Tinplate6

Gettin' Busy With Hong Kong Space Plastic

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Over the last few months I have managed to acquire a good many of the best space plastic toys Hong Kong had to offer, and I thought I'd share the group photos with you. I have added the following toys to my collection: The JR 21 Space Rocket Launcher, the X-40 Friction Drive Space Rocket, the X-30 Space Explorer, and the Astronaut, plus two other ships I'm not sure the name of, only marked No. 103 (similar to the X-30) and Roxy No. 888. (Very Buck Rogers-ish)

 

 

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It's tough to pick a favorite, but I'd have to say the Friction Astronaut; with the chrome antenna, and rocket pack, those green emerald eyes, and the two-fisted ray guns, make it very cool.

 

 

 

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I also got a few of the boxes, which is always a plus.

 

 

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The actions on these is pretty impressive for such small plastic toys...

 

The Rocket Launcher rolls along with spinning satellite, until it hits a wall, or object, that releases the rocket, which swings up into vertical launch position, then a plunger in the rear exhaust fires the spring-loaded red capsule into the air.

 

The X-40 Rocket is friction drive as well, and when the left and right fins are depressed, it launches the spring-loaded capsule rolling across the floor.

 

The X-30 Explorer has a rotating satellite while it rolls across the floor.

 

And while the Astronaut just rolls with a friction motor, it looks really cool "flying" across the floor!

 

I always though Hong Kong got it right with these toys, and I'm thrilled to have the chance to add them to my collection.

 

 

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Super gets, Tp6!

I'm with you as far as the fav - Friction Astronaut is really fantastic. 

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Thanks Gil.

 

A bit of interesting detail on the X-30 Explorer; there are two white plastic figures in the cockpit...I thought it was a pilot and co-pilot, but if you look closely, it's actually the pilot, and behind him is his dog! :eeek:  Seriously, no joke...it's a dog! 

 

 

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Very cool! That cockpit slides forward as well.Enjoy your cool toys

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Thanks Tinluver2, I was unaware of that feature.

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Wonderful pieces as always Brady; it's pretty easy to see the inspiration behind the Space Rocket Launching Truck!  BTW, things always seem cooler after you start collecting them!

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Thanks Tinman, you are so right!

 

I'd always liked the Hong Kong pieces, but they seemed a bit pricey for their size. However, after I bought my first one at Botstock, from Big Bang, it was "game on"! They are just so retro, and colorful. The only drawback is; most are damaged in some way, because they are fragile, and the internal pieces break, this renders the actions, that made them so attractive in the first place, unwatchable.

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What an excellent addition to your collection and the dog in the rear seat is so unique. :thumbs:

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I love it  !  ' Plastic Fantastic '     congratulations

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I have some of those, but the astronaut with ray guns is way cool!

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I've always loved these toys, Brady, but have never had a chance to pick any up myself. The robot, in particular, is a great looking piece. Especially in red! Congrats on putting together a really nice collection! 

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That Hong Kong plastic just gets better with age. Great collection, Brady.

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There are still a few more pieces to be had, but they are rare and pricey.

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Have you ever checked out the Project sword plastic Tinplate.

Take this rare beast for a starter.

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