1970 Hot Wheels Sky Show

In a departure from 3 years of stunting and racing, Hot Wheels added plane launching into the mix.  The 1970 Sky Show set comes in 2 versions.  The US set includes a modified Custom Fleetside aero launcher.  The launch ramp is adjustable and moves up and down (see box 11 of the instructions).

1970 Sky Show Fleetside. Courtesy http://www.toycarcollector.com.

The Canadian set uses a modified Deora aero launcher.  The launch ramp is fixed and is not adjustable.

1970 Sky Show Deora – Aqua.

Both sets come with 10 feet of orange track, 4 joiners, 1 universal clamp, 1 white trestle, 1 launch trigger, 1 rubber band pack, and 6 stunt planes (2 yellow, 2 green and 2 blue).

5 of the 6 planes in a Sky Show set.

The yellow and blue airplanes have plastic wings that can be cut (see box 12 of the instructions).  The resulting moveable flaps give the planes extra stunting performance for loops and barrel roles.

Here are the instructions.

Instructions – front page. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Instructions – back page. Copyright Mattel, Inc.

Car and plane at the start…ready to go.

Heading for the trigger ramp.


Yellow plane away!

Green airplane taking off.

Going separate ways.

Blue plane in the air.

Here’s my video of the Sky Show Deora set in action.

So there you have it.

The 1970 Hot Wheels Sky Show set.

It’s still fast.  Still fun.

Box art – front. Courtesy eBay.

Box art – back. Courtesy eBay.

1970 Toy Fair Catalogue. Courtesy wwwtoycarcollector.com.