Toy, Space Port, Flash Gordon

Toy, Space Port, Flash Gordon

     

This Flash Gordon space port hangar (with its matching Space-Cruiser) combined elements of aviation (a classically-shaped hangar) with space-themed play. The toy set was the result of a partnership between Pyro Plastics, which made the plastic spacecraft, in association with T. Cohn (or Superior), which produced the hangar. The hangar-turned-spaceport used a spring-activated rail to launch the Flash Gordon Space Cruiser (an adaptation of the Pryo's popular X-300 Space-Cruiser toy). Because the spring action was more forceful than the spaceships could handle, many of the surviving cruisers sport broken plastic fins.

Most versions of this toy did not carry the "Flash Gordon" name. In fact, a version of this space port with identical markings but minus the "Flash Gordon" was widely marketed in the early 1950s.

Collector Michael O'Harro donated this toy to the National Collection in 1993.

Gift of Michael O'Harro

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
T. Cohn, Inc.

Date
1947

Location
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Hangar
James S. McDonnell Space Hangar

Type
MODELS-Science Fiction

Materials
metal, paint
Dimensions
Overall: 7 1/2in. x 8in. x 10in. (19.1 x 20.3 x 25.4cm)

This Flash Gordon space port hangar (with its matching Space-Cruiser) combined elements of aviation (a classically-shaped hangar) with space-themed play. The toy set was the result of a partnership between Pyro Plastics, which made the plastic spacecraft, in association with T. Cohn (or Superior), which produced the hangar. The hangar-turned-spaceport used a spring-activated rail to launch the Flash Gordon Space Cruiser (an adaptation of the Pryo's popular X-300 Space-Cruiser toy). Because the spring action was more forceful than the spaceships could handle, many of the surviving cruisers sport broken plastic fins.

Most versions of this toy did not carry the "Flash Gordon" name. In fact, a version of this space port with identical markings but minus the "Flash Gordon" was widely marketed in the early 1950s.

Collector Michael O'Harro donated this toy to the National Collection in 1993.

Gift of Michael O'Harro

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
T. Cohn, Inc.

Date
1947

Location
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Hangar
James S. McDonnell Space Hangar

Type
MODELS-Science Fiction

Materials
metal, paint
Dimensions
Overall: 7 1/2in. x 8in. x 10in. (19.1 x 20.3 x 25.4cm)

ID: A19970628000