The S.W.O.R.D in Project S.W.O.R.D stands for Space World Organisation for Research and Development.
Despite the red SWORD arrow emblem appearing, the explanation of the acronym didn't make it onto the American SWORD series by Tarheel oddly enough.
Tarheel merged/ morphed/ moved aside for Empire Toys. How do I know? I wrote to Tarheel in 1997 and got a reply from Empire! [now called General Foam and Plastics]
Empire Toys made big wheeled trikes, go karts and bikes. They also made the SPACE WORLD Ray Gun!
Coincidence! Probably but its a nice one for us SWORDies. There can't be many toys with Space World written on the card or box.
That robot young Chuck Bodgers is blasting could be one of the Tarheel Astroids toys. Love the space jet in the background too. What do you think readers?