I know, I know, it's not LEGO!
I doubt there's anyone here that will want these, but I thought there was a greater chance here than anywhere, and if nothing else I thought there might be some validity in sharing these with you all... I did contemplate putting this in "everything else" for discussion, but I'd like to see them go to a new appreciative home...
I found my old TENTE lurking in an old tool box that I also found a lot of my missing technic LEGO in last week. I have only these four (incomplete) TENTE combi astro sets. 5, 6, 7 & 8
TENTE was a Spanish product, very similar to, but entirely incompatible with LEGO. I don't know where they fit in the history of things, these sets were from the mid 80s but I believe they predate that by a good long while, certainly my initial research suggests these were originally produced from at least the late 60s... I'm dubious that these exact sets were as I think they owe much to the LEGO that would have been contemporary.
They were send away gifts from a Kellogg's Cornflakes promotion circa 1986, although I was sure it was earlier than that...
The sets are not complete, I don't have original instructions or boxes (or bags as they were supplied iirc).
This Kellogg's box back was an internet find and I have pieced together each model from that, so they might not be correct.
I do remember playing with these. The interesting thing is the holes in the studs and the pegs on some parts that allow for positioning in different ways. Overall, I don't think it's a great method... but I can appreciate that if these were your first building blocks you'd have fondness for this approach.
The condition is pretty good overall I think. A bit of rubbing on the chrome elements.
I only have the one spaceman who is missing his arms... I have no idea what happened to the others - probably blasted to pieces by the valiant Classic Spacemen of #6971 Inter-Galactic Command Base.
Here are one set of instructions I found on an ebay auction... if anyone has scans of these I'd really appreciate seeing them, possibly to add to appeal of this for any eventual owner too - if that was cool?
I do have them for sale up on ebay, but if anyone is interested I'd be very happy to do some sort of trade. I was looking for around £8.50 for them, but would happily swap them for a minifigure or two off my wants list
(or similar). At this point I'd just be delighted if anyone was interested in them.
Usually commenting is verboten on marketplace threads, but I hope some discussion will be allowed on this, even if it's just to enlighten me, or generally denigrate the product, perhaps to even reminisce!