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Old 13-07-2006, 03:38 PM   #1
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I just found in the attic my Mattel Eagle (not from my childhood, thou). A quick face wash, some pics, and to the attic again...







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Old 13-07-2006, 05:40 PM   #2
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Good to see it's in fairly good condition - most suffer from extensive yellowing of the glue used to hold them together.
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Old 13-07-2006, 05:52 PM   #3
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Quite a cool toy to have played in its days.

MY GOD I just turned chef yupiii
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Old 14-07-2006, 02:12 AM   #4
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great photos! (but i wonder now, as i did back then, why that top flap (necessary to reach into the cockpit of course) had to be black.

still pondering the green dinky, too...
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Old 15-07-2006, 02:49 PM   #5
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The kid in me would have loved to play with that when it first came out. But the adult in me wonders why Mattel's attention to detail was so lame! I think they've captured the spirit of the Eagle, but the model could have been a little more accurate! Were injection-molding the parts too difficult at the time, or did they just not care how similar it was to the actual craft? Forgive my tirade.

Nice find, by the way. And thanks for the pix. Made me feel like a kid again!
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Old 15-07-2006, 04:26 PM   #6
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There's also many very sharp edges on the Mattel Eagle - especially on the underside of the spine.

It certainly wouldn't pass safety tests if released today!
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Old 15-07-2006, 06:38 PM   #7
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Man. I wish I had an attic.

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Old 16-07-2006, 06:39 AM   #8
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I still have mine (box and all), only I'd kept it in the basement, when I had a basement in which to keep it.

I actually painted the seats inside the CM, as well as all the recessed CM windows, since there were not enough stickers for the anti-glare panels. I also painted the hair on the three characters (black for Koenig, yellow for Russell & grey for Bergman).

Somewhere on the web is/was a guy who made replacement sticker sheets replicating the originals from the toy, as well as 'accurized' ones for those wishing to make their toy more like the studio version. ('Make more like the studio version?' No small task, obviously! ) Don't know if the stickers are still available, though.

Random memory of playing with this toy as a child: just after watching The Day After Tomorrow (as it was called in the US; Into Infinity is the real title, of course), I wanted to pretend an Eagle was caught in the gravitational pull of a black hole and was going through some kind of space warp. So, humming Derek Wadsworth's catchy theme music, I loaded up the figures into my Mattel Eagle and proceeded to 'fly' it around (by holding it aloft in my hands) while spinning round and round in ever faster and tighter arcs. I got dizzy rather quickly and lost my balance, bashed the back of my head sharply against the coffee table and howled in pain for quite a while thereafter ! Although the Eagle had flown (litereally) from my grasp and was upside down across the room, it was intact. (Of course it was; Koenig was at the controls! )
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Old 16-07-2006, 09:46 AM   #9
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I bought mine (the one you see in the photos above) back in 1994, from a guy in the US. Very expensive, in a moment when the exchange rate between the US dollar and the Spanish peseta was not favourable at all for the Spanish side

It was in fact MINT IN BOX, with everything there, still in the sprues, and the stickers sheet intact. Definitely never assembled!

My intention was to "accurize" it, and I contacted then with Chris Trice and Jim Small for some advice, and they gave me both the best posiible one: "FORGET IT! Keep it as a collectible"

They were absolutely right on the spot! I bought, thou, Chris decals for the 44" Eagle, you can see them in the photos. The black anti-glare panels and side thrusters marks were cut from adhesive vynyl, not from the stickers sheet.

It's VERY inaccurate, I know, but, boy, I'd LOVE to own her as a child!!!!!
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(Of course it was; Koenig was at the controls! )
Now, if MAYA had been flying it, the situation would have been much worse!
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I recently found one of these in good condition, only missing a few landing pads and one thruster bell. Approximately how much are these worth?
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I recently found one of these in good condition, only missing a few landing pads and one thruster bell. Approximately how much are these worth?
Check eBay. If you can't find one, that means it's rare...which is good.
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I recently found one of these in good condition, only missing a few landing pads and one thruster bell. Approximately how much are these worth?
Anywhere from $200 to $400 in mint with box

You can buy those thruster bells and landing pads but will cost you close to $100. Ouch.
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Old 07-08-2008, 08:32 PM   #14
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No, there's no box, and the glue seams are yellowed, but otherwise it's in good condition. I was thinking of restoring it by just casting up the existing pads and bells to complete the kit and re-painting it.

But if anyone wants to make an offer...
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Old 08-08-2008, 01:26 AM   #15
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Just took some pics. Since I'm a NooB at Space:1999, can anyone give me advice on how much this is worth? I've looked on ebay to no avail. Thanks!
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Old 08-08-2008, 02:09 AM   #16
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stu, you must not be looking hard enough on ebay, i see them on their all the time.
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Old 08-08-2008, 02:37 AM   #17
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stu, your unit is yellowing and the parts needed to restore would set someone back $100+. The men go for about $50, the pads go about $30-50, the engines go around $20 each. You are also missing the hatch which goes for around $30. You can get an almost complete one in box for $300.

Put it on ebay and see what you fetch.
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Old 09-08-2008, 05:53 PM   #18
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Wow! That Eagle still looks great! I wish I still had mine...
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You know, I was telling my teenage son about all the old TV shows and Space 1999 was one of them. Then I started doing some Google searching and ended up here. I had the Mattel Eagle "toy" as a kid and remember playing with it like crazy. I don't know what happened to it but wish I still had it. I also had a die-cast model of the Eagle with sprung landing pads. I think it was made by Corgi?

Jon.
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Old 18-08-2008, 04:00 PM   #20
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I think it was made by Corgi?

Jon.
No, Dinky Toy, and welcome!
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