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W. Germany Space Ship and Launcher / R.L. Albert & Son, Inc.

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Martian Gil

Happy Monday all, 

 

Today, I came across a nice little box of old dime store toys; - spring powered launching base with space ship, rubber banded together for a nickle.   

I decided to pick them up with the thought of keeping a few & selling the rest.

 

The launchers are about 2.5 inches long & stand about 2 inches tall - 6cm x 5cm.

The Space Ships are 3.25 inches / 8cm long.    

I tend to think they resemble aircraft more than space craft, but I'm just going by what the box says :) 

... and for those who are curious - they fly pretty well.   The rocket that I played with had a 15 ft maiden voyage before crashing into a wall.

 

All of the launchers are green - a couple of the rockets are red, the remainder are yellow.

Each part is marked "W. Germany" on the underside.

 

I was unable to locate anything about these old toys.  

The importer (R.L. Albert & Son, Inc) is still in business, so I sent them an inquiry regarding when these might have been sold.

 

Is there anyone out there what might have a date on these old toys?

A couple will find homes in my cabinet - I'll need to find homes for the others, and the box.

 

Cheers, M.G.

 

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Zeitreisender

This is the same launcher used with the Cheerios cereal premium from the 1950's, so the German company must have bought the molds for the launcher.

http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/1950s-nike-missile-launcher-rocket-287050344

There are similar made in Western Germany hard plastic planes, probably from the same German maker, which launch with a hand held rubber band and stick...

Regards

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Martian Gil

Indeed, Roboto!   

Excellent info Zeitresender!   The launchers do closely resemble the Cheerios / Nike launcher, but they aren't entirely the same.

I haven't gotten any sort of time frame from the importer - I wasn't holding my breath...

I'll try to dig some more this afternoon.

Thanks!

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