Thursday, February 3, 2011

British-Built Space Port

Here's an eye-popper I ran across on eBay from two years ago.

This is a British-made space play set, at least that's according to what the seller described. Apparently it's fashioned from wood (plywood? masonite?), dowels or tubes and a few plastic domes, giving it a wonderful hand-made feel not seen in most vintage space toys. It's much different than those we're used to seeing back in the States. Leave it to the British to add their own charming twist in space toys. I love the multiple boomerang platforms and the sky-scraping towers. And those free-form antennea towers... It's sculptural. It's artistic. It's all very googie! The metallic blue and silver paint shows off the amorphic shapes to the fullest effect.

The larger Archer-sized space figures fit nicely in this futuristic play set, as seen in the photos. I only wish I had the manufacturer for this one so that I could research a little history behind it.

The real cool thing about this set is if you're handy at all with a saw and some sandpaper, you could construct something very similar to this space port toy.

. . . You know, it'd be really funny if it turned out that someone with the right artistic talent actually did make this theirself . . .

Space Patrol Chart of the Universe

Captain Midnight's Secret Squadron - Join Up!

This is to certify that the undersigned is an official 1957 member of the Secret Squadron
Non-transferable – Carry this card with You at All Times

Justice through Strength and Courage

Welcome to the 1957 Secret Squadron

I will be Faithful I will be Honest I will be Ready

Signed by Captain Midnight himself

Flight Commander's Promotion Application

Three Space Helmets

Here the are: the General Mills premium for Captain Video, the Arant Plastics bubble and the Banner Plastics helmet with Radar Goggles.

I wonder what General Mills is doing for a cereal premium nowadays?

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Captain Video

A vintage episode of Captain Video and his Video Rangers, circa 1950.

The Captain Video Oath

Congratulations! You are now eligible for membership in the honorable order of Video Rangers!

Now repeat after me, the oath:

"We, as official Video Rangers, hereby promise to abide by the Ranger code and to support forever the cause of freedom, truth and justice throughout the universe."

And just like that you are one of the members of the 22nd century crime fighting force on the children's science fiction series Captain Video and His Video Rangers (1947-57).

Led by Captain Video (Richard Coogan/Al Hodges), the Video Rangers patrolled the solar system in the rocketship Galaxy.

Reciting the oath along with Captain Video and His Video Rangers were thousand of young TV viewers who religiously sent in for their official memberships and Captain Video Helmets ($1.00 plus Box Top), Captain Video rings (25 cents plus box top), and plastic ray gun (25 cents plus wrapper from Power House candy bar).

"I am Ready Oh Captain Vide-O!"

The Honeymooners
Episode 1
"TV or Not TV"
aired October 1, 1955

"I, Ed Norton, Ranger third class in the Captain Video Space Academy, do solemnly pledge to obey my mommy and daddy, be kind to dumb animals and old ladies in and out of space, not to tease my little brothers and sisters, and to brush my teeth twice a day and drink milk after every meal."

"Official space helmet off, Captain Video... Wherever you are!"