USS Enterprise: Originally released in 1976, Dinky’s incarnation of Star Trek's flagship space vehicle integrates a removable orange shuttlecraft and rapid-fire “phaser” defense system into a die-cast metal body. The result of this model/play mix, according to print ads at the time, was “the most exciting die-cast toy ever!” #startrek #dinkytoys #ussenterprise #vintagetoysUSS Enterprise
Space: 1999. The show, starring Martin Landau and Barbara Bain, originally ran in the UK for two seasons from 1975-1977. It depicted the space-faring adventures of the inhabitants of Moon Base Alpha #space1999 #vintagetoys
Yankee Doodle Secret Rocket Test Center: Released in 1959, the Yankee Doodle launch pad propelled a series of Atlas and Titan rockets, as well as one of three different satellites, into “outer space”. #remco #vintagetoys #vintagegames #
Kenner Movie Viewer On the market for approximately five years, Kenner’s Movie Viewer (1975-1979) was used to feature a variety of the company’s licensed properties, including Snoopy, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, Star Wars, and the movie Alien. While different characters and properties were swapped in and out, the basic design of the toy remained unchanged. #kenner #vintagetoys #vintagegames
Eight-track tapes weren’t just for music! The 2-XL robot was an early electronic toy that both entertained and educated kids by asking and allowing them to answer questions using eight-tracks. #mego #vintagetoys #2xl
ROM The Space Knight made its debut in 1979 and was one of Parker Brothers’ first forays into products that were not board-game based. In its advertising, Parker Brothers referred to the toy as “a micro-electronic creation”. #parkerbrothers #vintagetoys
Turn-A-Tune Released in 1958, Kenner Products’ Turn-A-Tune is a mashup of a vintage phonograph and a modern turntable. The toy is operated by turning a handle – a “no batteries required” approach to entertainment that is far less common today than it was in the 1950-60s. #kenner #vintagetoys
Mary Beatrice Davidson Kenner Mary Kenner invented the Sanitary Belt in 1956, an early predecessor of the maxipad. They look a bit like torture devices now, but at the time they made a big difference in women's lives. In 1982, she also invented that convenient little toilet paper holder that nearly everyone has mounted in their bathroom these days.