A few weeks ago I talked about how Century 21 Toys probably re-used the astronaut from earlier version of the Moon Ranger and likely as far back as the Scout Car astronaut from the Ideal Astro Base 1960 pictured below.
Well I was stunned to see a picture of the original mould for the Ideal astronaut on the uber-cool Alphadrome. I tried to contact the picture's owner but to no avail.
Rather than breaching protocol, here is the link to the picture and post by ToyMemories on the Alphadrome website thread about the Astro Base patent: here.
I can only assume that Century 21 Toys had a similar mould to this for their astronaut. Not being mould-wise does anyone know exactly how it might have worked? Inject liquid plastic directly into the mould, which then split in half to reveal the figure?