This is the fifth in a series of special re-posts for the holidays, remembering the coolest sci-fi toys of the Space: 1970 era. Hope you enjoy these "reruns" and have a great holiday season. Merry Christmas!
On Christmas morning 1976, I received one of the greatest gifts of my entire childhood. Better even than my Star Trek and Planet of The Apes Mego figures. It was Mattel's two-foot long Eagle Transporter playset from Space: 1999.
This thing was a monster and
came with small action figures of Moonbase Alpha's John Koenig, Helena
Russell and Victor Bergman in their bright orange space suits. There
were also tiny accessories like little laser guns, helmets and other
bits of exploratory equipment. The cockpit opened and could hold two
figures, and the passenger compartment was large enough to reach in and
move them around. There was even a hatch in the bottom with a working
The nose section and red engine section were
detachable and could even be joined together to make a small
reconnaissance craft. It was, without a doubt, the coolest spaceship toy
(I wish!) - all that remains of the one I received all those decades
ago is the main chassis and nothing else; all the other parts having
been lost or destroyed through years of dangerous space missions to the
alien planets of my backyard. Oh, the perils I used to subject that tiny
crew of Alphans to!
Obviously, I got an awful lot of
fun out of that thing, and if my fortunes ever turn around, I'd love to
hunt down an intact one one day.
Of course, I later had
the Eagle (and Hawk fighter) model kits, and they were cool, too, but
once built, there really wasn't much you could do with the ships other
than display them. That didn't actually stop me from playing with mine,
though... which is why they no longer survive!