A 1966 friction drive toy,courtesy of Codeg (aka Cowan de Groot),with a manufacturers reference number of "503"
It's not big,at just 5.5" tall by 4" long by 2" wide. Mainly plastic with metal components. No key required,as it's friction drive. And when you set it in motion his legs move to give the allusion he's pedalling.
I'm almost 100% certain that this particular item was a one-off,stand alone effort from Codeg. (although they made other Trumptonshire products)
It's certainly the only one of this type I've ever seen from them.And whilst it's true that Camberwick had quite a few vehicles they could've chosen from,Windy's tricycle was the only one that required any physical input.And a large part of the attraction with this toy is the fact his legs move,as well as the bike.
That said,if I'd been making Codeg's commercial decisions,I think I'd have done a P.C.Mcgarry version as well.
Because whilst his legs wouldn't have moved and his motorbike would've need stabilisers,he was certainly popular enough.Unlike Roger Varley,the chimney sweep who owned the only other single-person vehicle in Camberwick -even if his particular motorbike did manage to neatly side-step the stability issue because it had a sidecar !
And it's a pity that young Paddy Murphy was a similar sort of B-lister,because he might have made an interesting choice whizzing around on his rollerskates.
But as Captain Mainwaring used to say -"I think you're getting into the realms of fantasy now Jones" !
Since we're talking popularity though,it's certainly worth re-iterating just how much sales clout Windy had.Because if anyone else had ridden the tricycle it's odds-on it wouldn't have got made and we'd have nothing at all to talk about here.
But it was.And it's a fun and colourful little item.Robust enough to be fit-for-purpose,yet surprisingly well-finished for what's ultimately just a bit of Hong Kong plastic.
And I've also seen a version with a yellow trike and blue smock, which is an interesting twist,if a little odd when the packaging made no specific mention of it.
And,as with all un-advertised colour variations,you do wonder why toy companies bothered (and they often did)
But at least it's appreciated by toy collectors,all these years later I suppose.
Sadly,I've never been lucky enough to own one myself.Although these days I think I'd probably appreciate the box almost as much as the toy.
Not from any monetary standpoint-although a decent example could easily double the toy's value,and then some.But simply because I find the artwork so evocative of a much less complicated and "knowing" time.
Refreshingly simple and straightforward ...........much like the series itself of course.