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ПЛАИЕТОХОД-3 PLANETOKHOD 3 - MAKER? - USSRYellow plastic boat shaped space vehicle with a green base. Two distinctive large jet engines on fins. Clear canopy at the front with a pilot underneath. Wire antenna in the middle. Battery operated bump and go action.

Russia, USSR
РОБОТ ТРАКТОР, ELECTRIC TRACTOR - LENINGRAD METALWARE - USSRPlastic battery op tractor with bump and go action. Light on the engine. Plastic robot driver. Paper decal engine details. The box indicates a date of 1984-1988. Made by a Russian company with the stylized AM logo identified as the Leningrad Metalware Factory. Note the square or "boxy" shape of this version, compared with the rounder version.
РОБОТ ТРАКТОР, ROBOT TRACTOR - LENINGRAD METALWARE - USSRPlastic battery operated tractor with rounded profile. Large rear tin lithographed wheels. Plastic robot driver. There is small knob on the top of the tractor and a plastic antenna at the back. Two versions, at least: green with white robot; red with light green robot. Russia. Comes in a plain box marked simply "Tractor" Russia
ФАНТАЗИЯ, FANTASY 1 SPACE ROVER - MAKER? - USSRPlastic space vehicle that resembles a space bug. фантазия The vehicle has a yellow top and pink base. The top has an open area and a clear plastic dome with a multicolored spinner inside. The front has two eyes, two antennas and the sides have structures that resemble insect legs. Action? Russia
EXPEDICION LUNAR - EGE - SPAINLarge red and white lithographed tin battery operated vehicle with tracks. Flashing green light on the top. H Drive, a lever at the back for forward, left and right and backwards, left and right. 35cm

Based on the Masudaya Lunar Expedition original, but the Lunar expedicion is slightly different: it has a clear EGE maker's mark, a NASA logo and has circular green plastic windows in sides and rear. (The Masudaya version has lithographed windows).
EXPLORATION TRAIN - SANKEI - JAPANA blue and silver lithographed tin battery operated space train comprising a futuristic engine and three carriages.

The rocket shaped engine has a red plastic dome at the front and tailfin at the rear. One carriage, the Transmitter Car, has a box like control center, the Radar Car carries a large dish antenna and the Missile Carrier car has a rocket mounted on the top. Twelve track sections provided.

Possible Yonezawa connection?
EXPLORER SPACE CAR - SANYO - JAPANSimple red lithographed tin friction space car. 5" Litho detailing of astronauts behind a windscreen. Blue base. See also the Paradise Car version. Japan 1950s Box?
FEZA XY-07 SPACE HELICOPTER - TURK MALI - TURKEYTin friction space helicopter. Tin lithographed spaceship with pilot under a plastic screen. Tin rotor spins. Marked XY-07 FEZA. There is another lighter litho variation.

This is a reworking of the ATC XZ-7 design.
FIREBIRD - ALPS - JAPANRed/pink tin lithographed cross between a rocket and a car. The four wheel friction vehicle has small side wings, a white tail fin with the number 4 and a pilot under a clear plastic canopy. Firebird logo on the nose and Firebird wording on the tires. Box? 1950s.
FIREBIRD 1 - ALPS - JAPAN A red and white tinplate concept car. Rocket car shaped. Four wheels, side wings and a tailfin. Pilot under a clear plastic canopy. Red plastic rear engine cover. Firebird logo on the side. Friction action with spark. Probably mid 1950s.
FIREFLY XYZ MARK III SPACESHIP - HONG KONGMulticolored plastic friction spaceship. Futuristic vehicle with two fins and a a pilot under a central clear plastic dome. Small rotating plastic antenna at the back. Seen in a variety of colors. The styling owes much to the Space Pioneer design. Hong Kong 1960s
FLASH SPACE PATROL Z-206 -TPS - JAPANTin hovercraft style battery op vehicle, bump and go action. Green plastic windows. The body is the same as used on the Mercury Explorer but the turret is a tin construction. Plastic prop. This is the first of the line of similarly styled TPS vehicles. Currently dated to 1968. Toplay
FLASH SPACE PATROL Z-206 GREEK VERSION - ANANIADIS - GREECEBlue lithographed tin hovercraft style battery oeratedp vehicle, bump and go action. Red plastic windows. Chrome silver plastic antenna. Very similar to the Japanese FLASH SPACE PATROL Z-206 by TPS on which it is based. Greece
FLORIDA AIR BOAT REGULUS - ATC - JAPANLithographed tinplate battery operated space boat, intended to float. This silver, white and blue boat has litho detailing of windows with astronauts and portholes along the side. Red tin hull with two hydrofoils at the front. The boat has a substantial rear assembly that holds the electric motor and propeller. A switch is positioned at the front. Regulus wording on the side. Similar body to ATC SPACE SHIP WITH MOVING RADAR. Hydroplane, prop drive. Date?
FLYING AIR CAR - TPS - JAPANLightweight aluminum hovercraft style vehicle. Battery op remote control. A fan raises it off the ground. Dish antenna. Same pressing as Luna Hovercraft. Also sold simply as Hover Craft. Toplay
FLYING AIR FORCE JEEP - DAITA - JAPANMetallic blue lithographed tinplate hovercraft style space jeep. 7" 18cm The jeep has two fans set into the body. A detachable plastic spinner fits over the front fan and flies off when the toy is pushed. On the box art the spinner is shown as a torus space station. Two tin astronaut pilots sit in the middle behind a clear plastic windshield. Marked AIR.FORCE on the sides. See the Daita X-3 version of this jeep. Friction action. Date?
FLYING JEEP - KOMODA - JAPANCylindrical shaped vehicle. Tin bump and go battery op. USAF 113251 . Based on the Pawnee flying platform first flown in 1958. A futuristic jeep.

See also the Space Platform
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FLYING JEEP N-135 - ATC - JAPAN"With Two Rotors" US Air Force Space Jeep. U.S. Air Force. Tin friction hovercraft style flying jeep with three drivers. Asahi -Linemar. Three pilots under a clear dome. Two rotors. Comes in generic box depicting a red jeep with one rotor.

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FLYING JEEP N-137 - ATC - JAPANFlying space jeep. Tin friction. Three yellow pilots under a clear canopy. Tin propellers at front and rear, though the box art shows only the forward one. White upper, red lower. Saturn wording on fin. Asahi Linemar. See N-365 which shares an identical box except for a Cragstan importer logo.
FLYING JEEP N-365 - ATC - JAPANLinemar. Tin friction hovercraft style vehicle with three pilots. Flying space jeep. All red. Tin friction. Three yellow pilots under a clear canopy. Tin propellers at front and rear, though the box art shows only the forward one. Saturn wording on fin. Asahi Linemar. See N-135 This version shares a box with the N-135 but this has a Cragstan impoter logo.
FLYING JEEP X-3 - DAITA - JAPANUS Army space flying jeep. Hovercraft style vehicle with two fans set into the body. Large gun. Military green. Advertised by Penney's, July 1960.
FLYING MAN - SY/YONEYA - JAPANLithographed tin robot-like man sits in a car connected to an external frame. He swings back and forth as his mouth opens and closes. Wind up action. Lucky. A flag on top has Play Land wording. 27cm high. Date?
FLYING POLICE - DAIYA - JAPANTin battery op space police vehicle. Fan in front. Bump and go action. With Tati Tati noise.
FLYING ROBOT CAR - MAKER? - JAPANSmall blue tin lithographed car. The hood and roof have Flying Robot graphics - the red T-28 style robot with the large ears. Box?
FORD FRICTION SPACE CAR - HTC - JAPANLarge silver two door convertible tinplate Ford car with a robot driver and passenger in the rear seat. 12 ins. There is a space themed TV monitor with a rocket scene in the other rear seat. Friction action with siren. Name? Box?

Tentatively "The Friction Robot Car (E.T.Toys, Japan, 1958)".
FRICTION BABY ROCKET LAUNCHER - KOKYU - JAPANTin friction truck with elevating rocket launcher on trailer. Fires small plastic rocket. Army 120530. K in flower logo.

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FRICTION FLYING JEEP 159832 NON SPARK VERSION - LINEMAR - JAPAN10cm long tin litho friction toy. Toy features two pilots with separate tin heads. Driver is behind plastic windshield, other man is behind gun and wears goggles. Tail fin carries USAF star. Front has die-cut opening with disk attachment. This version has the reference to a spark removed from the box and replaced with the long serial number 159832. The box art shows the 019238 serial number. See the spark version.

Also sold as part of the Satellite Vehicles set by Royal. 1959
FRICTION FLYING JEEP WITH SPARK - LINEMAR - JAPAN10cm long tin litho friction toy. Toy features pair of men with separate tin heads. Driver is behind plastic windshield, other man is behind gun and wears goggles. Tail fin depicts Saturn. Front has die-cut opening with disk attachment. This version has the reference to a spark. See the non spark version 159832.
FRICTION JUPITER TRAILER - MOMOYA - JAPANTin friction truck with Jupiter rocket on trailer. Jupiter rocket detaches and has friction action.

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Friction Moon Rocket Train - SAN - JAPANBorderline space toy. Friction train with bump and go action and sound. Marusan C6254 Express Non space graphics on box.
FRICTION MOTOR SPACE JET X-3 - MASUDAYA - JAPANA blue lithographed space car with white and red stripes. The vehicle has racing car styling. Marked X-3 in a circle. Vinyl head driver, tin windshield. . Friction motor. Makes a "Jet Noise". Crimped construction.
FRICTION PLANET PATROL TANK - YANOMAN - JAPANDark blue lithographed tinplate vehicle with red and yellow fins, yellow astronaut and large gun. The tank has the familiar rounded lilo shape with two fins at the back, though it is considerably smaller than other versions. The transparent plastic gun is the same as used on the S-17 but is fixed in place. There is a particularly attractive and detailed space landscape printed on the hood of the vehicle. Wind up / friction mystery action with noise. 15cm.

The yellow tinplate astronaut is relatively large and alters the scale of the piece. Marked Planet Patrol Tank on the sides.

The box art differs considerably from the toy: it depicts a domed tank with a long barrelled gun.

Note that there are two versions of this tank: one is wind up with a fixed key on the left side. The other is a friction version - the box shown here has the word "Friction" printed at the top left. BATMAN CAR WITH SIREN pressing.
FRICTION POWERED SPACE CAR - FERRYMAN - HONG KONGA bright green plastic friction space car. that draws its inspiration from the SPACE SCOUT S-17. Black plastic base. Clear plastic canopy with pilot and guns.
FRICTION POWERED TANK aka SUPER SONIC SPACE TANK X-60 - NOMURA - JAPANBlue lithographed tin friction space tank with a small rear control room and a large half-cylinder shaped forward turret. This turret is fitted with a rotating three-barrel gun assembly with spark windows set in the sides. Marked "Super Sonic Space Tank"
The box has Nomura and AHI logos. Two slight color variations are known: the light grey/blue and a darker blue.

Friction action with rotating guns and spark. This uses the low profile pressing that was used for the Space Tank X-4 and the M-101 Tank. A military version of this tank, the ARMY X-60, was also made by Nomura.

This pressing is the same as used for the M-70 Triple Gun Action Tank on sale in December 1962.
FRICTION SPACE BUS, VERSION 2 - MUIRA/SHIMAZAKI - JAPANA large brightly lithographed tin bus. Though the shape has little of space interest this bus has interesting space lithography. The sides and roof are decorated with a wide range of robots, astronauts ets.

There are two versions:
Top: a version with an astronaut printed on the roof.
Bottom: a version with Robby the Robot printed on the roof.

The boxes for each version differ significantly.
FRICTION SPACE CAR WITH SPARK SP-1 - USAGIYA for LINEMAR - JAPANTin friction space vehicle with spark. Two wheels. Erratic action. A more realistic working of the Easel Robot head version of this toy. Complex nose and tail features and a turret with spark windows. Manufactured by Usagiya (Rabbit head logo) for Distribution by Linemar. The box carries the serial number J2650
FRICTION SPACE EXPLORER S-3 - USAGIYA for LINEMAR - JAPANTin friction space car with large red astronaut pilot. The pilot's hands move. Imitation tracks at rear. Also sold in a boxed set with the robot headed version. No J-4333

The box art is essentially the same as for the Usagiya Space Patrol version.

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FRICTION SPACE PATROL - CRAGSTAN BY ICHIKO - JAPANTin friction open top space car. Two shades of blue lithography with space detailing. Open top car with windshield. Tin stronaut driver holding a gun.

Friction and battery operated versions of this brightly lithoed tin space car are known.
FRICTION SPACE PATROL - USAGIYA - JAPANTin friction space vehicle with large robot head. Easel back robot head. Rabbit logo. Coiled spring antenna depicted on the box.

The box art is essentially the same as for the Space Explorer S-3 box.
FRICTION SPACE PATROL CAR - MT IN OVAL MITSUHASHI? - JAPANThis is a variation of the Mitsuhashi Atomic Race Car X-8. This is a quaint little three wheeled rocket car from a little known company. Red and blue tin friction space car with plenty of space graphics. A light blue tin pilot head sits behind a windshield. The car has a large rear tail fin with a torus space station image on one side and Saturn on the other. Two smaller fins run alongside the tail fin. Space Patrol is marked on the sides.

No obvious maker's mark on the toy, though the box carries an MT in an oval logo. 6" 13cm
FRICTION SPACE PATROL WITH FLASHING STEN GUN X-5 - ICHIKO - JAPANTin battery operated space car. Two shades of blue lithography with space detailing. Open top car with windshield. Tin astronaut driver holding a gun. Swivelling red plastic gun is attached attached to hood. The car has a large dish antenna. The gun swivels and lights with firing noise. Marked X-5 at the back.

Friction and battery operated versions of this brightly lithoed tin space car are known.

FRICTION SPACE ROBOT PATROL WITH SPARKLING ATOMIC GUN - ATC - JAPANRed tin friction Mercedes style car with golden robot driver and large blue gun. No wording on the car. Car advances and sparks appear in the hood mounted gun. Cragstan logo on shown box version.
FRICTION SPACE TANK - ICHIMURA LUCKY TOY - JAPANSmall (10cm) blue lithographed tin friction tank. Lithographed tracks. A red tin astronaut, the same on as on the other Ichimura tank, sits behind a square box structure with a yellow plastic disk on top. Spark window. Indian head logo. Generic box shows a bulldozer. Marked Space Patrol on the sides. 4.5"

Also sold packaged in plastic bag with a generic Lucky Toy header card and a double pack with the other tank.

Featured in the 1964 Ichimura catalog, item #20172.
FRICTION SPACE TANK - ICHIMURA LUCKY TOY - JAPANSmall Small (10cm) silver and red lithographed tin friction tank. Red tin astronaut driver under a clear bubble dome. Two fins at the back, Indian head logo. Marked Space Patrol on the sides. The boxed version of this tank appears to have been released in a box with artwork designed for the other Ichimura tank.

Also sold packaged in plastic bag with a generic Lucky Toy header card and a double pack with the other tank.

Featured in the 1964 Ichimura catalog, item #20171.
FRICTION SPACE TANK WITH SPARKING V-7 - OKP - JAPANBlue lithographed tinplate friction space tank - very simple lines. The unique feature of this space tank is the hollow red plastic tailfin that acts as a spark window. V-7 printed on the rear. Green tin pilot with articulated arms. Made by a largely unknown manufacturer, OKP.
FRICTION SPACE TANK X-20 - YONEZAWA - JAPANA blue lithographed tin friction space tank. Litho tack detailing. The tank has a clear plastic dome at the front containing a yellow tin astronaut driver. At the back are is a swivelling bracket containing red barrel structure. This red barrel is marked WIND UP and contains a spring that allows plastic spinners to be fired in any direction. A blue knob allows for height adjustment. Marked Space Tank on the sides and X-20 on the spinner housing. The box has a Frankonia QT distributor's logo. 6" 15cm long.

Also seen in a version with a blue barrel to the spinner mechanism. "With Satellite Launcher".
FRICTION SPACE TRAVELLER WITH MOVING HEAD - ATC - JAPANVTOL 3. A red tin lithographed boat style space ship. In fact the pressing was used for ATC space boats such as the FLORIDA AIR BOAT REGULUS. This more childish version is a wheeled spaceship, not intended to float. The body is brightly lithographed in red, blue and white with porthole details and a rear fin. On top, altering the whole scale of the vehicle, is a child driver with a large vinyl head. He sits behind a clear plastic windshield. Friction action with moving head. Asahi. Date?
FRICTION STREAMLINE SPECIAL SPACE CAR 76 - MSK, TKK - JAPANA futuristic tin friction racing car, red and white. Number 76 on tail fin. With driver under canopy. Japan. Compare with King Jet 8 and Meteor. Two color versions: red/white and red/blue. Two logos: MSK Logo and an overlapping S and T in a triangle

The red version carries TKK on one side of the tailfin and TS on the other.
FULGUR VIREVOLTE MYSTERE - CHR - FRANCEBattery op plastic spaceship with bump and go action. Appeared in a 1959 Christmas catalog from Ancienne Maison Foucault Paris. CHR. Red and blue versions
FUTURE FIRE CAR - NOMURA - JAPANCalled Atomic Fire Car on the toy. Tin battery op car with fireman. Fire cannon based on Space Patrol Car. "With Atomic Extinguisher" 10" long.

Appears in the Nomura Catalog 1961.
FUTURISTIC SPACE CAR- NAME? MAKER?Plastic battery op futuristic space car with remote control.
GAMA 3600 - GAMA - WEST GERMANYPlastic battery op domed rover vehicle. Clear plastic dome. One in related series of space vehicles. 1970s
GAMA A-9 - GAMA - WEST GERMANYPlastic battery operated remote control space vehicle with forward grab arm. Orange body with a large bubble clear plastic dome. Monsieur Tap-Tap A9
GIANT ROBOT BULLDOZER - TOMY - JAPANA large (19" 45cm) plastic battery operated radio controlled tractor with robot driver. Silver engine. The tractor is marked DIESEL at the front and GIANT BULLDOZER at the back.

Forward and reverse action with lifting shovel.

Red and yellow versions shown. Japanese language boxes. Is there an English box?

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GLOBE WITH CONEA box shaped platform with a globe of the Earth fixed on top. To the side of the globe is a tall blue conical structure with a curved wire emerging from the middle. One end of the wire has a Sputnik attached and the other has a rocket. The two space craft hover over the Earth. Details of this toy? Material? Name? Box?

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GOLDEN SONIC - TIGRETT - USAGold plastic battery operated spaceship 'remote controlled by sound'. A whistle is used to alter the direction of the spaceship. The spaceship has a most unusual shape: a ronded wedge with a screen in the tall side. Rotating antenns. USA Widely on sale in 1957.
GUIDED MISSILE TRUCK - MARX - USABrightly lithographed tin rocket launching truck. Push along action (?) with large rocket launcher - only bottom half of missile shown. 17 US Mobile Guided Missile Squadron
HOLDAUTO - FLIN, INTERKOSMO - HUNGARYTin battery operated styrofoam ball blowing vehicle. The flat car shaped vehicle has a rear tail fin and a clear plastic canopy containing a pilot. A tube emerges from the middle and a stream of air supports the styrofoam ball. 32cm Two basic color versions are known: red and blue, though there are several litho variations.

This is one the two original version of a much copied space toy. There is a great diversity of packaging.
HYDROGEN POWERED SERVICE STATION - LINEMAR - JAPANTin friction inertia toy - Fire Department version. The car is inserted into the station and a crank is turned in the back. The car has a siren that works as the station is cranked. When up to speed the button on the top is pressed and the car takes off with the siren sounding.

On sale in August 1957.
INDIAN SCOUT AT_11 - AMARTOY - INDIA Light blue lithographed tinplate battery operated vehicle. Bump and go action with astronaut sitting at a large green gun with clear plastic barrel. Magic white color dome at the front. The tank has the familiar rounded lilo shape with two fins at the back. This is an Indian knock-off version of the Yanoman Space Scout S-17. The serial AT_11 is printed on the inner sides. AT-11. Made by Amartoy of Dehli.

Closer examination has shown that this has not been produced from the same mold but has been designed to resemble the original Japanese piece. The Indian version is slightly smaller and it does not have the rotating antenna. The fins stand vertical, the litho detailing is different and the battery box is plastic rather than tin. Date? Asia
INERTIA AIRSHIP - MAKER? - CHINALithographed tinplate space vehicle. Litho passenger details. Single rear fin. Friction action. 17cm.
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