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Old 01-11-2010, 05:23 PM   #1
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Default Dinky Eagle Transporter ad from 1975

When I was a kid in the Cub Scouts I had a subscription to the magazine Boys' Life. Google books has now archived the back issues.

I remembered there being ads for Dinky's Eagle line. Actually that's about the only thing I remember from the magazine. Well, when I saw that these issues were online I did a search and sure enough, the ads are retained in the scans.

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Old 02-11-2010, 05:03 AM   #2
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Sure wish I understood why Dinky used such awful colours for their Anderson diecasts. I remember seeing the UFO pieces in a store many years ago - really liked the idea of having an Interceptor, but couldn't bring myself to paying a lot of money (at the time) for something that was so inaccurate, due mainly to the colour selection. Same thing for Space: 1999.
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Old 02-11-2010, 03:34 PM   #3
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When I was a kid in the Cub Scouts I had a subscription to the magazine Boys' Life. Google books has now archived the back issues.

I remembered there being ads for Dinky's Eagle line. Actually that's about the only thing I remember from the magazine. Well, when I saw that these issues were online I did a search and sure enough, the ads are retained in the scans.
shonokin, thanks for sharing this advertisement. I was eleven years old in 1975 and saw this ad in a friend's copy of Boys Life that I was reading in school. I immediately mailed away an order for my first Dinky Toys Eagle the next day. Great memories.
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Its nice to see old adverts like this turning up from time to time, thanks for posting the ad.
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Old 03-11-2010, 05:45 PM   #5
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Those were halcyon days for me, when things like this were new, amazing and magical and cool. It's fun to get a look back at it.

Also there is this article from another issue which I remember reading, by a boy who was collecting various Dinky products from Star Trek, Thunderbirds, Star Wars to Galactica and Space: 1999.
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The common perception at the time was that white toys were boring and didn't sell as well as more colourful 'exciting' ones.
In this ad, it looks like the Eagle is actually white (except for the red medical pod stripes of course). Could this have been?
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Sure wish I understood why Dinky used such awful colours for their Anderson diecasts. I remember seeing the UFO pieces in a store many years ago - really liked the idea of having an Interceptor, but couldn't bring myself to paying a lot of money (at the time) for something that was so inaccurate, due mainly to the colour selection. Same thing for Space: 1999.

l was told many moons back that Dinky had too get rid of an extreme amount of paint they had in storage . . . the trademade 'Green' , could be a urban leg end tho
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Green and orange, green and orange, I still dream about it.

I did try to repaint an Interceptor once, it was a total disaster but it started my interest in trying to make things more "as seen on TV" as possible. I had never used a spray can before. It was quite an adventure and a steep learning curve to say the least.
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Old 26-02-2012, 09:30 PM   #9
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The Transporter was metallic green and the engine bells were chrome whereas the Freighter was white and (If my memory serves me correct.) the engine bells were red. How did that ever make sense at the Dinky design stage? I had the Transporter and dropped it on my bare foot. Very heavy and very sore on the foot but the Eagle survived intact. Dinky may have been a bit mental with the paint but they built things to last.
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In this ad, it looks like the Eagle is actually white (except for the red medical pod stripes of course). Could this have been?
An all-white Dinky Eagle was never produced, no matter what some people on eBay will try to tell you.

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The Transporter was metallic green and the engine bells were chrome whereas the Freighter was white and (If my memory serves me correct.) the engine bells were red.
First release transporters had chrome bells - later releases had red bells, like the freighter.

And then there were the blue freighters. And the blue Thunderbird 2.

Maybe Dinky didn't have colour TV.
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Speaking of toys of that era, did any of you get that set of commlock walkie talkies? Always wanted that.
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