Box is pretty fair but stands fine on it's on and with the capsule inside. There is a hard cardboard insert but we believe this is a replacement. It does, however help the box even further, giving it support at the sides and mostly the bottom. The folded bottom is a little weak without it. Displays well though with very good exterior. See pictures.
The capsule is overall very good and mostly for some drying of the glue on the cockpit decal which is still well attached and surface cracks (but not breaks) on sliding panel on front. Comes with the original,but harder to find color, Orange (usually Yellow or Black) colored vinyl with actually Mercury spaceflight communications on one side and an introduction to the manned spaceflight on the other. The label on side two shows some missing pieces. Record shows less then normal kid play surface scratches.
Great set, super display piece!