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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. The sides of the toy have spacemen graphics.

This is a copy of the 1954 Remco Radio Station.

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?
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.
AMUSEMENT PARK ROCKET RIDE - YONE/YONEYA - 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 rockets are suspended using string. The box depicts a much more streamlined version than the actual toy. In the bottom right hand corner of the box is ENCOR ROMA which indicates that this was an Italian exclusive release.

See the Super Rocket Ride variation of this toy. 8" 21cm high. On sale in September 1966.
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
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.
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
ASTRONAUT PILOT WINGS - 20TH CENTURY VARIETIES - USACarded wing shaped metal pin with built in compass. Marked Space Pilot.
ASTRONAUT SPACE HELMET - COLECO -USABagged with header card. On sale in July 1962. This helmet is clearly influenced by the real US space helmets.
ASTRONAUT SPACE HELMET - RCA VICTOR - USAIntroduced in July 1966, this is an unusual combination of space helmet and phonpograph. Based on the well established Ideal space helmet design.
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.
BEACON BEANIE SIGNAL CAP - CLEVER THINGS - USAYellow plastic beanie hat with a large red plastic light on the top. Current earliest sighting is in December 1952.
BUBBLE-O-BILL BUBBLE HAT - MATTEL - USAPlastic cap style helmet with bubble blowing feature. On sale in February 1954.
BUCK ROGERS SPACE RANGER HELMET - SYLVANIA - USAOffered free to children who brought their parents along to view the Sylvania TV set. The offer started in October 1952.
BUZZ COREY'S SPACE PATROL WRIST WATCH - USAWrist watch with Space Patrol wording on the dial. Boxed set contains a domed space compass.
CANADA DRY SPACE HELMET - MAKER? - CANADAOffered as a mail-away premium in this 1953 advertisement. Picture?
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.
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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CAPTAIN CONDOR SPACE PATROL WRIST WATCH - ENGLANDSpac Patrol wristwatch. The boxed set includes a domed compass. Based on the Buzz Corey Space Patrol wrist watch. The only significant change is the use of the striking Captain Condor graphics on the box. Captain Condor was a comic book hero from the Lion comic.
CAPTAIN VIDEO SPACE HELMET The red verson was sold boxed in stores. A blue version was available as a Post's cereal mail-away premium.

The helmets were launched in December 1953 and were widely on sale in early 1954.
CASCO ESPACIAL - JEFE - SPAINThis appears to be based on the same pressing as the Dekker Astronaut helmet, but with slight modifications.
CASQUE ESPACIAL - MAKER? - FRANCEOrange full-face helmet with two antennas. Early 1970s.
COL McCAULEY MEN INTO SPACE HELMET - IDEAL - USAA variation of the earlier Steve Canyon space helmet. This was introduced in September 1960 and was very successful, running for nearly two years.
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.

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DAN DARE WALKIE-TALKIE SET - MERIT - ENGLANDMerit England, plastic electronic walkie talkie set. Black and red plastic handsets with three function buttons. The devices are claimed to work using "magnetic power" not batteries. In fact they did not work at all. Set No Set No 3100. Red versions with black trim are also known, but are less common. A Morse code card was also included.

Merit was the trading name of J & L Randall.
DAN DARE WRISTWATCH - INGERSOLL - ENGLANDPlain silver wristwatch. The Dan Dare theme is confined to embossed logos on the metal strap.
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.
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.
DUBBLE BUBBLE SPACE HELMET - FLEER - USACard premium. Mail away coupon shown. Picture?
EARTH AND SATELLITE TOY NAME? - MAKER? - WEST GERMANYTin and plastic wind up? Earth ans satellite orbitin a conical stand. West German ?

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EL SATELITE, SPUTNIK - RICO - SPAINSilver plastic R-630 rocket with a metal Sputnik spinning top. The green and white Sputnik fits into the rocket and the plunger in the base of the rocket is pressed several times to set it spinning. 1950s.
EL SUPER ROBOT - SPAINMagic Robot game. Small plastic robot in the center is a Dux Astroman.
ELECTRONIC RADIO STATION - REMCO - USAThis is a large grey plastic battery-operated radio station with large towers on either side. A working searchlight sits between them. In the center is a meter with moving needle and on either side are dials. Morse buzzer at the bottom right, and notepad on the left. The set came with two electrically operated walkie talky handsets. 1954. The set was copied by Merit in the UK.
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.
FLASH GORDON GOGGLESThe goggles included in the Flash Gordon paysuit. 195?
FLASH GORDON SPACE COMPASS - ESQUIRE NOVELTY - USACarded Flash Gordon wristwatch compass. Spaceman's head and Saturn design.
FLASH GORDON SPACE OUTFIT - ESQUIRE NOVELTY - USACarded Flash Gordon goggles, belt and wristwatch compass with spaceman's head and Saturn design.
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
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.
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?
GENERAL ELECTRIC SPACE HELMETThis cardboard space helmet was offered free to children who brought their parents along to view a GE refridgerator. The scheme started in May 1953 and was very successful It ran for many years and was copied by other companies.
GLOBE AND SPUTNIK Nr 1000 - J.G.SCH - WEST GERMANYTin wind up lithographed globe with golden orbiting sputnik. Made by Johann Georg Schopper GmbH & Co (J.D.Sch) 1960s Michael Seidel is also from Zirndorf. It is possible that those toy companies, Schopper/Fuchs/Seidel, changed toy parts, not unusual for German toy producers. 5" 12cm tall.
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
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.
HAMILTON'S INVADERS HELMET - REMCO - USAIntroduced in Spring 1965.
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
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
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

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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.
IRON JAW THE ROBOT MASK - WHEATIES - USACereal cut-out robot mask. c1947
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
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.
LOST IN SPACE HELMET - IDEALIntroduced in late 1966.
LUNA EXPEDITION Nr 331 - TECHNOFIX - WEST GERMANYApollo themed Moon landing scene. A plastic four-legged lander vehicle sits astride a Moon landscape with a figure of eight track. A wind up tin and plastic Lunar vehicle travels around the track.
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