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Something this cool comes along once in a blue moon. And if you’re the lucky fan who owns it, well…count your lucky stars, Spaceman! What are we talking about? One of the rarest of the rare vintage GIjOE products ever produced—1970’s Flying Space Adventure!
Recently, an entire, UNASSEMBLED, salesman prototype window box package for this set appeared for sale on ebay. It failed to sell at its reserve of $850, but the rarity of the package didn’t escape the eyes of avid GIjOE collectors. We’ve never seen one of these packages in person; only in photographs. And when we saw this one opened up flat like this, we were really impressed by its gorgeous artwork (another Don Stivers masterpiece). We wrote to the current and very fortunate owner, Todd Chamberlain, to see if he could tell me anything more about it. Here’s his reply:
“Thanks for your interest, Mark—it is a cool piece! It’s an original, Hasbro-issued, pre-production box ‘flat’ for a 1970 Adventures of GIjOE Astronaut ‘Flying Space Adventure’ accessory set, in beautiful condition. The package also includes the blue insert card to which the accessories would have been attached. It has all the die cuts and crease lines, but it was never glued or assembled. It would look beautiful framed.
As for its history, I bought the package from a collector who got it from a Hasbro sales rep in the ’70s. Lots of cool Hasbro stuff has made it all over the country through various paths.
My main collecting area is actually Star Wars, and I have a lot of Kenner prototype items I have bought from Kenner employees, but I love the GIjOE line, too, and I always thought the art on these boxes was incredible. To be clear, the listing ended, but it did not sell.”
Bottom Line: This is a fascinating and beautiful piece of GIjOE packaging history. It’s rare enough to find a Flying Space Adventure window box, but to locate one that’s in “never-been-assembled” condition is literally mind-boggling. Thanks for sharing your story and photos, Todd. We envy its future owner!