The white Nuclear Ferry seen at the start of the ITN film blogged recently is fascinating and its totally taxing the brains of SWORDnuts like Arto and me.
Why white when the handful of toys we know of in private collections are all blue?
A pre-production sample? A prototype?
White does make a lot of sense though! Virtually every Ferry ever illustrated - see below - appear to be white [except the SpaceX miniature]. The original Bob McCall illustrations in LIFE magazine and Look and Learn Comic are all white!
Most importantly, the original 1963 painting by Bob McCall, Earth to Moon Shuttle, shows a white Nuclear Ferry, where it hangs in the collection of the University of Arizona Museum of Art - look here.
Similarly, the box art and Official Manual released with the 1967 Nuclear Ferry toy by Century 21 Toys both show a white Ferry.
So why the last minute change to a blue toy?
Was it to tie in with the blue Zero-X and the blue Dyna-Soar?
Was there excess blue plastic from the above that needed using?
What do you think?
PS. Bill made this uber-cool white Nuclear Ferry model, which we blogged in 2008!