This wonderful toy came out in 1960, made by Deluxe Reading of Elizabeth, New Jersey. I had endless fun hoisting the nose cone from the train car up to mount on the rocket, complete with passenger, and blasting him off into space; and cranking men up and down in the cool elevator; and flying the helicopter all around; and especially shooting the missiles at targets around the room, including the monsters coming to invade the station; making sure all was right with the large control panel; and of course having all sorts of conversations and action and men fighting and falling from the tower, etc. etc. It was a toy that expressed a boy's wild imagination. The white figures on stands were quite staid, though, so occasionally the station would be visited by two unwelcomed Indians from my Fort Apache playset, such as the one pictured here on my Grandpa's blocks. The adventures were endless in Operation X-500, although the missiles could take care of most problems.
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