Schaper Stomper toys
Background and Description
Stompers were first created in 1980 by the company Schaper Toys.
Schaper’s 1980 catalogue featured five Stomper trucks: the Chevrolet K-10 Scottdale, Chevrolet Blazer, Dodge Warlock, Ford Bronco, and Jeep Honcho. These early stompers had clips inside the body attached to the sides of the chassis, and sets of foam tires. The first of these were battery powered four-wheel drive vehicle toys that run on a single AA battery. They were driven by a single motor that turned both axles. They had two settings: off and on.
In 1981, five more Stompers were introduced: the Chevrolet LUV, Datsun Li'l Hustler, Jeep Renegade, Subaru BRAT, and Toyota SR5. These can with rubber tyres for use outdoors. The SSC Super Cycles also debuted in this catalogue, though these were short-lived.
1982 brought the Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Scrambler, Fun x4s including the AMC SX/4, Chevrolet van and 1956 Chevrolet Nomad, Jeep CJ, Subaru hatchback and Volkswagen Baja Bug. Also debuting this year were the Work x4s, Ford C-Series trucks with bucket-lift, cement-mixer, dumper, and wrecker bodies including a dump truck, cherry picker, tow truck and cement truck. Freightliner, Kenworth Aerodyne COE, Mack and Peterbilt conventional semi-tractors known as ‘semis’ were also included.
Stomper playsets included the Stunt Set and Wild Mountain set in 1980-1, replaced by the Badlands, Devil Mountain and Wild Country sets in 1982.
1983 saw great development in Stompers, including their packaging. The core line of 4x4s was given a second speed, free-wheeling, and wider tyres. Stomper II Authentics possessed new graphics and fender flares. The older single speed Stompers remained as an economical alternative to the new three-speed (off, low and high) Stompers. Road Rods were created in the image souped-up commercial vehicles of the time. This series was later names Road Kings, and joined by Heavy Haulers which possessed wrecker or dump bodies. Wilderness Campers with tonneau covers and camper shells, plus trailers for carrying boats or motorcycles were offered. The Work x4s line gained the addition of a bulldozer and front-end loader, and underwater Water Demons and military Mobile Force lines of camouflage trucks and tanks were introduced.
Most of these new 1983 vehicles included a Stunt Wheel, attached to the vehicle’s underside.
The Wild Country playset was replaced by the Wild Canyon set. Badlands Trail and Devil Mountain continued. Stomper Super Cycles continued.
Six supercharged neutron-powered Stomper Super Dragsters were introduced in 1984, as well as the three-wheeled All-Terrain Cycles. Wilderness Campers were sold with a trailer included as standard and a power take-off winch. They were also renamed Workhorses. The Water Demons line expanded to six vehicles. New playsets included the Stomper II and Mobile Force lines. Custom Kits and Deluxe Custom Kits were offered, allowing children (or adults) to build Stompers for themselves.
Monster 4x4s were introduced in 1985, powered by C-cell batteries. Sports cars called Speedsters with steerable wheels and track, as well a large engined Zanees, Stomper Overdrives with over-running clutch mechanism, were also introduced. The new Future Force line, with futuristic vehicles, was established, a four-wheeled ATV joined the All-Terrain Cycles line, and two new Super Dragsters were added.
1986 saw the advent of the Trendsetters line, and mini 4x4s, powered by a single AAA cell. The Future Force line was replaced with the Mega Star line. The Speedsters were joined by a Gator Rally, and the All-Terrain Trailbreaker ATV joined the All-Terrain Vehicles. The Zanees, Super Dragsters and Stomper Super Cycles were discontinued.
Tyco took over Stomper production in 1987. Generations that followed were known as Generation Tyco, Generation DreamWorks, Generation Peachtree Playthings and Generation Tinco Toys.
In the UK, Stompers were known as Trekkers, and they were made by the company Corgi. Matchbox Rough Riders are similar.
Collecting Schaper Stomper toys
There is a large community of collectors of Stompers, a vast culture of Stomper collecting. Enthusiasts share images of their collections and trade their toys over the internet, and there are numerous discussion forums and websites dedicated to Stomper collections. These are a very helpful resource if valuing a particular Schaper Stomper toy.
Collectors may choose to focus on a particular ‘generation’ of Stompers, or a particular line. Stomper toys were no longer made by Schaper following 1987, so collectors must decide whether to focus on vehicles produced before the take-over by Tyco, or include all Stompers in their collection.
A wide selection of Stompers are always available on auction websites such as eBay. Often they are offered in job lots, several of the toys sold together.
Some Stompers are collected to be used and played with, others to maintain in mint condition in original boxes and display, to sell on at a later date, or just for the joy of collecting.
Value depends entirely on rarity, condition and desirability of the particular Stomper. They call sell for anything between $1 -$100 for single Schaper Stompers, and as much as $200-$400 if several are being sold together as one lot.
Stompers are more valuable if they retain their original sealed packaging, and can fetch between $40-$100 dollars individually if in mint condition. They are particularly valuable if they were one of the short-lived, rare or discontinued models, or a rare anomalous model with varying features or colour to the standard line.
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