#1 - Wonder Wheel

Manufactured By: Steven Manufacturing Company of Hermann, Missouri

Reason for this Rating: This is the most popular toy scope.  It was so popular that Steven's Manufacturing made multiple variations of it.  These included:

  • Years: 1972, 1973, 1975, 1989
  • Graphics: Blue with Ferris Wheel (1972), Red with Kids (1973), Red with a Kid (1975) & Blue with Kids (1989)
  • Heights: Short (1973) and Tall (1972, 1973, 1975 & 1989)
  • Head Colors: Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, Black & White
  • Head Shapes: Triangular (1975 & 1989) and Horseshoe Wheel Supports (1972 & 1973). 
  • Wheels: Solid (1975 & 1989), Spokes with Holes (on some 1972) and Solid with Spokes but No Holes (on some 1972 and all 1973 versions)
  • Patent: Patent Pending (1972 & 1973) and Patented #3,756,685 (1975 &1989)
This scope has a patented design.  
 
Years: 1972, 1973, 1975 & 1989 - Number: 130
 
Dimensions: Tall - 10 1/4 inches long by 2 1/8 inches wide by 1 inch thick and Short - 8 inches long by 2 1/8 inches wide by 1 inch thick.

Interior Image: 5 Point Mandala (36 degree 2-mirror system).  The mandala has a ring around it.   The ring is caused by the head and the space between the head and the wheel being visible in the mirror system.  The triangular shaped head causes a series of connected "T"s to form the ring and the horseshoe shaped head causes a more solid ring (see pictures below).

Objects:  All wheels have 4 compartments that hold different objects.  Objects are: paper clips and rubber band, plastic rods of different colors and different colored plastic pieces.

The below photo shows (in this order) 1972, 1973 (tall), 1973 (short), 1975 & 1989 Wonder Wheels.

Below are images from two Wonder Wheel scopes.  The first had a yellow, triangular head and the second had a red, horseshoe head.  Notice the color around the outside of the images and the shape it is in depending on the head's color and type.

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