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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 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 stronaut 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 op 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 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"
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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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 - LIM, 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 Red and blue litho versions.

This is one the two original version of a much copied space toy. There is a great diversity of packaging.
HOLDAUTO - LIM, INTERKOSMO - HUNGARYTin battery operated vehicle. The flat car shaped vehicle has a rear tail fin and a clear plastic canopy containing a pilot. A white dome is mounted in the middle. Pilot under a clear doma at the front. Battery operated bump and go action with rotating antenna and colored lights in the dome. 32cm Red and blue litho versions.

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.
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
INTERPLANETARY SPACE FIGHTER, SUPER JET V-7 - NOMURA - JAPANTin battery op vehicle with bump and go action. Astronaut with large gun.
J.87 SPACE JEEP - ICHIMURA - JAPANTin friction space jeep. Predominantly red. Cylindrical structure at rear. See Star Space Jeep Details? Box?
JET CAR - CRAGSTAN - JAPANAn early lithographed tinplate Japanese space car. Marked Cragstan on the side. 4" 10cm Friction drive. Predominantly blue with red and yellow details. Marked JET CAR and Cragstan.

This is the same pressing as the King Jet Space Car. 1950s. Probably sold in trade boxes.
JET CAR - MAKER? - JAPANAn early lithographed tin space car. The grey and red four wheeled car measures 5 1/2" 13cm. There is a pilot head at the front behind an open tin windshield. Marked JET on the tailfin. A metal device is pushed into a spring at the back of the rocket and the trigger pressed to send the car running forward.

Box? Date?
JET CAR - YONEZAWA - JAPANTin friction space car. Open top lithographed sedan car with windscreen. Minimal space detailing: Saturn, etc. Plain card box with paper label. 1950s Japan
JET CAR 8 / 123 JET CAR - M IN DIAMOND - JAPANBlue white and red tin friction space car. Litho pilot details. Spark window in front of cockpit. Marked Jet Car 8. A 123 litho variation is also known. Box? Borderline space.
JET RACER SPACE CAR - TKK - JAPANSimilar to King Jet 8. A tin friction futuristic Racing Car - green and yellow tin printed cockpit and exterior with driver. TKK is printed on the base of this toy. (Kitahara attributes this to Yonezawa.) The box carries a substantial Cragstan logo. 30cm
JUPITER JEEP - SHIOJI SSS - JAPANTin friction jeep and trailer. Made by S.S.S., Japan. Trailer has scoop mechanism. Reclaim wording on canopy. Same pressing as the MITI-27 Pioneer Space Jeep.
JUPITER ROCKET TRUCK - MARX - USATin friction truck advances with siren. Steel/plastic rocket with spring loaded firing mechanism fires a plastic projectile. "Guided Missile Unit No 10 61432"

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JUPITER SPARKLING SPACE CAR - ASAHITOY - JAPANAn early red and cream lithographed space car. Distinctive single rocket engine in the middle of the trunk. Tin driver head, tin windshield. SWIFT wording on the hood. Friction action with sparks from the rear motor. Brown box with paper label. ATC

Possibly by Asahi. Date?
KING JET RACER - TKK - JAPANToy has King Jet 8 wording. A tin friction drive futuristic Racing Car - blue, racing number 8, detailed tin printed cockpit and exterior with driver. Box marked TKK. Manufacturer details? Two box versions are known.

Currently the earliest sighting of the King Jet 8 is in 1954 in a Western Auto Stores catalog.
KING JET SPACE CAR - CRAGSTAN - JAPANAn early lithographed tinplate Japanese space car. Marked Cragstan on the side. 4" 10cm

Date 1950s. Probably sold in trade boxes.

Three versions are shown.
Top: Red, blue and yellow version marked X-300. Litho policeman driver with a blonde passenger.
Middle: Green, yellow and red version with animal passengers.
Bottom: Red and blue version with animal passengers

LE CYBERCAR - MAKER? - 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 - FRANCEWhite plastic remote control plastic battery operated space vehicle. Red plastic base. This odd shaped vehicle resemble a bubble car. Large clear plastic dome, though there is no pilot inside. Forward and backward movement with lighted headlights. 25cm
LIGHTNING JEEP - DAIYA - JAPANTin friction silver space jeep with red tinplate astronaut driver. The jeep has a repeating tiled silver patterned lithographic finish. Rotating rear double barrel gun turret with green conical plastic dome. See also the clear plastic version of this jeep.
LM COMMANDER - YONEZAWA - JAPANLunar Module. Lunar lander style plastic battery operated vehicle with crawling action. Long legged. See also Delta 55.
LUNA HOVERCRAFT X-1 - TPS - JAPANLightweight aluminum hovercraft style vehicle. Battery op remote control. A fan raises it off the ground. Same pressing as the Flying Air Car.
LUNA SPACESHIP - MAKER? - 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 BULLDOZER - NOMURA - JAPANPlastic battery op space dozer with pilot under clear canopy. Mystery bump and go action. Lighted engine. Brightly coloured plastic. The shovel is controlled manually. A late Nomura item.
LUNAR CAT - MAKER?Plastic battery op astronaut sitting in chair-like vehicle. Moon transport astronaut. NASA logo.
LUNAR EXPLORATION - MASUDAYA - JAPANLarge 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 - ALPS - JAPANTin 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 - HUKI - WEST GERMANYPlastic battery op vehicle.
LUNIK 2000 - CALIGARIS - ITALYAstronave 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.
MAGIC COLOR MOON EXPRESS - ATC - JAPANOriginally TPS. Red lithographed tin battery operated train. White magic color dome at the front and a transparent red platic motor at the rear. Bump and go action.
MARS EXPLORER CAR - KDP EXELO - JAPAN Tin battery operated space car with lithographed details. The car's windows and driver are lithographed. The car has a simple forward motion with a flashing rear light that also moves in and out. The front wheels are manually adjusted for steering. The box and toy carry the KDP logo. The toy also has the Exelo logo.
MARS JEEP - DAIYA - JAPANSilver tin friction jeep Circa 1950's. The silver jeep has a yellow tinplate astronaut driver. At the back of the jeep is a dome structure with three protruding colored plastic domes. Tin rocket decoration set into the sides. Spiders web antenna. Box has the wording "With Mars Exploration Racer and Atomic Flashlight" Friction with sparking lights. Very similar to the Martian Sensitive Jeep.
MARS JEEP - DAIYA - JAPANTin friction space jeep with canopy. No driver. Cosmic Patrol wording on windscreen and rear.

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MARS SPACE TRIP - SANKEI - JAPANThis is quite an intricate toy comprising a central lithographed tin support. It supports a crosspiece, on one end of which is a rocket marked FR-3, on the other is a yellow flying saucer maked FLYING SAUCER 58.

In action the rocket and saucer spin around the central support and their flight is controlled by a flexible wire that alters their flight.

K in a three ring circle. Sankei
MARSMAN - MASUDAYA - JAPANAn unusual blue lithographed tin friction space vehicle. The small vehicle has an open cockpit with a tin astronaut behind a windshield. The back of the car is raised up in a tin hump that is covered in space related litho: Saturn, stars, rockets. MARSMAN wording on the top rear.

The box art is primitive but attractive, with a very limited palette of browns and blues. The same pressing was used for other non-space toys. Date?
MARTIAN SUPERSENSITIVE RADAR PATROL JEEP - DAIYA - JAPANTin battery operated jeep Circa 1950's. The silver jeep has a yellow tinplate astronaut driver. At the back of the jeep is a dome structure with three protruding smaller domes. Round dish antenna. The windscreen is unusual in that it has two clear plastic conical windows set in the screen. Advances with blinking light and turning radar dish. Very similar to the Daiya Mars Jeep.
MARVELOUS MIKE BULLDOZER - SAUNDERS - USAPressed steel battery op bulldozer tractor withot driver. USA
MATADOR ROCKET LAUNCHER - KOKYU - JAPANTin friction truck with pop-up Martin Matador winged missile on trailer. Japan 1950s. K in a flower logo.

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MECHANICAL SPACE CHALLENGER X-300 - ASAKUSA - JAPANAn unusual tin lithographed wind up space boat. The catamaran or hydrofoil boat comprises of a central oval shaped red and silver k tin body resting on a yellow tin platform. On either side are mounted two long red plastic flotation cylinders. A vinyl astronaut sits in the cockpit. X-300 is printed on the sides held in place by metal bands. The wind up toy has four rather simple plastic wheels underneath which double as paddles, so the toy can run on land or on water. Two are driven directly from the motor, the other two are connected by rubber band. The astronaut shown here is not the correct one but is a close fit. His head turns from side to side when the toy runs.

The artist has taken liberties is designing the box; the artwork depicts a much more sophisticated design than the actual toy.

The box has the ATD Asakusa Toys & Dolls logo.

Toy photo Mark Bergin Toys.
MECHANICAL SPACE KIDDY - MAKER? - JAPANA brightly lithographed tin wind up toy. Two gold colored laughing robots sit at either side of a see-saw or teeter-totter with a dome structure separating them Ontop is a three arm rotating antenna. Wind up rocking action. The mouths of the robots open and close as they rock.

Seesaw Robot. See-Saw Robot.

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