Updated: November 23, 2015|
Issued by the Remco Company in 1966. These were sold through the Sears stores or catalogs. This is the all black version, and is quite rare. I currently have (8) different color versions of this toy. Who knows how many colors Remco did back in 1966?
A little about Remco! These guys are famous for some of the 60's
best fantastic plastic toys. They built the Bulldog Tank, the
Fighting Lady battleship, The Rocket Cannon, the Barracuda Atomic
Sub, the Whirlybird, , The Monkey Gun, the Drive-in Theater, The Big
Caesar Warship, The Mighty Matilda Aircraft Carrier The Flying Fox,
and best of all the Lost in Space Robot toys which are so popular
Remco did battle in the early sixties against Deluxe Reading who are
known for the Playmobile, X500 Rocket Base, The mighty Mo Cannon, The
Battlewagon, the defender Dan Machine Gun and the Jimmy Jet. Deluxe
Reading was right down the street from Remco in Elizabeth, NJ), Also
next door was Marx, who everyone knows was king of playsets (in New York),
Marx built The Big Shot Mobile Cannon, The Skyscraper building and The Cap Firing Tank.
Ideal, was also nearby in Hollis New York was competing with their Astro
Base, Robert the Robot, the Dick Tracy Copmobile, the Electronic Fighter
Jet, the Phantom Raider, Odd Ogg, King Zor, The Satellite Launcher and the
Zeroid Robot Series and finally Topper (really Deluxe Reading's non-supermarket line),
known for the Ding a Lings, Tiger Joe Tank, Secret Sam, And Johnny 7 One Man Army.
This period was truly the height of the history in American Toymaking and the
period that really makes me say They just don't build toys like they used to.