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Hi,

Ever wonder how spaced out one can get collecting slot cars?
Well these might be for you. 4 different companies which in their wisdom & in their eternal need to make a buck decided to go go where no man had gone before & produce outer space slot car sets.


1st by LJN Toys out of Hong Kong we have Voltron Defender Of The Universe.Here you have 2 spaced out cats whose eyes light up green racing though the universe.Notice the Lion Force hand controllers,I wonder how they would go over at the local race track ?


2nd we have a slot car set released only in Italy called Gatcha Man " The Battle Of The Planets". The set includes 2 very advanced in design slot cars which can race on a track here on Earth or in the vastness of space.
This set was based on a Japanese TV show created in 1972. The show was rather violent as was usual in many Japanese series. It was tamed down in the western releases.This set combined a slot car set with a game, cards included.

3rd we have a rare Carrera Apollo set from Germany made around 1980-81.This is really an incredible set. The Apollo space capsule races on thin clear plastic track which is elevated in the air by clear plastic tubes.The capsule races around a large model of the moon & then shoots 4 metal astronauts at a magnetized crater.


4th is a photo of 2 space ships from Star Wars made by Lionel.i couldnt find the set, I know it's somewhere. Well i hope you enjoy the photos,

thanks,
Bernard

 

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Some very interesting sets there, certainly relevant in view of the recently announced Scalextric Star Wars sets.

I do like the Carrera Apollo set, it does look rather good fun, perhaps it's an idea Scalextric should consider with regard to their forthcoming Star Wars release.
 

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Nice one Bernard, thanks for that !!.

Like the others, I reckon the Carrera Apollo is an inspired bit of design, brilliant.

vbr Chris A.
 

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All attempts by Carrera and other companies to market such strange concepts were actually as huge of commercial failures as that of the Scalextric 1/24 scale racing sets in 1967.
Bless them for trying, it makes our collectors days more interesting...
 

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These are wonderful Bernard - didn't realize there were so many Outer Space sets!

That Lionel thing does ring a bell, but haven't been able to find it yet.

And I'm afraid I have to agree with Philippe: I don't think any of these kinds of sets were good sellers, from the horse-racing sets on down...

Don
 

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Hornby also did one of these.



About as successful as the rest of them I imagine. They occasionally pop up on eBay. LINKY
 
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