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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. 6.5" ATC

1950s 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 Friction action.

Date 1950s. Probably sold in trade boxes.

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

Also shown is a version with cut out panels in the rear, probably to show off a sparking action.

KOSMICKE VOZIDLO FLYING SAUCER - ITES - CZECHOSLOVAKIAFlat oval orlozenge shaped space vehicle. Light wheel at front. Large antenna, flashing lights, sound. Bump and go action. Slight box variations: boxes marked IGLA (not IGRA) or KOH-I-NOOR. Shown in Ites catalog.
LE CYBERCAR - S.C.D.C - FRANCESimplistic blue plastic space vehicle with two tiny figures under a clear canopy. Spring antennas at opposing corners. Battery operated. The spaceships movement can be controlled with a torch beam

Released in 1957. An improved version was released in 1959.
LE CYBERPAN SPACE VEHICLE - S.C.D.C. 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

An improved version was released in 1959.
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 operated remote control. A fan raises it off the ground. Same pressing as the Flying Air Car.

Featured in the 1970 Tokyo Playthings Catalog.
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 EXPEDITION - MASUDAYA - JAPANLarge red and white lithographed tin battery operated vehicle with tracks. Same build as the Space Pathfinder. Flashing red light on the top. The big selling feature of this toy is the H Drive, a lever at the back for forward, left and right and backwards, left and right. Dated to 1967 in a Japanese trade catalog. 35cm

See also the Spanish Lunar Expedicion version by Ege.

LUNAR EXPLORATION - ANANAIDES - GREECEA tin and plastic space transport vehicle. The boxy vehicle has a blue metal base and a large square plastic cover. Inside are four seated astronauts. In the centre is a set of interconnected colored plastic gears that link to the antenna. Two lights are situated on the dashboard. Battery operated with flashing lights and rotating circular silver plastic antenna. 8.5" 21cm.

This is Greek version of the Masudaya original but does not have the remote control, and the antenna is different.
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.
LUNAR TRANSPORT - MASUDAYA _ JAPANA tin and plastic space transport vehicle. The boxy vehicle has a blue metal base and a large square plastic cover. Inside are four seated astronauts. In the centre is a set of interconnected colored plastic gears that link to the antenna. Two lights are situated on the dashboard. Battery operated remote control with flashing lights and rotating grey plastic antenna. 8.5" 21cm.

First sighted in the 1970 Asahi catalog.

LUNIK 2000 - CALIGARIS - ITALYAstronave Viaggiante. Later plastic battery op space vehicle with bump and go action and lights. Italy
LUNNIK - STRAUME - USSRAn unusual yellow plastic spaceship consisting of an angular body with two large segmented wheels and a red plastic tail. The spaceship has a single circular window at the front with the maker's name inside. On top is a clear plastic disk. The lunokhod moves with its tail resting on the ground. Battery operated remote control: forward and backward movement with flashing lights. Marked Lunnik. 40cm. Date?

A second version is shown with tail wheels and an additional rotating plastic antenna.
LUNNIK SPACE CAR - KNIB - USSRA small plastic space car. Very simple in design with a blue body and a central red turret with a clear plastic dome on top. Head and shoulder plastic pilot inside. At the back are three small white plastic fins. The box has a 1975 date, though this may be the date of production rather than the date of origin. Action?
LUNOKHOD SPACE CAR - MAKER? - USSRWhite plastic space saloon car with red base and tail fins. Pilots inside with a screen on the dashboard. Distinctive forked black plastic antenna on the hood. Marked CCCP on the hood. Battery operated with lights and rotating antenna. The roof hinges up. Uses 4.5v batteries. 23cm
LUNOKHOD SPACE CAR - MAKER? - USSR Red plastic space car. Boxy design but with two open cockpits, each with two pilots and a clear plastic windscreen. Large wire at the rear with a plastic dish antenna at the end. 20 cm. Details? Box? Name? Russia
LUNOKHOD SPACE CAR - MAKER? - USSRGrey plastic space car. Angular design with sharp headlight faring and tailfins. Large dome cockpit with a distinctive bulge in the hood in front, pilot inside. Details? Box? Name? Russia
LUNOXHOD - LENINGRAD METALWARE - USSRLarge plastic eight-wheeled buggy or crawler vehicle. The wheels are attached in two independent groups of four. White plastic pilot under a clear canopy. Red light at the front. Distinctive plastic antenna with disks. Drill-like attachment at the rear. A plastic spinner sits on top and can be launched. Leningradskij Metaloizdeli Zavod. 26cm x 13cm
MAGIC COLOR MOON EXPRESS - TPS - JAPANRed lithographed tin battery operated train. White magic color dome at the front and a transparent red plastic motor at the rear. Pilot under a clear plastic domed panel. Bump and go action. Also by ATC. See the Space Express version.

Featured in the 1970 Tokyo Playthings Catalog. On sale in December 1970.
MAGIC COLOR SPACE EXPRESS - TPS - JAPANA brightly lithographed tin and plastic battery operated train. White magic color dome at the front and an orange plastic motor at the rear. Four visible gears inside a window on each side. Rotating plastic antenna on the top. Bump and go action with train noise and flashing lights. See the Moon Express version.

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 PLANETOKHOD - MAKER? - USSRPlastic tracked vehicle. Large clear plastic canopy with two pilots inside, one is holding a large camera. Rotating red plastic antenna. Battery operated remote control. 25cm CCCP decal. MAPC

One version of the box (top) shows the vehicle with engines on pods at the rear: the toy did not have them.
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.

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 - JAPANA large lithographed tinplate space sled or chariot. The metallic blue vehicle has tweo unoccupied seats. The top half of a Nomura Piston Avtion or Pug Robby sits on top of the front, looking as though his bottom half is enclosed in the sled. Battery operated mystery action with flashing lights. The mechanism is designed so that Robby turns in the direction that the chariot is moving.
Advances with mystery action as Robby turns, his dome lights and the red/green disc lights blink.

This remarkable space toy is a direct copy of the space chariot in the 1956 MGM film "The Forbidden Planet", though it is a unlicensed product.

Name on toy: Space Patrol
Name on box: Mechanized Robot
Globe type on toy and box: na
Pilots: none on toy, none on box
MERCURY EXPLORER - TPS - JAPANMagic Color Dome. Toplay. Tin battery operated hovercraft style vehicle with spinner. Japan Orange plastic collar beneath the dome.

Featured in the 1970 Tokyo Playthings Catalog.
MERCURY EXPLORER Z-206, VERION 1 - ANANIADIS - 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
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.

METEOR SPACE CAR - NOMURA - JAPANMetallic blue tin battery operated space futuristic car with pilot head behind windscreen. Marked 7 METEOR.

On sale in November 1958.

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MISSILE CARRIER T-12 - DAIYA - JAPANTin 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 - CRAGSTAN - JAPANMetallic blue pained tin friction truck with missile launcher.
Large rotating plastic antenna (as truck is pushed along. Crank action launching ramp. Shoots a red and white plastic rocket marked X-6-0. Maker?

MISSILE LAUNCHER TRUCK - NOMURA - JAPANTin battery op 1958 Chevy truck cab with a launcher back. Truck advances with bump and go action as the light flashes and launcher moves up and down. Rocket pictured is not correct. Box? Name?

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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
MITI-27 PIONEER SPACE JEEP - SSS - JAPANTin friction jeep with canopy and trailer. Trailer has a scoop mechanism. Same pressing as the Jupiter Space Jeep. Robot logo on the side.
MOBILE MISSILE SET - MARX - CANADAA military set but of interest because of the tin and plastic rocket launcher truck. Marx Ontario
MOBILE SATELLITE TRACKING STATION, CAPE CANAVERAL - YONEZAWA - JAPANSilver and blue lithographed tinplate bus. The Tracking Station truck has a large TV screen set into one side which displays moving scenes of rockets launching. A very large antenna slowly rotates. Forward and backward movement controlled by switches set in the back of the truck. Marked Cape Canaveral, Guided Missile Center C-750. Cragstan logo on the box. 9.5"
MOBILE SCIENCE STATION - BANDAI FOR SEARS - JAPANA large blue painted pressed steel toy. This is a complex arrangement of track driven platform with a track driven trailer. The scale of the toy is designed to create the impression of a massive rig.

The front component has a metal bridge with a tall plastic column behind. The trailer carries a helicopter. Battery operated forward and reverse movement.

One of a range of Sears exclusive toys produced by Bandai.
MOBILE SPACE TV UNIT WITH TRAILER, MULTI-LENS VERSION - NOMURA - JAPANAn impressive metallic blue lithographed space toy. The Mobile Space Unit consists of a large tracked vehicle with a TV camera mounted on top. The camera has three lenses on a rotating plate and a TV screen in mounted in the side. A silber tin astronaut with a distinctive cone on his head sits at the camera. The vehicle tows a trailer that holds the two D cell batteries that power the toy. A rotating plastic antenna is attached to the trailer.

Battery operated action: the 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. 26cm

This is the more common version of this space toy. The main differentiating features are:

There is a trailer. The driver is a silver astronaut with a cone on his head, the camera support is much thinner , the tracked base is shallow.

MOON BUS, PROJECT SWORD - CENTURY 21 - HONG KONGCentury 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

Despite having a tin astronaut pilot, the artwork on the box still depicts the driverless Moon Car version of the toy.

Name on toy: Moon Patrol Space Division No 3
Name on box: Moon Car
Globe type on toy and box: white globe with stars, saucer & rockets
Pilots: one on toy, none on box

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MOON CAR, MOON SPACE SHIP - NOMURA - JAPANNamed 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. Note that this version does not have a driver.

Name on toy: Moon Space Ship
Name on box: Moon Car
Globe type on toy and box: white globe with stars, saucer & rockets
Pilots: none
MOON CAR, MOON SPACE SHIP - NOMURA - JAPANTin battery operated 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.

Name on toy: Moon Space Ship
Name on box: Moon Car
Globe type: clear dome with electronic equipment
Pilots: none

Appears in a newspaper ad in November 1958.
MOON EXPLORER - GAKKEN - JAPANA red and blue tin battery operated vehicle. Bump and go action. Bubble dome at front with pilot inside. Lithographed tin track panels on the sides. There is a fan-like structure on the top. See also the Moon Patrol radio controlled version that uses the same pressing.

On sale in December 1970.
MOON EXPLORER - TT - JAPANLater wedge shaped tin wind up space vehicle with three astronauts. Window box. TT. Vehicle is marked Space Explorer 11. Bump and go action. Takatoku
MOON EXPLORER M-27 - YONEZAWA - JAPANTin 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.
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MOON GRABBER - MARXPlastic battery op vehicle.
MOON MOBILE ROCKET LAUNCHER - BANDAI FOR SEARS - JAPANA large blue painted pressed steel battery operated rocket launch vehicle. The sled like vehicle has a raising orange gantry on the back that holds a silver rocket. The scale of the toy is designed to create the impression of a massive vehicle. The electric motor provides forward and backward movement, other functions are manual. 12" 30cm

One of a range of Sears exclusive toys produced by Bandai.

1961 Sears Christmas Catalog
MOON MOBILE SCOUT WAGON EXPLORER - BANDAI FOR SEARS - JAPANLarge blue painted pressed steel space vehicle. This moving platform has a large yellow crane structure at the back and lifts a silver Explorer airplane. Small figures stand behind railings. The scale of the toy is designed to create the impression of a massive vehicle. 12" 30cm

Battery operated forward and backward motion.

One of a range of Sears exclusive toys produced by Bandai. 1961 Sears Christmas Catalog
MOON PATROL XT-978 - TPS - JAPANToplay. Blue lithographed tin battery operated 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

Featured in the 1970 Tokyo Playthings Catalog.
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