c.1961 Bandai Battery Operated Air Control Tower in Original Box 2

c.1961 Bandai Battery Operated Air Control Tower in Original Box 2

Untouched, unplayed with, and for over 50 years never removed from original box. Plus it's a tough toy to find! This best describes this example of Bandai's Battery Operated "Air Control Tower". I've sold only one other in high grade condition, but like most toys it had been taken out of the box and played with. 

Since the time I've owned this toy I never took it out of the box. Yes, there's always the possibility that it may not work due to age, but 9 out of 10 times all it requires clean terminals. If you decide to remove it from the box, set it up, and it doesn't work, I'll work with you until it does.

The first 5 photos below show the toy still in the box and factory wrapped. I used the photos from the example I sold several years ago to show the contents and how it works. The description that follow is not the toy being sold, but it gives you a good idea of what's inside the box. 

September , 2010

The "Air Control Tower" comes with a USAF Airplane, a USAF Helicopter, Control Tower, Remote Controller, and of course the original box. All are tin litho. It's easily assembled by placing tower light onto tower. The extension rod (which holds the plane and copter) folds out to over 3 feet in length. The helicopter counter-balances the plane. It's slightly lighter so it starts out lop-sided, but evens out as it speeds up. The copter itself is not electrified although its blades rotate manually. 

The Remote handheld unit controls both speed and height. I addition the tower lights up and rotates while the airplane propeller rotates. 

Once it gets going it moves fast enough to make the plane rise about 1 foot off the ground. Definitely use fresh batteries and place it on a large smooth surface. 


  • The plane has both a pilot and copilot under a clear plastic canopy. 
  • The plane is red and yellow with metallic silver trim. The wheels are tin. The rear stabilizing wheel is rubber. The prop is plastic. 
  • The helicopter can be placed in three positions on the cross-bar. I thought it worked best on the last notch. 
  • The tower light has all 5 of its original colored acetate windows. 
  • The extension rod which holds the plane and copter folds up into 5 separate sections. 
  • The helicopter is the only part marked with the Bandai trademark. 

The box features a colored illustration of the airplane during take-off. The tower and helicopter can be seen in the background. The Bandai trademark is on the lower right corner. Directions for operating the toy, assembly instructions, and battery placement are drawn in schematics on the front and rear aprons. 

Size: Tower 11" tall. Extension rod 37" long. Airplane 9" wingspan & 7" fuselage, Helicopter 6" long and weighs nearly a pound. Condition: Contents are in factory issued unused condition. 

Sold: Dec. 2012

Price Sold: $ 640


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