Years ago we were hot on Moonships here at Moonbase.
They were a blog legend after all.
Its been a while since reporting anything about them but just this week I saw an old toy catalogue with, yes, one in!
Its the US version by ahi, the Super Rocket Plane and the catalogue's date of 1969 gives us at least one year we know the toy was in the shops.
The wording appears to be " 2869 Giant Frict. Super Rocket Plane, window packaged, 72 pcs ...?". I can't read the final bit. It looks like the price.
A few things spring to mind about this. Its clearly a trade catalogue and not a public one given that 72 rocket planes were sold as a bulk buy.
The reference number 2869 does not refer to the model number on the base of the toy [below], which remains a mystery, though it is the same on the UK version of the Moonship by Century 21.
The final thing is the phrase window packaged. Up to press I had thought that this toy came in a windowless box given the nature of the box top flat scan I saw in a book years ago [below]:
So if this ahi box had a window [like the Century 21 version it must be said] then what did it look like? Was the picture above that I had assumed was the box top actually the box rear? Anyone any idea?
For comparison here's the UK Century 21 Moonship and window box.