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.