Saturday, March 21, 2015

Pyro (T. Cohn) Space Port

It's Sci-Fi and Fantasy Saturday and we've got a terrific toy from the Golden Age of space toys for your enjoyment - the tin-litho T. Cohn (aka Superior) Space Port. According to the book Blast Off! Rockets, Robots, Ray Guns, and Rarities from The Golden Age of Space Toys (by S. Mark Young, Steve Duin, and Mike Richardson) the Space Port, although made by T. Cohn, was actually sold by Pyro who packaged it in a set as a companion piece for their X-300 Space Cruiser. The Space Port has a spring-loaded catapult which launched the X-300 on its way to the outer reaches of space. Unfortunately the catapult mechanism is quite robust and caused the frail fins of the spaceship to break. The toy's graphics are just superb but sometime in the past someone pasted on a couple of green paper stars. They don't look bad and I'm not going to remove them. There's a spaceship on the side which looks an awful lot like a Gilmark plastic ship while he spacemen look similar to  Archer's. The overall dimensions for the toy are 10" (25.4cm) L x 7 3/4" (19.7cm) W x 7 1/4" (18.4cm) H. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina.

That's a pretty strong spring powering this catapult

The release mechanism is on the back wall

This looks like a Gilmark space ship

The Pyro set included the X-300 Space Cruiser and the space port

I've included an Archer space man in these shots because he looks cool!

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