I can’t look at a Space Hopper without thinking of Aquilino Cosani, designer of the Pon-Pon.
Well, OK, so I’d never heard of him either. I just Googled “who designed the freaky face on space hoppers” and found this article. Now Cosani is my hero. Imagine not patenting a toy that sent the whole world bonkers simply because “the market was big enough for all of us”.
Those crazy Italians! I love ’em!