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Satellite Launcher from Ideal (1957)


Wind ‘em up… watch ‘em go!

In 1957, Ideal launched its own space race with the release of Satellite Launcher.

The Launcher was made of high-impact plastic in bright colours and measured 17-inches long x 6 ¾-inches high x 6-1/2-inches wide. With a Batmobile-esque base, the toy was mobile and could be rolled by a child to a launch location of their choice.

Once in place, the mechanical launching device on the back of the mobile unit could be tilted up to 45-degrees. A push-trigger release propelled one of four polyethylene satellites into the air. The Satellite Launcher also featured a storage area, a radar control tower that could rotate 360-degrees, and an elevating radar screen.

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