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.
A few years ago I published a review of the vintage Galaxy Laser Team figures over at TheLogBook.com. I owned a bunch of these figures back when I was a kid and have always had a fondness for their quirkiness. Up until earlier this summer, if you wanted to rebuild a collection of the original Tim Mee Galaxy Laser Team figures it would have cost you a small fortune (at least it did me). The original figures were sold in bags by weight, meaning the figures weren’t evenly distributed in each bag. Building a complete collection of the eight original figures in all four colors cost me at least a hundred bucks. In the plastic container on the left of the shelf below you can see just how many extras I amassed before I was able to amass a complete collection.
(Ignore the red, yellow and blue ones on the left; they’re bootlegs from Mexico.)
Earlier this summer, Jeff from VictoryBuy.com informed me that the original Tim Mee Galaxy Laser Team figures were being re-released!
Like the originals, these new Galaxy Laser Team figures also come in a plastic bag with a cardboard header. But unlike the original figures which were sold simply by weight, the new bags contain an exact distribution of figures (3 of each figure in each color plus two space ships), so that part is very nice.
Also unlike the originals, the re-released figures only come in two colors — black and grey. At first I was a little disappointed by that, but after playing around with them for a while I think the black and grey color scheme gives the figures less of a 70s/80s retro vibe and more of a 50s sci-fi vibe.
Here is a comparison between two of the original figures and two of the new figures. In this picture, the new figures are the grey ones.
As least in this case, the newer grey ones seem to be even more detailed than the originals. I’ve been told that the original molds were used to make the new figures, so the dullness of my old ones is probably from play wear.
As I mentioned, the black and grey color scheme definitely gives the re-released figures a vintage black-and-white movie feel.
The re-released Galaxy Laser Team figures are available on Amazon for $11.98 which like I said is a lot less than what I paid to obtain my original collection. Whether you simply display them on your desk or use them in your Space Nerf Shooting Gallery, these Galaxy Laser Team figures are a must, must own.