I have seen resin repros of the standing figures mostly in yellow. They look very close to the originals. However, you can easily tell them apart with the resin test. Take a bowl of water. Drop the figure in it. If it is made of resin, it will float. If it is made of hard styrene plastic like the originals, the figure will sink to the bottom. As far as the hole on top of the ship, I believe that it was made so you could put a standing spacemen on top of it like he was doing some repair work in outer space or you could even put one of the ray guns into the hole. I actually have an extra ray gun with mine for that very purpose. What is the mystery to me though is what are the 2 small holes on the top disc for? My belief is so that it could be strung up and hung from a ceiling or a child playing with it could attach a string to it that way and pretend it was flying.
There never was an antenna. The antenna pictured above is from some other toy. That one and another one that was shown in the PFPC (Plastic Figures and Playset Collector) back in the 1990's were not made by Ideal The one in PFPC was a complete fraud and I believe it was that article that started everyone thinking that there actually was some type of antenna with the Futuramic.
The building is made of thick card stock with 3 main sections and the red and planet inserts. Additionally, there is a support unit that goes inside the building that supports the roof top so you can put the rocket on top of it. Otherwise, the weight would make the roof collapse eventually. Yes the building would have been really cool in tin but then set would have sold for probably $8.98 or $9.98 instead of $2.98.
This last weekend I was fortunate to acquire the last of the three Archer playsets-The World Of Tomorrow. It had a few problems with some of the vehicles and the rocket but I was able to replace the damaged ones. The set is now in fantastic shape with nothing missing or damaged. The main thing is the box and the building are in absolutely INCREDIBLE shape for being 60 years old.I love this set!!!Here is the box!
Those figures were made by Palmer Plastics of Brooklyn, NY in 1964 as part of their Cape Canaveral figures. They came in a blister pack with a header card. There is also a space capsule that is part of the group. Here is a link from my Photobucket account showing how they looked in the original packaging.
After getting the two Archer Atomic Defense trucks last weeks, I really hit the toy jackpot on Monday. I scored an absolutely beautiful and rare Archer Auto Carrier. No box but everything was here and in near mint condition.
The front part of the search light and the sound beam weapons are the same. At least they look so. If you look at the Sound Beam,it is shorter and the back portion of it is different with 3 dials embossed on the plastic. There is also nothing inside of the Sound Beam. It is hallow inside. The Search Light is actually a working search light. It is also longer than the Sound Beam with a black knob or button at the end of it. If you open up the Search Light, there is a real metal plate with a light, like a flash light. If you put in a AA battery and push the black button, the light will really work. I will post a photo of the search light working. Here is a photo of the search light battery in action.