Another die cast model from the 1998 Johnny Lightning
classic Lost in Space set – The Space Pod.
Like the others in the series it’s pretty accurately detailed
for its size, decked with various sensory gizmos and nice decals. Apparently, the number on the decals, 277-2211
-IA is the phone number of 20th Century Fox Studios, and the initials,
unsurprisingly stand for Irwin Allen.
There is one glaring omission on the model however. For some
reason the starboard side reaction control thrusters are missing leaving just a
square indentation where they’re supposed to be.
The Pod is obviously based on the Apollo Lunar Module with
the front elevation being quite reminiscent of it.
The rear has the entrance hatch.
The Space Pod first appeared in the third season L.I.S.
episode, Kidnapped in Space, were it is flown by Dr Smith and the Robot.
Although the Pod had never been mentioned before it’s assumed it’s always been
there aboard the Jupiter 2.
The Space Pod is launched from it’s hanger below the Jupiter
2, and is able to land on nearby planets or accommodating space craft, leaving the Jupiter 2 in space.
The Space Pod also appeared in Irwin Allen’s Land Of The Giants, in the episodes,’ A
Place Called Earth’ and ‘Home Sweet Home’
There were always one or two perched on the arm of the sofa my prezzies were piled onto.
I wish I could recall some ultra-cool JR21 Thunderbirds painting sets but the subject matter I see when I think back is mostly wildlife like horses and birds in trees. I suppose they were trying to educate us as we painted.
The Paints were supplied in small plastic lidded pots that were neatly kept in place by holes in the back card box. There was naturally a brush too, together with a stack of unpainted paper sheet designs and the finished model pictures either in a colour leaflet or on the back. No idea who the manufacturers were anymore. Berwick?
All that was needed to paint by numbers really was a table, a glass of water and lots of childhood.
I don't get a happy feeling when I think of Painting by Numbers sets so imagine I wasn't keen on them. Like Board Games, I will have found them just too restrictive for my chaotic mind!
Even worse in my opinion were the Embroidery By Numbers sets my Mum got. Torture by a thousand stitches!
I do recall, however, loving a toy or painting set where the colour was revealed by wetting the paper with a brush dipped in water. Maybe I'm dreaming but it feels like something that I actually did as a kid! Can anyone help?
Really pleased to finally own a Johnny Astro Moonscape, courtesy of the unflinchingly generous Kevin D. Just spent an evening investigating the differences in my collection of moonscapes, but for now, the Spacex LEM touches down.