Sunday, September 5, 2010

Dinky Toys: UFO and SPACE: 1999

I never had any of these, although I vaguely remember having or seeing catalogs for them. I suspect that they were a lot more common in the UK than the US.

Great ads, though!

16 comments:

  1. I had the UFO Interceptor,bought back in the 80's from a dealer.It was pretty cool but was painted metallic green for some reason!

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  2. When I was a boy in 1975, I was reading a Boys Life magazine in school recess time. I saw the Dinky Toys Eagle Transporter advertisement in the back and ordered it from there U.S. distribution location in Waco TX. I had just began watching SPACE:1999 and instantly loved it. I got the Dinky Toys Eagle it was mainly constructed of metal solid build, great toy. I would later buy Fundimensions Eagle model Kit and of course for Christmas the Mattel Eagle with action figures. P.S. Dinky Toys also made an excvellent THUNDERBIRD 2 with a Thunderbird 4 included.

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  3. Dinky toys were very popular here in Australia. I still have the Eagle as well as the 'SPV' from Captian Scarlet. Man I must have really loved those toys, because I looked after them really well.
    Stupid me only threw out the boxes 10 years ago or so. Duh!!

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  4. I had both Eagles, since I had to combine the Transporter Eagle passenger module and the Freighter Eagle framework/engines/cockpit to make one all-white "true" Eagle!

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  5. I had the Interceptor as well. It had a pretty strong firing mechanism for the missile launcher, which you could also put a little paper cap into for an extra "bang!" noise. I still remember the blood blister I got when my finger got in the way!

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  6. The Dinky Toys were my introduction to Gerry Anderson's work! I still lament never getting the SPV from Captain Scarlet. (I had a Spectrum Patrol Car, but it's just not the same thing.)

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  7. I was never able to get the Freighter Eagle when I was little but I definetely had the green Transporter. BrittReids solution for turning your green Eagle to white one is commendable! I never had the UFO Interceptor but man did I ever want one! I'll also wholeheartedly agree that the Dinky Thunderbird 2 was a thing of genius, I had that one and absolutely loved it! So much playability. I've recently got my hands on all the Product Enterprise 12" Eagles and have them up on the wall in a cool little display box, they'er like Dinky's for adults, and really spot on design wise.
    Dusty Abell

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  8. Showing my age maybe, but I pretty much had all the Dinky Gerry Anderson diecast toys (bar Lady Penelope's pink RR - hey, I was a 6/7 year old boy!) back in the day. Even as a kid I thought it was strange how they replaced anything white with metallic green but it didn't stop them being great toys. My Thunderbird 2 and Eagle are still in pretty good shape but Captain Scarlet's vehicles and the rest have sure seen better days. I played them into the ground, literally! They bring back great memories, though, when I get them out the drawer every now and again. Maybe I can make the SPV a good restoration project.

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  9. Dusty Abell is correct. The Product Enterprise 12" EAGLES are the most accurate yet. I bought the Eagle Transporter with Passenger Pod and an Eagle Trandspoter with Laboratory Pod plus removable Booster("Metamorph").
    SG

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  10. I had all of the Dinky Anderson toys — save for the FAB-1, which I would kill for now — and of them I would rate the Mobile at the top of the list, followed by the Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle. And while I had Thunderbird 2 while I was little, it suffered the inevitable destruction wrought by heavy play, so I eventually replaced it with one of the versions from the 1980's where it was painted blue for reasons that elude me.

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  11. When I was a kid i loved these toys, and was obsessedwith UFO and Space 1999, but we were not too well off so it was mainly the small matchbox cars for me. As I got older and 1999 came and when you could imagine my diappointment... The Eagle freighter etc looked at objectively is nearly a viable spaceship (for lunar travel anyway). What I mean is we probably have the technology, not like a lot of spececraft seen in movies.

    Anyway this Xmas my long suffering fiancee purchased both a transporter and freighter for me 1974, both in exceptional condition. I'm a lucky man. Not a collector or anything just getting the toys i really wanted when i was a kid, my advice to everyone, do it, its satisfying.

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  12. "Good luck Eagles!"

    Because Moonbase Alpha Mission Control knows that, statistically, those Eagles are probably going to explode like their hulls were made from nitroglycerin.

    Ah, SPACE: 1999. They blew up Eagles real good!

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  13. As a "Space:1999" geek, I not only had the Transporter and Freighter as a kid ( I still have my original transporter...more on that later ), but as an adult first finding Ebay and other retailers on the web, I ended up collecting a fleet of Dinky Eagles in marvelous condition. I have many different flavors: The green transporter with the silver rocket nozzles, the green transporter with the red nozzles, the green transporter with red nozzles and rescue decals applied, a white freighter, and the somewhat rarer blue freighter. Did I go a little overboard? Maybe, but I love 'em. I also got a replacement UFO Interceptor and Shado Mobile.

    As to that original transporter I've owned since 1976; she was a bit playworn, and had a few dings on her, but I sent her off to a professional modeller in Canada ( Jim Small, who does a lot of the build ups for the Round 2 model company ) and he took her apart, stripped the old paint off and refinished her in the proper colors with auto paints, and replacement Alpha decals ( in the proper number and proper places ). She now looks the way Dinky should have made her in the first place and is a gorgeous little display piece.

    Dep1701

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  14. BTW; Does anyone else think that it looks like the Eagles are flying over Clavius base from "2001: A Space Odyssey", rather than Alpha?

    Dep1701

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  15. I special-ordered one of these and then waited literally MONTHS for it to come into a local hobby store. We drove near the store every day and I'd whine to check in once a week at least.

    It was a nifty little item. Well-constructed, reasonably accurate (most of the tie-in toys of the 1970s tended to suck), and fun to play with. I had the cargo version.

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