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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Best. Space toy. EVER!

Deluxe Reading Operation X-500.

@Michael - the control panel part became my SUPERCAR dashboard. 


Michael W said...

Aw man, everyone but me got all the cool toys. I wanted both that and a Deluxe Reading Jimmy Jet.

(Earlier I had mentioned the Sears Wishbook. For a stroll down what I consider to be the Golden Age of Christmas catalogs, check out http://www.wishbookweb.com/ ).

The Aardvark said...

Oh my, yes!

The X-500 I got when I was three or four. (Age appropriate? Who cares? I had fun!) The rocket was mounted on a spring with industrial oomph, which propelled it with great vigor. I have no idea the ultimate altitude of its flight. I DO know that the ceiling got in the way of it.

Michael W said...

@Aardvark --- "I have no idea the ultimate altitude of its flight. I DO know that the ceiling got in the way of it".

Just like my Mom almost got in the way of a missile launched from my Ideal Robot Commando.

Ah for the days when spring-launched toys had some "oomph" to them.

The Aardvark said...

HA! Anti-Mom Defence!

One of the BIG reasons I was so happy with the Reagan Years is that toys that shot things made a comeback, as well as "violent" cartoons like GI Joe.


Michael W said...

If I had just known then what I know now. One Christmas I was the proud recipient of the entire Gilbert 007 playset (complete with laser beam table, Disco Volante, etc.).

If I still had that set today, and in good condition, I could easily settle some bills around here.

The Aardvark said...

Guilty Pleasure alert: I REALLY enjoyed "Never Say Never Again". A lot. What diminished my enjoyment somewhat was that the villain's yacht was called the "Flying Saucer".

"Disco Volante" is eminently more sexiful a name, Bond-san.

I envy you your 007 set. Missed out on that completely!

Michael W said...

@Aardvark --- You're talking about the old Dinky SPV, aren't you? Those Dinky miniatures gave me my first look at "Captain Scarlet" and "Joe 90".

The Gilbert 007 playset was fun. I got to mix and match figures and situations from the first four Bond films (having to make up a lot of dialogue because, at the age of 10, "Thunderball" was at that time the only Bond film I'd seen).

Jay said...

"How do you make a blog look this sick!?"

Sick? I think the spammer meant slick.

Instant Payday Loans ... Hmmmmmm.

The Aardvark said...

Gee, Jay. You must be old.

"Sick" is now a compliment. Really.
I guess if I say "Jay, you make me sick.", you should actually feel GOOD about it!

@Michael - I have one of the Vivid ones from ten or so years ago.

I just do not understand how so many Dinky products were SO off-model, color-wise.

Jay said...

@Aardvark ... Is that something like "wicked sick"?

Michael W said...

@Aardvark. Good call on the Dinky miniatures. I've never been able to figure out where they came up with green for the "Space: 1999" Eagle.

The Aardvark said...

Green cheese camouflage?