Space: 1999 is a science-fiction television programme that ran for two seasons from 1975 to 1977. It was the last production by the partnership of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson and was the most expensive series produced for British television up to that time. The first season was co-produced by ITC Entertainment and Italian broadcaster RAI, while the second season was produced solely by ITC. Like all of the Anderson shows it was done with puppets and models.
In the opening episode, set in the year 1999, nuclear waste stored on the Moon's far side explodes, knocking the Moon out of orbit and sending it, as well as the 311 inhabitants of Moonbase Alpha, hurtling uncontrollably into space.
Dinky Toys made two of the space ships featured in the shows, The Eagle Freighter and the Eagle Transporter. They are variations on the same basic casting. The differences occur in the way they manage their payloads. The Freighter carries drums of hazardous waste which are attached to the load bay with magnets. The Transporter carries its loads in a detachable container.
They were both produced from 1975 to 1979 and are sought after. They have very good values even when in poor condition.