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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. Date circa 1954
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. On sale in December 1970.
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.

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 op hovercraft style vehicle with spinner. Japan Orange plastic collar beneath the dome. 1970
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
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 - JAPANTin battery op space car 7 with pilot head behind windscreen. Metallic blue.

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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 - JAPANTin friction truck with missile launcer. Large crank turn antenna. X-?? rocket. 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.
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