Monday, 17 August 2009

Over the Moon!








Heres another odd example of Tri-ang making a stand alone space toy, Luna-Cy. Probably the best presented and packaged of the missile base sets ive come across so far. Made in 1969/70, the game is designed so that players can blast rockets at a vac-formed plastic moon hemisphere that clips onto a door frame, as can be seen in the article from 'Games and Toys' Trade journal and the two catalogue snippets pictured above.

Its had a lot of thought put into the game, the large door clip has a special card banner that hangs on the outside, warning entrants to the room that rocket firing is in progress - which is a good thing, as the launchers are very powerful! The spring tension can be adjusted to one of three settings, which from experience I would put at wow!, jeezus! and oh god there goes the lampshade! In fact, the only real flaw with the toy is the power of the launchers as the small trigger that propelled the rocket forward eventually snaps off as it hits the gantry.

Besides two large launchers, half a moon and six missiles, the set comes with six themed base cards. In a flash of precognitive brilliance, the designers have used Peking as the centre for a chinese rocket base, predicting the oriental space programme by some decades, but equally they miss the mark slightly by placing a similar facility in London!

Artwork for the box and packaging is lavish and colourful and the top of the box features a pop out section that enables an open box display and the sides have fabulous colour paintings of the toy. Even the inner tray has a star speckled finish.

The moon hemisphere is very reminiscent of the Spacex Moon landscape that was provded in the Supersets a year later. The rubber tipped rockets and the large launchers remind me very strongly of the pilot episode of Joe 90, where the stolen Mig jet bombards a missile base featuring pads very similar to the Luna-Cy set.

Catalogue scans and toys from the Wotan Archive and the Games and Toys excerpt kindly supplied by the Philosophic Toad.

2 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for featuring this! What memories this post brings back. I may even still have one or two of those base cards stashed away somewhere; as an American tyke with only the vaguest sense of geography or world affairs, these convinced me there must really be a British space launch site in London like the one at Cape Kennedy. (And of course no one could identify for me this obscure place called "Falkland Islands"...)

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  2. Ha,ha - i was convinced there would be ICBMs in Traflagar Square! Ive got all the cards at home - if you want scans ?

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