Sunday, 26 December 2010


Steve & Zoonie - but how did they fit in the box. (I know.)
Here's a nice little Christmas present for you - a picture of toy firm
FIREBALL XL5 JETMOBILE. The copyright date on the box is 1962, so
it must have been released to toyshops no later than 1963, as it wasn't
unusual for a toy to carry a copyright date of the year before it came out.
(Another example is MATTEL's MAJOR MATT MASON - it came out
in 1967, but bears the date 1966.) Of course, it may well have come out
in 1962 just like the box says.

I didn't actually didn't get my hands on this friction-drive toy until 1968,
in the Scottish town of Millport (just across the water from Largs) on the
Isle of Cumbrae, so it was old stock when I purchased it. Good as it was,
I'd have loved to get one of Steve and ROBERT THE ROBOT on a jet-
mobile, but - alas - such a toy never existed.

Gordie, Steve, Zoonie & Paul
Here's me as a
9 year old some-
where in Largs (or
Millport), with my
original jetmobile
on my lap. (Taken
a day or two after
purchase, if memory
serves.) I'm holding
a bendy CAPTAIN
SCARLET figure
which I bought at
around the same
time (a day or two
either way). You'll
need to have really
good eyesight, but
if you focus really hard, you can just about about make them out. (Now
all I have to do is track down a replacement Captain Scarlet figure.)

Sometimes I look at these old photos and wish I were a lad again.
Life was so much simpler then. Anyone else agree?


Wayne Thompson said...

Seeing toys like this just takes me back to happy days of growing up as a child in the sixties.

Kid said...

Yeah. Brilliant, wasn't it?

Wayne Thompson said...

Such a fantastic time! We had everything comics,toys, etc. It was exciting and i really do miss it.

Kid said...

As do I. Just think how different our childhoods would have been in regard to toys if plastic had never been invented. Most of the toys we grew up with could never have been made.