Fugelseth said he was inspired to launch his son’s prized toy after seeing a similar video using a Lego figure. “I figured if two high school kids can send a Lego man to space, then I, as a grown man, can make Stanley [go] to space,” Fugelseth told the Oakland Tribune.
Using a weather balloon and Flip camera, Fugelseth attached the train to the end of a pole. The co-owner and creative director of Oxygen Productions Inc., a California-based motion graphics and film production studio, Fugelseth said his biggest concern was losing the train on its eventual descent to Earth. He entitled the project “A Toy Train in Space.”
Watch the full video of Stanley’s space adventure:
“My 4 year old and Stanley are inseparable like Calvin and Hobbes. He’s been attached to him since he was two, and they play, sleep and do everything together,” Fugelseth wrote on his YouTube page, where the video was first posted.