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Astro Launch is a tin (steel) game from the Ohio Art Company, a toymaker probably most well known for the Etch-A-Sketch. The game is played like Parcheesi/Aggravation/Trouble with a twist that one can take a short cut across the globe back to home if they are lucky with the roll of the die. A precursor to the "Pop-O-Matic", the die is rolled via a knob on each side of the game that pulls and releases a small spring-loaded "plunger" under the die. Ingenious. My game is nearly complete but has only three, instead of four, of each color of space capsule. Update: some kind reader who had a copy of the game with extra pieces sent me one of each color capsule--my game is now complete! The box for this game is notoriously weak and mine was in pretty bad shape. I reinforced it thoroughly with cardboard and all is right with the world. Mine even came with the instructions. Very cool. Item number 542 dated 1963.
As stated above, Astro Launch is a knock off of the classic game Parcheesi. The most popular Parcheesi knock-offs are still produced. You know them as Trouble by Milton Bradley and Aggravation by Parker Brothers.
Other rocket / flight / space related toys in my collection: Aeronautic Lab Kit by Logix (Science Fair), Apollo 11 Playset by IPI Toys, Cap Rockets by various manufacturers, Cape Kennedy Carry-All by Marx, GI Joe Space Capsule by Hasbro, Johnny Astro by Topper, Moon Blast Off by Schaper.
|Manufacturer:||Ohio Art Company|
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