered differently; the rear wheel was turned by the means of two levers a'la BattleZone. This "different" control mechanism may have limited the number of it's sales indeed I only knew one or two kids with them.