Recently we received a bizarre toy that has us puzzled. It looks like a Datsun 240Z or S30 Nissan Fairlady Z that, instead of rolling on four wheels (which it has), walks on human feet. There are a few markings on it, but none to denote who made it or when it was made. Maybe you can help us figure out this mystery.
Obviously, the first thing we did was google “toy car with human feet” and similar search terms, but that turned up nothing. The car is very clearly a first-gen Nissan Z, albeit with deformed proportions. We don’t know if the Firebird-esque flame sticker came with the car originally or if someone stuck it on over the years, but it was on the car when we got it.
It’s a simple wind-up toy, so when you turn the dial it coils a spring, which then releases slowly, moving the feet. What’s odd is that not only does it have human feet, but it has four of them. Is it like two people in a horse costume, or some type of Cronenberg nightmare creature?
Underneath, there are only two stampings: A number, 338, and “Made in Hong Kong.” It was likely made in the 70s, as many toys hailed from Hong Kong in that era. This doesn’t really help in narrowing it down, though.
It’s made of plastic and measures about four inches long, if any of that information helps. We are at a loss, so if you have any ideas about the origins of this strange toy, please let us know.