Product Enterprise UFO Models

Based on Gerry Anderson's UFO TV Series

Product Enterprise produced a small range of diecast UFO toys. Overall, these models are of good quality, but some suffer from having been spoiled at the painting stage. Product Enterprise have a very peculiar idea of what is meant by 'weathering'. Gerry Anderson's team went to great pains to make their models look realistic by subtly 'dirtying' them. Product Enterprise simply spray blobs of grey or brown paint onto an otherwise nice-looking model. I presume they think this enhances the appearance. I think they should leave weathering to the customer if this is the best they can manage. Companies like Konami, Miracle House and Takara have produced some fine models of Gerry Anderson craft, which demonstrate how weathering should be done.

The Product Enterprise range of UFO models comprised:

  • Interceptor & UFO
  • Skydiver
  • SHADO Mobile 1
  • SHADO Mobile 2
  • SHADO Control Mobile

The models were sold in identically sized window boxes, and cost around 40 each.

Product Enterprise Interceptor and UFO

Product Enterprise Interceptor and UFO

This is a very nice set, and was very good value for money. However, diecast collectors may be disappointed that the UFO and Interceptor are mostly made of plastic. Personally, I don't consider this to be a problem since the set was reasonably priced, given the high quality and attention to detail.

Product Enterprise Interceptor

Product Enterprise Interceptor

The Product Enterprise Interceptor is about 7 inches long. There is a nicely painted pilot figure in the cockpit, and the missile is detachable.
Although superficially similar to the original Dinky Toys version, this model is far more detailed. Panel lines have been subtly weathered, and lots of tiny decals have been applied.
All in all a splendid model.

Product Enterprise UFO

Product Enterprise UFO

The Product Enterprise UFO is 4 inches in diameter - a little smaller than the SHED white metal and plastic kit which it closely resembles. It is very nicely detailed and supplied fully finished. Not many models of the UFO have been made over the years so it's nice to have this one.

Product Enterprise Skydiver

Product Enterprise Skydiver

The Skydiver model is about 11 1/2 inches long, and is quite heavy. This model is clearly based on the very nice resin and white metal kit manufactured by Warp.
This is a substantial model with lots of detail. Sadly, Product Enterprise didn't do the model any favours by randomly spraying grey paint over it, partially obscuring the decals in the process.
This was the first sign we got that the company were starting to lose the plot, and were becoming determined to spoil otherwise good models at the finishing stage.

This model really needs a display stand of some kind but Product Enterprise didn't provide one.

Product Emterprise Sky 1 and Diver

Launching Sky 1

As you can see in this photo, Sky 1 is detachable, and there is a pilot figure in the cockpit. The connecting bulkheads are well detailed.
Sky 1 is not as good as it could have been, since there are conspicuous bits of plastic on the upper wing surfaces, which appear to be there to hold the engines on.
With a little more thought and care, this could have been a much better model of Skydiver.

Product Enterprise Mobiles

Product Enterprise Mobiles

The Product Enterprise SHADO Mobile models are about 6 1/2 inches long. There are three variants, pretty much identical except for different lettering, and various attachments on the roof.
Mobile One has a retractable, swivelling gun turret, a pivoting cannon and two wire aerials to plug in.
Mobile Two just has one wire aerial to plug in.
The Control Mobile has a plastic radar dish and a wire aerial to plug in.
Each mobile has a two man crew in the cab. The models can be pushed along on their plastic wheels and tracks.

Product Enterprise Mobiles

These otherwise nice Mobile models have been totally ruined at the finishing stage. They have all been systematically sprayed with an assortment of brown spots and stripes, for no apparent reason, thereby almost totally obscuring all of the carefully applied stripes, lettering and signage.
Frankly, these models should never have gone on sale. Either Product Enterprise employ idiots in their design team, or there was a serious breakdown in communications with their manufacturers in China.

If not for the final inept use of paint, on the Skydiver and Mobiles, this would have been a great range of UFO models. Up until this point in Product Enterprise's coverage of Gerry Anderson Products, we were eagerly awaiting each new release.
Sadly, the UFO models seemed to mark the start of a downhill trend in quality, culminating in the truly awful Product Enterprise version of the Captain Scarlet SPV.