Saturday, December 25, 2010

Ugh...More Nerdiness!

My last post and the comments it elicited brought up memories of childhood, Matchbox cars, army men, and a few other long forgotten toys. Does anybody remember Dinky Toys? In the 70's I was a big fan of Gerry Anderson's cheesy, British made, science fiction series Space 1999. The story was about a group of people stranded on a moon base after the moon is blown out of orbit following a nuclear explosion. I used to hurry home from Cub Scouts and watch this show with great concentration. At some point I bought a Space 1999 Eagle spacecraft made by Dinky Toys. Dinky made high quality die cast metal toys. In addition to making some cool and unusual realistic looking military toys with spring loaded missiles and such, they produced a whole collection of toys featuring vehicles from Gerry Anderson's other shows, Thunderbirds, and UFO. I wish that I had kept the catalog that came with the toy I bought. I haven't come across one online yet. Good times.

All this supposedly happened in 1999, it's almost 2011 people! Where's my Eagle spacecraft? Where's my stretchy jumpsuit? Where's my laser weaponry?

Yet again, this was supposed to be taking place in 1980.

The Dinky Toys Eagle

Back to bike stuff.


  1. Loved Space 1999! Even at my young age, I had the hots for the twins with the purple hair.
    I'm jealous of your Eagle spacecraft.

  2. In Space 1999, the rockets and explosions in the vacuum of space were always silent, as they should be. From Star Wars to Wall-E, almost no one else got it right after that. 2001 A Space Odyssey, too, of course, got it right, as I recall. It seems that something must have happened to allow sound to propagate through a vacuum after the brief 1999-2001 period.

  3. dickdavid-It was an entertaining show although I was confused when main characters died in one episode and then magically reappeared without explanation in later episodes.

    John Romeo Alpha-I remember seeing 2001 A Space Odyssey at the theater with my dad. He pointed out the fact that there is no sound in the vacuum of space. He continued to point that out through every space related movie we watched afterwards. 2001, yet another year that didn't live up to expectations.

  4. I’ve always been drawn to dystopian films where the few survivors wander a nuclear wasteland and the planet is controlled by damn dirty apes. Every year that passes without a virus escaping to turn us into blood sucking vampires…I breathe a sigh of relief.

    Coincidentally, I’ve been trying to remember the name of that show, Space 1999. I want to rent it on Netflix if it is available. I was hooked on it as a kid as well.

    Thanks for the reminder, and Happy New Year! Jack