posted 02-14-2006 10:24 AM
Realistic space toys were again in short number this year at the American International Toy Fair held in New York City.
Companies such as Action Products and Odyssey Toys, known for their NASA-themed lines, were exhibiting but were not introducing any new space sets (instead focusing on their other products). In fact, only two manufacturers out of the 1,500 in attendance had new space history-inspired items and both were based on commercial space activities.
The Air Hogs Air Rocket from Spin Master is the first and only flying toy to license the name and appearance of Boeing's Delta booster. The set, which retails for $30, includes two foam rockets and a launcher.
Meanwhile on the other end of the market, were new models of SpaceShipOne and its carrier White Knight from Toys and Models Corp., makers of the popular series of Philippine mahogany wood replica air and spacecraft. On display were prototypes but barring any production issues, the SS1 will launch later this year.