NUMBERS

this page is intended to collect (hopefully useful) lists of various numbers that we have and may yet come across: those found on toys, packaging etc.

Spacex Stage 1 model numbers

Four of the Stage 1 models carry a number moulded into the plastic. Presumably these are model numbers by manufacturer McArthur Ltd, but why only these four are thus marked and the others aren't remains a mystery.

Prospector markings

Prospector

Always marked nr 3034

P3 markings

Helicopter P3

Always marked nr 3035

Cruiser markings

Pleasure Cruiser

Always marked nr 3038

Moon Base markings

Moon Base

Always marked nr 3046

Spacex Stage 1 stock/catalogue numbers

The Stage 1 blister cards don't feature a stock number as such, but do have a numbered list of available models, the numbers of which are part of each actual stock number. Boxed Stage 1 toys have the full stock number marked on the box, and a shipping carton for 12 blister cards shows how the stock numbers relate to the carded toys.

Various Stage 1 numbers on packs

Left: the list of models on the back of a Stage 1 blister card.
Right: shipping carton with full stock number - Catalogue number on Launch Pad boxed set.

We sadly don't have anything like a contemporary sales list, but extrapolating the known numbers on the boxes gets me the list below. The number before the forward slash may be a sequential number of each toy in a list of all toys produced for Rovex or its Pedigree (or even Pippin) subsidiary, while the number following the forward slash is the specific item number in the Spacex range.
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Stock nr

Item

Source

1157/1

Tractor T5 blister card

Extrapolated

1158/2

Forklift 7 blister card

Extrapolated

1159/3

Helicopter P3 blister card

Extrapolated

1160/4

Hawk blister card

Extrapolated

1161/5

Mercury blister card

Extrapolated

1162/6

Reconnaissance 2 blister card

Extrapolated

1163/7

Needle Probe blister card

Extrapolated

1164/8

Prospector blister card

Extrapolated

1165/9

Explorer MEV2 blister card

Extrapolated

1166/10

Mobile HQ blister card

Extrapolated

1167/11

Patrol Cricket blister card

Extrapolated

1168/12

Rocket Nova blister card

Shipping box (also shown above)

1169/13

Nuclear Freighter blister card

Extrapolated

1170/14

Space Patrol 1 blister card

Extrapolated

1171/15

Pleasure Cruiser blister card

Extrapolated

1172/16

Mobile Launching Pad boxed

Toy box

1173/17

Nuclear Pulse boxed

Toy box

1174/18

Moon Base HQ boxed

Toy box

1175

Superset 1 boxed set

Set box

1175/19

Moon Base HQ boxed set

Set box

1176/20

Earth Launch Pad boxed set

Set box (also shown above)

1177/21

Space Station boxed set

Set box

The list above assumes a block of consecutive numbers was allocated to the Stage 1 series. If this is true, it would imply the three later boxed sets had been planned from the start.
Superset 1 having no number behind the forward slash and sharing the first number with the next set is very strange.

Pippin Spacex stock/catalogue numbers

Stock numbers for the two later Pippin Spacex extensions to the fleet are tricky, in that we currently only have two of these, marked on two boxes of the larger toys. The number between these two will likely have been allocated to the pair of Soyuz craft, which appeared at the same time and will likely also have been boxed.

Two Pippin Spacex numbers on boxes

The two Pippin Spacex stock numbers we currently have.

The gap in the numbers between the Stage 1 and Pippin series may indicate that for the Pippin series an entirely new block was allocated, or possibly that numbers for other toys from other series sit inbetween. If a new block of numbers were started, then it would probably be numbered starting with the smaller toys on blister cards, followed by the three larger boxed toys added later. But if that new block of numbers started at nr 1201, there would be a gap for one missing number somewhere in the sequence...

It also appears the forward slash followed by the Spacex serial number was dropped from the stock numbers. (Use your browser's Back button to return here from linked pages in table below)

Stock nr

Item

Source

1217

LEM Apollo boxed

Toy box (also shown above)

1218

Soyuz 6 & 7 boxed (probably)

Probable

1219

Photonic Space Station boxed

Toy box (also shown above)

Golden Astronaut stock/catalogue numbers

Multiple Toymakers had its own numbering system, where I don't know if and if so, how that ties in with their other ranges of toys. In any case, the type of packaging seems to determine the first one or two digits, with the final digit distinguishing a series of blisters or a set containing multiple toys.

GA stock numbers on packaging

Left: single blister card - triple card
Right: boxed set - later window box

Single vehicles were allocated one stock number per themed subseries, which were sold in mixed assortments of 3 dozen per shelf pack. Whether individual vehicles had an extra identification further to the stock number for each theme isn't known, at any rate neither packaging nor dealer catalogues show anything of the sort.

Following the same practice, the four Spacex II vehicles added later to the range also received one single stock number between them.

Stock numbers are printed on the lower right corner of each blister card front and on the sides of set boxes. However, the GA Super Set box doesn't appear to carry a stock number at all. The 1969 and 1970 dealer catalogues are included in the Paperwork section (use your browser's Back button to return here).

Stock nr

Item

Source

103

Launch Site blister cards (3 different)

blister cards - dealer catalogues

104

Space Probe blister cards (4 different)

blister cards - dealer catalogues

105

Moon Exploration blister cards (4 diff)

blister cards - dealer catalogues

106

Interplanetary Patrol blister cards (4 diff)

blister cards - dealer catalogues

911

Launch Site triple card

blister card - dealer catalogues

912

Space Probe triple card

blister card - dealer catalogues

913

Moon Exploration triple card

blister card - dealer catalogues

914

Interplanetary Patrol triple card

blister card - dealer catalogues

1523

Launch Site boxed set

set box - dealer catalogues

1524

Moon Exploration boxed set

set box - dealer catalogues

1525

Interplanetary Patrol boxed set

set box - dealer catalogues

507

Deluxe Die Cast Chassis window boxes (4 different)

window boxes - dealer catalogues

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