Date: 10 Nov 2006

What a great site!  I received one for Christmas in 1967 or 68.  I remember that it took some skill to fly the balloons successfully, but their maneuverability was much better than the battery-powered toy helicopters mounted at the end of a pivoted boom that were popular in the mid to late 70's.  I also remember being impressed with the detail of the control console.  Although the throttle and joystick were the only working controls, the small dials and gauges all over the panel were a kid's dream.  God knows how many hours I spent flying all over the solar system with that thing...
 
-Scott Hammond,
Smyrna, GA
 
 
Date: 22 Apr 2006
 

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Great site! I have ordered a replacement motor since my connections are loose and soldering just isn't working plus I hope to receive replacement brass battery connections since mine are corroded. I look forward to these parts and am hoping I can refurbish it to its original glory! -Kirk


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Hi, just checking out your progress, looks very confusing, and complex, you have a pretty cool site t.t.y.s LEE


Date: Monday, January 16, 2006
 

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I randomly found your site while searching for some arcade stuff. Awesome chopper machine your building. Really inspires me to do something a bit more complex myself. Maybe once I finish all my other arcade projects :P There never seems to be enough time LOL. Anyhow nice work, keep it up, can't wait to see it all finished up. Brian.


Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2006
 

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This Christmas we were talking about our all time favorite toys. I couldn't remember the name so I searched "space balloon fan toy" and found your great site. Thanks for putting pictures to my fondest memories. Best. Toy. Ever. Ward, aged 44 - but would still lie on the floor for hours if I had a Johnny Astro!


Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2006
 

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Have just put in a search for Johnny Astro and found your site. All the memories come flooding back. I rember landing the ballon on my grandads bald head!!What planet was that!! Great thanks Rex aged 47 going on 9 !!


Date: Friday, December 30, 2005
 

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I had a JA in the late sixties. Still remember being able to fly it to almost every point in my room without falling off the air current. It was amazing how much control the craft had. Like an idiot, I dis-assembled it to play with the electric motor and the whole thing ended up in the trash eventually. Wish I still had it! Great site.

 

Date: Sunday, December 04, 2005

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Hi, I'm 48 years old and have been searching the heavens for years for any clue to this toy. I couldn't for the life of me, remember its name. Moon landing? Balloon toy? I have a picture perfect image of myself playing with this toy, after an eye operation, so I was flying with a patch :) But it could very well be the most significant memory I have as a kid, flying a spacecraft!!!! Tonight I found this website. Thank you! sincerely, xeta prime


Date: Thursday, October 27, 2005

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This site is great! Your helicopter project is amazing!


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Just found my old Johnny Astro in the attic & decided to put it back into service! Worked fine after some small repairs & I even took it into work as my colleagues didn't believe such a toy existed in the sixties. Well, they believe it now & have become a JA pilots too! Keep up the good work - the site is excellent. Mark 225


Date: Monday, July 25, 2005

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This was my FAVORITE "toy" as a kid. hours of fun running around the house, scaring the animals, landing on strange planets, such as the forbidden planet of "SISTERSROOMINOUS. Wow! John age 47 going on 10


Date: Friday, July 22, 2005

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I loved that toy! I got the toy for Christmas in 1968 when I was six. It was the coolest toy I was pretty young to use the toy and as predictable it didnít last long The fan got all wobbly and uncontrollable and we threw it out realsamwise@hotmail.


Date: Saturday, July 02, 2005

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Looks like a really cool project, keep up the good work. I'm a bit young to remember these games the first time round but your Arcade Chopper looks like great fun.


Date: Saturday, June 25, 2005

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Christmas 1968. Eight years old that month. The only thing I remember from my Christmas was getting my Johnny Astro. Like others before, I could not for the life of me remember the name of it. I remember after the balloons died, it was tough finding ones that worked. A little later, Jack in the Box restaurant opened by my home in Pinole CA and they gave out balloons to kids at the drive through that were very close and worked. I never forgot that toy, and I found one in excellent shape a few years back on E-bay with the original box. When my daughter gets older (she's one) we will pull it out and I will show her what "my toys" were like...in the old days.


Date: Friday, June 03, 2005

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Boy I remember hours and hours of fun with my Johnny Astro. It was in the mid 60's and it was a technology break through.


Date: Monday, May 23, 2005

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This was one of my favorite toys! I still remember getting it for Christmas (and have the pictures). I spent hours mastering it.


Date: Saturday, March 19, 2005

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I was truly amazed to find this site. As a youngster I was given J. Astro for Xmas and spent countless hours playing with it. It has survived to this day (must be 35 years plus) it's a little worn and has been repaired a few times but still works! Mine is the British equivalent, it includes a plastic lunar landscape to land on. Also the balloons were differently marked with MOONPROBE logo. Must be greatest toy I ever received. That and Secret Sam spy case.


Date: Saturday, March 05, 2005

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Pencils flying everywhere. Wow! What a great site. I wish I hadn't just cut off my penis, I might be enjoying this more. Keep up the fun.


Date: Thursday, March 03, 2005

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Just got my second one after 40 years today. A gift from my brother. Fired it up and hey, what can I say, even after all those years I can still fly it! I'm amazed at how narrow the age range is of people who know about this toy. I'm taking it down to my airplane club next week. It will be fun to see who remembers it.


Date: Wednesday, February 09, 2005

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Don't know what to say. Got a Johnny Astro MANY years ago as a kid, and, ever since, have wondered about it from time to time, but could never quite remember what it was called. One day I just went to eBay, popped in 'toy' 'fan' 'balloon' and 'space', and there it was, 'my' beloved Johnny Astro! I kept looking, and got lucky, finding one for a ridiculously low price after almost paying a couple hundred bucks, but with no balloons. So, next, I 'Googled' 'Johnny Astro balloons' and voila, I found this amazing site! Who are you guys, anyway? Well, who ever you are, thanks for being here! Get ready for me to start ordering all kinds of stuff, now! :0) I'm as giddy as I was when I ripped on the original box that Christmas morning so long ago!


Date: Friday, February 04, 2005

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The Johnny was the best toy I ever had Carlton Shuttleworth 111


Date: Sunday, January 30, 2005

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I had a Johnny Astro when I was a kid. It was GREAT!! I do remember losing an astronaut during a landing in the kitchen. Note to mission control....don't land on a hot stove eye.


Date: Sunday, January 30, 2005

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I had a Johnny Astro when I was a kid. It was GREAT!! I do remember losing an astronaut during a landing in the kitchen. Note to mission control....don't land on a hot stove eye.


Date: Sunday, January 30, 2005

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I had a Johnny Astro when I was a kid. It was GREAT!! I do remember losing an astronaut during a landing in the kitchen. Note to mission control....don't land on a hot stove eye.


Date: Friday, November 26, 2004

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Loved the Johnny Astro when I got it for Christmas back in the 60's. One of the few toys I really remember from back then. Thanks for the cool page!


Date: Wednesday, November 03, 2004

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I had this toy when I was a kid. I hooked up a 6 volt transformer from an Eldon Road Race set and never had to buy batteries. Played for hours & hours. Ah free time, I remember it well. Kevin, Winnipeg, CANADA


Date: Wednesday, November 03, 2004

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I had this toy when I was a kid. I hooked up a 6 volt transformer from an Eldon Road Race set and never had to buy batteries. Played for hours & hours. Ah free time, I remember it well. Kevin, Winnipeg, CANADA


Date: Wednesday, October 27, 2004

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WELL I SHOULD READ MORE, I JUST FOUND OUT ABOUT THE MOON BASE I JUST EMAILED YOU ABOUT, BUT IT SAID THEY COME SEPARATE, BUT I REMEMBER IT CAME WITH A PLASTIC MOON in the box but i don't remember the mars base, as i remember taking it all out of one box..... cheers del


Date: Wednesday, October 27, 2004

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I remember when I had it as a kid it came with a moonscape to land on, but I can't find it comes with this on any web site.  Also could you tell me where I can buy the whole lot from with the moon base? Cheers! DEL


Date: Saturday, October 16, 2004

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I have had several nice emails from Johnny Astro fans...my Dad invented the toy, and I love this site, but it has been a while since I visited this wonderful site! To all the baby boomers out there who loved their Johnny Astro, keep in touch. I am still looking forward to finding one at reasonable price... For more info about Sol Friedman (the inventor) I do have a website, www.mf-alzheimers.com, which deals with his bout with that awful disease. I am happy to respond to emails about Dad and his toys, at mfriedman@nasda.com. I do have some old pictures of Dad that I just uncovered, and can probably upload them if there is interest in having them on the site. Let me know.


Date: Saturday, October 16, 2004

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Thank you! I am a 46 year old guy from Dayton, OH who really loved this toy as a kid and could never quite remember it's name. I remember having loads of fun with it; until all the balloons broke that is. I have been trying to find information on this for a long time - currently trying to find one to buy (60s version). Brings back many memories - great site! wellerg@excite.com


Date: Friday, October 15, 2004

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I am a 40 plus year old man who found this site by pure accident. I owned a Johnny Astro set but ONLY FOR ONE DAY (Christmas Day). My mother watched me play with it on the living room floor and then she kicked my butt the next day when I broke it trying to reconfigure the fan part to go faster so the balloon would float higher. LOL! Thanks for the memories, great site. Signed: Shaifunk@yahoo.com


Date: Saturday, September 25, 2004

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You are awesome! Please keep the site going!


Date: Tuesday, July 27, 2004

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Lots of great work, good luck. - Tomas


Date: Friday, April 02, 2004

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I recently found my old JA in the attic. The unit still operates. My two sons (ages 4 and 12) had fun with the challenge of landing the balloon on the dining room table. Great toy. Lots of fond memories. Thanks for keeping this site together. Karl Yoder, Fort Collins, CO


Date: Sunday, February 29, 2004

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Geoff (42) from Auckland NZ. Got JA in 1970, was rapt with it. Last time I used it was when I was 13 and taped a monarch caterpillar to one of the two blades.....! Anyway, how can I get another one, preferably without bug guts. Luv you JA fans. Geoff


Date: Monday, December 29, 2003

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Very interesting article including the Jaycopter. If you want more information sometime regarding the Jaycopter, my father and uncle invented the Jaycopter and the full size trainer and ride as well. Love to chat about it sometime. Cheers! Darryl Jacobs djacobs@amscanada.com


Date: Sunday, December 14, 2003

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All my adult life, I've had vague memories of a space toy that involved a balloon and a fan...I never owned one, some friend (probably an older kid) had one. Finally I know what the heck it is that's been lurking in the back of my brain all these years! Also, growing up in Calgary, I played with the bubble-type helicopters, they disappeared around 69 or 70 as I recall, but I have fond memories of them. Thanks!


Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2003

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Like everyone else who posted a note here, I enjoyed JA so much as a kid. Today I decided to search the web for it. Great to still see interest in it. I am 42. Darryl Minsky, Calgary, Alberta


Date: Friday, November 07, 2003

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Hello Iíve been following your Helicopter project with great interest. I canít believe the extent and sophistication your project is turning out to be. I hope you post a video of the completed game on your web. The other videos are awesome. It has stirred my interest in a helicopter arcade, that I went and bought a Midway "Chopper" a couple of weeks ago and have been working on it ever since. (I usually collect pinballs. Keep up the good work! Paul Ontario, Canada


Date: Tuesday, November 04, 2003

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I am a 47 y/o R.N. and my favorite toy growing up was the JOHNNY ASTRO ! My father and brother quickly confiscated it (as SOON as I unwrapped it for Christmas) and had 'bets' as to who could land it (in the glass on the table) first! The drinking glass was stuffed with dollars...We ALL played with it for hours.I could not part with it until I was 23, by then I only had the fan left, AND REGRET IT TO THIS DAY ! If it was produced again you'd make a million, just off the Baby Boomers as today one sold on E-Bay for $285.00 ! It needs to be re-marketed. Thanks for the memories !


Date: Monday, September 29, 2003

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Greeting fellow J.A. pilot ! I not only had J.A. BUT I also had Verti-Bird and Dare Plane as well. Hours of fun with great memories. Why the hell didn't I become a pilot then ???? And as for the Chopper Arcade.. Well I must say I am extremely impressed at your technical prowess & imagination. I too played the Arcade game at our local bowling alley. It always had something wrong with it that allowed us kids to play it for hours without putting coins in !!! AAAHH youth...


Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2003

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A big hello to all you Johnny Astro fans out there, i had a Johnny Astro as a kid off 6, for Christmas, I really thought, it went to the moon, and that I would beat are American friends, to the moon, what a toy, all i had left was the moon landing surface, the rest got over used as it should have, being a great toy, years off looking for a new one, when in a toy shop just 4 miles away, to-day Im pleased to say i have now bought a mint condition Johnny Astro, and I'm so pleased and happy, hope you big kids out there have lots off fun, playing, and searching for this great toy, Peter.


Date: Sunday, August 10, 2003

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Hello Mr.. Friedman I saw your post on the Johnny Astro site & had to talk to you. What is it about nostalgia? I am a 47 year old engineer who has very, very fond memories of my childhood. It consisted of stick ball, Superman comics, Hi Flier kites, creepy crawlers, estes rockets, Matchbox cars & one of the GREATEST toys ever invented! If I could just remember what it was called? I have told my wife over & over about this toy but never knew what it was called? I did searches on the internet for "balloon toy" space toy" etc..etc... But no such luck... I knew it was around 1966 or 1967. I went on ebay & bought 2 Sears Wishbooks ( Which I waited for every year so I could browse through all the great toys ) Well, I received the 1969 SEARS wishbook but did not see the "Balloon Toy" Then i received my 1967 Wishbook & There it was! a small ad on the bottom! "JOHNNY ASTRO" so that's what it was called! I just looked at the ad & recalled all the great fun I had flying those balloons all around my house. I now was able to do a search for Johnny Astro on the web... I was amazed to find out that so many people shared the same memories of this toy. What I thought was some obscure toy that my parents bought me for xmas, A toy that i would never remember what it was called. Now i know & now I also know who invented it too. I'm so glad to be able to tell you how much joy your fathers invention brought me & apparently so many others. I was 10 or 11 at the time. I was fascinated how i could maneuver the aircraft up & down. How it would effortlessly float through the air. I see that you wrote a book about Alzheimer's That you dedicated to your father Sol Freidman. I would love to read it. It must have been a great childhood for you to have a father who invented toys. Wow... (My father was an Insurance agent) Why don't you have this toy reissued? I'm certain it would be a great seller. Anyway, Just wanted to tell you about a little kid who grew up with 3 brothers & one sister in the suburbs of Long Island who played with one of the best toys ever! Till it eventually wore out from being used so much! such great memories .... Thank You Sol, May he rest in peace... Warmest Regards, T.D.F.


Date: Thursday, August 07, 2003

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I'm really glad I found your website. It was neat to show my son what my favorite toy was when I was a kid. He was amazed that there was such a toy back in the 60s.I think Johnny Astro was really ahead of its time. I only wished I had still mine. Even though my son now 16 he is hoping we can find one somewhere so he can see firsthand what a great toy it really is.


Date: Friday, August 01, 2003

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Hey JA, Well, I may not have the devoted nostalgia as everyone else listed, but I am onboard as a fan! I remember playing the heli-style games growing up during the 70's at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. I believe they were one of the last arcades carrying the old Midway style games. I loved them, especially the frosted screen animation race games. I'm a toy designer professionally, so I can appreciate your efforts at a base level. Nicely done, I'll be following up with your progress regularly.


Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2003

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I also posted a message on your message forum: My Dad, Sol Friedman, invented Johnny Astro. I helped in the design, testing and sale to the toy company. I wish Dad were alive to see all the interest that it still draws. I hope to buy one myself, as my copy is long gone. I also wrote a book about my Dad, and mention many of his inventions. I talk about the invention of Johnny Astro when I do book signings and talks about the book and my Dad. I would love to communicate with Johnny Astro enthusiasts. Miles Friedman (mfriedman@nasda.com)


Date: Tuesday, July 22, 2003

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Hello I came across your site by accident. I'm glad I did. Your site reads like a book. I too enjoy building with electronics and also enjoy woodworking. I look forward to the next chapter of your Chopper Project.


Date: Thursday, June 19, 2003

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41 years here. Absolutely loved this toy and have thought about it for years. Couldn't remember the name - kept going to eBay searching for 'balloon and fan'. Tonight, I Googled found my way here. Totally psyched. What memories. EBay currently doesn't have any for sale. If someone knows of a source, or if you are interested in selling yours, email me ejgrant at mac dot com Thanks for the great site and stirring up neat memories! -Eric


Date: Monday, June 09, 2003

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Another 40 something here, and I remembered having the Johnny Astro, Johnny Express, and Johnny Speed. All fun toys. I was 7 years old, and I had gotten a Johnny Speed for Christmas, and at some point it quit working right. We went back to Gibsons, (remember those?) and the man was all out, but he offered me the Astro, and I said OK. I remember having to share it with my brother and cousins, and even an uncle or two, when they saw it. Fun memories. As for the Helicopter Arcade Game project, WOW!! are you ever obsessed!! Or maybe POSSESSED! Anyway, I remember those games, and have often entertained trying to recreate something myself, but now I see that it would take WAY more time, and energy, not to mention money, than I would be able to devote. Maybe you can produce a kit of some kind, with preformed parts and premade circuits for those of us who loved to fly those things! More videos of it flying would be greatly appreciated...ever thought of a little CCD postage stamp size camera, mounted on the bird, wireless transmitter and monitor to watch the action from the cockpit? Maybe one pointing down, facing the hook, and flying using the monitors only!! Way cool! You needed more complexity in your life, I can tell... Brian n5rny@icqmail.com


Date: Monday, June 09, 2003

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Date: Sunday, April 06, 2003

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I looked once then twice then realized i had a Johnny Astro. I'm 47 and just can't explain the feelings that went through me. LOL, i only wish my mother didn't throw it out along with all the other toys which are all collectables now......:( Neal (from Las Vegas!!!)


Date: Sunday, March 16, 2003

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I too am in the mid 40's and fondly remeber the best damn toy I was ever bought by my Dad. Im in Australia and he was in the export/import business and I know I was probably the only kid down under to ever have one of these great toys. I have seen the performance specs and altitudes reached on the site but the model I had, had a yellow fan housing and if we blew the balloons up pretty big we could get it to hold a balloon dead still in mid air at least 10 feet away...i dunno maybe I had a turbo charged Jap model but it used to fly balloons right across our lounge room and it was 18 feet wide! ahh the memories..where can I buy one of these now?


Date: Sunday, March 09, 2003

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What a great sight/site!!! I'm now 45 and have fond memories of landing those little balloons on the kitchen table for hours on end. My uncle bought one for my brother and me, and until we actually got it that Christmas, could never figure out how the thing worked - the adds never made it clear to us that it was all just a fan. This and Johnny Express still rate as my all time favorite Christmas presents ever!! Tom h


Date: Sunday, March 02, 2003

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I see I am not alone remembering my favorite Christmas present from years ago. I wonder how many people also lost a fingernail after getting hit by the prop? Ouch! I still cringe when I think about it. I always figured lawyers had it taken off the market!


Date: Saturday, December 14, 2002

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Just truned 42 and was thinking about all the fun I had one Christmas as a kid. My favorite toy was this- I could not remember what it was called. The miricle of search engines just landed me here. Been telling my wife about it for years. Next stop- E-bay. Might get one for Christmas again!! Great site!!!


Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2002

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Here, I thought I was alone in my fond memories of my Johnny Astro, which, now I know was the Topper model. I agree it was possibly the best toy ever made--especially for that era! Sure was my favorite! Actually, I remembered the toy, but not the name, until a collector reminded me after I gave a description. I took good care of my toys, but my baby brother liked to take things apart. I'm now 43, and it looks like most of us are in the same age group. My hat's off for the incredible detail on this site. I know more about Johnny Astro now than I'd EVER thought I'd want to know!


Date: Thursday, September 26, 2002

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Hi, I am now 42 and remember getting a Johnny Astro when I was 8 or 9 for Christmas. That had to have been my favorite toy when I was a child. I recently purchased one off E-Bay and it has brought back so many good memories. Some things in life you never want to forget about, and Johnny Astro is one of them. Thanks for a great site!

Robert Pittsburgh, Pa


Date: Sunday, September 15, 2002

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It was the late 1960's and I'm about 7-8(born 1961) and boy did I want a Johnny Astro! Santa came thru. Now 32 years later, I'm showing my 2 boys(8,6) how to take off and land ole' Johnny. Love the web site. Blast from the past. I would like to have one of those Halloween costumes.

Steve Schlabra Texas


Date: Saturday, August 24, 2002

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For years I've been telling friends about my fav toy and no one ever heard of it....I thought just maybe i was crazy...I've sent links to all my doubting friends. THANK FOR THE MEMORIES!!!!!!


Date: Monday, August 19, 2002

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While lunching with co-workers one day, we were talking about our favorite childhood toys. When I began describing Johnny Astro to them, none had ever seen such a toy. After lunch, one of my buddies found your web site and sent it to me. Wow, has this ever brought back happy memories. Good job with the web site and nice to know that other kids (probably all in their 40s now) are feeling nostalgic for this incredible toy. Thanks


Date: Thursday, August 01, 2002

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hi i am from Germany and want to ask if there is any way to buy it from Germany ?

please send the answer to tusoalsob@gmx.de


Date: Monday, July 29, 2002
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It was by far the best toy I ever had . This web site has brought back an insane amount of GREAT joy of time I spent dreaming as a kid of the 60's . thanks a bunch!!!

MC Tucson AZ


Date: Sunday, June 30, 2002
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This was far and away my favorite toy--I'm now 42, and nothing you can own has ever given me more pleasure. Just seeing your webpage, and the loving attention Johnny is getting, has put a smile on my face that I'm sure will last a few days. Thanks


Date: Sunday, June 16, 2002

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Great!!..Johnny Astro..I got mine in Liverpool UK 1968ish..it had a moon crater as a landing pad. Red control panel, black stick to power fan which was yellow. I remember all this but can't remember what I did last week!! GR


Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2002

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Thanks for a very good resource and archive! I have VHS tape converted from 8mm home movie, showing me at age 8 in 1968 flying my Johnny Astro, so that provides proof to any doubters.

Around 1990, I was given a toy called "Space" which uses the same pressure-equilibrium zone principle to levitate a 1-inch foam ball above a turntable with an air spigot. Controls are for turntable speed, turntable direction, and power adjustment. The foam ball is only meant to levitate above the turntable (not to fly around the room), and the player uses skill to maneuver the ball through various hoops and to land it on various stands.

During the 60's many boy toys were named "Johnny ____" and many girl toys were named "Suzy _____" or "Baby _____". This was not limited to one brand, as there were examples from Kenner, Topper, Marx, etc.


Date: Thursday, June 06, 2002

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This was my favorite childhood toy. Everyone thought I was telling tales when I described it, including my children. I had forgotten about the template to size the balloon. I added a jack plug socket and powered it from a mains adapter, although it wasn't quite as powerful. My parents are clearing out their attic just now so it may re-appear (hopefully). Thanks for the nostalgia and confirming to my family I wasn't mad.


Date: Thursday, May 23, 2002

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You have a fantastic web site! Very professional. I had a Johnny Astro back in 1969, which was long since broken into little pieces.

I did manage to obtain one last year from TimeWarp Toys, in mint condition. I am going to have to attempt to construct the landing pad as per your instructions. And I feel a sense of relief that you supply replacement motors and accessories, to protect my investment in nostalgia.

Thanks for the web site!


Date: Saturday, March 30, 2002

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This has been fun. I had the lander in 1969 that I played with daily.


Date: Tuesday, March 05, 2002

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Fantastic. I'm so glad I found your site. I was beginning to think that would never find anything about Johnny Astro. I was given a Triang version for Christmas 1972, so I guess that was near the end of production. Unfortunately my older brothers had found it first, played with it and then re-wrapped it. They managed to crack the fan base socket and I can clearly remember my dad trying to fix it with Airfix glue.

Great site, brings back loads of memories.

wykesquare@aol.com


Date: Thursday, December 20, 2001

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Hi wkindred@hotmail.com. Thanks for your compliment. We are thinking about reproduction undercarriages for sure. It will be about March before we have some (if we are successful). Thanks for visiting! NP


Date: Thursday, December 20, 2001

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Cool site! bought a Johnny Astro in '67 with my Christmas money. 10 years old at the time. received my Christmas present from my girlfriend early this year. a Johnny Astro she had purchased on e-bay! seems to work well. am missing the undercarriages and vehicles (balloons). did have the astronaut and capsule. any repro undercarriages in your future? once again, love this site!!!! wkindred@hotmail.com


Date: Friday, November 23, 2001

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Love the website! Brought back some magic memories. I had a toy similar when i was a child. It was neither a Topper or Triang unit and the configuration of the fan and joystick were different. Take-off was on right hand side of board and moon surface on the left. So there is a third version out there somewhere. Mine was bought in Australia around 1969.Anybody with any further info on what brand it could have been please email me at i8b4@hotmail.com Thanks. Robert.


Date: Tuesday, November 20, 2001

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Ilove this sight. I've been searching for another Johnny Astro all my adult life...and now I have found your site. I hope I can find someone willing to sell me one. Finally...all this technology pays off.


Date: Monday, November 12, 2001

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This is a wonderful site and a tribute to a fantastic site. The owner of this site is a great guy -- they do not come any better.

Rick.


Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2001

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Nice site, I have a Johnny Astro (UK) still working well - although drinks batteries!.

Sentimental value so not selling but my kids like it as much as I did at their age.

All the best

Richard L


Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2001

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I think Johnny Astro is a great toy and I would love one


Date: Wednesday, September 05, 2001

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Hey NP,

Thanks for sending the landing carriage. I got it today in the mail. It sure beats the homemade job I was using. I'm having a lot of fun with this old toy. My son likes it too! Have a good one Steven E.


Date: Wednesday, September 05, 2001

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Thanks much for your web page. I recently bought a Johnny Astro Toy that worked fairly well. It has one flaw that, if my memory is correct, my original one from the 70's had as well. The flaw was a "dead spot" in the middle of the throttle's spectrum in which the power goes off for a bit. After you pass that spot, the fan starts back up again. I took the toy apart, expecting to find the brush that moves across the threaded bar to simply be pulling away from the threaded bar at that dead spot. Interestingly, the brush stayed in contact with the threaded bar the whole time, so I cannot think of what may be wrong. Any suggestions? I would really like to buy some of your accessories, but I am hesitant to if I cannot get the fan's throttle to work properly.

Best Regards, George S.


Date: Wednesday, September 05, 2001

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I love your Website. I had a Johnny Astro when I was a kid in the '60's and my Mom sold it on a yard sale when I outgrew it. I bought a mint one last year on Ebay. I also have a handheld model. You should put it on your site. My five year old loves to play with it. I do not have the template so when yours become available let me know. I would like to order a set of balloons. Is there anything I should do to the motor to help it work better?