353: Shado 2 Mobile

DINKY 353 SHADO 2 MOBILE (1971-1980):

Three models were released by Dinky, licensed from Anderson’s and Century 21 production of U.F.O., a live action and real people series rather than made in Supermarionation i.e. puppets, broadcast between 1970 and 1972. Accompanying the Shado 2 Mobile was the 351 UFO Interceptor and 352 Ed Straker’s Car.

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Dinky first released the Shado 2 Mobile in 1971. It was initially issued in a military olive green colour, designed to appeal both as a TV and a military toy. The last versions released from 1978 to 1980 were in metallic blue.

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Green and the later blue version of the Dinky 353 Shado 2 Mobile

The very first models probably had the smooth roofs which would have been more prone to bending and these were soon replaced by ribbed or grilled roofs. The majority of the smooth roofs were olive green although some were painted black. Once the ribbed roof became standard, they were mostly green although there are black versions. The black colour ribbed roof was standard  for the later blue versions. The first versions had an orange missile base (the underneath of the revolving roof), a red interior, black grill, light green base, large red brown wheels with silver tracks and a white missile with a red tip.

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The model featured a firing rocket launcher hidden underneath a swivelling roof activated by a radar shaped switch on the roof.

IN THE TV SERIES:

The SHADO all purpose multi-terrain tracked vehicles were designed for all conditions. They were used to transport men and equipment to the site of UFO landings. and were armed with depth charges, rocket-launchers and turret mounted machine guns.

Shado's Multi Purpose All Terrain Vehicle in action

PROP v ACTUAL:

The model was a reasonably accurate rendition of the original vehicle, apart from the colours used. It had an accurate cab design with windscreen wipers although the body had a more square shape than the curved original. The weapon on the model was a missile rather than a machine gun and mortar launcher on the prop.

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GREEN VARIANTS:

There were four roof variants for the GREEN issues; green/smooth, green/ribbed and black/smooth and a black/ribbed version which was later used on the BLUE variants.

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Further releases of the GREEN version had different interiors, wheel colours and sizes, track colours, vehicle and missile base colours and of course boxes. There is no clear timeline as to what variation was released when except that it is very likely that the green wheels came later than the brown ones. The green wheels were also used on other later military models such as the Chieftain and Scorpion Tanks (large size) and the Leopard Tank (small size)

Six known interior colours were used, Red, Yellow, White, Cream, Pale Blue and Grey.

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Yellow, Red, Pale Blue and White interiors
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Cream interior with white one for comparison. Image: Matthew Trbuhovic

The missile base colours were orange, black or green.

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Dignos Nostalgic Collections sold a version with a red base (?)

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The base of the 353 GREEN variants came in three colours, black (shared with the Blue version), olive green and light green. There are some references to a white or cream version but this is tbc.

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Black, olive green and light green bases

The GREEN Shado 2 model had 6 wheel variations. The earliest models had brown wheels presumably to simulate a mud caked appearance and then after military models such as 692 Leopard Tank and 683 Chieftain tank were introduced the green wheel variants, which were similar to those used on these models, were introduced.

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All the larger wheels were 16mm in diameter and the smaller ones were 11.6mm. The 683 Chieftain tank arrived in 1972, sporting the larger green wheels and the 692 Leopard tank in 1975 with the smaller wheels.

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683 Chieftain Tank, 353 Shado 2 Mobile, 690 Scorpion tank and 691 Striker anti-tank vehicle
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692 Leopard tank and 353 Shado 2 Mobile

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Early variants had silver tracks and later versions could have either silver or black ones. The BLUE variants always had black. The six small wheel version used the smaller diameter 672 Leopard tank tracks as the standard size ones were too big.

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Silver and black standard tracks and smaller black size for six smaller wheeled version

An all green version is owned by a UK collector and is the first one seen by this site. If there are others please get in contact. Was it a Friday afternoon job when the black paint ran out or an actual variant?

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Image: Gary Cooper

BLUE VARIANTS:

The later BLUE variant of the Shado 2 mobile was painted a metallic blue, closer to the actual model which was powder blue, but in no way accurate. The TV series had long finished and the change of colour could be charitably attributed to wanting to freshen up the model or more cynically because they had a lot of blue paint lying around that needed to be used. This version was released in 1978 and was around until the factory closed. BLUE Shado 2s are relatively rare.

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All the variants had black roofs and missile bases, white interiors and a  silver front grill. The most common variant had six large black wheels, a black base and green Shado 2 stickers

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Other variants had two large and four small wheel combinations, these could be green and would have a light green base or black with a black base.

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BLUE variants could have black or light green bases

All the larger wheels were 16mm in diameter and the smaller ones were 11.6mm.

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The last variants had no Shado 2 stickers presumably because they had run out of them. Although blue stickers are on sale nowadays these were never used on the original models.

The five known BLUE variants are shown below. Note the last one had a lighter blue colour and no stickers. The wheel variants are clearly being produced to use up existing stocks before the factory closure.

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The first missile used on the GREEN version was the red and white version. The BLUE versions used the yellow and black version. The missiles were the same as the ones used with the 100 FAB one and the 361 Galactic and War chariots.

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ODDITIES AND RARITIES:

The Dinky 1978 trade catalogue featured a WHITE variant of the Shado Mobile but this was never commercially released.

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CODE 3 version Shado 2

According to the Great Book of Dinky Toys, two colour variants were rescued from the Binns Road factory by Mike Richardson, a sand coloured and a light green metallic version. In the book there is a reference to a yellow plastic underpan for the Shado 2 which is possibly attached to the the green version below.

These models were later sold at Christie’s in July 2002.

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Two colour samples of later green wheeled models from The Great Book of Dinky Toys

PROTOTYPE:

A Dinky Shado 2 Troop Transporter prototype using a Shado 2 body with the rear cut down to accept purpose made metal canopy. The model had a machine gun (?) mount on the roof and was painted in a military green & black camouflage. There are two  figures in the cab and decals. Model sold by Vectis Auctions.

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Prototype based on 353 Shado Mobile sold by Vectis Auctions

BOXES:

From 1971 to 1980 three box types were used for the model. The first box was a pictorial card box featuring a graphically illustrated model and instructions.

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Packing piece and instructions

The second box was a bubble pack with a blue or white base.

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Later bubble boxes got the Health and Safety bug with multiple messages asking small boys not to fire missiles at their siblings. That would have worked.

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Different fonts and sizes were used on the bubble box bases.

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And the final box was the cardboard hanging boxed used for the green and the blue variants, the latter only being packed in this box. The polystyrene insert was made in one piece and snapped in half to fit.

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The window box above featured a lunar scene although the Shado 2 was Earth based. The rear of the box also featured the moon but this time with the 351 Interceptor which was Moon based.

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ACCESSORY PACKS:

Pack 031 had 12 spare tracks and Pack 755/756 had 6 spare rockets.

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CATALOGUES:

Although released in 1971, it did not feature in the catalogue until the following year and was ever present till the last consumer catalogue release in 1979. The BLUE variant was never featured presumably as existing photography, featuring a GREEN variant,  was used in the last catalogues.

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Dinky 1972 consumer catalogue
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Dinky 1977 UK consumer catalogue

In the 1978 trade catalogue the Shado 2 appeared in a all white paint job which was never commercially released. The consumer catalogue of the same year reverted the model back to its usual green livery.

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Dinky 1978 trade catalogue
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Dinky 1979 consumer catalogue

ADVERTS:

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Ed Bishop, who starred in U.F.O. as Colonel Ed Straker was employed to market the Dinky Toys licensed from the series but not strangely the 352 Ed Straker’s Car.

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Advert 1972

32 thoughts on “353: Shado 2 Mobile

  1. Hello Shado 2 collector, I am one too. And have a quick question for you, where did they stow or put the extra missile on the bubble and later the shelf cellophane box types? I have never seen the extra missile displayed other than lately on only two examples and still not sure if that is the way it was displayed. Due to they were from the same owner. I really appreciate your response on this question. Thank you for listening! Respectfully
    Matt Fellow shado 2 collector

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    1. Hi Matt, A very interesting question but I don’t think I can give you a definitive answer. The 353s I purchased had one missile attached to the rocket launcher and the other loose or taped (by the seller) in the box. I believe the bubble pack versions had the missile(s) taped to the underneath of the base whilst the window boxes had space to tape the missile(s) to the polystyrene or insert the missile(s) in the gap between the back and bottom of the polystyrene inner. Where have you seen them displayed? Cheers Kevin

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  2. Howdy Kevin,
    I saw 2 examples from a seller in the UK and one from Italy. Both had the extra missile displayed taped as if they were already fired from the launcher. Here are the pics friend. I will attempt to attach them.
    Regards,
    Matt fellow Shado 2 collector

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      1. Hi Kevin,
        Great! I will attempt to attach pics however, I am a Neanderthal with technology! So here goes buddy.

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  3. Hi Kevin,
    Another question, can you tell if they taped across the missile to hold it on the styrofoam or is it doubled taped on the back of the missile? I really can’t see it to well friend. Thank you!
    Really appreciate it!
    Regards,
    Matt

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  4. Hi Kevin,
    I hope you received the pics finally? I do have another quick question about the extra missile. You mentioned that the bubble pack type you believe had the extra missile taped underneath the base. Was it underneath the vehicle base or the cardboard box base since, it was indented on the bottom for such possible items? Also, where was the extra missile in first version cardboard box type as well friend? I do appreciate it buddy! Many thanks!!!!
    Regards,
    Matt
    P. S.
    That was my quick question I’m sure you probably don’t want to read my long questions 😀

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    1. Hi Alan,
      It is Matt again, maybe you can ask these two reproduction dealers. One is called “Toy Recovery USA. But he is located in Australia. Funny right? The other guy is in England and he is Steve flowers. There is also a third one called Acme 3000. I will try to attach the eBay screen shot. But I probably can’t. Don’t know if it will work. Just ask them too. I will for you as well. Hopefully, they get one of ours.
      Regards,
      Matt

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      1. Hi thanks I do use acme and Steve but I have never asked them just assumed they don’t as when it shows all bits for shadow never the little springs sham as I need 11 but will ask them Thanks Alan

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    2. On Sun, Jan 27, 2019 at 12:45 PM Dinky Toys: TV Shows, Space and Specials wrote:

      > Alan gibbs commented: “Hi does anyone no wear I can by the springs for the > flip roof on the shadow 2 Thanks Alan” >

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      1. Hi Alan,
        Just sent you a reply. However not sure if you are receiving them? I’m a Neanderthal on texting with technology buddy. So just Incase you haven’t received them. The guy downunder said he might have one. So if he does just sent me your email address and I shall forward to him. His name is Tony.
        Kind regards
        Matt fellow collector

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    3. Hey Alan I just remembered, the dinky galactic war chariot has the exact rocket mechanism as the Shado 2. Maybe get one of those and take it apart and use it to replace yours. Matt

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  5. Hi Alan,
    I just remembered something for it.
    Try to get a dinky galactic war chariot. It uses exact same rocket mechanism unit.
    Matt

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  6. Hi Alan,

    Steve Flowers just responded but no luck with him. However, Tony did say he had one laying around somewhere.
    Regards,
    Matt

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  7. Hi, Seriously great blog and resource. I have 5 in various variants. One is original, I am refurbishing the others as they were so beaten up. I actually think the wear is a great thing as it means that the models were truely used and obviously loved. I myself never owned one as a kid but I remember stairing longingly at them on the shelf at a young age. Any idea on the best Drab Olive Colour?

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    1. Hi Mark, Thank you for your kind comment about the blog and I’m glad its been helpful. I agree that although ‘shop stock’ models are very desirable, a few knocks and scratches create character. Many of my models have obviously had fun during their long lives. Re you paint question Model Supplies do a Sherwood Green #75 which matches the green Shado2. http://www.model-supplies.co.uk/computer_matched_paints.htm and the Dinky Club also have a selection https://dinkyclub.com/dinky-toys-computer-matched-brush-paint-50ml-paints-453-c.asp. Also worth going to sites like Talk Model Toys for help and advice. I’m not an expert 🙂
      Cheers Kevin

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  8. Hi, another additional piece of information worth sharing ( I have photos if you need them) is that the rears on the Mobiles differed towards the end. Look at the blue/black variant you have on your site. It has the later rear end. The difference is the two vertical parts on the lower rear hull. Original production versions had a series of small vertical holes on the rear edges (see your images of the green Mobile at the top of your site). The last? production versions have these holes missing (see the all blue Mobile rear image) and it is also a lot more thicker e.g. they extended these vertical parts further backwards. I’m not sure why they did that as the first version is more accurate. Possible damage to the mould or it made it easier to produce. I havent been able to figure that one out. I do think though it may have been an attempt to alter the design to avoid copyright if Dinky had lost the rights to produce under licence?
    Cheers Shane

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    1. Hi Kevin
      Wow, your right kool! I just noticed it. It must be copyright or molding issues. Absolutely fantastic observation buddy!

      Regards,
      Fellow collector
      Matt

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