This is the box art for the Italian firm Baravelli's Serie Minizero Spaziali Pattuglia Orbitale. The image courtesy of the HäT website.
I have covered all these model figure sets before on MC but the box art is just so good I'm giving it another whirl.
As most of Baravelli's non-space box art was by Italian artist Gino Palotti so I assume he did the space ones too. Does anyone know for sure?
Baravelli included LP style knockoff astronauts in their space sets. You can clearly see the posed figure pointing at the spaceship. Its LP [rear] and Spacex/ Golden Astronaut [front] 'pointing' equivalents can be seen here in this excellent graphic courtesy of Paul Vreede from his special MC blog post way back in 2009.
The spaceships in the sets tended to be clones of Japanese sci-fi vessels from Ultraman and also the UK's Thunderbirds TV series. The vessel shown on this particular box is based on the Ultra Hawk 3 from the Ultraman/ Ultraseven TV series.
These sets are very collectable and often discussed on model figures fora such as here on Airfix Collecting.
Amongst other things, Baravelli also distributed the Action Jackson 12-inch action doll line in Italy on behalf of toy giants Mego.
Have you any Baravelli figure sets or toys readers?