Just over two years ago I posted pics from the collection of my oldest SWORD/Spacex contact and super-collector Will Osbourne. The pics were colour photocopies so the online quality isn't great. However, the content is - the uber-rare ELF TOYS Tracy Island toy set, both in prototype and finished forms.
Above: ELF Toys Tracy Island prototype with Dinky die- casts
Above: ELF Toys Tracy Island - actual toy with JR21 vehicles
I still don't know very much about this amazing set but blog contributors Jim and Steve sent me the following info earlier this year: "They were made and issued to toy shops in order for them to display their JR21 toys in the 1960's. The one pictured above, although it has all the buildings, appears to have an incorrect base -there should be a painted road - to display FAB 1 and some water to display TB4" [Steve, Vintage Thunderbirds Toys].
"They appear to be official toy shop miniatures of the various launch bays that JR21 toys fitted in. Likely to have been given to shops, which bought the toys in large volumes for displays and stuff. No one is sure but they look good and a few have popped up over the last 30 years. Not commercially available but still,it seems of JR21 origin" [Jim Lewis]
Does anybody know any more about this fabulous set or even better have any more pictures?
Postscript: Reader Graeme from Canada has heeded the call for more pictures "please find attached some images of the JR Rosenthal display base I've collected over the years from Ebay". Gobsmacking!
Amazing Graeme! What a fab collection! Wonder if they're all ELF Toys or are they something else? Gives me hope that there is a SWORD Moon Base out there somewhere!