c.1952 Ideal, No. 4864 Messenger From Mars in Original Box

c.1952 Ideal, No. 4864 Messenger From Mars in Original Box

Early unusual polystyrene (hard plastic) "Messenger From Mars" rocket cycle complete with rare original display box. Includes original cycle, space rider, and removable transparent helmet. 

Rocket cycle, or futuristic motorcycle, is all hard plastic with solid rubber tires. It's entirely finished with a vacuum metallized silver surface, probably chrome. The broad front fenders with extended bumpers, curved foot supports, triple rear fins and rocket exhaust are classic examples of the 1950's design. 

The solid green hard plastic pilot was done in the style of many popular, early 50's TV space shows (elbow bands, chest dials, ray gun, and twin rocket backpack). The transparent bubble helmet rests on the rider's collar and has a rear tab which fits between the rocket pack. It's the correct and original helmet for this toy. It also has a single hole in the sole of each foot. 

The rarely seen original box features a navy blue die cut backdrop display of the Martian surface complete with mountains and extinct volcano. Saturn and the far distant Earth are shown. The toy name was printed over most of the background. Despite the large text it was cleverly designed to "fit" around the toy so it wouldn't be obscured, giving it a great three dimensional appearance. The cycle fits into a die cut insert-boxed base. The Ideal logo was printed on the lower left corner on the insert. The manufacturer name and catalog are on the left endflap. The right flap is blank. The back of the card and the bottom are blank without any color. 

Size: Cycle 6¼". Box 7" x 2½" x 5". 

Sold: Jun. 2008

Price Sold: $ 850


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