Friday, 21 January 2011

Carpet Crawlers

 
Alongside all the Thunderbirds and Sword space toys from TV shows and other media, there was always room for the more impulse buy space toys. Among all the various zap guns, rockets and robots, there was always a staple design of novelty toy that turned up in various guises during the sixties. The Moon Climber or Moon Buggy was a neat little vehicle which incorporated a simple mechanism which allowed it to keep rolling even if it hit an obstacle which made it roll over. The big rubber tyres helped it climb over stuff and when gravity made the vehicle flip, the clever roll bar ensured it righted itself immediately and carried on rolling. The basic idea had been used before in cars, but the space fever of the period resulted in many different versions of the toy. The main manufacturer seemed t be an anonymous company with a logo consisting of the letters 'TW' in a diamond shape, although the smaller boxed versions below were produced by 'AA'. Some of the larger versions featured elements that we have seen before - the  grey Space Explorer has a switch on the back very similar to that seen on the C21 Space Glider and the yellow version next to it has what looks like an Apollo Moon Exploring LEM on its back. Indeed the wheels of most of the versions are remarkably similar to the wheels on the mini LP Prospector.

TW Army Tank Climber
Space Explorer pics via ebay
AA Moon Rover and Moon Patrol 12 cm long
 
LP Prospector / LEM ? Space Glider Switch

5 comments:

  1. Coole bloglet Wote! I love all the different types - great research! The use of the Slider switch is fascinating. Presumably it was a design shared by different Hong Kong outfits although I've not seen it on anything else besides the C21 Glider and some of it's clones. I think TM is Modern Toys [MT]. Unsure about AA? Alps? Glad to have you bloggin' again!

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  2. Slider switch? I meant Glider Switch! Der!

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  3. your obviously having another senior moment mr w - its 'TW' not MT! and they do atually have slider switches on them, though thats what you meant!

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  4. I was thinking of this logo on the bottom pic!
    http://www.mytintoys.com/battery-operated/modern-toys-jeep-with-machine-gun-sound/

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  5. As mentioned before iirc, that AA logo is a clear rip-off of a rather famous shoulder patch...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/82nd_Airborne_Division

    Best
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    Paul

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