I’ve been collection Fisher Price Adventure People for a few years now and this is the first boxed vehicle from that line that I have run across in the wild. I was initially excited when I saw the $14.99 price tag, but the contents were incomplete and the box was in pretty poor shape. This picture doesn’t relay the amount of duct tape that was used to hold it together, and although the ship and instructions were inside the box, the man was missing and the instructions (and possible the box) had sustained some water damage.
Since I already own a loose version of this ship I had to leave this one behind on the shelf, but finding something like this in the wild always gives me hope that I’ll find something else the next time!
Before he was Matlock, and after he was Sheriff Taylor, he was…well, I don’t know who Andy Griffith was in this one. I just know he was in it and it was about a junkman trying to do an independent flight into space for the purpose of recovering salvage. That slight memory quickly led me to Salvage 1. I thought Salvage 1 was a movie, but Wikipedia said it was a TV show. It turns out we were both right. The pilot episode, called Salvage, was a TV movie, and it in turn lead to a short-lived weekly show. Again, I barely remember the movie and don’t remember the show at all. But I do remember the idea and have always wondered why more people don’t just turn their back on government programs and try to fly into space on their own.
I found this guy while out shopping recently, and was almost fooled. From a distance I mistook this guy as a bobble head from the 50s or 60s, but a closer look at the box revealed a copyright date of 1999.
I don’t really collect retro space toys and I am afraid my Boba Fett bobblehead would have this guy frozen in carbonite in no time, so I had to pass. Keep wobbling, Space Ace, and shoot for the stars!
Love Space History? I think this immense photoset over on Flickr might just be what you are looking for. I got lost looking at it last night and somehow, and NASA might need to investigate, over an hour flew in what felt like 5 minutes.