I have wanted to post something like this for a very long time. In fact, like me, all SWORD fans will be thrilled at this. You'll all know that the Century 21 Project SWORD Moonbase Set is the stuff of myth, tantalisingly described in the SWORD Official Manual above but to this day never seen. Until Now! This is the first detailed account of anyone actually seeing the set as, amazingly, blog reader Andy B remembers the fabled toy! I'll let him take up the story in his own words:
"OK, well here's what I remember about the moonbase set. Please remember its a long while ago, so this is from memory.What I mainly remember is thinking at the time, "well, I'd never seen that before", because I think I had suspected it had never been released. I had a number of the SWORD toys, probably when they came out (1967?), and by the time I saw the moonbase, I had become more interested in plastic models, planes, tanks etc. So it was probably towards the end of the 1960s, even c.1970.
I saw the box, unopened in a department store which hed a toy dept. I think it was during a visit to Swindon with my family, and I don't know what the shop was called.
It may be me embroiderering the memory, but I think it was a large rectangular carboard box, white with perhaps two colours of printing on the sides. I think it may not have had the highly coloured box lid as per the smaller toys, but this is only from a suspect memory. What I rmember more than anything is the recognition that it had actually been produced, as it was one I had very much wanted when I had the SWORD toys. nb. I once had the SPACEX moonbase too!
So, there you have it. The SWORD Moonbase really did exist! If Andy B saw it in the Sixties then other people must have too. Is it only a matter of time before one turns up in the flesh?