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10-28-2022, 11:46 AM - 2 Likes   #46
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View-Master Virtual 3D Viewer

Hello,

By the late 90's, after changing hands a few times, View Master was finally acquired by Mattel when they merged with Tyco. They placed it under the umbrella of the Fisher Price toy division.
I believe this was the last incarnation of the traditional View Master viewer. My understanding is that this was concurrent with the horizontal loading unit and the binocular dual mode viewer. This was marketed as the "Virtual 3D Viewer" but it was essentially the same basic viewer design. Available in many colors, some of these were marketed as 60th Anniversary (1939-1999) and also for specific topics or themes with added labels to the back (Harry Potter, Shrek, etc.).
This viewer promised a bigger and brighter image. However, the optics are... well... just adequate for a Fisher Price mass produced toy. I can't find any information as to when it was stopped been produced. I'd guess mid 2000s when View Master got discontinued? Still searching. All of these I've seen are made in Mexico.

I found this sad puppy and rescued it for a whopping $2. It is... "purple". It looks a bit "bluer" in the pictures but trust me, it is very purple.
Very dull and a few scratches. Keep in mind, this is a Fisher Price toy.




I had a rough day at the office yesterday so I blew off some steam by doing this:

Conversation with myself:
-Really dude? Working on a Fisher Price toy?
-Yeah, so what!
-Ok, carry on...

Here is where it got interesting. The lenses are 2 plastic elements back to back each. When cleaning I noticed what looked like a nasty fingerprint in the middle of the left eyepiece. I cleaned the lens from the back and the front, but it was still there. So it is between the elements. That must have been in the factory! Those 2 elements are plastic welded to the housing. So, as you may have guessed it, I spent over an hour removing the plastic weld and separating both lens elements so I could get to that nasty fingerprint... Remember, I've never claimed to be normal.
Everything went back together, but then, legend has it that there is a polishing spirit in my workbench that forces you to polish the heck out of anything you put together...






Looks happier now to me


Scratches were removed from the advance lever and it was polished, and polished, and polished and...








My good friends Buzz and Woody helped test it.


You know what? It worked beautifully as a stress reliever session!

Thanks,
Ismael

10-28-2022, 12:56 PM   #47
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