The only actual toy to come out of the BBC’s sleeper hit SF series Blake’s 7, U.K. toymaker Corgi’s nifty little die-cast replica of the Liberator doesn’t disappoint. It’s a little odd to make a big deal out of a toy line that consists of a single toy, but if you, like me, regard Blake’s 7 as your all-time favorite SF show, then this one item zips straight up the list to the top of the “cool stuff” category.
The real problem in finding a l’il Liberator of your own? Finding one intact. Though it has some minor paint blemishes, the Liberator toy seen here is actually in rather good shape; the “green bubble” at the rear of the ship, as well as the pronged tips of the three engine pods, are plastic pieces attached to the die-cast metal body; in many cases, sadly, these pieces have either broken off (particularly the “needles” on the engine pods) or are cracked (which often happens with the “bubble”).
If you’re buying a Liberator on eBay or elsewhere, make sure you get to inspect the merchandise first – you want to see every engine pod, and the bubble, intact. Beware of anyone who takes photos from an angle that deliberately disguises those parts – and then refuses to send you any new photos showing those vulnerable pieces intact.
Other Blake items have cropped up from time to time, including actual props or good reproductions thereof (usually of teleport bracelets, guns and other props), but this is quite possibly – according to my research – the only item to emerge clearly labeled as a toy.