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MOON PROSPECTOR, PROJECT SWORD - CENTURY 21 - HONG KONGCentury 21 – large battery operated plastic toy vehicle with flashing coloured lights and bump ’n’ go action. Big, blue and round, it came boxed with the Sword manual and the Sword badge. A stunner! The century 21 symbol of the 21 inside the concentric circles appears on the base of the vehicle.
The first box(top left) is a rectangular two parter with the familiar thinner lid and the sturdy base. The lid's artwork is shows a silver and yellow Prospector amid an alien landscape. The 'star features' are ' Battery operated, mystery bump'n'go action, rotating radar scanner, flashing lights and working searchlight, sound effects.' It states that it's 'Made in Hong Kong for Century 21 Toys Limited.' The Captain badge and the Manual are advertised on the cover as 'inside. The list of badges misses out the Astronaut for some reason, although the space is there for it. As on some of the other toys, operating instructions appear on the box - on the longer sides - showing the position of the two batteries and the on- off switch on the base of the craft.

The second box (top right) is the later photo version. Also shown (bottom row) is the non-Sword version with the T in a circle logo.
MOON RANGER - CENTURY 21 TOYS - HONG KONGCentury 21 plastic battery operated space bulldozer. It has forward and reverse action on caterpillar tracks. There is a large clear dome cockpit with driver, a rotating radar and a front- shovel. 'Made in Hong Kong' appears on the plastic base. The box is the oblong two parter - thin top and harder inner. The artwork depicts a painted Moon Ranger - blue and yellow - charging over a rocky landscape with a shovel- full of lunar rocks. The 'Star features' are ' Battery operated, forward and reverse control, powerful climbing action, operating shovel, flashing rear light, two headlights, rotating radar scanner'. It also states that it is 'Made in Hong Kong for Century 21 Toys Limited'. The Captain badge and Manual are shown on the front as being inside. The 'Operating Instructions' on one of the long sides shows the battery positioning and the forward- reverse switch at the base of the vehicle. 1967
MOON ROVER WITH SPACE EXPLORER LAB - MAKER? - USSRBlue plastic tracked space vehicle. Angular design with a row of windows down the side, behind them are scientists at work. Details? Name? Battery operated remote control. Box? Action?
MOON SCOUT - SELINAKATOS - ALPHA - GREECEGreek version of the Nomura multi-legged plastic battery op space vehicle.
MOON SCOUT M.S.8 - NOMURA - JAPANPlastic battery operated eight legged vehicle. White and red plastic with orange windscreen. Alternate stepping action. Decal details. Art box (earlier) and picture box versions shown.
MOON TRAVELLER - KOKYU - JAPANAn unusual space toy rocket launch pad. A lithographed tinplate rocket is mounted on a flat metal base. A plastic spinner can be attached to the top and a lever at he side is thrown to release the spinner. The rocket has USAF markings. Friction lever action.

K in a flower logo.
MOON-DETECTOR - YONEZAWA - JAPANBlue lithographed tin battery operated moon exploration vehicle. Cylindrical body with tracks, resembling a tin can on its side. The front and back have clear plastic domes covering the ends. Inside the forward control area is a grey plastic astronaut driver. Forward and reverse movement with rotating plastic antenna and lighting feelers. The vehicle has two long arms or feelers at the front. They have lighted tips.

There is also a Mond Detektor German market version. This is a variation of the remote control Moon Explorer M-27 vehicle.

First sighting currently 1964.
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.

Featured in the 1967 Ichimura catalog. Item #20359

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.

NORTH POLAR SPACE EXPLORER - MAKER? - USSR?TRACTOR A large blue tin and plastic tracked vehicle. At the front is a cab with several seats inside. The back comprises a box shaped cover with abstract patterning and a polar bear image. Rotating red plastic antenna on the top. Remote control battery operated. Marked сеBеп or "North"and "Тягач" Tractor Maker?
OMEGA 2 SPACE VEHICLE, CATERPILLAR (RAUPE) - MS WEIMAR - EAST GERMANYPlastic tracked vehicle. Rounded lines with a plastic domed cockpit on top. Plastic windshield with pilot inside. Two chrome silver rocket motors on stalks at the rear. Large rectangular rotating plastic antenna. Battery operated remote control. 25cm. Several color combinations. Mondfahrt. DDR
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 - MASUDAYA? - JAPANSpelling error. White, read and blue tin battery operated vehicle, bump and go with a blue and red light lights on either side. Oblong body with a single rear fin and a relatively large clear plastic dome at the front containing a head and shoulders tin astronaut. NASA logo on the fin. The same pressing as the Masudaya vehicles. Box?

Probably by Masudaya considering its similarity to others.
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?
PLANETOKHOD CCCP SPACE TANK - MAKER? - USSRAngular yellow plastic space tanks with a large red plastic dome and a large rotating plastic antenna. The space tank has a battery panel at the back with a large red Soviet star molded in the top, The letters CCCP are molded into the front. Battery operated bump and go action with flashing lights. Maker?
PLANETOKHOD ИKAР-7E, ICARUS-7E - MAKER? - USSRA tin and plastic space car, square with rounded corners. Clear plastic dome at the back with a pilot inside. In front of the pilot is a raised red structure with a clear plastic lighted gun, an illuminated panel is set in the top. The hood has a circular white plastic lighted disk. A small antenna pierces the dome. Battery operated bump and go with lights. Marked ИKAР-7E CCCP Several color versions: blue, green. The box carries a 1975 date.

This is a variation of the D-shaped PLANETOKHOD.
PLANETOKHOD SEARCH-1 - MAKER? - USSRD-Shaped plastic battery operated bump and go space vehicle. Green top, white base. Pilot under clear dome at rear. In front of the pilot is a clear plastic gun. Spring antenna. Maker? Date? Поиск-1

This is a variation of the PLANETOKHOD ИKAР-7E

Color versions include light blue/white, red/white
PLANETOKHOD SPACE CAR - MAKER? - USSR?Red plastic space car with a relatively large clear blue plastic cockpit containing two pilots, one behind the other. Totating yellow plastic dish antenna. The naive box artwork carries CCCP wording. Battery operated forward and backward motion.
PLANETOKHOD SPACE SHIP - MAKER? - USSR?Yellow plastic boat-shaped space ship. Clear canopy at the front with a pilot inside. Two large lighted rocket motors mounted at the back. Recessed headlights at the front. Battery operated. Name? Action? Box? Maker? Details?
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.
RAY GUIDE SPACE SHIP X-2 - RAY-O-MATIC - HONG KONGA blue plastic Thunderbird 2 knock-off spaceship with a transparent green hatch on the top. The box depicts a traditional green Thunderbird 2 spaceship but the toy in the box is bright blue. Battery operated action with flashing lights in the rear engines. The toy can also be strated by shining a torch (provided) onto the light sensor in the nose. 25cm Possibly 1970s.

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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.

The first sighting so far is in the Yanoman catalog for 1965.
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 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.

Image courtesy Smith House Auctions.
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.

Image courtesy Smith House Toys.
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 - OK TOYS (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.

The toy was sold in a plastic bag with a header card.

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. See also the Linemar X-2 version.
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.
SATURN - ANKER - EAST GERMANYPlastic tracked vehicle with a large clear plastic canopy with pilot inside. Battery operated remote control. Rotating plastic antenna and a small spring antenna. This is a rocketless version of the Piko Jupiter spacecraft. Date? Red and blue versions.
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. This appears in the 1977 Ege catalog.

Inspiration for the design came from the Fireball XL5 Jetmobile.
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