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UFO’s unmistakable missile- loaded design classic
Although the Andersons were in pursuit of making more sophisticated films, they were still happy to pursue kids’ merchandising. One of the bestremembered toys from the series was the Dinky Moonbase Interceptor. Mike Trim recalls the vehicle’s design: “I wanted to give them a factory- built appearance and to look uniform. I saw a script that said, ‘ The Interceptor fires its missile and turns away.’ I thought, ‘ If there’s only one missile it’s going to have to be fairly sizeable and impressive. I put the missile at the front of a small cockpit. The motor was at the end and the whole thing sat on landing legs. This time, Derek didn’t like what I’d done. He kept the missiles and the legs, but streamlined the whole design.”