Toy, Play Set, Small Stuff Space Shuttle, Tomy Shuttle Delta Wing

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Display Status:

This object is on display in the Moving Beyond Earth exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Collection Item Summary:

This delta wing component is one part of a buildable plastic Space Shuttle playset made by Tomy Toys of Japan. Rather than creating a unified orbiter, the set separated the vehicle into different components that could be assembled in various ways. The result was a versatile toy that could incorporate some or all of the pieces in play. The white main body and cockpit echo the original coloring and general shape of the actual reusable space vehicle. The blue plastic payload bay doors open in a way that includes the vertical stabilizer as a part of them. In addition, the distinctive delta wings are composed of separate pieces that can be added or not. The set also included separate engines and main bay pieces, a rover with a magnetic winch, two dish antennae, and two astronaut figures with a magnetic jet backpack.

Toys like this set represent the many ways that children could learn about the Space Shuttle Program through play. Whether or not the toy represented all aspects of the appearance and capabilities of an orbiter accurately, children could learn to name and identify winged and wheeled spacecraft as Space Shuttle orbiters.

Valerie Neal donated the toy to the Museum in 2008.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number

A20080198004

Credit Line

Gift of Valerie Neal.

Manufacturer

Country of Origin

Japan

Materials

Plastic, decals, magnets, metal

Dimensions

3-D: 7.6 x 5.7 x 1.3cm (3 x 2 1/4 x 1/2 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Type

MEMORABILIA-Popular Culture