Larami made cheap "rack toys" in Hong Kong for US market. They was cheap pocket-money toys with little if any connection to the series. The card backings of the blister packs had nice if messy Year 1 photos, usually of astronauts, largely from Breakaway, Ring Around The Moon and Alpha Child. Several were reissued for Year 2 with some new toys.
US 1975 No, 7022-7
A wrist viewer similar to the toy TV in the Alpha Flicks and Stamping Set, with the two story reels from that pack.
US 1975 No. 9521-6 $1.29
A small set of seven stamps decorated with crude designs from the series, plus an ink cases decorated with the series logo. Also included was a plastic "television set" decorated with a photo of three Eagles (a model shot of the 3 different scales together) and two paper reels, each telling a short story in a series of colour artwork pictures. These reels could be mounted in the "television" and the dials on the side used to wind on the reel, revealing consecutive pictures on the "screen". The stories were "The Phantom Planet" (captions: "John! Look out!" "Zarp! Scroom! Another transformation..." "Now it's ancient Rome..." "It doesn't really exist at all!") and "The Atomic Monster" ("Cosmic rays have no effect!" "That halo means radiation!" "Only the glacier gun will work..." "That'll keep him on ice!"). 13 very crude artwork pictures per story. The reels were stored in cardboard tubes, the exteriors decorated with the series logo and colour photos, mostly of astronauts. Sold in a bubble pack with colourful photos of astronauts: top left behind logo is Alan aiming Alpha Child blaster, top right are the Ring Around The Moon astronauts in transit.
A variation of the Moonbase Medic kits
Item No 7021-9. Made in Hong Kong. 79 cents.
Very crude white pistol which uses a spring to "pop" yellow caps fitted to the barrel (no connection with series). The logo and a colour photo of Koenig aiming laser rifle (from Alpha Child) appear on a card inserted in the handle. Sold in bubble pack, with very attractive photos of astronauts on the 15 x 23cm card.
Contains "High Powered Lens", "2 Section Telescope", "Adjustable Binoculars with carrying strap" (the last marketed separately as "High Power Lookouts")
US 1975 59 cents.
A toy plastic watch (two different watch faces). Blister pack has nice astronaut photo (Sandra Benes from Last Sunset) plus inset of Eagle struck by lightning. A variation pack is longer, showing an additional inset of moonbuggy.
US 1976. No. 7071-4 $1.29
"Adjustable High Power Lens-Carrying Strap". Children's binoculars. Blister card shows shots of Eagle from Metamorph, Koenig from Brian The Brain, and Alpha.
A toy gun with two large darts. Also issued as the Interstellar Target Shooter (which had the same background picture of astronaut Alan with the Alpha Child laser blaster).
Also issued as the Interstellar Rocket Gun
US 1976. No. 8029-1 $1.29
7" x 13" card. Two different sets, but packaging identical (including serial number).
set 1: blood pressure meter, pocket watch, two vials, tweezers, spoon, thermometer, two alcohol bottles, measuring cup, cotton container, and forceps.
set 2: stethoscope, pocket watch, tweezers, thermometer, mirror, two probes, medical box, alcohol bottle, a hammer, scissors, and syringe
Also issued as the Astro-Medic Doctor Set
USA 1975. Item no. 5014-6. Made in Hong Kong. First version: 59 cents; second version: 69 cents
Toy penknife (9 cm long) with soft plastic fork, knives, spoon. Red logo on side.
Blister card (13 x 18 cm) features yellow logo and photo of Koenig & Helena by Terra Nova pool. Second version had a year 2 photo of Koenig in the caves from Seed of Destruction
Dart board and toy darts. Blister pack card shows Victor and Koenig in the lab. See below for variation.
US 1975 $1.00
Item Number 9493-8. Made in Hong Kong. A set of 12 rubber stamps, 2 stamp holders and an ink pad. Two versions of the blister pack top; one shows an Eagle and Satazius (upside down), the other shows a Main Mission photo.
The same stamp designs appear in the Alpha Flicks and Stamping Set.
Item No 3003-1 Made in Hong Kong "Not recommended for children under 3 years of age"
A pinball game with colour photos of Year 1 cast (9 x 12.5 x 1 cm). Spring fires ball to top of board; it rolls down to be trapped in plastic cups giving various scores (200, 250, 500, 750 and 1000). Three balls. Six photos on card backing: astronauts in buggy, Koenig aims laser blaster, Koenig & Helena in ice cave, Koenig & Helena sat in buggy, Koenig & Helena by Terra Nova pool, and, behind spring, Koenig talks to Victor in lab. No text on game apart from faint copyright line.
Sold in clear plastic bag with card stapled on top, with 1999 logo in yellow on black background.
Apparently a toy watch. See The Gerry Anderson Memorabilia Guide (Dennis Nicholson) p222
The card back includes two art figures to cut-out: a cave miner from The Metamorph and Mirella from The Exiles (neither were antagonists in the series).
Copyright Martin Willey. Thanks to Allen Barnella.