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Apollo program breakfast cerial box kits
Posted by Macca64 on Sunday, May 10, 2020 7:25 PM

Can any of our older members recall the space program inspired , snap together mini kits that came in cerial boxes in the late 60s or early 70s ?  I was growing up in Australia at the time , but as the cerial companies were multi national , I assume that they also came out in other markets .

I would only have been 4 or 5 yrs old so my memory is a little hazy on the topic , but I seem to remember a Command Module kit and a Lunar Lander kit in around 1:144 scale and a Lunar Rover in 1:76. They came on small 4 or 5cm sprues sealed in clear plastic packets.

 These would have been the first kits I ever built. I wonder if any still exist ,built or  unbuilt . I would love to get my hands on one but I imagine they would be astronomically (sorry) priced .

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Posted by Mark Lookabaugh on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 3:46 PM

Like this one?   This version is apparently from Kelloggs in the late 60s.

I found this image on ebay.  The auction had ended, but apparently these do come up for sale from time to time.

Mark

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Mark Lookabaugh on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 3:48 PM

Here's more info:

 

https://omegaforums.net/threads/kelloggs-space-age-series-does-anyone-remember-these.72828/

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Posted by Mark Lookabaugh on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 5:16 PM

Here's a better pic from the link above.

 

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Posted by Mark Lookabaugh on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 5:17 PM

I don't recognize upper right, or lower middle left.  Guessing those are sci fi?  Or perhaps were planned during the apollo program but never built?  Would love info on that.

Mark

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 4:13 PM

Hi Mark;

You are right in that the lower middle left model is not Outer-Space related. It is a very small copy of the Ship ( Proteus) used in the Movie about a ship being injected after being shrunk to a nanite level, into someone to save their life. The Upper right was the Space Hab as envisioned, now known and built as the I.S.S in a totally different configuration.

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, May 14, 2020 11:20 AM

Oh wow those are cool! 

Thanks for bringing this up Macca64 and thanks for posting the photos Mark! 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by the Baron on Thursday, May 14, 2020 12:37 PM

Tanker-Builder

... It is a very small copy of the Ship ( Proteus) used in the Movie about a ship being injected after being shrunk to a nanite level, into someone to save their life... 

Do you mean "Fantastic Voyage", with a great cast, including Racquel Welch?  Very cool!

I never saw any of these, sadly.  I ate cereal with prizes, but no small kits.  Life cereal had Matchbox cars that you could get, if you sent in box tops.  I got a Ford wrecker in Esso livery.  And I remember that the Quaker "puffed" cereals had plastic dinosaurs and modern animal figures for a while.  The dinos might have been by Marx.  From the modern animals, I got some marine animals-a great white, and a barracuda.

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Posted by Est.1961 on Thursday, May 14, 2020 3:13 PM

The one for me that sticks in the mind was a Ford Escort that was assembled while eating a bowl of cereal. 

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, May 14, 2020 7:08 PM

Hey , Baron:

      There were even some very accurate ( now I realize 1/160) models of Century Boats in Cereal boxes too. Then there were the Cadillac cars and Mustangs too. I still have my Little submarine that dove and surfaced, It still works too!

     I think my oldest still surviving cereal Box prize was the Santa Maria. You sent in two boxtops and 50cents and you got what turned out to be the little model that Pyro and or Lindberg released later in sets.

     An actual Glue together model! I still have most of my Boys life and Parents magazine models as well. I was ill for quite some years and they were my lifeline Before Computers. The Dinos were for sure Marx. The modern fishes were by IDEAL toys.

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Posted by Mark Lookabaugh on Thursday, May 14, 2020 8:47 PM

Not sure why it never occurred to me to paint up these things.  Around 1978 the smaller versions were everywhere in lower-end toy stores (TG&Y, etc.).  You could even buy a life-size helmet to wear, and a space fortress playset.  I was obsessed with the things, and had separate containers for each color, and cataloged in a notebook exactly how many of each kind I had for each color, with indexing based on how likely each color was to win/lose against the other colors.

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Posted by Mark Lookabaugh on Thursday, May 14, 2020 8:49 PM

I've got a set of the big ones on my workbench in the garage, just staring at me...  LOL

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Friday, May 15, 2020 7:36 AM

Hey;

     Do you think the figure on the lower right ( the turtle lookin dude) might've been someone's trigger to create the " Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" ? Also, Is that R2D2 standing next to him? before he stopped his diet. All those square oil meals really got to him didn't they?

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, May 15, 2020 12:15 PM

I bought a bag of random 'monsters' back in the late '70s. Years later playing Dungeons & Dragons I noticed that the monsters looked a lot like critters in the game. So I assumed the monster company had ripped off D&D. 

It wasn't until years later that I found out that in making D&D the writers had used various knights etc from wargames set in the Middle Ages as characters. But no monsters. So they grabbed a set of monsters in a bag from a five and dime store- the same set I had and then wrote up a name and background for them.

So in the end it was the other way around- D&D ripped off the generic 'monster' figures by basing the monsters in the game around them!  

 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Monday, May 25, 2020 12:31 PM

I remember getting plastic astronauts in cereal boxes. Similar to the traditional "green army men" but they were molded in colors.

These were the ones I remembered:

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/189643834294879185/

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, May 28, 2020 7:28 PM

I don't remember, sadly. 

I did enroll in a space kit series advertised in Boys Life.

10 cents! Lunar lander.

A new model every month!

I get a bill for $ 1.00.

So I ask my dad and he says always read the fine print. Turns out I have to cancel my subscription after the first model or I'm in.

I write them and they send my 10 year old self a Legal demand letter.

I ignore it, start of a lifetime of bad decisions.

Oh well.

 

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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Posted by Phil_H on Thursday, May 28, 2020 9:25 PM

I can remember little walking toys.

Basically a little elephant, horse, dog etc which came as two body halves, four legs which somehow pivoted back and forth and a little weight. The nose of the animal had a little eyelet to which one tied a short length of thread and the weight was tied to the other end of the thread. You stood the little animal on the table, dangled the weight over the edge, let it go and it would walk to the edge and stop. The little legs made a very distinctive chattering noise as the thing "walked" to the edge of the table.

I remember trying to be clever and making the thread longer so it would walk longer/further. If I recall correctly, it didn't work. It just got up to a point where it was going too fast for the legs to keep up with the motion and it would just slide the rest of the way to the edge of the table. It may also have been going so fast that it didn't stop and simply sailed over the edge.

Other times they just had static animal/monster/promo figurines or some sort of collectible tokens. 

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