This is a decent video demonstration of the functions of the 1960 Astro Base by Ideal. Its a You Tubed sales pitch from 2010 by a chap called Dezertdude but ignore the sales talk and focus on the amazing movements and actions of this early and complex space toy.
Why am I particularly interested? Well, its because the astronaut and scout car cockpit are the earliest examples I know of toy parts that eventually became incorporated into the Century 21 Project SWORD line 7 years later in 1967, specifically in the Moon Ranger.
Having watched the clip I am now wondering of there is any evidence of the 'ring' on the back of the Project SWORD Moon Ranger astronaut? The same goes for the American Moon Ranger by Tarheel or indeed the earlier Japanese Moon Ranger by Nichimo?
Anyone want to look and let us know?