The Rocketeer is a 1991 film produced by the Walt Disney Company and is based upon the character of the same name created by comic book artist and writer Dave Stevens. Golden (Western Publishing Company) is responsible for this 63 Piece Rocketeer puzzle.
Set in 1938 Los Angeles, California, The Rocketeer tells the story of stunt pilot Cliff Secord who stumbles upon a hidden rocket-powered jet pack that he thereafter uses to fly without the need of an aircraft. His heroic deeds soon attract the attention of Howard Hughes and the FBI, who are hunting for the missing jet pack, as well as the Nazi operatives that stole it from Hughes.
Fortunately, I didn’t encounter anywhere near that much danger and intrigue while putting together this puzzle!
The box art depicts a dynamic image of the Rocketeer himself. It would have been nice to see a bit more of his signature jet pack, but you can’t have everything. But we do have an exciting encounter with a vintage aeroplane, so there’s that!
Actually, it appears to be something much cooler than a mere biplane! Instead, what we have pictured is a 1931 Pitcairn-Cierva Autogiro. Like an airplane, the autogiro is moved by an engine-powered propeller, but like a helicopter, lift is provided by a rotor. The rotor is not powered, and while the aircraft can land vertically, it cannot take off vertically. The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI. has a real one in its aviation collection!
The Detroit News organization bought it to gather news from the air but it wasn’t overly successful for that purpose. Kind of like The Rocketeer’s first attempts at staying aloft!
One long side and both short sides of the box lid have the title of the puzzle with the image itself. The other long side adds an image of a puzzle piece along with the bar code.
Now that we have the box opened, let’s begin to put our puzzle together:
Sometimes a puzzle can be cropped differently than the image on the box cover, but in this case, they are identical in framing. However, the box shows a nice double-lined boarder that is missing from the actual puzzle. Also, the puzzle itself has more of a blue background whereas the box cover has a greener hue for the background.
Obviously the blue makes more sense as the Rocketeer is meant to be flying in the wild BLUE yonder as he tries to outmaneuver the plane.
There are many, many, many versions of puzzles featuring the Rocketeer, most of which were produced in the early 90s and likely were released to promote the film.
I have a very nice vintage puzzle featuring Zorro made by Jaymar, and another vintage puzzle featuring Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom made by Whitman. I hope you can take a little more time to piece together these wonderful puzzles I’ve assembled in my collection!