This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.
Collection Item Summary:
This small metal spaceship toy was manufactured by Tootsie Toy as a part of the merchandise created around the Buck Rogers comic strip. In 1929, Buck Rogers debuted as a comic after National News Service president asked writer Anthony Nowlan to create a strip based on a character, Anthony Rogers, originated in a short story. By the early 1930s, several different toy companies were producing licensed playthings, including this one. The metal spaceship model is modeled after the "Blast Attack ship" from the comics. It has a small channel on the top, through which the owner could thread a string in order to "fly" the toy from one end of the string to the other.
Collector Michael O'Harro gave this toy to the Museum in 1993.