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Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-08-2018 03:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Since Anton Shkaplerov launched a red "Angry Bird" as his Soyuz TMA-22 zero-g indicator in 2011, I have been casually collecting the toys chosen by Soyuz crews as talismans.

Some of the toys are impossible to collect because they were made specifically for the crew (for example, the Sputnik model that Energia made out of Buran space shuttle metal for the Soyuz MS-06 crew). Others are hard to identify, given a lack of clear imagery or because they are generic dolls.

So far I have been able to find five of the toys:

  • Soyuz TMA-22: Angry Bird (Anton Shkaplerov)
  • Soyuz TMA-17M: R2-D2 (Kjell Lindgren)
  • Soyuz TMA-20M: pink owl (Aleksey Ovchinin)
  • Soyuz MS-01: Rilakkuma bear (Takuya Onishi)
  • Soyuz MS-08: Zabivaka, 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia mascot (Oleg Artemyev)
I have limited my collection to only those toys that are identical to the ones flown, so only those that were commercial products before they were chosen to fly. Part of the challenge is matching photos of the zero-g indicators to the various similar toys on the market.

Are there others who are collecting the zero-g indicator toys?

Philip
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posted 04-09-2018 08:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice bunch of toys!

SkyMan1958
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posted 04-09-2018 06:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SkyMan1958   Click Here to Email SkyMan1958     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fun!!!

David C
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posted 04-09-2018 06:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Neat idea.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 04-09-2018 09:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You haven't been able to find an Olaf?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-09-2018 10:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have periodically looked for a match to the specific Olaf toy that Anton Shkaplerov flew, but have yet to find it.

MrSpace86
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posted 04-09-2018 11:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Don't forget Smokey Bear.

Tallpaul
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posted 04-10-2018 09:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tallpaul   Click Here to Email Tallpaul     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have in my collection a gravity indicating toy monkey that was flown on Soyuz TM-16 and that later spent time on MIR. Its provenance is from Alexander Poleschuk and includes photos of him holding and signing the monkey plus a letter written in Cyrillic and a translation of the letter.

The one thing that I do not have is a photo of the monkey "in situ" in the Soyuz. That would be icing on the cake. It is the most unique item in my collection and I am thrilled to be its custodian. I purchased it at a Regency auction a number of years ago.

I would greatly appreciate it if someone in the cS community could direct me to a place where I might find a photo of the monkey "in situ."

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-06-2018 11:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
With the launch of Soyuz MS-09 today, I thought I'd share an update. I've picked up a few replica zero-g indicators since first posting in April:
  • Soyuz TMA-04M: Smokey Bear (Joe Acaba)
  • Soyuz TMA-11M: 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics mascots (hare, polar bear and leopard)
  • Soyuz TMA-13M: Giraffiti (Reid Wiseman)
  • Soyuz MS-05: Spangle the Bear (Randy Bresnik)
Sergey Prokopyev on Soyuz MS-09 used the same toy as Oleg Artemyev did on Soyuz MS-08, Zabivaka, the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia mascot.

neo1022
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posted 06-06-2018 12:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for neo1022   Click Here to Email neo1022     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Pretty sure that Olaf "toy" is a Christmas ornament...

cspg
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posted 06-07-2018 02:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have Angry Bird- love this one!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-07-2018 04:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On June 1, International Children's Day, Oleg Artemyev, shared a photo of the toys gathered on the space station:

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-17-2018 10:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A new addition, the Soyuz MS-10 falcon that flew as Nick Hague's zero-g indicator.

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