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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 first landed men 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 2 STAGE ROCKET - NOMURA - JAPANA large tin an plastic space rocket. red plastic nose and blue plastic tail. The top and bottom sections separate. Battery operated action (rear section) with movement, noise, flashing lights and spinning tail section. The subject suggests a late 1960s date. 55cm.
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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 XV SPACE ROCKET - RAJA TOYS - INDIABased on the Horikawa XB-115 rocket. Tin and plastic friction wheeled rocket with a green spark window. Friction action with rotating nose cone and spark. 11.5" tall, tin litho/hard plastic. The rocket has a simpler litho design and a green nose tip. It is marked "Apollo XV". Box? The subject suggests a 1970s date.
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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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ATLAS RAKETE - LEHMANN - W GERMANYA slender silver plastic rocket with a rubber nose cone and a hook on the side. The rocket is fired into the air using a rubber band. Item 932. 16cm c1960
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ATLAS ROCKET - MAKER? - JAPANBlue and red lithographed friction rocket with a yellow nose. Two large rear wings and two smaller wings at the nose. Tail fin. Marked Atlas. Friction action.

Sold as part of the Satellite Vehicles set by Royal. 1959
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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 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 newspaper ads in November 1962. 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. Circa 1953
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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
The box carries the serial no. 1883 MT/191
On sale in October 1960.
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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. This particular version of the rocket was advertised in the Courier News in October 1958.
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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
The box carries the serial no. 1883 MT/191. The other color version was on sale in October 1960, and this is likely to be the same.
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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.

An advertisement dates this to October 1960 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 windscreen. (The clear blue plastic window may be a late addition). 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. Featured in Aldens Christmas catalog for 1956.
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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 - USALithographed tinplate windup rocket ship. 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. Widely on sale in late 1934.

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. On sale in December 1934.

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. 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.

Listed in the 1971 Azrak Hamway International catalog.
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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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DREAM JET MARS X-300 - MARUSAN - JAPANMarusan didn't have to look far for the inspiration for this space rocket. It's a direct copy of the Pyro X-100 Space Scout though it carries a X-300 serial.

A yellow lithographed tin friction rocket plane. It is a cross between a rocket and a jet plane with rocket motors mounted on the wing tips. Dream is printed on one wing, and Jet on the other. Mars is printed on the sides. The cockpit is contains a molded red plastic spark cover. Friction action with noise and spark. 18cm

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This is a litho variation of the Alps Space Scout X110.
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EMERGENCY SPACE ROCKET (SPACE FIRE) - YONE - JAPANA reworking of the popular SY/Yoneya Jumping Rocket design. This is a comical lithographed tin friction rocket with a vinyl fireman's head. FIRE DEPARTMENT ROCKET Red and blue with a FD badge on the front and on the tail fin. 15cm
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ESPACIAL FIRE DEPARTMENT ROCKET - VISPA - ARGENTINAComical lithographed tin friction rocket with a vinyl fireman's head. One version is white and blue (and probably intended to be police themed), the other is red and blue. Marked VISPA on the tail fin. These are direct copies of the Yone Fire Department Rocket which in turn are based on the Yone Jumping Rocket design. 15cm Box?
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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.

Featured in the 1963 Masudaya catalog.

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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.

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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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FIRE WINGS - MARUSAN - JAPANTin lithographed cross between a rocket and a car. The four wheel orange and white friction vehicle has three tail fins and a pilot under a clear plastic canopy. Green plastic tail cover. Marked SAN. 21cm 1950s.
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FIREBIRD - METTOY - ENGLANDSilver lithographed tin friction space rocket. Litho window detailing. Jet plane swallow shape with swept back wings. RAF markings. Based on the Automatic Toy Co original design. Screaming action. The pressing was also used for the Dan Dare rocket. England
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FLASH GORDON ROCKET FIGHTER SHIP 5 - MARX - USARed tin wind up rocket with retro style litho. A reuse of the pre-war Buck Rogers Rocket Ship pressing. Officially licensed by King Features. Forward motion with sparks from the rear. Louis Marx USA

Note: In 1951 Marx had released its own in house version of the pre-war rocket. In 1952 they appear to have adapted their 1951 rocket to meet the revived interest in Flash Gordon. They released the rocket with "Flash Gordon" printed behind the pilot's head and on the wing.

Current earliest sighting is in a 1952 Goodyear Catalog. It went on sale in late 1952.
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FLASH GORDON SPACE PORT - PYRO - USAThis is the Flash Gordon version of the brightly lithographed tin space port with a mechanism for ejecting a plastic Pyro X-300 Space Cruiser hard plastic rocket. The tinplate station and the X-300 rocket have the additional wording "Flash Gordon"

The standard version was on sale in late 1953. Box?
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FLYING BOAT 7 ROCKET - CHINATin friction rocket with pilot head behind windshield. Older box has a 5 on the rocket. Later issued as Great Flying Boat. China MF-742 Boat is the translation of ship, as in space ship.
Masudaya Rocket Racer design.
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FLYING BOAT MS187 - MAKER? - CHINAA small (4" 6cm) tin and plastic Flying Boat spaceship. Litho tin upper with a blue plastic base. Clear canopy containing vinyl astronaut head. Two plastic fins set at an angle.
Pull back action tin litho Space Saucer Flying Boat MS 187. General whole exterior in good condition. Original box size about 4.4" x 3.4" 1970s

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FRICTION EXPLORER WITH SIREN - HONG KONGA small plastic space rocket with three fins. This is based on the Masudaya non-fall spaceship. A red plastic astronaut pilot sits in a forward cockpit with clear plastic cover. Small rotating black plastic antenna. No markings on the toy. Friction action with rotating antenna and siren noise. 1960s

Comes in several color combinations.
Yellow with red and green fins

HP No 609
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FRICTION ROCKET WITH SPARKS X-059 - LINEMAR - JAPANThere is no attempt at realism with this silver tinplate rocket. It is simply perched on top of a relatively massive friction wheel assembly with an unusual stabilising fin in place of the more usual tail wheel. The rocket has small blue side wings and a plane like tail assembly. The nose has a spike. There are small spark windows at the back. Friction action with sparks.

The box depicts a much better rocket devoid of its mechanism. Date?
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FRICTION SPACE ROCKET No 7 - SY/YONEYA - JAPANThis is a comical space toy from Yoneya. A silvertin robot sits astride a Tin friction rocket with robot astride a blue and red tin rocket. The rocket has a large red nose structure marked SPACE ROCKET and has a friction mechanism attached to the base, with a small tail wheel. The robot has loose flat arms. Marked No 7 and Rocket 7. 15cm. This is a reworking of the Jumping Robot pressing. SY logo.
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FRIENDSHIP ROCKET 7 - MASUDAYA - JAPANThis is a slight variation of the blue version of the Atom Rocket 7 with a name change and a new box art. One 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:
Light blue and dark blue with red detailing.
Large rotating plastic antenna.
Marked Friendship Rocket = 7
Triangular tailfin.
This version Has a single teardrop shaped red light on each side.
Spaceship design on tailfin.
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GE-268 FRICTION SPACE ROCKET - TECHNOFIX - W GERMANYRed, cream and white lithographed tin friction space rocket. Litho window detailing. Jet plane swallow shape with swept back wings.Marked GE-268 Friction action with spark. Based on the Automatic Toy Co original. Technofix is the trading name of Gebrüder Einfalt. Marked US Zone. Name? Box?
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GE-283 SPACE SHIP - TECHNOFIX - W GERMANYRed, white and blue lithographed tin friction space rocket. Litho window detailing. Jet plane swallow shape with swept back wings.Marked GE-268 Friction action with spark. Based on the Automatic Toy Co original. Technofix is the trading name of Gebrüder Einfalt. GE 283. West Germany. Black rubber wheels. 25cm long.

Two box versions shown.
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GIMINI-1 SPACE ROCKET - MASUDAYA - JAPANThe misprint has made its way onto this interesting rocket and box. It should, of course, be Gemini. Unusually this rocket has a realistic shape: a long tube with five red tailfins and a litho nose cone with a Gemini capsule litho. There's a large rubber plug at the end for safety. A rectangular red plastic window has been added to the rocket to show off the spark action. Blue and white rings of color with red detailing. 33cm.

Gimini US Airforce Rocket - a wheeled tin friction drive with sparking action and siren.

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HIGH SPEED ROCKET THE MOON ZX-8 - MARUSAN - JAPANThis is an early, iconic space rocket with classic lines. A red and white lithographed tin rocket with silver abd blue trim. Three red tail fins that extend well behind the exhaust. Porthole detailing. Marked THE MOON ZX-8 in a blue strip running the length of the rocket.

The rocket has an unusual propulsion method: there is a string with a hook in the end. The rocket can be suspended and pulled down to allow it to climb back up.

The box art shows the colorful rocket with the wording Rocket Go Into Space. SAN

This is the same pressing as the Marusan UNIVERSAL ROCKET, THE MOON X-1 and ROCKET METEOR.

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Image courtesy Smith House Auctions
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INTERPLANET CRUISER X-300 SPACE CRUISER - ALPS - JAPANTin friction rocket based on Pyro plastic original. There is another version of this spaceship with slightly different litho.
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INTERPLANETARY ROCKET - YONEZAWA - JAPANAn elaborately lithographed tinplate and plastic battery op rocket. The silver rocket has a small red nose cone and a large yellow plastic rocket motor assembly at the rear that rotates. The rocket has a bump and go action the stops. The rocket rises up and the nose assembly opens to reveal the Apollo capsule. and capsule opens. This was an effective attempt to reflect in toy form some of the complexity of the Apollo moon landing program.
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INTERPLANETARY SPACECRAFT ATOM ROCKET-15 - YONEZAWA - JAPANThis is a 32cm white and grey plastic battery operated rocket. It is relatively stubby rocket. The nose has a clear plastic window with a vinyl astronaut inside. The tail is a large red plastic affair, not as good as the one depicted on the box art, but it does have a very impressive lighted engine effect. A pair of red plastic fins run alongside the engine. A large double silver plastic antenna rotates on the top. Bump and go action, flashing engine, rotating antenna and engine noise. The instruction sheet is in Japanese. Date?
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JATO JET ROCKET P-200 - METALMA - BRAZILBrazil has created many space toys and this is an interesting version of the standard tin friction rocket. Jato is the Portugese for Jet. This is a blue and red wheeled rocket with three fins. P-200 serial on the tailfin. There is litho detailing of a cockpit with astronauts. Friction action with noise and spark. Metalma (Matarazzo) 20 cm MM
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JET OTO - NE KUR - TURKEYA quite distinct approach to the subject from the Turkish company Ne Kur. This is a jet plane style tin friction spaceship. The rocket has long engines on very short wings. At the front is a clear plastic canopy with pilot's head. NK 880. Different racing numbers are printed on the nose. Friction action with noise and spark.Turkey
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JET ROCKET V-7 - K LOGO - JAPANA large (47cm) lithographed tin friction space rocket. Red, white and blue litho with Jet Rocket V-7 wording on the sides. Very similar to the Space Fighter (1954). The version shown here is lacking horizontal rear tail fins. Box?

Maker?
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JUMPING ROCKET RS 45 - SY/YONEYA - JAPANTin wind up. 15cm. Rocket with robot driver hops around as the robot's arms swing. SY logo. Later adapted for the Space Rocket version. R.S. 45 wording on the robot body. loose hanging flat tin arms. Lithographed star scene on nose of rocket. RS-45 Marked SY. 15cm long

The toy appears in a 1964 Japanese exporter's catalog.
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JUNOR JET 27 - YONEZAWA - JAPANRace car style tin friction rocket. Red, white and yellow litho. Yellow tin fin with 27 printed on it. Junor Jet (sic) with a shooting star printed on the side. Four wheels. Pilot under canopy. Japan 1950s. Box? Date? The name Junor is presumably a typo for Junior.

See also the Space Rocket Car 75 version of this toy.
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JUPITER ROCKET - YOSHI - JAPANYoshi's approach to rocket design is quite different from the other manufacturers. This is a green and red jet-like tin friction rocket with two small wings at the rear and two very small tiny stabilizing fins at the front. There is a single tailfin. The friction mechanism is attached below the rear, with no attempt to hide it. Marked JUPITER with a USAF star. Y in Diamond. Box? Date?
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JUPITER ROCKET D-119 - HWN - WEST GERMANYA blue, red and yellow lithographed tin friction rocket with circular spark window openings at rear. Bright spray-like color effect. The tailfins extend well beyond the rear. There are spark holes covered in red plastic at the back. Two halves of the pressing are crimped together. Made by Heinrich Wimmer Nuemberg W Germany. There is also a version with UK an USA flags on the nose. 1950s. Wheeled friction action with spark.

This appears to be the same pressing as the Belloni Italian Meteor Bell-310 rocket.
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JUPITER ROCKET JP7A - MASUYA - JAPANWGrey, blue and red plane style in friction rocket with yellow detailing This cockpit with litho pilot. Three fins. In the nose is a striker pin which, on impact, releases an arm that enables the rocket to stand up. Marked Jupiter Rocket JP7a. JP 7A version of the Masuya Jupiter-Nike tin friction rocket with standing action. The box art depicts a slightly different version SP-207,
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JUPITER ROCKET M5 - MASUYA - JAPANLithographed tin litho M 5 version of the Masuya tin friction rocket with standing action and noise. 11 ins. White with red and yellow detailing. Litho cockpit (unlike the clear plastic canopy of the Lyra copy). Marked Jupiter United States Army. M 5 on the red and yellow tin fins. Masuya Fine Toys The first sighting to date is in a Walgreen Agency Christmas catalog for 1959. Masuya Jupiter-Nike
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KOZMICKE VOZIDLO - OMNIA - CZECHOSLOVAKIAA lithographed tin friction wheeled rocket. Crimped construction. The design is very simplistic: lines and circles hinting at window detail. There are several litho variations. The box art is even more basic with a simple silhouette of the rocket. Cosmic Rocket. Friction action with noise and spark. Czechoslovakia. CSSR c1970
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LEVER ACTION ATOMIC ROCKET - MASUDAYA - JAPANA blue, red and black lithographed tin friction. Saturn and stars litho on the large distinctive side panels. Circa 1950's. Push down lever action. Marked Atomic Rocket. The top fin acts as the lever. MT Plain box with paper label.

An early example of the Masudaya Rocket Racer design. The same pressing as the X-3 rocket.

On sale at Macy's December 1953.
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