on May 15, 2007
Like the Stingray I reviewed earlier, this is a toy that doesn't really have any educational value, but like Stingray, this is die cast of a very high quality. The detailing is also exceptional. One really nice feature is that Fireball Junior separates and re-attaches using a very strong magnet. They refer to this as a toy, but the detailing is good enough to be considered a scale model.
Since the series was in black and white, you have to trust the manufacturers to get the coloring right. I had a plastic toy set when I was a kid (I'm talking early 1960's); a rather large Fireball (18"?) with removable Junior, take-off ramp and buildings. From what I remember, the coloring of this version is right.
For fans of this series, this toy/model would be highly enjoyable.
on November 22, 2011
I have a collection of model spacecraft/aircraft from sci-fi series of the 60's and 70's. Mostly model kits I built back in the day and a few diecasts including Spindrift, Flying Sub, Invaders UFO, etc. But I lacked a Fireball XL5. I was happy to find this excellent replica to add to my fleet. Though classified as a toy, this model has fit and finish to make a fine display piece. Highly recommended.
on February 15, 2011
When I first saw this die cast Fireball XL5, it brought back memories of watching the show on TV. Even though I didn't remember the stories, I did remember the rocket ship. I also wanted to have one to play with so I could imagine myself flying to the stars. It has taken a long time but I now have it and it is awesome. It arrived well packaged and it's painted well and the markings are very good. It is quite heavy and there is a powerful magnet that allows Fireball Junior to attach itself to the main ship. I have not tested the stand because I keep it in its box (which makes an excellent display case) in my bedroom next to my 1966 Hotwheels Batmobile. Fortunately my wife understands the kid in me. When it arrived I did take it out to examine it for dents, dings and scratches. It was still reasonably priced when I bought it from Amazon; now it has more than doubled what I paid. So if you haven't got one yet, you may want to get one before it gets any higher or it's not available anymore.