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LE CYBERCAR - FRANCESimplistic blue plastic space vehicle with two tiny figures under a clear canopy. Spring antennas at opposing corners. Battery op. Date? Action? Maker?
LE CYBERPAN SPACE VEHICLE - HACHETTE FRANCERemote control plastic battery op space vehicle. Actions?
LM COMMANDER - YONEZAWALunar Module. Lunar lander style plastic battery operated vehicle with crawling action. Long legged. See also Delta 55.
LUNA HOVERCRAFT X-1 - TPSLightweight aluminum hovercraft style vehicle. Battery op remote control. A fan raises it off the ground. Same pressing as the Flying Air Car.
LUNA SPACESHIP - CZECHKOSLOVAKIABle, red and white lithographed tin wind up space vehicle. This oval shaped toy has a large central red fin with two smaller side fins. At the front is a plastic arc shaped sensor. E Europe CSSR Czechkoslovakia. The tin form is also used to produce a toy beetle (without the fins).
LUNAR CAT - MAKER?Plastic battery op astronaut sitting in chair-like vehicle. Moon transport astronaut. NASA logo.
LUNAR EXPLORATION - MASUDAYALarge tin battery op vehicle with tracks. Same build as the Space Pathfinder. Also sold as the Expedicion Lunar with NASA logo in Brazil.
LUNAR EXPLORER - ALPSTin and plastic battery op vehicle. Blue and yellow explorer with detailing, radar to top, blinking lights, go and stop action, opening and lowering front module. Large wheels.
LUNAR JET - HUKIPlastic battery op vehicle.
LUNIK 2000 - CALIGARISAstronave Viaggiante. Later plastic battery op space vehicle with bump and go action and lights. Italy
LUNOKOD - RUSSIAPlastic battery op space vehicle. an eight wheeled vehicle like a motorised dustbin. In fact it's a fairly accurate copy of the original Russian moon rover. Silver chrome.
MARSMAN - MASUDAYATin friction space vehicle. Blue tin with space detailing.
Litho'd tinplate. Marsman wording on the top rear. Green astronaut pilot behind windscreen. Primitive artwork on the box.
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. UK
MECHANICAL SPACE TRICYCLE - SUZUKI - JAPANVinyl silver grey robot on a tin wind up tricycle. Bell. Distributors logo, Frankonia, on rear. Made by Suzuki. The robot resembles Robby the Robot from the Forbidden Planet.
MECHANIZED ROBOT (ROBBY SPACE PATROL) - Nomura - JAPANTin battery op Circa 1955. Advances with mystery action as Robby turns, his dome lights and the red/green disc lights blink. Sled chariot

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MERCURY EXPLORER - TPS 1970Magic Color Dome. Toplay. Tin battery op hovercraft style vehicle with spinner. Japan Orange plastic collar beneath the dome.
MERCURY EXPLORER - VERSION 2 - ANANIADES, GREECERed tin and plastic battery op hovercraft style vehicle. Tin top, plastic base. Blue plastic collar (some versions have orange) and blue fins. Mystery color dome and large antenna. Based on the earlier TPS version, with the same box art, but different litho detailing and a different antenna. Produced in 1970 in Greece by a company named Ananiadis (after the owner). See also the Z-206 version which uses the same box art. The box shows "Space Ship" wording at the front but the Greek version of the actual toy has no wording.

MERCURY EXPLORER Z-206 - VERION 1 - ANANIADES, GREECEBlue tin and plastic battery op hovercraft style vehicle. Mystery color dome and large antenna. Space Patrol wording at front. Based on the earlier TPS version, with the same box art, but different litho detailing and a different antenna. (This also uses the Z-206 serial number of the TPS Flash Space Patrol.) Produced in 1970 in Greece by a company named Ananiadis (after the owner) Greek
MISSILE CARRIER T-12 - DAIYA 1965Tin battery op tracked vehicle with two missiles. Missiles elevate and lights flash in the nose cones. 1965. forward and reverse gears, flashing missile heads and tinplate steep-climb caterpillar tracks. 26cm
MISSILE CARRYING TRAILER - CRAGSTANTin friction truck with missile launcer. Large crank turn antenna. X-?? rocket. Maker?
MISSILE SAVINGS BANK - MAKER? - JAPANTin savings bank with Moon and rocket on a rocket base litho stand. Rocket shoots coins into Moon. 681 No obvious makers logo on toy or box. c 1958-1962
MOBILE MISSILE SET - MARXA military set but of interest because of the tin and plastic rocket launcher truck. Marx Ontario
Mobile Satellite Tracking Station - CRAGSTANBattery Operated. Lighted Screen with Moving Scenery.
MOBILE SCIENCE STATION - BANDAIFor Sears. Pressed steel battery op two part vehicle with helicopter.
MOBILE SPACE T.V. UNIT WITH TRAILER - NOMURAThis is the later, more common version of this space toy. Tin battery op vehicle. Advances with mystery action as the lenses on the TV camera rotate, the screens on each side illuminate with a revolving space scene and the antenna on the trailer spins. Rosko distributor.

See also the earlier Space T.V. Unit with the green astronaut driver. 26cm
MOON BUS - PROJECT SWORD - CENTURY 21Century 21 plastic battery operated lunar bus with mystery bump n go action. It has a blue domed cockpit and an Astrodome full of cool flashing lights. A rotating radar scanner completes the picture. The Century 21 Toys symbol ( 21 in the circles) appears on the base, along with Made in Hong Kong. Variations do exist in the base seal either screwed on or heat sealed. The box is the two part oblong with thick base and thin card cover. It's 'Star Features' are ' Battery Operated, Mystery Bump' n 'go action, variable lighting effects, blinking rear lights, rotating radar scanner.' Also stated is 'Made in Hong Kong for Century 21 Toys Limited'. The cover and side artwork portrays in paint the Bus rolling along the Moon's surface with the Earth clearly visible in the background. The Bus has a clear cockpit on the picture. The captain badge and Manual are shown as being inside. Again, the Astronaut is missed off the badge list. The operating instructions on the two long sides depict the location of the on- off switch and the battery hatch.
MOON CAR (MOON PATROL SPACE DIVISION NO. 3) - Nomura - JAPANTin battery op Circa 1955. Advances with mystery action as the inner celluloid dome with tin space ships and a planet spins while the illuminated satellite inside the dome circles in the opposite direction. TN sled chariot

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MOON CAR (MOON SPACE SHIP) - NomuraTin battery op space car chariot/sled. Advances with mystery bump and go action as the dome turns, the two yellow dishes rotate, light flashes and the engine pistons move. No driver included.
MOON CAR - MOON SPACE SHIP - NOMURANamed Moon Car on the box, but Moon Space Ship on the toy. This is a reworking of the Robbt Space Patrol chariot or sled. Tin battery op with bump and go action. Robby has been replaced by a transparent plastic lighting dome inside which is a tin litho globe with space graphics. No driver leaves this vehicle looking rather empty.
MOON DETECTOR - YONEZAWA - JAPANBlue lithographed tin battery operated moon exploration vehicle. Cylindrical body with tracks, resembling a tin can on its side. The fron t and back have clear plastic domes covering the ends. Inside the forward control area is a grey plastic astronaut driver. Forward and reverse movement with rotating plastic antenna and lighting feelers. The vehicle has two long arms or feelers at the front. They have lighted tips. Also sold as Mond Detektor. This is a variation of the remote control Moon Explorer vehicle. Date?
MOON EXPLORER - GAKKENTin battery op vehicle. Bump and go action. Dome at front. See also the Moon Patrol radio controlled version that uses the same pressing.
MOON EXPLORER - T.T. TakatokuLater wedge shaped tin wind up space vehicle with three astronauts. Window box. TT. Vehicle is marked Space Explorer 11. Bump and go action.
MOON EXPLORER M-27 - Yonezawa - JAPANTin battery op vehicle. Circa 1970. Moon vehicle advances with a walking motion as the antenna rotates and the light inside the rear dome lights and turns. Push the red button and the door opens and a cameraman comes out on a spacewalk. Toy also makes a space noise.
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MOON EXPLORER M-27 - YONEZAWA 1963Tin battery op vehicle - a tin can on its side - with four legs. Remote control. The remote is in the shape of a plastic rocket. One button makes the vehicle walk and antenna turn. The second button makes the door open and a plastic astronaut with camera emerges. Similar to Moon Detector - Mond Detektor .

Marked M-27. There is a variation with the Cragstan importer's logo on the side. Many boxes carry the Farylight importer's sticker.

Currently the first sighting of the Moon Explorer X-27 (Bean tin) is in Wards catalogue for 1963.
MOON GRABBER - MARXPlastic battery op vehicle.
MOON MOBILE ROCKET LAUNCHER - BANDAIPressed steel battery op rocket launch vehicle. Sears exclusive
MOON MOBILE ROCKET LAUNCHER - BANDAIPressed steel battery op rocket launch vehicle. Sears exclusive
MOON MOBILE SCOUT WAGON EXPLORER - BANDAILarge pressed steel space crane. Sears special. Battery op with plane.
MOON PATROL XT-878 - TPS - JAPANToplay. Blue lithographed tin battery op space hovercraft style vehicle with dome with gun and antenna. Bump and go action. See Luna Hovercraft. Reputedly there are two versions: one with gun (shown), one without. 20cm 1970
MOON PROSPECTOR - PROJECT SWORD - CENTURY 21Century 21 ā€“ large battery operated plastic toy vehicle with flashing coloured lights and bump ā€™nā€™ go action. Big, blue and round, it came boxed with the Sword manual and the Sword badge. A stunner! The century 21 symbol of the 21 inside the concentric circles appears on the base of the vehicle.
The first box(top left) is a rectangular two parter with the familiar thinner lid and the sturdy base. The lid's artwork is shows a silver and yellow Prospector amid an alien landscape. The 'star features' are ' Battery operated, mystery bump'n'go action, rotating radar scanner, flashing lights and working searchlight, sound effects.' It states that it's 'Made in Hong Kong for Century 21 Toys Limited.' The Captain badge and the Manual are advertised on the cover as 'inside. The list of badges misses out the Astronaut for some reason, although the space is there for it. As on some of the other toys, operating instructions appear on the box - on the longer sides - showing the position of the two batteries and the on- off switch on the base of the craft.

The second box (top right) is the later photo version. Also shown (bottom row) is the non-Sword version with the T in a circle logo.
MOON SCOUT - SELINAKATOS - ALPHA - GREECEGreek version of the Nomura multi-legged plastic battery op space vehicle.
MOON SCOUT M.S.8 - NomuraPlastic battery operated eight legged vehicle. White and red plastic with orange windscreen. Alternate stepping action. Decal details. Art box (earlier) and picture box versions shown.
MOON SPACE SHIP - NOMURATin battery op. Bump and go action. No driver. Globe. Robby sled chariot style.
MOON TRAVELLER - KANTOUnusual rocket launch pad with spinners. Friction lever action.
MOONMOBILE - TRIANG - ENGLANDOdd battery operated plastic vehicle with helicopter style body, opening clear plastic visor with pilot and controls, red plastic wheels, swivelling rocket launcher to top of cockpit, with spare rockets in the cab. Triang UK
Morse Code Space SetMorse code set with working lights and buzzers.
ORBIT EXPLORER WITH AIRBORN SATELLITE - YOSHIYA - JAPANMetallic blue lithographed tin wind up vehicle with "Rotating TV Tower. Foating Ball Action".

This intricate wind up toy has more actions than most. At the front is a clear plastic dome containing a tin astronaut pilot with a TV camera. The astronaut rotates under the dome. In the middle is a red plastic chimney which directs a jet of air to support a styrofoam ball. There is a metal antenna with a plastic propeller on top. At the back of the vehicle is a tin dome structure with litho cockpit and pilot detailing. Two large spiral springs jut out from the back; these springs fold up for storage in the box.

The vehicle moves, the front dome rotates, the antenna turns and the styrofoam ball rises up. KO
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