|Photos by Jim Lewis|
Saturday, 4 April 2015
FAIRYLITE FIREBALL XL5 TOY...
Long, long, long ago, while on holiday (or was it a day
trip?) perhaps to the seaside resort of Ayr or Girvan (or even
another place entirely - Kinghorn maybe), I spied a friction-drive
model of FIREBALL XL5 in a toyshop's window. It sang to me,
cried to me, pleaded with me to buy it, but my parents were deaf to
my entreaties. And though it was love at first sight, we had to part,
and I was forced to resign myself to the fact that this magnificent
toy would succumb to the advances of another suitor - one
with much more pocket-money than I had to spend.
FAIRYLITE was the name of the manufacturer, and a
few short years later, I bought GOLDEN GATE's STEVE
ZODIAC & ZOONY JETMOBILE friction-drive toy, which I
was very pleased to get. However, there's always something about
'the one that got away', isn't there? I never saw another example
of that Fireball toy for many, many, many years, and when I did,
it was only in the two photos that you see here, sent to me by
a friend who spotted it either on eBay or another site.
And so, like a forlorn lover who has to console himself
with a mere photo of his lost love, I sit here and imagine how
things might've been those long years ago, had only my parents
known that, as they dragged me away from that toyshop window,
my breaking heart would never truly recover from being so cruelly
separated from the object of my desire and longing. Maybe fate
will yet bring us together before my life's race is run, but until
then, I have my memories and these pictures - to remind me
that 'my heart is still a Fireball, a Fireball, every time I
gaze in to those starry skies.'
(Okay, I changed a couple of words there, but it works
better that way. Just call it artistic licence, eh?)
Posted by Kid at Saturday, April 04, 2015