1971 Hot Wheels Flyin’ Circus Set

On the heals of the 1970 Sky Show Set, Mattel released a new variation in 1971: the Flyin’ Circus Set.

Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

The Flyin’ Circus comes with a Custom Fleetside Aerolauncher, 3 planes, 2 Zopters, 10 feet of orange track, 4 joiners, 1 universal clamp, 1 red trestle, 1 track trigger to launch the planes and 1 Zopter-Port.

Custom Fleetside Aerolauncher carrying a Zopter. Courtesy eBay.

Custom Fleetside Aerolauncher carrying a Zopter. For actual flying, the Zopters can only be launched by the Zopter-Port. Courtesy eBay.

Some of the track components. Courtesy eBay.

Some of the track components including a Zopter-Port in the middle. Courtesy eBay.

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The whole set. Courtesy eBay.

The 3 planes include a yellow race plane for gliding/barrel rolls, a blue delta wing plane for diving/barrel rolls and a green flying wing plane for loops.  The Zopters come in blue/yellow and yellow/blue colors and function like helicopters.

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Zopters and planes. Courtesy eBay.

While the planes can only be launched by an Aerolauncher, the Zopters can be sent flying from the Zopter-Port by any Hot Wheels vehicle.  The Zopter-Port works by placing a Zopter on the black mount and turning the Zopter’s blades clockwise.  This winds up the Zopter-Port.  When a car hits the Zopter-Port’s trigger mechanism the Zopter’s blades are sent spinning by the twirling mount and the Zopter lifts off into the air.

Zopter-Port close up. Courtesy eBay.

Zopter-Port close up. Courtesy eBay.

So there you have it.  The 1971 Hot Wheels Flyin’ Circus Set.

It’s still fast.  Still fun.

Front page of instructions. Courtesy eBay.

Front page of instructions. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - side. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – side. Courtesy eBay.

Box art - back. Close up of Zopter-Port. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Close up of Zopter-Port. Courtesy eBay.

Here’s some pics of the Zopter Pak by itself.

Zopter Pak: Box art - front. Courtesy eBay.

Zopter Pak: Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

Zopter Pak: Box art - back. Courtesy eBay.

Zopter Pak: Box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

Zopter Pak contents plus instructions. Courtesy eBay.

Zopter Pak contents plus instructions. Courtesy eBay.

Zopter Pak plus instructions. Courtesy eBay.

Zopter Pak plus instruction steps 1-4. Courtesy eBay.

Zopter Pak plus instructions. Courtesy eBay.

Zopter Pak plus instruction steps 5-6. Courtesy eBay.

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3 thoughts on “1971 Hot Wheels Flyin’ Circus Set

  1. Thanks for Archiving all of this stuff! I was there from the first days and recognize every bit of the boxes and sets you have archived so well. It truly must have been a labor of Love!. It is very cool of you to make this for people like me to discover, and the Hot Wheels community as well. Big Time THANK YOU! I appreciate this so much because I had to give away for nothing to goodwill, all of my childhood track that was accumulated when my neighborhood kids all grew up and I got all of their track, sets, and most everything but their cars. I had over a mile of track (5280/3) tells you the number of pieces of the 3 foot orange track that amounts to. .and the full curves, half curves, jumps loops, etc. I had a ton of it, and eventually just gave it away to Goodwill. I don’t do ebay as I don’t do that. I also had to part with just over 18,500 cars, all still in blister pack and in the 72 car cases they were sold in. Total loss but given to my local Goodwill about 2 years ago. Many children had a Christmas because of it with the economy killing the middle class. I had tried to give them to my local hospitals for the terminally ill children, but neither one would take them due to the volume of cars. I said just take a couple cases and give them out, but they ran behind their polices and said no. The word got out and dealers from hours away came and bought 500 at a time as goodwill priced them at 35 cents each. It was very difficult to see 40 years of collecting shot to hell, but one gentleman had figured out that the monster amount of open cases all over the store used to be mine because I was showing people cars that they thought their kids would like, and where among all the cases they could find, say a fire truck, or a motorcycle. I told him that yes they all used to be mine and that the hospitals would not take them from me. Well come a little past the new year, this same gentleman saw me again, and let me know that he had gained so much from reselling what he got from my collection that he had then stopped selling, and had hand delivered 500 cars, 250 to each of the hospitals and directly into the hands of the children with not very much good news to look forward to. He had then also taken the extraordinary step to donate a significant amount of track and jumps loops and various sets, so they could and would have a reason to get out of bed and joyously play with any and all other kids also at hospital over Christmas. He did this to match the intended gift of cars, with the gift of mobility and reason to live, if only a short time for some, or to spur the healing process when nothing else was helping to others. He told me that there was pandemonium in the hallways and adjoining rooms in critical care and intensive care where the kids all had their own cars to rip open, and this huge assortment of track and all the add-ons to put together. They saw each others track and eventually put them all together well past the length of the ICU unit. For once, for one year, and maybe more, those kids, girls and boys, because there were plenty of pink cars for the girls to beat the boys with, they all got to be equals on the track, and they got to be kids once again feeling joy, despite what battles they had to face. This gentleman told me these things he witnessed after he made his gracious donation to the hospitals, all because I needed to donate pretty much a life’s work collecting to get my apartment looking like a place to live and not a warehouse I just happened to sleep in. Of course, there was a handshake and a smile and a tear shed in silence among two friends who collect that had never met before the cars showed up. Because of the spirit that they represent. Sometimes you do what you have to do, and it was certainly difficult, but to have somebody else, carry the torch to the end zone for you makes it all worthwhile. So when I see all the hard work you have put it here to document what the boxes and sets look like for all travelers to come find and see, you have made them all immortal. The best gift a collector or lover of the cars could ever do. So thank you for all your hard work, set out here for others to enjoy!

  2. Hi my name is Brian. Me and my son enjoy your website a lot, nice job! Me and my son have been collecting Hot Wheels together every since he was born, and I was collecting before that. The funny thing is the pictures of the Flying Circus set on your web site we ended up buying off of E-Bay. It’s in super nice condition. But if you would like to see a Flying Circus set demonstration go to You Tube and type in Brian Whisman that will bring up a list of our videos. We hope you enjoy them and please let us know what you think. If there are any pictures you would like to use on your sight please feel free to do so. This is a fun hobby and we like to meet new people that enjoy it too. Thanks again, Brian

    • Hi Brian, Thanks for your comment. I appreciate your videos because you highlight several sets that I will not be making videos about. These include the 1970 Road Trials and Hi-Performance Sets that use a Tune-Up Tower, the 1970 Hazard Hill Set, the 1971 Flyin’Circus Set and the 1971 Mongoose & Snake Wild Wheelie Set (you should show that last set in action). Cheers, John.

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