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'TOMIC ROCKET - WOODETTE - USAWhite and red wind up plastic and metal 15 inch rocket with cap in the nose cone. The four rear fins are bare metal. Rolls along and sparks appear in a red plastic window at the back. A cap can be placed inside and will detonate when the rocket hits an obstacle.

Woodette Division of Print-O-Matic Co. Inc, of Chicago, Illinois. Atomic Rocket

First sighted in the Gray Hardware catalog for 1950.
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ANIMAL JET ROCKET - MARUBISHI - JAPANThis is a comical cartoon variation of the Marubishi Astro Mobil. A red and blue lithographed tin friction space vehicle with litho cartoon characters Huckleberry Hound and Yogi Bear. The vehicle has an unusual tear drop shape with vinyl monkey head under a clear dome and two long clear red plastic engine tubes at the back. Two wire antennas sweep backwards along the top. Marked Animal Jet.

Friction action with noise and spark. See the Mobil Jet version.
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APOLLO 11 MOON ROCKET - ATC - JAPANThis is a long blue and silver tin and plastic friction rocket. Three red plastic fins and a rotating red plastic nose section. Three wheels. Marked Apollo 11. Asahi Japan. Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first humans on the Moon. 1969-70
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APOLLO 11 ROCKET - NOMURA - JAPANLater style white plastic battery operated rocket. Red plastic tail fins, a clear plastic engine and nose cone.

"Switch on and APOLLO-11 starts moving. It stops and elevates vertically. It comes down and moves forward. The actions repeat. Light blinks with constant rocket engine sound." Apollo-11 TN
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APOLLO ROCKET - OHTA - JAPANSilver lithographed tin friction powered Apollo rocket. The detailed rocket has three red tin fins and a long nose extension.

Friction action. When rocket hits an obstacle an arm is triggered making it stands up. A ramp descends revealing a litho spaceman. The box artwork is a particularly impressive depiction of the rocket in space.

K in circle Logo. Looks to be the same pressing as for the Masuya versions of this popular design. It is not clear which came first.
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APOLLO SATURN ROCKET, PROJECT SWORD - CENTURY 21 - HONG KONGCentury 21 – tall plastic rocket in 3 stages. Plastic battery op rocket , this craft has flashing lights and a spring-loaded parachuting nose-cone. On its main body appear two transfers stating ' Apollo Saturn' .It looks like a big Cape- Kennedy- Set rocket. On the base is written ' A 21 Toy ' with the familiar tunnel-like circles, together with 'Century 21 Toys Ltd Made in Hong Kong'.
The box is a long narrow rectangular two parter. The lid is of thinner card with the base being much thicker. Two pieces of thick card inner- packaging hold the rocket in place at either end of the box. 'Star Features' are 'Ejectable space capsule with parachute, battery operated, hand steerable front wheel, three stage rocket, lights at rear, clips on fins.' It states that it's 'Made in Hong Kong for Century 21 Toys Limited'. On the two longest sides appears the words 'This super badge - Sword Commander - free inside, plus official manual, Project SWORD, collect the series for other great SWORD badges, Century 21 Limited'. The Commander badge is red.
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APOLLO XV ROCKET - LYRA - GREECEWhite plastic battery operated rocket. A reissue of the Nomura Apollo 11 Rocket. Switch on and the rocket starts moving. It stops and elevates vertically. It comes down and moves forward. The actions repeat. Light blinks with constant rocket engine sound.
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APOLLO-X MOON CHALLENGER - NOMURA - JAPANA white plastic battery operated rocket with a detailed blue abd silver front end. The wheeled rocket has a rising action and opening nose. Blinking Light.

Rocket elevates the petals open and the command ship extends. It then retreats and the petals close. 16 ins Currently the first sighting is in a Marshall Field Christmas Catalog for 1970
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ARROW 7 SPACE SHIP - SANKEI - JAPANA red, blue and white rocket. The little lithographed tin friction space ship has a tin astronaut pilot head on top behind a tin windshield. Blue metal wheels. 16cm

Spark window at rear. See also the Arrow Jet 12 version which has a spark hole in front of the pilot rather than at the rear.

Possibly Sankei, the K in three concentric circles logo, manufacturer of the Arrow 12 version.
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ARROW SPARKLING JET 12 - SANKEI - JAPANA small red and blue lithographed tin rocket. The little tin friction space ship has a tin astronaut pilot head on top behind a tin windshield. 16cm

Spark hole in front of pilot. Exhaust pipe at the rear. See also the Arrow 7 version which has a spark window in the tail. Available in two versions, one predominantly yellow, the other blue. 1950s. Plain card box with paper label. K in three concentric circles logo.
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ASTRO MOBIL - MARUBISHI - JAPANAn red and yellow lithographed tin friction space vehicle. The vehicle has an unusual tear drop shape with vinyl pilot head under a clear dome and two long clear red plastic engine tubes at the back. Two wire antennas sweep backwards along the top. Marked Astro Mobil. 8" 20cm.

Friction action with noise and spark. See the Mobil Jet version.
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ATOM BOAT MF 825 - CHINAThis rare spaceship is a Chinese take on the Masudaya non-fall design. Marked Atom Boat; the name is a literal translation of the word "ship" as "boat". Blue and white tin friction non-fall rocket with long red cylindrical engines running along the sides. This rocket has a distinctive tall tail fin incorporating an engine. Three plain litho portholes on either side. The astronaut pilot is tin. Friction action with a loud beep noise. it is slightly larger than the Japanese non-fall rockets. MF-825
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ATOM JET - YKS - JAPANA small, simple blue-green and red tin friction space rocket with a tin astronaut pilot head under a clear plastic canopy. The toy has relatively large rubber wheels and a small tail wheel. There are slots in the front for sound effect. Carries the logo YKS. Single tail fin.

There are two versions of this rocket: one with a pilot behind an open windshield and one with a pilot under a clear canopy. Box?

See also the Star Jet version of this rocket.
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ATOM ROCKET - KBN - GERMANYA comical approach to the subject, the German company KBN has a clown clinging to the back of a space rocket. Tin friction rocket with a large Bub the Clown figure riding on the top. Bub features in other tin toys. West German

Two color versions shown: silver and yellow rocket
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ATOM ROCKET 7 BLUE VERSION - MASUDAYA - JAPANOne of Masudaya's tin battery operated space ships with a non-fall action. An astronaut pilot sits inside a cockpit with a clear plastic cover. Rear tail fin and two red conical engines on the side. A metal rocker in the base detects edges and alters the direction of the rocket.

Distinctive Features:
While very similar to the white version of the Atom Rocket 7 this toy has the usual shorter red conical engines running less than half of the length of the ship.
Light blue and dark blue with red detailing.
Large rotating plastic antenna.
Marked Atom Rocket 7
Triangular tailfin.
This version Has a single teardrop shaped red light on each side.
Spaceship design on tailfin.
Date: First sighting Rike's Toyland of Ohio Toy Catalog 1962
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ATOM ROCKET 7 WHITE VERSION - MASUDAYA - JAPANOne of Masudaya's tin battery operated space ships with a non-fall action. An astronaut pilot sits inside a cockpit with a clear plastic cover. Rear tail fin and two red conical engines on the side. A metal rocker in the base detects edges and alters the direction of the rocket.

Distinctive Features:
This toy is based on the Moon Rocket non-fall pressing with the much longer red conical engines running the length of the ship.
Light blue and white with red detailing.
Large rotating plastic antenna.
Marked Atom Rocket 7
Triangular tailfin.
This version Has a single teardrop shaped red light on each side.
USAF star on the tail

Date: First sighted in an authentic Christmas 1963 photograph. Still on sale in Higbee's Toys Catalog 1966
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ATOMIC RACE CAR X-8 - MITSUHASHI - JAPANThis is a quaint little three wheeled rocket car from the little known Mitsuhasi company. Red and blue tin friction space car with a tin pilot head behind a windshield. The car has a large rear tail fin marked Atomic and two smaller fins alongside..

M in triangle logo. 13cm

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ATOMIC RACER 7 - ALPS - JAPANThis is a most unusual space toy from Alps. A red, blue and yellow lithographed tin friction rocket with wings. The tricycle vehicle has wide rear side fins and a blue upright fin. A yellow astronaut, looking like a biker with helmet and goggles, sits in a cockpit behind a clear plastic windscreen. There is a small red spark window behind the cockpit. The number 7 is printed on the nose. The motorcycle look is emphasised on the box art which shows the rocket travelling around a race track.

Packed in an early 1950s style brown box with paper label and in one case the number S129 overprinted.

This is a variation of the Alps Space Raider with the addition of the pilot behind the windscreen and the extra vertical tailfin. The size of the driver completely alters the scale of the vehicle.
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ATOMIC RAY X-30 - MAKER? - JAPANSmall early red, white and blue tinplate friction rocket with litho detailing that includes a pilot inside a cockpit and Saturn at the front. Atomic Ray is printed on one side and X-30 on the other. Unusually this rocket has just the two horizontal tail fin, not the upright fin. 6cm. Japan Date? Probably 1950s

The same pressing as the X-7 Moon Rocket.

Image courtesy Smith House Auctions
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ATOMIC ROCKET X-1800 - BLUE & WHITE VERSION - MASUDAYA - JAPANOne of Masudaya's tin battery operated space ships with a non-fall action. Rear tail fin and two conical engines on the side. A metal rocker in the base detects edges and alters the direction of the rocket.

Disticnctive Features:
The front cockpit has no astronaut: there is a patterned windshield containing a color light effect.
Light blue and white with red detailing and cream engines
Large grey plastic rotating antenna, though the white antenna (bottom) looks more like the one on the box.
Marked X-1800
Triangular tailfin.
This version does not have lights in either side. The plainer litho detailing with three litho portholes and the fresnel lense-like cockpit cover make this a more serious looking spaceship
Date: There is no confirmed date yet, but the box carries the serial no. 1883 MT/191 which suggests a date no later than 1963.
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ATOMIC ROCKET - DSK - JAPANA simple small blue and red (3.5in) tinplate lithographed space rocket. Marked Atomic Rocket. Pilot in cockpit litho on top, with Saturn and satrs on the front. Unusual fin design. Fiction action with noise. DSK 1950s. Crimped construction. Box? Possibly sold in trade boxes.
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ATOMIC ROCKET WITH PROP - MASUDAYA - JAPANA white, red and blue lithographed tin friction rocket. The three wheeled rocket has the classic three rear fins design. The fins extend beyond the end of the body. There is minimal detailing, notably a blue lightning flash on the tail.

The distinctive feature of the rocket is the spinner launch action. See Satellite Launcher Rocket.

This rocket shares the same box as the Atomic Rocket with Prop X201.
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ATOMIC ROCKET X-1800 - GREEN & WHITE VERSION - MASUDAYA - JAPANOne of Masudaya's tin battery operated space ships with a non-fall action. Rear tail fin and two red conical engines on the side. A metal rocker in the base detects edges and alters the direction of the rocket.

Disticnctive Features:
The front cockpit has no astronaut: there is a patterned windshield containing a color light effect.
Green and white with red detailing
Large grey plastic rotating antenna, though the white antenna (bottom) looks more like the one on the box.
Marked Atomic Rocket
Triangular tailfin.
This version does not have lights in either side. The plainer litho detailing with three litho portholes and the fresnel lense-like cockpit cover make this a more serious looking spaceship
Date: There is no confirmed date yet, but the box carries the serial no. 1883 MT/191 which suggests a date no later than 1963.
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ATOMIC ROCKET X201 WITH PROP - MASUDAYA - JAPANA red, white and blue lithographed tin friction rocket. The three wheeled rocket has the classic three rear fins design. The fins extend beyond the end of the body. There is minimal detailing, notably a Saturn with a ring of stars on the tail. Marked Atomic Rocket on the sides.

The distinctive feature of the rocket is the spinner launch action. See Satellite Launcher Rocket.

Two box variations are known.

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ATOMIC SPACESHIP WITH SPARKS XX-2 - NOMURA - JAPANThis is an odd rocket from Nomura. The white and red tin friction rocket has three very long odd-shaped fins running down most of the length of the rocket. There are litho portholes with passenger detailing. It is marked XX-2. The strange feature is the spinning red plastic engine device that is attached to the rear. It may represent a rocket exhaust. Friction action with spark and plastic rotating tail assemly. Date? TN
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ATOMIC SPACESHIP XX-3 - NOMURA - JAPANTin friction rocket with rotating clear red plastic attachment at rear. Sparks.
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BABY MOON ROCKET - KDT - INDIATin lithographed space rocket. Old style rocket with tin pilot head behind a clear blue plastic window. Marked K.D.T No 11. Friction with spark action.
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BATTERY OPERATED MONORAIL ROCKET-SHIP - LINEMAR - JAPANA metallic blue combination of rocket and monorail toy. The Rocket Express tin battery operated monorail travels along spring tensioned between metal pylons; large round extensions on top of the rocket hold the motor drive.

The boxed set comes with two express rockets. Twenty pieces in total. Date.
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BILLY THE SPACE TRAVELER - MASUDAYA - JAPANTin friction rocket with a tin astronaut rider clinging to the back. The rocket has two fins, Billy occupies the place where a third fin would normally be. Marked BILLY on the sides. There is a small rear wheel. Pull back action with noise. Marked PAT 7987

Two litho variations are known:
1 Metallic silver and red version with a blue Billy. Litho porthole detailing.
2 White and blue rocket with red fins and an orange Billy.
The box indicates a third combination which so far has not been seen.

Known for ages as "Billy on a Rocket" until a boxed version turned up. Date?

A version of this rocket was also produced in Argentina as Cohete Lunar. See also Billy on a Saucer.
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BLUE EAGLE SPACE ROCKET - MASUYA - JAPANLong blue and red battery operated tin rocket plane with remote control. Yellow spring loaded nose plunger. Jet plane styling with small fins and a tail fin with elevators on the top edge. Flashing lights at rear. 38cm. This does not have the usualMasuya standing action. Marked Space Rocket of the sides and Blue Eaglke on the tail. Date?
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BOOSTER ROCKET, PROJECT SWORD - CENTURY 21 - HONG KONGA long plastic battery op rocket with its middle encircled by large white plastic ‘fuel’ pods which are detachable. The ship has forward and reverse motion, tail lights and a cool silver ejecting nose jet with its own landing gear/wheels ( you may come across this on its own). 'Made in Hong Kong' appears on its base.

The box is tiny compared to the size of the fully set-up toy. Nevertheless the artwork is great, with a white and red painiting of the rocket whizzing across space. 'Star Features' are the ' Ejectable nose module, battery operated, forward and reverse control, tail light, official SWORD decals'. As standard it states that its 'Made in Hong Kong for Century 21 Toys Limited.' The cover doesn't refer to thje badge or manual, only the four sides of the lid. It's referred to as the 'Space Captains badge', but the picture of the badge simply states Captain. The full badge list appears including astronaut.
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BUCK ROGERS 25TH CENTURY ROCKET SHIP - MARX - USATin windup. Circa 1934. Advances with spark. 1934 Louis Marx Buck Rogers 25th Century Rocket Ship Cruiser Tin Litho Windup Space Toy. When wound, the rocket ship moves forward while emitting a shower of sparks out of the exhaust and a space "boing boing" noise is made. Features sparking exhaust, space sound, all tin construction with detailed, multi-colored lithography and embossed parts.

This rocket has a classic retro design consistent with the early Buck Rogers films: sweeping bird like wings and top fin, webbed fin, small tin dome and character graphics derived straight from the Sunday comic strips. The general shape is also the forerunner of the Masudaya Rocket Racer line of space toys.

Printed on the bottom of the toy is a picture of Buck Rogers and it reads: Buck Rogers 25th Century, Louis Marx & Co 200-5th Ave NY USA Patented March 15, 1927 1, 621,266 with the early Marx toy logo. 24cm
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BUCK ROGERS POLICE PATROL - MARX - USARocket Police Patrol. Tin wind up rocket ship based on the Buck Rogers 25th Century Rocket Ship Cruiser Tin Litho Windup Space Toy. When wound, the rocket ship moves forward while emitting a shower of sparks out of the exhaust and a space "boing boing" noise is made.

A tin version of Buck sits on top holding a gun mounted in an open cockpit. Features sparking exhaust, space sound, all tin construction with detailed, multi-colored lithography and embossed parts. Tin wind up rocket ship. Date? 1930s This design, the tin astronaut with gun, became the preferred style for all future versions of this rocket.
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COHETE LUNAR, BILLY ON ROCKET - GORGO - ARGENTINATwo Argentinian variations of the Masudaya Billy on a Rocket.

Tin friction rocket with astronaut astride. Tin friction rocket with a tin astronaut rider clinging to the back. The rocket has two fins, Billy occupies the place where a third fin would normally be. Marked Cohete Lunar on the sides. There is a small rear wheel. Pull back action with noise
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COMMANDER ROCKET ATOMIC CONSTRUCTOR - YOSHIYA - JAPANA silver lithographed tinplate rocket. Litho details include a cockpit with pilot, tracks and the wording Commander on the sides. Three red metal fins at the back. The vehicle has a passing similarity to the Thiunderbird Mole with its rotating nose structure and its drilling function is mentioned on the box. In this case the nose is a rotating red plastic structure consisting of a set of plastic ribs. Friction action with noise and spark from the nose structure.

The box syas "Atomic Constructor. Flys in the air. Goes over lands. Digs and goes under ground too". First sighted in 1962 Nerlish & Co. Catalog. KO
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COSMOS-189 ROCKET - AGATEX - ROMANIALigt blue tin wind up space rocket. Fins at nose and tail. Nose on spring, red spark windows at the back. Pushing the rocket forward winds the mechanism. Marked with the Agatex logo on the wings. The rocket has a slider that opens a cover on the friction mechanism. See also the NAVETA SPATIALA ROCKET version of the rocket.
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CTAPT-1 ROCKET - RUSSIAA Russian version of the Masuya standing rocket design. This is a blue tin friction wheeled rocket with tree rather sharp tailfins. The graphics are fairly simple lines. The nose is a plastic plunger: when it strikes an object an arm swings down and lifts the rocket. The maker's logo is a small boy. Date? Maker? USSR
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DAN DARE SPACESHIP EAGLE - METTOY - ENGLANDRed lithographed tin friction space rocket. Yellow base. Clear plastic canopy. Jet plane swallow shape with swept back wings. Dan Dare logo on wings. Friction action with spark Based on the Automatic Toy Co 306 original design. Featured in the 1953 Mettoy catalog. On sale Nov 1954. Mettoy used the pressing for other versions of the space plane.
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DIAN DONG DA FEI CHAN (ROCKET SHIP) - CHINARed white and blue lithographed tin battery operated space ship with vinyl pilot head behind a tin windscreen. The distinguishing feature of this range is the pair of red and green colored plastic spark windows at the front of the rocket. Another variation of the Masudaya Rocket Racer. Other versons have been seen in this box but here the litho on the toy corresponds with the box artwork - eg portholes. Box and spaceship combinations seem to be random: Box has No 8, toy has No 9. etc. Two litho variations shown.

Bump and go action with noise and flashing lights.

Masudaya Rocket Racer design.
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DOCKING ROCKET - DAIYA - JAPANThis is one of Daiya's realistic looking space toys that reflects the latest developments in NASA space exploration. The wheeled silver tin and plastic battery operated rocket is attached by string to a white plastic Lunar Lander docking module.

The space craft moves forward on three wheels, the rear two providing power. The main space craft tows a secondary capsule behind it and whilst moving, reels in this attachment, this accompanied by suitable 'space rocket noise'. When full docking takes place electrical contacts are engaged and lights flash in the secondary craft. The rocket then releases the capsule on its lead, to trail behind some 8-10 inches and then continues as above, on a repeat routine.

Flashing lights, noise and rotating silver or light blue plastic antenna. The main rocket is 30cm long, the whole toy is 42cm.
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DONALD ON ROCKET - MAKER? - FRANCE?Another cartoon space toy, this time with a Disney character. This is a yellow tin friction rocket with Donal Duck riding hanging on to the back. He holds a steering wheel. Similar to the German Bub the Clown Atom Rocket but this is reputedly a French toy. France


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EXPLORER ROCKET - MASUDAYA - JAPANA green, gold and red lithographed tin friction rocket. This is a smaller friction version of the battery operated Masudaya non-fall rocket range, though this does not have the non fall feature. Marked Explorer. Red tin pilot under a clear plastic windscreen. MT
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F.I.54 ROCKET FUSEE - SFA - FRANCEA three wheeled tin friction rocket with three fins. Spark windows at the rear. The rocket has very basic geometric line graphics. France. SFA F.I.54 Tin friction space ship with spark and noise. Marked Paris SFA Made in France. 1950s

Two versions are known:
Yellow and blue with a red tail fin
Red and cream with red fins.

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FIRE BIRD 308 ROCKET - MASUDAYA - JAPANA large red and white tin friction space rocket, Rocket Racer style. A tin astronaut pilot head is mounted on top behind a tin and plastic windshield. Marked Fire Bird, 308 at the back. Box? Masudaya Rocket Racer design.

There is also a litho version of this rocket marked Fire Bird 58.

Firebird
Image courtesy Smith House Auctions
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FIRE ROCKET X-0077 - YONEZAWA - JAPANThis is a unique rocket design from Yonewawa, a cross between a space rocket and jet plane. The box depicts a pilot sitting under a clear canopy but the toy reveals him perched high above the toy in the open air.

A blue lithographed in friction rocket with red detailing. 38cm long. The large fins resemble wings. Spark windows surround the rear exhaust. Circa 1960. Advances with siren and spark. The spring loaded nose piece launches the plastic astronaut into the air when the rocket bumps into something. This toy may have been inspired by the US X Planes.

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