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Space toy - Spacex Interspace Miniatures Mobile H.Q.
  • Spacex Interspace Miniatures Mobile H.Q.
    Rovex Tri-ang Ltd
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Spacex Interspace Miniatures Mobile H.Q.

  • Object:

    Space toy

  • Place of origin:

    Hong Kong (manufactured)

  • Date:

    ca. 1969 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rovex Tri-ang Ltd (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plastic, injection moulded and slotted together and mounted onto printed carboard

  • Museum number:

    B.630-2010

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This space toy, representing a mobile headquarters and made of plastic, was manufactured by Rovex Triang Ltd., a subsidiary of Lines Bros. Ltd., in Hong Kong in the late 1960s. It is one of a series of 'interspace miniatures' produced by Lines. It reflects the fascination, in the 1960s, with space travel, and many aspects of the Spacex range of vehicles reflect real-world design solutions proposed to face the challenges of space travel.

Physical description

Plastic vehicle and astronaut in cellophane bubble pack with cardboard backing. The vehicle is cylindrical in shape with orange plastic lower half and nose and white plastic top. It has four white plastic wheels on each side with moveable black rubber caterpillar tracks, jet nozzles at the rear, a satellite dish on the nose and round, rotating radar scanner on top, all in silver plastic. Also on top is a transparent blue plastic light and sticker with black text reading 'MOBILE HQ'. The astronaut is gold in colour, dressed in a space suit without a helmet, and is standing on a base with both arms raised carrying a gun in his right hand and cup-shaped object in his left. The cardboard backing is printed in a design showing the cratered surface of a moon in light blues, pinks and greens in the bottom-right corner, stars down the right side and text on the left side. The reverse of the backing lists the different models available in the series, gives information about the series in six different languages and has four colour photographs of different products in the series.

Place of Origin

Hong Kong (manufactured)

Date

ca. 1969 (manufactured)

Artist/maker

Rovex Tri-ang Ltd (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Plastic, injection moulded and slotted together and mounted onto printed carboard

Marks and inscriptions

'A / Tri-ang / PRODUCT'
In black and red text within a yellow oval in bottom-left corner of front of backing

'MADE IN HONG KONG FOR Tri-ang'
In black and red text across bottom of reverse of backing

Dimensions

Length: 15 cm maximum, Width: 10 cm maximum, Length: 10 cm vehicle, Height: 4.5 cm vehicle, Height: 2.7 cm astronaut

Object history note

This toy was manufactured by Rovex Tri-ang Ltd., a subsidiary of Lines Bros. Ltd. It was amongst the first products to be manufactured by Lines Bros. in Hong Kong. It is one of a series of 'interspace miniatures' space toys produced by Lines Bros. in the late 1960s. The series was sold in a number of different markets around the world, including North America, where the range was released as Golden Astronaut toys.

Historical context note

This is just one example of the large range of toys and games that were produced from the 1950s onwards in response to the development of and interest in space exploration. Many of the design elements in the Spacex range reflect actual design solutions being proposed for the challenges of space travel.

Descriptive line

Toy space station, astronaut and packaging, plastic with cardboard, manufactured by Rovex Tri-ang Ltd., a subsidiary of Lines Bros. Ltd., Hong Kong, ca. 1969.

Production Note

Rovex Tri-ang Ltd. were a subsidiary company of Lines Bros. Ltd.

Materials

Plastic; Cellophane; Cardboard

Techniques

Injection moulding; Printing

Subjects depicted

The moon; Spacecraft; Space travel; Astronauts

Categories

Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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