When I was a kid–this would be in the very late ’70s or very early ’80s (because I am astonishingly old)–I had a toy that I loved. It looked like model of an airplane hangar, except there was an orange handle and a big orange button on the back of the building. When I raised the handle the two doors that formed the roof of the hangar would hinge open and a missile launcher holding a paper glider would rise up like something out of Thunderbirds, or a James Bond movie. Hitting the button would blow a puff of air into the launcher, firing the glider across the room.
Why am I bringing this up? Because I can’t remember what this toy was called, and I can find no evidence that it ever existed on the internet. I’m beginning to think I imagined it. Does this sound familiar to any of my fellow gen-Xers?
I wish I could honestly say that I haven’t lost sleep over this.
NOTE: Two readers, Paul Hauser and Michael Becnel, have written in to let me know that they toy in question was a Mattel product called “Wings Away.” I am grateful to the point of it becoming embarrasing.