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ANZinSpace

In the fifties Pierwood Plastics signed a deal with Louis Marx to produce their toys in Australia. Recently I just missed out on buying a toy catalogue which showed two of the spaceships that resulted from that deal. The catalogue was dated January 1954. So now I have some new items to add to my to find list. I'm also thinking of contacting the buyer to see if they'll send me a better quality picture.

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Tinman

Great find ANZ, I've never heard of Pierwood before. A nice example of the double-hull ship, the ship at the top of your photo, just sold on ebay for a great price. A better pic from the buyer would be great to add to this thread, give it a try!

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ANZinSpace

No worries I've already asked the seller (I bought the other issue of the Retailer catalogue for December 1953) so I asked them if they wouldn't mind letting the buyer know I was interested.

As to Pierwood it was an Aussie company that besides making and selling plastic items including toys also had a thriving business in leasing forms and molds between Australian companies and overseas companies.

Oh before I forget did you get my email/PM?

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Tinman

Yes I did and I already responded, I'm not sure why you didn't receive it. Basically, I'm out of hobby funds until I pay off a few of the high-dollar items I recently purchased. I really like the Premier-like figure but I guess I'll have to wait a while before adding a Moldex spaceman or two to my collection. Sacrifices!

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Brian..

These spaceships are marked MIP -  Moldex Injection Plastics.

Moldex bought out Pierwood in 1954 and set up a separate company MIP to produce the plastic toys. So these are Moldex spaceships being distributed by Pierwood, This press cutting tells the story.

 

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Red Dwarf

G'day everyone, here are some pictures of my Moldex Twin Jet in swirled bronze with yellow base, Aussie variation of X-400 Space Explorer . Unfortunately as with most old hard plastic toys it has issues, the two top rear fins are missing their tips and no wheels . So here's the thing, should I get it repaired ? Or leave well enough alone. Wheels should be a easy fix but the fins are another story . If I do get it repaired can you recommend someone who will do a good job of it . Appreciate any advice or comments.  :blush:

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Red Dwarf

He's a photo of the makers mark sorry about the poor quality.

It reads :      MiP

                  M646

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Brian..

Congratulations on this great find. I wouldn't recommend a permanent repair it, though. You could make parts that would sit in place without strong gluing. A reversible cosmetic repair is always best and is the method used by museums.

 

If you ever decide to part with it - or find another, I'm your man!

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Red Dwarf

Thanks Brian , I could hardly Believe it when I saw it in the toy dealers display cabinet and then to find he didn't value it !!

I had to contain my excitement and got him to throw in with another toy so basically I got it for nothing . You're right I'll leave it as is , it's not too bad i'll just track down some suitable wheels.

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Tinman

Fantastic ship!!!  I'd leave it alone, it's the first one I've seen.  I'm a little confused by the ANZ-Red Dwarf thing though...is it something like Clark Kent & Superman?

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Tinplate6

Red Dwarf, that Twin-Jet is an exceptional find, and a great story to go with it. Congratulations!

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Red Dwarf

Thanks Tinman and Tinplate6 , yeah I think it's pretty super cool piece . Tinman as for Clark Kent and Superman thing I hear what you're saying , ANZ does a lot of fantastic research so he's the reporter Clark Kent therefore I must be Superman ......

Sorry gentleman there is no time to lose .... 

Super hearing detects a cry for help from

Lois Lane......

It's up up up and away .

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Tinman

I think Brian edited his post so the whole Clark Kent-Superman won't make sense to future readers...but yeah, you guys are super!

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ANZinSpace

Damn another one for me to find. One good thing is it confirms the version shown in this ad - Sun newspaper 1954 - is most likely made in Australia.

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