Prototype: Mercury Capsule with Rocket
This prototype was displayed as one of the cards in the G.I.Joe 30th Salute Trading Card set.
"This model, built to a realistic scale height, was created in honor of GI
Joe's 30th anniversary. Conctructed of a decorated cardboard tube with
plastic fins, engine nozzle and capsule bulkheads, the model allowed a
slightly modified capsule to sit firmly on top of it. It would have come
with a 3 3/4" 30th Salute GI Joe Astronaut and a base with placard, but
timing and costs prompted its cancellation."
Image Courtesy of: Corey Stinson