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Hello, recently ended auction. I looked as close as I could but do not in any way see a space theme. Much to the contrary of the

title and description. Maybe the lake in the picture is on some far away planet.

Nothing against the seller, just seems like a way to get people to notice.

Any thoughts?

roboteriii,,,

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USAGIYA tin friction boat JET PATROL space speed race with BOX

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Sometimes it only needs the word ''JET '' to give it a space theme for some sellers.

Nice boat though !

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Which brings to mind another age old question in this hobby -is an astronaut a robot!!

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It's a very Earthbound toy.

I don't know about the seller, or his description, but the toy itself is based on real jetboat.

(the "jet" being a jet of water being propelled out the back of the boat.)

Jetboats were first invented (successfuly)by Sir William Hamilton in 1954, in New Zealand.

The were used in the fast moving and shallow rivers, as a standard prop driven craft would loose it's prop bottoming out in the shallows.

Within of year of its introduction, they were used as patrol boats worldwide.

They were used extensively in Viet Nam as our PBR's ( Patrol Boat-River).

I'think the manufacturers were capitalizing on the newfound technology, and gave it a sleek racing type paint job.

If you look at the litho on the toy, you'l see that the pilots are humans in uniform.

If anything, it looks more James Bond-ish than spacey.

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I agree with everyone's comments concerning the so called "space" toy.

Here is one of my own toys from my website. I picked it up a while back.

This was also listed as a "space" boat. For some reason, the jets on the back of the boat

do look a little bit spacey to me. These jets are on a couple of other toys also if

I remember correctly.

roboteriii,,,,

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Awesome little boat roboteriii !

What year was this released ?

If it were in the mid to late 60's, it may have been inspired by the Doris Day movie " Glass Bottom Boat."

This particular boat was a top secret computerized spy boat that was rocket powered.

Here is a pic of the boat from the movie.

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There were a slew of futuristic sea going vessels around that time.

Sting Ray, the Seaview, all manner of spy shows with boats, etc.

A lot of the old Republic movie serials featured vehicles of all types that were rocket powered.

Personaly, I love the futuristic stuff used in films and toys.

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My answer to Steve...I never considered an astronaut toy a robot. It's a man in a suit...even those with attacking martian bodies...you slap a human face on it it becomes a space man, so I don't have any of those in my collection, except a robocop figure. GIve me a real robot, no guys in suits.

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I agree with Ken, the human tin figures never quite worked for me either.

Even though they are toys, tin robots are essentially real robots. They are machines that approximate men.

It gives the little tin bots a sense of realism that other toys dont quite capture, while maintaining a child

like innocence.

I like my bots to BE robots!

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Awesome little boat roboteriii !

What year was this released ?

If it were in the mid to late 60's, it may have been inspired by the Doris Day movie " Glass Bottom Boat."

This particular boat was a top secret computerized spy boat that was rocket powered.

Here is a pic of the boat from the movie.

glassbottomboat.jpg

There were a slew of futuristic sea going vessels around that time.

Sting Ray, the Seaview, all manner of spy shows with boats, etc.

A lot of the old Republic movie serials featured vehicles of all types that were rocket powered.

Personaly, I love the futuristic stuff used in films and toys.

Is that R2D2 in the front of the boat? ;)

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It's not a boat...it's a land speeder. And that chick in the babushka is a Jawa...LOL.

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I've just received this "Universe Stunt Car" which I sort of regard as a Space toy? although it bears more than a striking resemblance to the Remco "Supercar" which I don't ever remember flying off into outer space???

plus it appears to be flying over water with the moon reflected in the water?

Also, can anyone date this toy for me, I seem to remember a coding system for the ME numbers on these Chinese toys, this one has the code " ME 090 "

Noel

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Noel -

I just added your Stunt Car to the list which can be found here:

So far there have been no confirmed catalog or advertising dates found for any of these Chinese toys.

Since this Stunt Car is definitely based on Gerry Anderson's Supercar, one could conclude that it is no earlier than 1961.

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toyMan, that " universe Stunt Car " looks awesome, I seen pictures of this Blue Color Toy and makes Want one

it does not look like a Space Toy but anyways is a wonderful Tin Toy, congratulations !

can you post a picture of the box please, Thanks !

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Thanks Joe,

Are there any dates to match up to the codes on the Chinese toys or have I missed them?

Noel

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That stunt car looks an awful lot like Gerry Anderson's SUPERCAR. Especially the plastic ones. I wonder if it is, but after the shows run, they relithoed it and changed it's name.

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