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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
MORMAC PLANETEER - MORMAC - USAPlastic battery op remote control car. Red plastic car with clear plastic dome. Decal pilot detail. Date?
NASA SPACE JEEP - ICHIMURA - JAPANSilver lithographed tin friction space jeep with canopy. 4" 10cm. NASA wording and logos. Indian head logo,

Box? Name?
NEW ROCKET RACER - MARX - USA"The Car of the Future". A lithographed tinplate racing car in the shape of a rocket. Bright red with blue, yellow and green details. A driver sits in an open cockpit behind a yellow metal windscreen. (There are red windscreen versions). Tail fins and the wording ROCKET RACER emphasise the space theme. 16" long. Wind up motor. On sale in Woolworths in 1935 at 25c. A popular, long-lived item.

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
OUTER SPACE PATROL - MIHASHI - JAPANLight blue and red lithographed tinplate friction space vehicle. 8" 20cm. The boxy shaped vehicle has forward cabin with plastic windows and a rear cab mounted by a TV cameraman underneath a large plastic dome. There is a small wire antenna in one corner. Mihashi has the M in a triangle logo. The box carries the serial no M-1054. A cameraman-astronaut turns round as the vehicle moves. Date?

The company produced a battery operated Outer Space Patrol vehicle which shares the same lower body.
PADAR RADAR SCOUT PIONEER - MAKER? - JAPANSpelling error. Tin battery operated vehicle, bump and go, flashing lights. NASA The same pressing as the Masudaya vehicles. Box?
PARADISE CAR - SANYO - JAPANSimple red lithographed tin friction space car. 5" Red with Paradise wording at front. The unique fature of this vehicle is the set of lithographed wings on the back. Japanese see also the Explorer version of this car. A Cragstan logo is printed on the base of some examples.
PATROL COMMANDER - HORIKAWA - JAPANPATROL PD -107. Tin battery op vehicle with police driver. Bump and go action. Double barrel guns. Bulldozer like shovel at front. "Double Barrel Lited Sounding Shoot Shoot"

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PIONEER SPACE CAR - ATC - JAPANTin friction flying Jeep. Two pilots behind a windscreen. Blue with lithographed details. Yellow plastic propeller - unsure if original. Asahi. Box?
PLANETOXO - MAKER? Plastic battery op bump and go space vehicle. Green top, white base. Pilot under clear dome at rear. Spring antenna. Greek Maker? Date? The name is written in Cyrillic script.
PLANETOXOD - STRAUMEPlastic battery op space vehicle with two pilots and color dome. Eastern European.
PRESS ACTION SPACE PATROL WITH MOVING PISTONS - MASUDAYA - JAPANLight blue lithographed tin friction rocket car with visible engine. Space graphic detailing. A pilot sits in a cockpit inside the red tailfin. Three pistons are visible under a clear plastic cover. Crimped construction.

Pressing the rear of the vehicle powers the motor.
PROP FLYING ROBOT CAR, ROBOT 3 - ATC - JAPANRed tin friction car with blue tin robot driver. 21 cm Robot 3 Circa 1955. Advances with siren as the prop spins. Mercedes. Box has LEDA wording. Asahi

R.K.T. SPACE CAR - NIKKO - JAPANA small 7" blue lithographed tinplate space car. Unusually, this is a three wheeled car. Star litho detailing. R.K.T. presumably a play on "rocket" is printed on the sides. Red plastic spark window at the back. Tin side fins with flame detailing. NK in circle logo: Nikko Japan. 1950s Box? RKT
RADAR TRACTOR MYSTERY ACTION - ICHIKO - JAPANTin battery op tractor with robot driver. Lighted engine, revolving lighted dish antenna. Notice also the box variation with the misspelling "RADOR TRACTOR"

On sale in December 1960.
RADIO CONTROLLED MOON PATROL - GAKKEN - JAPANTin battery op radio controlled spaceship. Pilot under front dome. This vehicle uses the same pressing as the bump and go Moon Explorer.
REMOTE CONTROL MOON CARPlastic battery op space vehicle controlled by "magic wand". Rotating "magic eye" under a clear plastic dome.
RENDEZVOUS 7 8 - YANOMAN - JAPANComplex tin battery op two part articulated vehicle with docking action. Carries USAF rocket. The main body uses the pressing for the Yanoman S-17 Space Scout / Space Ship X-200. The front separates, lights up, the rocket lights up and raises. Bump and go actions.
ROAD CONSTRUCTION ROLLER - DAIYA - JAPANTin battery op road roller with tin Robby driver. Forward and backward action with flashing lights. Road roller in metallic green with a maroon Robby at the controls. Visible moving pistons. 25cm
ROBERT THE ROBOT AND HIS REMOTE CONTROL BULLDOZER (REMOTE CONTROL VERSION) - IDEAL - USABlue plastic remote control bulldozer with red plastic robot driver. Battery fits in robot to power light in head. Wire operated remote control as used in the Robert the Robot robot. Trigger controls direction and crank provides drive. Serial No 4064. Compare with the wind up version No 4063.

The w/u version featured in the Milway catalogue, Milwaukee in 1956.
Name on toy: Ideal Diesel Tractor
Manufacturer: Ideal Toy Corporation, U.S.A.
Dimensions: Length - 9.5", Width - 6.5", Height - 6.5"
Power source: Wind up motor/1 "AA" battery
Actions: Vehicle moves forward with a whistling sound, then backs up. Robert's hands sit atop the steering levers which move back and forth as the dozer changes direction, giving the impression that the robot is actually operating the controls. The robot's head lights up by means of a "AA" battery inside the driver's body. The shovel can either sit up off the ground, resting on the front lip of the bulldozer, or it can scrape along the ground to actually move objects.
Additional info.: *There is also a remote control/hand crank version. It uses the same remote controller and cable unit that Robert the Robot came with. Permanently attached, metal wind up key. Battery fits beneath hat.

This version featured in the Milway of Milwaukee Wholesale Catalog in 1956.
ROBOT TRACTOR - RUSSIAPlastic battery operated tractor with rounded profile. Large rear tin lithographed wheels.Plastic robot driver. There is small switch 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"
ROBOT BOAT RB-300 - Maker? - JAPANPlastic robot in boat. static - water pistol?
ROBOT BOAT - SPEED BOAT NO 7 - MARUSAN - JAPANTin friction speedboat with robot driver. Crank action inertia engine. Silver block head robot driver with no antenna. Called Robot Boat on the box, but Speed Boat on the toy. Two fins at the rear. Variations exist. See also the ET CO version.

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ROBOT BOAT, SPEED BOAT NO 7, AND R7 VARIATION - ET CO - JAPANFriction crank action tin boat with robot. Version exists without the robot. See also the Atomic Boat X-90. Silver blockhead robot driver with no antenna.
ROBOT BULLDOZER "ROBBY" - MARUSAN - JAPANA lithographed yellow tin bulldozer with a black robot holding a flag in his hand. ROBBY is marked on the engine cover and DIESEL on the sides.

Friction powered, the robot raises and lowers the flag in hand when pushed. 7" 17cm

Newspaper ads date this to August 1958.

There are two versions of this bulldozer both having the same box.
1 Yellow with a black robot. 2 Blue with a red robot
ROBOT BULLDOZER "US BUILDERS" - MARUSAN - JAPANA lithographed blue tin bulldozer with a red robot holding a flag in his hand. US BUILDERS is marked on the engine cover. Friction powered, the robot raises and lowers the flag in hand when pushed. 7" 17cm

Newspaper ads date the yellow version to August 1958.

There are two versions of this bulldozer both having the same box.
1 Yellow with a black robot. 2 Blue with a red robot
ROBOT BULLDOZER - YOSHIYA - JAPANTin battery operated remote control bulldozer with robot driver. Rubber tracks. "Six actions" Forward, reverse; green and red lights. The bulldozer has four distinctive lighted coloured panels on the hood, two green and two red. Box marked KO on end panels.
ROBOT BULLDOZER WITH BLINKING LIGHT - FLARE - JAPANTin battery op bulldozer tractor with robot. Blinking lights. When you push the lever on the right forward, the tractor moves forward, the pistons move up and down and the light on top of the robots head flashes on and off. Pushing the lever backwards reverses the action. The pistons have a distinctive design: they are tin rockers that emerge from the side of the lithographed engine. The robot has a rounded shape

Marked "United Pioneer Company No 115" on the back and "United" on the front.

ROBOT CAR WITH FIRING GUN & NOISE - SPACE PATROL R-3 - HOKU - ATC - JAPANWith Firing Gun and Noise. Tin friction Mercedes style car with red robot driver and large gun. Mercedes style car with red tin robot driver advances with ticking sound as rocket moves in and out of the hood mounted gun. Cragstan logo on some box version. The box carries a HOKU manufacturers logo. The car was advertised in September 1958.

Also shown is the ATC Asahi box version.
ROBOT CAR WITH TUMBLING ROBOT AND SIREN - ASAHI - JAPANRed tin friction Space Patrol Mercedes car with silver tin robot driver. Tumbling action. ATC Cragstan logo

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ROBOT SPACE PATROL CAR X-5 - ATC - JAPANBlue tin friction space car with gold robot driver. Mercedes style car with robot driver advances with siren as the fan blade in the hood opening turns. 21cm
ROBOT TORPEDO - MARUSAN - JAPANA red silver lithographed tinplate torpedo with a red robot driver. Friction inertia crank action. 29cm Circa 1950's. Crank operated torpedo with turning prop. Rubber nose. There should be a clear plastic canopy covering the robot. Marked 60 on the nose and Robot Torpedo on the sides. A black rubber plug forms a safety tip.

There is a version called Jet Torpedo with a human driver; it has the same box art depicting a robot pilot but the wording is different

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ROBOT WAR BOAT R-7 - ASC - JAPAN"With shooting missile gun". Tin friction boat on wheels. Missile shooting and siren. Crank action. Aoshin. The nissiles are wooden with rubber tips.
ROCKET GAME TRUCKTin litho'd game on plastic friction truck
ROCKET JEEP - MASUDAYA - JAPANRed tin friction jeep with space litho, superhero on hood. Blue red and pink lithography. Yellow wheels. Tin canopy. Similar to jeeps with SZK logo. There is also an earlier yellow wheel version.

On sale in February 1955.

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ROCKET LAUNCHER TRUCK - S&E - JAPANTin friction truck with rocket on elevating trailer gantry. A lithographed tin operator sits at a control panel on the trailer. Detachable rocket has a separate friction mechanism. Suzuki and Edwards Japan Super N-62 N 62
ROCKET LAUNCHING TRUCK - IDEAL - USAAtomic Mobile Unit decal on plastic friction truck with cannon. Launches the short red shells held on top.

Widely on sale in 1956.
ROCKET RACER RRX - MASUDAYA - JAPANAn early lithographed tinplate space car with a tin pilot's head behind a plastic windshield. The pilot sits in an unusual open raised cockpit with litho of a steering wheel. Rear fin. White body with orange, red and blue details. Friction action: non-fall, the third wheel alters the direction when the car reaches the edge. The underside has two wheels with a third wheel at right angles towards the center. One wheel has a rubber tire, the other does not. Marked Rocket Racer RRX. The pressing is the same as the Space Rocket Car X.

Date? 1950s Box? R.R.X.
ROCKET RANGER - MARUSAN - JAPAN"With Siren and Gun Rerort" (sic). Old style tin friction car with driver and rear gunner on double barelled gun. A tin plane F-22 orbits the car on a wire. A compass is mounted in the car. Car carries 245872 number. SAN logo on gunner's seat.

There are two litho versions of this space car: one with a predominantly silver body and one with a green body. The green version has a red wheel attached to the crank. Both versions came in the same box.
ROCKET SHOOTING CAR X-40 - LINEMAR - JAPANBlue litho tin friction space car. The car has a very boxy angular design. A turret is mounted on top with a two barrel gun. Shoots wooden missiles. X-40 on rear.

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S-17 SPACE SCOUT VARIATION - SY/YANOMAN - JAPANJapanese character version of the S-17 Space Scout spaceship. Tin battery op bump and go with large shooting gun and vinyl pilot.

The Japanese character is Yuusei Shounen Papii.
S2-700 AIR CAR - SAITO GANGU - JAPANLithographed tin friction car with spinning disk. The silver and red car has a low profile, Two fans are set into the front and rear, each containing a spiral lithographed spinning disk. Marked S2-700 on one side and AIR CAR on the other. Carries an S2 in a diamond logo.
Low profile car.
SATELLITE INTERCEPTER - LINEMAR - JAPANThis is a two part tin battery operated toy. A lithographed tin fan produces a stream of air which holds a balloon in the air. The second component, a missile shooting unit with two rubber tipped darts can then be aimed at the balloon targets.

The toy features in the 1960 Simpsons-Sears catalog as the "Satellite Destroyer".

(Notice the typo - Intercepter for Interceptor)
SATELLITE JEEP - SZK - JAPANBlue tin friction space jeep with space litho. Cartoon dog on a Sputnik on the roof. Marked New Jeep on the back of the canopy. Suzuki?
SATELLITE LAUNCHER - NOMURA - JAPANMilitary green tin friction truck with spinner. Probellors launch from back of truck. Litho driver and crew details. USA 053270
SATELLITE LAUNCHING CAR A2 - LINEMAR - JAPANLithographed tin friction car. Silver boxy angular design with a square turret on top. Pushing along launches the propeller spinners.
SATELLITE LAUNCHING TRUCK XS-126 - YONEZAWA - JAPANTin battery operated truck with tin astronaut driver under a clear plastic dome at the front. Screen at rear. Round radar dish. Shoots spinners from a central unit that can be directed. X5-126 on front turret. Spinners carried on a rear wire extension.
SAVING BANK WITH AUTO-SPIN ROULETTE aka ROBBY BANK - SANKEI - JAPANBlue and red lithographed tinplate savings bank. Hemispherical or half-Sputnik shaped static tin money bank. Two spring antennas with ball tips are fixed to the side. On top is a raised plastic dome containing a roulette wheel with ball. Inserting a coin activates the spinning action. The banks is called the "Robby Bank" because of the high quality lithographed images that include the Forbidden Planet robot. Sankei 12cm tin. Roulette wheel on top with point values and planet names.
SCOOTER ESPACIAL - EGE - SPAINTin and vinyl battery op space scooter with boy astronaut. Bump and go mystery action. Based on an original Masudaya Space Scooter design.

Inspiration for the design came from the Fireball XL5 Jetmobile.
SCRAMBLE BUG, PROJECT SWORD - CENTURY 21 - HONG KONGFuturistic battery op plastic lunar roving vehicle can climb over most things. It has six huge wheels and a central domed cockpit. Flashing lights add to the battery – op magic. On the base of the vehicle appears the manufacturers symbol of JR21 Toys (?)or Jack Rosenthal Toys Ltd - the symbol is a diamond with the initials J and R inside it. The initial M could also be said to be part of the jumble. Also next to this symbol is 'no.6'.
The box is a large rectangular two parter. The lid is thinner card with brilliant painted artwork of the Bug going over lunar terrain. The box has a sturdy card base. 'Star features' are ' battery operated, forward control, powerful climbing action, universal linking joints, flashing lights, official Sword decals'. Also stated is 'Made in Hong Kong for century 21 Toys Limited'. The smaller sides , amongst other text, carry the line 'Scramble bug , Command vehicle for the Project Sword Series'. The Commander badge is advertised as being inside, along with the Official Manual.
SKY PATROL - NOMURA - JAPANThis is a large tin battery operated space ship. The silver and blue vehicle has a boxy shape with a rounded nose. A Tin policeman with a machine gun sits in a forward cockpit. At the back are two fins with a long domed engine cover between them. The fins have lighted jet engines on top There is a long metal on-off switch.

The box art depicts a vehicle that is far more sophisticated than the actual toy. The box artist is clearly the same as the one employed on the sister piece, the Mars 107.

On sale in 1962
SONAR SPACE PATROL - YONEZAWA - JAPANThis is a large tin battery operated space ship. The silver and blue rocket has a boxy shape with a rounded nose. A clear plastic dome at the front contains colored flashing lights. At the back are two fins with a long domed engine cover between them. There is a long metal on-off switch. The box art depicts a slightly different vehicle: a more slender shape with opening doors in the base.

This toy employs a Sonicon-style whistle steering action, a copy of the Masudaya original.

Other space toys use this pressing:
Nomura Mars 107 Super Space Patrol
Nomura Sky Patrol
SONICON SPACE VEHICLE - MASUDAYA - JAPANLarge white metal vehicle with long metallic blue side panels and rear vertical fins topped with red plastic lighted motors. There is a central box structure holding the sound sensor mechanism. A tall clear plastic dome at the front houses two plastic pilots. A tall dish antenna rotates on top of the dome. Battery operated. A Sonicon whistle enables the direction of the vehicle to be altered. A -aper label at the front reads Sonicon Sonic Control. Japanese box.
SPACE BOY ON TRICYCLE - Maker? - JAPANTin and plastic wind up tricycle with baby astronaut rider and space litho. Clear dome helmet. Bell.
SPACE CAR - MAKER? - JAPANTin friction space car with litho details.Windscreen. No driver. Saturn on trunk lid. No wording. Details? Maker?
SPACE CAR - USAGIYA LINEMAR - JAPANLithographed tin friction car with a robot head. The robot head resembles the Easelback with a coiled spring antenna. The body of the car is yellow with metallic blue litho tracks, tail fin and gun at the front. Usaigaya manufacturer, Linemar distributor. This is basically the same pressing as the robot version of the Linemar Space Patrol car but with the addition of the front gun. Box? Coiled spring antenna.
SPACE CAR 135700 - MAKER? - JAPANRed lithographed tinplate space car with pilot head behind an open windscreen. There is a rotating machine gun attached to the hood. Marked USA at the rear and NO135700 at the sides.
SPACE CAR SX-10 - MASUDAYA - JAPANBlue and red tin and plastic battery operated space car with non-fall and bump and go action. Vinyl head boy pilot behind an open curved windscreen containing a red light. There is a red plastic engine cover behind the pilot and the rear wings have working tail lights. Marked SX-10. Non fall action with flashing light. The pilot's head turns.
There are two color versions, light blue and a slightly darker blue.
Space Car with Astronaut - Hong KongPlastic astronaut sitting in a plastic chair with large wheels. Apollo wording on base. Battery op mystery action. Hong Kong.
SPACE CAR, RED ROBBY - YONEZAWA - JAPANMetallic blue lithographed tin space car. This large space car has a red tin lithographed Robby robot driver sitting at the wheel. Behind him is a raised circular metal basket structure. The car has springs and small antennas fixed to the top edge, giving the impression of complex mechanism.Battery operated with a stop and go action. A jet of air supports a styrene ball. 9.5" 25cm

There are two versions of this space car:
Early version (top), with a darker blue body and a circular basket that does not have a paddle. Robby's head is fixed in place.

Later version (bottom) which has a lighter blue body and has a long paddle structure inserted in the ball blowing structure. Robby's head moves.

The boxes for both versions are the same: they do not show the paddle addition. Boxes usually have the Yonezawa logo but some have an ACE logo.

This space car uses the same pressing as the Space Car with red Robby driver.

Date? c1955.
SPACE CONTROLLED TRACTOR - PMC - HONG KONGPlastic battery op tractor bulldozer with articulated robot driver. Bump and go action.
SPACE CRAFT 7 - KO? - JAPANA larger 9" long version of the ATC lithographed tinplate space helicopter design. Tin lithographed spaceship with spaceman under a plastic screen. Marked Spacecraft 7. Tin rotor spins. Friction action.
SPACE CRUISER - TRIANG MINIC - ENGLANDTin friction spaceship. Push and go action (ie friction) "with flying saucers". Releases plastic spinner on front. England
SPACE EXPLORER PLANET CRUISER UN 751 - S&E - JAPANLilac colored tinplate battery operated vehicle. The angular tank design has a central tin cockpit with a plastic windscreen. Behind is a red plastic engine dome. Two rear tailfins. Large rotating white plastic dish antenna. Takes three batteries. Bump and go action with flashing lights and smoke.

The vehicle is marked U.N. 751 Space Cruiser though the box is marked Space Explorer Space Ship and depicts a green version with significant differences from the production model.
SPACE EXPLORER S-61 - NOMURA - JAPANRed, white and blue lithographed tin friction train engine with rotating antenna. Train travels forward as antenna rotates and three jets move in and out. 13" 32cm

Some examples carry "Exclusive for Italy" labels.
SPACE EXPLORER SET - USAGIYA FOR LINEMAR - JAPANA boxed set of two Linemar space cars, the astronaut Space Explorer S-3 and the robot version also marked Space Explorer S-3.

Coiled spring antenna
SPACE GOLD STAR - MITSUHASHI - JAPANAn unusual lithographed tin vehicle. The silver, red and green plane-like vehicle has long tubular engines on either side of a central body. There are tailfins and retractable wings set into the sides. A knob extends from the underside of the space ship and by pulling it the wings open. A little pilot head sits under a clear canopy. One wing is marked G.S.A. and the other is marked X-6. Friction action. Box serial M-996
M in triangle logo.
SPACE GUARD PILOT - ASAKUSA - JAPANPlastic battery op vehicle with bum and go action. Billy Blastoff knock off. One of a range of similar vehicles: Space TV Pilot, Space Guard Pilot, Space Radar Pilot. Large gun.
SPACE JEEP - MAKER? - JAPANLight blue lithographed tin friction jeep. Driver with white helmet. Robot litho on the sides. More details? Box?
SPACE JEEP - MAKER? - JAPANBlue lithographed tin friction space jeep. Open top. The flying saucer litho links it to the Universe Jeep and Space Jeep. Rockets and control panel litho detailing at the back. The jeep has a distinctive large folded fender at the front.

Also shown is a litho variation of the jeep with a winged logo on the hood an Saturn on the sides.

SPACE JEEP - MAKER? - JAPANTin friction space jeep. No driver. Red body, black star, blue litho canopy. Japan. No manufacturers logo.
SPACE JEEP - MAKER? - JAPANA small early tin friction space jeep with gun on hood. 3.5" Driver. Saturn litho on side and star on hood. Sparks. Box? Maker? It is possible that the number plate on the jeep, PD1954, is a reference to the date.
SPACE JEEP - SANK? - JAPANLithographed tin friction space jeep with canopy. Red and blue versions known. Space Jeep wording and flying saucer litho design on the roof (which links it to the Universe Space Jeep) The logo appears to be SANK but the manufacturer has not yet been identified. Red and blue versions. Box?
SPACE JEEP - TAKATOKU TT - JAPANBlue tin friction jeep with space litho. A goofy looking space boy is printed on the roof. Space Jeep printed on the hood. Tin canopy. Friction action. Marked T.T. Box?
SPACE JET VEHICLE X-001 - BANADI - JAPANTin battery op vehicle. Smoke.
SPACE MOTORCYCLE - MAKER?Plastic friction plastic motorcycle with grey plastic driver.
SPACE PACER, JAPANESE BOX VERSION - NOMURA - JAPANEight legged battery op plastic space vehicle. Claw grabbers at front. Pilot at front behind clear screen. Radar dish.
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