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AIR CONTROL CENTER - BANDAI - JAPANA battery operated console toy similar to the Masudaya range. The tin console has a central radar screen, a variety of colored lights, a rotating antenna and a Morse code key. Rearrangement of the wires permits various combinations of lights and noise. Box? Though not strictly a space toy it has strong connections.

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AIR CONTROL TOWER - ASAHI ATC - JAPANTin lever action carousel ride with three space planes named Moon, Mars and and Venus. The planes have celluloid propeller spinners attached. Bell. Red base, central girder tower and a tin canopy. Based on the ATC carousel chassis with different rides to suit the latest developments. Asahi Toy Company Japan Date?
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AIR DEFENSE CENTER - CRAGSTAN (MAKER?) - JAPANA tall red lithographed tinplate battery operated console with radar screen and flashing lights.

The 1962 Sears catalog advertises this toy: "Radar scans sky.. warning lights blink.. missles fire! Air Defense Center is busy with action.. has rotating antenna and radar scope; winking lights; moving air speed register and altimeter. 3 rubber-tipped darts. Steel, 12 in. long."

Large oval rotating antenna. The box art depicts a military scene but the actual toy resembles the Masudaya range of similar control centres.
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AMUSEMENT PARK ROCKET RIDE - YONE - JAPANSY/Yoneya's Jumping Rocket pressing has been used to create this rocket amusement ride. The lithographed tin wind up ride consists of a square tower with a beam fitted to the top. Two rockets with vinyl pilot heads rotate horizontally around the tower. The box depicts a much more streamlined version than the actual toy.

See the Super Rocket Ride variation of this toy. 8" 21cm high. On sale in September 1966.
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APOLLO - TECHNOFIX - WEST GERMANYPlastic track toy consisting of a blue base depicting the Earth and the Moon. The wind up plastic Apollo USA module orbits in a figure of eight while spark emerge from the rear. A press of one of two buttons allows the module to orbit the Earth or the Moon separately. West Germany 1971
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APOLLO LUNAR LANDER TOY - K LOGO KOKYU - JAPANK Logo. Tin wind up Apollo capsule and lander orbit the moon. The lithographed tinplate toy comprises a square base with a hemispherical red and yellow moon surface. From the center of the cratered moon surface two wires extend, one with an orboting Apollo space capsule, the other has a lunar lander. Wind up rotating action. Japanese box version.
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ASTRONAUT ORBIT WITH 3 MERCURY CAPSULES - ATC - JAPANLithographed tinplate lever action amusement ride carousel with three 3 tin Mercury capsules attached to the canopy by wires. Blue base, central girder tower and a yellow tin canopy. The space capsules are fitted with large celluloid propellers which turn when the toy runs.

Asahi Toy company. Similar to the SPACE CAPSULE CARROUSEL
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ATOM GUN - MAKER? - WEST GERMANYBrightly lithographed tin gun on base. Gun rotates and tilts. Shoots plastic balls. Based on the chassis for a variety of cranes.
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CAPE CANAVERAL ?AK 1100 ROCKET LAUNCH PAD - STRENCO - WEST GERMANYTin wind up rocket launch pad. Red and white rocket on blue base with gantry. Rocket approaches the gantyr then launches. Small plastic figure included.
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CAPE KENNEDY, PROJECT SWORD - CENTURY 21 TOYS - HONG KONGCentury 21Toys Very large plastic battery-operated launch pad and Apollo rocket. An adjustable crane lowers the ship onto the gantry. A hand held control drives the pad forwards and backwards on caterpillar tractors. The rocket is friction drive and about a foot long. The words Made in Hong Kong appear underneath.


Large oblong 2- piece box. The toy is called Cape Kennedy Three in one Toy. The artwork shows a painting of the rocket and gantry coming out of the hanger. On the box is Made in Hong Kong for Century 21 Limited? No reference to a badge on the box, although the set comes with the Official Manual and a plastic Sword badge
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CONEY ISLAND ROCKET RIDE - ALPS - JAPANA light blue lithographed tn battery operated fairground ride. Circa 1959. Two red, yellow and blue rockets are on either side of a central beam and spin and light as they twirl around the tripod mounted tower. A bell rings. See also the Twirly Whirly Rocket Ride variation.

Image Smith House Auction
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DAN DARE WALKIE TALKIE SET - MERIT - ENGLANDMerit England, plastic electronic walkie talkie set.

Merit was the trading name of J & L Randall.
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DISTANT EARLY WARNING RADAR STATION - MASUDAYA - JAPANA large grey-black lithographed tinplate battery operated tracking station. It has the usual Masudaya rotating plastic antenna and the pylon tower with the flashing light and Morse sound. The novelty feature of this toy is its attempt to recreate a radar cathode ray tube.

One of the four Masudaya space toys using this distinctive pressing.

Radar N Scope. Radar screen. Morse button. Rotating antenna. Detachable pylon with light. Console.
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DOCKING APOLLO - MASUDAYA - JAPANBrightly lithographed tin and plastic spacecraft and plastic lunar lander. The two craft travel around a figure of eight track with a detailed picture of a moon landing. Tin battery op track toy with Apollo capsule and plastic lander. An imaginative attempt to capture the intricacy of the Apollo moon landing operation.
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СПУТНИК SPUTNIK MUSIC BOX - MAKER? - RUSSIABlue lithographed tinplate wind up musical box with space scenes. The tin box has a globe set into front with a channel surrounding it. A miniature space capsule orbits when a top lever is pulled. Makes a simple rhythmic plink-plonk noise. Russia 1950s The toy has beautiful fantastical lithography drawn from Russian folklore: witches on broomsticks, people flying on birds etc. USSR, Eastern Europe.

It is possible that the graphics relate to a 1956 Russian film called Старик Хоттабыч a fantasy comedy film produced in the USSR by Lenfilm in 1956 based on a children's book of the same name by Lazar Lagin.

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EARTH AND SATELLITE TOY NAME? - MAKER? - WEST GERMANYTin and plastic wind up? Earth ans satellite orbitin a conical stand. West German ?

Image courtesy of Smith House Toys
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EL SUPER ROBOT - SPAINMagic Robot game. Small plastic robot in the center is a Dux Astroman.
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ESTACION ESPACIAL SPACE STATION - GOFAR - SPAINA most unusual battery operated tin and metal space toy consisting of a 48cm cast metal rocket which acts as a central turret. A bar is suspended from the turret with a plane at one end and a counterweight at the other. A battery control box allows the plane to circle at variable speed. The box art is particularly attractive. Manufactured by Gofar Producciones SA Valencia.

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EXPLORER AND VANGUARD TRACKING STATION - MASUDAYA - JAPANStructoys / Masudaya Large red lithographed tinplate battery operated radar control center. MT. Satellite rotates around Earth in the central window. Rotating antenna. Morse key operates buzzer and light on pylon. Versions exist with Structoys and Masudaya logos at bottom left of box lid. In the Miles Kimball catalog for 1958.

One of the four Masudaya space toys using this distinctive pressing.
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FLOATING SATELLITE TARGET GAME - HORIKAWA - JAPANTin battery op shooting game. (See also the Floating Satellite Target game with a rectangular space scene.) A battery powered fan behind the arch shaped space scene supports a floating ping pong ball. Two pistols with darts. First seen in 1960 when it appeared in the Niresk 1960 Book of Gifts

Note the misspelling "sattellite" in the lower version. It's possible that this is the earlier of the two
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FLY TO THE MOON BY SPACE CAPSULE - Maker? - JAPANA tin and plastic space moon globe. A detailed lunar globe is encased in a light green plastic sphere. It stands on a tin and plastic base with space scenes. A white and red Apollo spaceship is attached to a track on the side of the globe and travels around the moon. Battery operated.
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FLYING SAUCER AEROPLANE NR 132 - MAKER? - WEST GERMANYTin friction plane with spinner. Forward motion launches the disks. Box art of plane with flying saucers. W. Germany. DPs Maker?
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GE-270 PLANE - EINFALT TECHNOFIX - WEST GERMANYBorderline space. A tin friction plane with two propellers.
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GLOBE AND SPUTNIK Nr 1000 - J.G.SCH - WEST GERMANYTin wind up lithographed globe with orbiting sputnik, Made by Johann Georg Schopper GmbH & Co (J.D.Sch) 1960s Michael Seidel is also from Zirndorf. It´s possible that those toy companies - Schopper/Fuchs/Seidel - changed toy parts, not unusual for German toy producers.
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GLOBE EXPLORER BANK - W TOY - JAPANTinplate battery operated savings bank in shape of a globe of the Earth on a cylindrical base. Rocket and flying saucer attachments. Box depicts orbiting Sputnik satellite. Japan
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GLOBE WITH ORBITING SPUTNIK AND SAUCER 2000 - MS - WEST GERMANYW Germany. Tin clockwork globe with orbiting flying saucer and sputnik. MS Chamois Logo 2000
Made by Michael Seidel. Founded 1881 in Zirndorf near Nuremberg. Schopper is also from Zirndorf. It´s possible that those toy companies - Schopper/Fuchs/Seidel - changed toy parts, not unusual for German toy producers.
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HELICOPTER ME-632 - CHINAThis is considered to be one of the finest of Chinese space toys. This is a dark blue lithographed tinplate battery operated space helicopter. This unusual spaceship is a flying wing, with two large helicopter rotors. The brightly lithographed ship has a picture of itself in flight. Two plastic structures hold the rotors and there is a forward plastic control center with two pilots. The spaceship has a two stage action: first it advances with spinning rotors and flashing lights, then it stops and two flaps on the wing open to reveal litho characters beneath. The box has a superb illustration of the toy flying through space. ME632
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HK-555 PLANE - HUKI - WEST GERMANYTin friction(?) rocket plane. The wings are articulated, allowing a variety of shapes. Huki - West Germany, 50s. Another version exisiting with different litho and colors
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I.C.B.M. LAUNCHING STATION - HORIKAWA - JAPANTin friction rocket launching ramp. Turn crank on base to turn the friction motor on the missile then push the button on the base. The two stage missile is released. When the missile hits the end of the ramp a button automatically triggers the rubber tipped rocket to release. 45cm assembled. ICBM

Image courtesy Smith House Auctions
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ICBM VANGUARD SATELLITE LAUNCHER - REMCO - USAPlastic missile launch station. Launches planes and spinner disks.
Appears in the Miles Kimball 1958 catalog.
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JIGGLE PUZZLES
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KIDDY CITY AMUSEMENT PARK - ATC - JAPANTin lever action carousel ride with three space rockets numbered SR 1, SR 2 and SR 3. Rockets have celluloid propeller spinners attached. Bell. Red base, central girder tower and a tin canopy. Based on the ATC carousel chassis with different rides to suit the latest developments. Asahi Toy Company Japan 1960s
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LANZA COHETES SPUTNIK - RODADOS BRILLO - ARGENTINATin missile launch toy. A stubby plastic rocket fits inside a launching tube mounted on a rotating platform. Two sentry posts. Marked Rodados Brillo. The term Sputnik is included for topicality: there is no obvious connection.
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MAN-MADE SATELLITE - SWALLOW TOYS/HOKU - JAPANTin battery operated orbiting satellite toy. Circa 1958. Earth turns as the satellite spins above, Mars spins and the rocket light blinks. With signal button and Morse code 8.5" Beautifully lithographed base with a lunar landscape on one side and space rockets on two other sides. Is this Hoku?

On sale in December 1958
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MAN-MADE SATELLITE BANK - MAKER? - JAPANTin lithographed bank: satellite attached to Earth globe hemisphere. Wheels on the base. When the toy is pushed along the satellite rotates. Swallow logo, Hoku? Japan 1950s Friction. See the battery op version of this toy.
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MARXMAN SPACE TARGET
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MECHANICAL ATOMIC SPACE SHOOTING RANGE - CODEG - ENGLANDAn English version of the US Automatic Toy Company's Space Shooting Range. The litho varies and the shape of the gun platform is different from the US version, being long and thin rather than triangular. Tinplate spaceships revolve around a system of pulleys across the tinprinted display, a separate tinprinted base clips to the display and is complete with a spring loaded gun, made to fire ball bearings at the passing spaceships. Tinplate shooting range. Wind up. The American version dates to 1952,

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MECHANICAL ROCKET EXPRESS - LINEMAR - JAPANTin wind up orbiting train and satellite. Two rocket trains marked SP sit on either side of a central disk rotating on a blue base with space lithography. When wound the trains move round, passing under a tunnel and through a station. A Sputnik satellite orbits above. Honeymoon Express style. 1950s?
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MECHANICAL ROCKET RIDE #400 - CHEIN - USAA tall 18" brightly lithographed tin wind up carousel with rockets. The tall, slender toy has a red tin base, solid hexagonal tower, blue canopy. Four vintage fairground style style rockets each hang from a pair of wires. The rockets, two red and two blue, each carry two passengers. Each rocket has a celluloid propeller which turns when the toy runs. Wind up action. Sold in a brown box with minimal graphics. USA

First sighted in Read's Christmas Catalog for 1952.

This toy has been reproduced.
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MECHANICAL SPACE MOBILE - MARX - JAPANTin lithographed battery operated space train rolls backward and forward over a tinplate lunar style track. Space-Mobile. Track dismantles for storage in box.
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METEOR HWN-XC7 - HWN - WEST GERMANYBordeline space plane. Drive? W Germany
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MISSILE LAUNCHER - HORIKAWA FOR CRAGSTAN - JAPANTin battery operated ICBM launcher with mirror sight. Fan-powered target unit with printed card target supporting styrene target ball. Japan 1960s. See the other Horikawa lower-tech versions of this theme
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MONDFAHRT MOON-FLIGHT FAIRGROUND RIDE - ZJG SCH - WEST GERMANYRed, blue and yellow lithographed plastic and tinplate wind up fairground ride. Circular base with station and space scene. Five space cars orbit with a rising and falling action. Maker: Z J G SCH (Western Germany)
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MOON PATROL HELICOPTER, MOON SCOUT - MARX - USATin wind up space helicopter. Two rotors. Litho details. An example of a toy given a space theme despite the absurdity of the science.

Image courtesy Smith House auctions.
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MOON'S STATION - ANANIADES - GREECETin wind up Honeymoon Express style train travelling around Earth. The two carriage train is fixed to a central disk. As the disk turns it takes the train around, through two tunnels. Saturn. rocket and jet lithography. A rocket and Sputnik style satellite on a wire orbit the central Earth hemisphere. Greek. Possibly by FINO?.
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Morse Code Space SetMorse code set with working lights and buzzers.
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MUSICAL MECHANICAL SPACE RIDE #265 - CHEIN - USAA 9" tall light blue lithographed tin lever action space carousel ride with three rockets. This carousel has a round base, a round central cylindrical column and a domed canopy, all with copious early style rocket and space decoration. Four vintage fairground style rockets with different litho detailing, each hang from a stout metal rod. Litho rider detail. The toy uses a simple spring activated lever. It actually rotates very fast with centrifugal force pulling the ships nearly horizontal. As the canopy rotates it generates an ascending scale of three different plinking sounds; each is slightly higher in tone than the previous. It then repeats. This is the "musical" part of the toy. The toy was on sale in December 1954.

Note: only confirmed with four rockets. A version with three rockets has been seen but may have been adjusted to compensate for a missing rocket.
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NASA CONTROL CENTER - MASUDAYA - JAPANA large blue and white tinplate battery operated command center console. This is a later example of the Masudaya control center and it has a decidedly less toy-like feel; it offers more realistic computer influenced design.

A command ship orbits the Moon. The object is to dock it with a lunar module. Inspired by NASA's Apollo moon program. Rotating two dish antenna.
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OPERATION ORBIT - TRANSOGRAMPlastic battery operated control panel with levers and dials.
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PIONEER 3 STAGE ROCKET WITH LAUNCHER - NOMURA FOR ROSKO - JAPANTin spring loaded rocket launch pad with USAF rocket.

The white rocket has red and blue fins. It consists of three sections, the last being a rubber tipped dart. The rocket sits on a spring loaded base alongside a blue tinplate gantry. When the button is pressed there is a "countdown" delay before the rocket is launched. 19" 49cm

"At Cape Canaveral".

The Pioneer is featured in a newspaper ad in June 1959
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RAKETEN BAHN - SPACE ROCKET TRACK - VOITH - WEST GERMANYTin track toy. Tin litho launch station propells tin rocket around the track. West Germany. Fritz Voith Zirndorf
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REMOTE CONTROL SATELLITE - ARNOLD - FRANCEHand cranked tin satellite with spinning propeller. Serial No. 5030/295 Sputnik style. Marked Made in France (not Germany)
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RIDE-A-ROCKET ROCKET RIDE #260 - CHEIN - USAA reworking of Chein's Space Ride #265 with the emphasis on a carnival clown theme rather than space. 9" light blue lithographed tin lever action space carousel ride with four rockets. This carousel has a round base, a round central cylindrical column and a domed canopy, all covered in fairground images. Four vintage fairground style rockets with different litho detailing, each hangs from a metal rod. Litho rider detail. The toy uses a simple spring activated lever. The musical component is a simple plin-plonk noise. Circa 1954.
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ROCKET CONTROL CENTER -SANKEI - JAPANBlue and yellow battery-operated Rocket Control Centre game. The box shaped toy comprises an endless rotating grey plastic conveyor belt with fixed rockets and Moon Launchers with magnetic moveable rocket. The magnet in the base of the plastic rocket trips a switch underneath the belt, allowing the belt to move. A wheel is turned which moves the magnetic switch from side to side, taking the rocket with it and so guiding the rocket through the moving obstacles. Should the rocket hit one of the approaching obstacles it drops contact with the magnetic switch and the belt stops. Space scenes on base and illuminated green control panel. 33cm
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ROCKET EXPRESS - TECHNOFIX - WEST GERMANYBrightly lithoed tin wind up space toy. Small rocket cars orbit a track arond the Earth against a space port scene. Based on the Terre Lune pressing. West Germany
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ROCKET LAUNCHERSBoxed hoopla game.
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ROCKET LAUNCHING BASE - MASUDAYA - JAPANA red lithographed tinplate rocket launch station. The console has a detachable pylon with a red light, a rotating dish antenna and a plastic rocket. The station has graphics of various dials. In the center is a ring of white lights that provide a countdown before the rocket is launced. Morse buzzer, spinning antenna and lighting pylon. 8"x5" Date?

One of the four Masudaya space toys using this distinctive pressing.
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ROCKET LAUNCHING PAD - NOMURA - JAPANTin battery op rocket launching station. This is a green version of the Nomura Two-Stage Rocket Launching Pad. In addition to the litho change there is a completely different box art and name. No date yet but details suggest it is later than the Two-Stage (See Gernot's article in Alphadrome)
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ROCKET LAUNCHING PAD, COUNT DOWN VERSION - YONEZAWA - JAPANTin battery op rocket launch pad. Countdown clock with lighted screen and "radio signal". Push the firing switch and the countdown meter starts backwards from ten as a radio signal sounds. TV screen shows rocket takeoff.

Two versions of this rocket launch are known, this one with Count Down wording and one with Firing Command wording. The Firing Command version has been sighted in various 1959 catalogs including Aldens. It is possible that the name later changed to reflect the popular TV countdown sequences.
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ROCKET LAUNCHING PAD, FIRING COMMAND VERSION - YONEZAWA - JAPANTin battery op rocket launch pad. Countdown clock with lighted screen and "radio signal". Push the firing switch and the countdown meter starts backwards from ten as a radio signal sounds. TV screen shows rocket takeoff.

Two versions of this rocket launch are known, this one with the Firing Command wording has been first sighted in various 1959 catalogs including Aldens.
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ROCKET LAUNCHING TRUCK - LIMEMAR - JAPANBlue tin friction truck with star on door and two fixed missiles X-2. Japan 1950s
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ROCKET PATROL MAGNETIC TARGET GAME
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ROCKET PLANE ST-1 - CHINATin friction rocket plane. Silver body with four red engines. Delta wings. MF 101 Box? MF-101
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ROCKET SATELLITE ACTION GAMEDexterity game, guide the rocket.
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ROCKET STATION No 136 RAKETEN STATION - HWN - WEST GERMANYTin spring loaded rocket launching building with plastic rocket. Wind up timing release mechanism. West Germany.
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ROCKETS AWAY - AMSCOSpace game.
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ROCKETS AWAY - AMSCOContents
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ROCKETS TO THE MOON SPACE GAME - WOLVERINE - USATin and plastic bagatelle.
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RUND UM DIE WELD AROUND THE WORLD - GES GESCH SCHOPPER - WEST GERMANYTinplate wind up fairground ride. Three plastic rockets or space cars circle around a tin globe. Bright lithography. Made by Ges Gesch Schopper probably in the 1950s.
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SATELLITE - MAKER? - JAPANTin battery op toy. Batteries housed in central globe. The magnetic satellite spins around the track, lit by power from the central globe.
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SATELLITE IN ORBIT - HORIKAWA FOR CRAGSTAN - JAPANTin battery op space toy. The world turns and a styrofoam ball floats on the stream of air created by the blower. Made in Japan for Cragstan by Horikawa. Serial no 40225

First sighting in the May Co. Toytime 1959 catalog.
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SATELLITE ORBITING EARTH - GNK - WEST GERMANYA tin and plastic toy depicting a rocket orbiting the Earth. The base of the toy is a white plastic cone containing a clockwork motor. A globe of the Earth is attached and rotates on a spindle. A rocket on a wire in turn orbits the Earth. The rocket has an image of a dog, a clear reference to Leica, set inside. The box has space graphics but has no wording other than the initials GNK. Wind up. Height 11cm
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SATELLITE TARGET GAME - HORIKAWA - JAPANTin battery op shooting game. A variation of the Floating Satellite Target game with a rectangular space scene. A battery powered fan behind the scene supports a floating ping pong ball. Two pistols with darts. The downed version of this game has been dated to when it appeared in the Niresk 1960 Book of Gifts
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SKY ROCKET - ARNOLD - WEST GERMANYTin wind up space toy. Two levers control the movement of a rocket approaching a docking station. W germany
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SPACE AGE GLOBE WITH SATELLITES - MAKER? - JAPANBrightly lithographed tin globe with orbiting satellite and two rockets. Wind up. Possibly Masudaya MT.
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SPACE BAGATELLE - MAKER? - ENGLANDWooden bagatelle pinball.
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SPACE BUS - BANDAI - JAPANA large lithographed tinplate battery operated space helicopter. the boxy design in bluw, red and yellow has a formawd canopy and tailfins on the side rear. Two folding plastic rotors fit on a tin dome and are synchronised to rotate such that they overlap. Battery operated remote control gives forward and reverse movement with flashing lights.

Featured in a newspaper ad in October 1964.

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SPACE CAPSULE CARROUSEL - ATC - JAPANLithographed tinplate lever action amusement ride carousel with three 3 tin Mercury capsules attached to the canopy by wires. Blue base, central girder tower and a tin canopy. Asahi Toy company.
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SPACE GLIDER, PROJECT SWORD - CENTURY 21 - HONG KONGCentury 21 – plastic battery operated space jet. It has mystery bump ‘n’ go action, a clear cockpit, flashing tail- lights and a frontal antenna. The rear light housing doubles as the on- off switch. Colour variations exist – grey and orange. The jet noise is way out. On the base of the vehicle appears the diamond with M and R initials inside it.
The box is triangular. There are two versions, the art version and a later picture box. It comes in 2 parts - thin card lid and thicker card base. The 'Star Features' are ' Battery operated, Bump'n go action, jet sound effects, tail light, nose antenna'. The standard 'Made in Hong Kong for Century 21 Toys Limited' appears on the lid. The Captain badge and Manual are shown as being inside. Unusually, the full badge list appears including the astronaut. The cover and side artwork shows a wonderfully painted white, red and blue craft gliding through space. The operating instructions appear on the two long sides depicting the battery and switch positions.
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SPACE GLIDER, PROJECT SWORD - CENTURY 21 - HONG KONGPhoto picture box of the Space Glider. See art box version.
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