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SPACE GUARD MS-61 - MASUDAYABox variation.
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SPACE GUARD PILOT - ASAKUSAPlastic 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.
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SPACE JET VEHICLE X-001 - BANADITin battery op vehicle. Smoke.
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SPACE KIDDY, SEE SAW ROBOT - YONEZAWATin wind up see saw toy with two robots.
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SPACE MOTORCYCLE - MAKER?Plastic friction plastic scooter style vehicle with grey plastic driver.
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SPACE PACER - NOMURA - JAPANESE BOX VERSIONEight legged battery op plastic space vehicle. Claw grabbers at front. Pilot at front behind clear screen. Radar dish.
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SPACE PATHFINDER - MASUDAYASee Lunar Exploration. Tin battery op vehicle with tracks. "Radicon Photoelectric Operation System".
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SPACE PATROL - HORIKAWA - JAPANTin battery op vehicle wiith policeman driver and large double barrel gun. 9" long mostly tin litho toy c. late 1950s by Horikawa, Japan. Marked "Space Patrol". Pilot is seated behind double barrel gun which has plastic cover. Also has detailed control panel with TV screen showing space scene. Works and travels around with bump-and-go action. As gun unit moves, lights and produces a firing sound.
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SPACE PATROL - LINEMAR - JAPANMetallic blue lithographed tinplate friction space car with large square robot pilot. Coiled antenna. Marked Space Explorer S-3. Imitation tracks at rear. This space car was also sold in a boxed set with the astronaut version of the toy.
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SPACE PATROL CAR WITH RADIO OPERATOR - ATC - JAPANSilver and grey lithographed tin friction action spaceship boat with wheels. Blue underside. This is not intended to float. Astronaut pilot under a clear plastic dome. Metal rod antenna. Large rear fin. Porthole litho detailing. Friction crank action with clicking sound. Asahi Toy Company Date?

The same pressing as the boat version, the SPACE SHIP WITH MOVING RADAR
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SPACE PATROL FRICTION POWERED - MASUDAYABlue lithographed in friction Tada style vehicle with an astronaut under clear plastic dome. Large single rear fin. NASA logo. 7 ins This is one of a range of vehicles based on this design. Friction action with a space siren noise. Two plastic light covers, one on either side. These covers have been seen in red and blue: they are evidently designed for the battery op versions of this pressing but here are decorative.

The Masudaya number suggests a date in the late 1960s.

Masudaya number 3521
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SPACE PATROL MOTORBIKE X5 - USAGAYATin friction motorbike with orange vinyl astronaut.
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SPACE PATROL SUPER CYCLE B-557 - BANDAI - JAPANMetallic blue lithographed tin friction motorcycle with spark. Circa 1950's. Advances as the antenna turns. Motorbike. Green plastic rider. Working compass on handlebars. Red plastic tail light and spark windows above the rear wheel. Silver antenna over front wheel. The box depicts a rider wearing a clear cylindrical helmet that is missing from this example. B-557 Space Patrol printed on the sides. See also the red B17 Flying Spaceman version.
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SPACE PATROL WALKIE TALKIE - RANDALL, ENGLANDPlastic and string toy.
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SPACE PATROL WITH ONE ASTRONAUT, SPACE JET - ATC - JAPANA light blue lithographed tinplate boat-shaped spaceship. This battery operated space car has a clear plastic dome with a red light and, as the box makes clear, one astronaut, with a yellow helmet. There are two yellow tail fins at the rear. The shape is vaguely similar to the other ATC boat designs such as the Florida Air Boat, though the sides are much larger. Bump and go action with flashing light. Date? Asahi
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SPACE PIONEER - MASUDAYA 1963Tin battery op space ship. Bump and go mystery action. "Super Sonic". It is featured in the 1963 Masudaya catalog.
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SPACE PORT - ARCHERPlanetary Cruiser Control. Tin space port with plastic Pyro hard plastic rocket. A FLASH GORDON LITHO VERSION EXISTS 1953
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SPACE RACE CAR - YANOMANTin friction S-10 space car with spiral candy stripe litho cylinders on either side. Possible Usagaya connection? S10

Image courtesy Smith House Auctions
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SPACE RADAR CAR 5 - CHINATin wind up space car with walking action. Orange plastic disk on top with radar antenna.
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SPACE RADAR PILOT - ASAKUSAPlastic 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. TV camera.
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SPACE RADAR SCOUT PIONEER - MASUDAYATin friction spaceship with twin rotating plastic antennas built into the body. Yellow tin pilot under a clear dome. Tada style.
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SPACE RANGER - MARXPlastic battery op remote control orbiting spaceship. Tethered flying action.
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SPACE ROBOT CAR - Yonezawa - JAPANMetallic blue lithographed tin battery op car Circa 1955. Gold colored tin Robby style driver pilots space car as lights under dome spin, gun turret pans from side to side as the gun tips move in and out as a firing sound is emitted.
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SPACE ROCKET CAR X - MASUDAYARed tin friction space car with litho details. The friction car has a non-fall action: if the front drops over a surface a wheel positioned at right angles turns it back. " Neither Slipping Nor Tumbling Off" Box also has a four leaf clover logo in addition to the Masudaya logo.

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SPACE ROCKET PATROL CAR - COURTLAND - USARed and yellow lithographed tin friction space car with long undulating red plastic canopy. Litho detailing of engine exhausts. "Long running friction motor". Marked Space Rocket Patrol. USA
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SPACE SCOOTER - MASUDAYATin and vinyl battery op space scooter with boy astronaut. Bump and go mystery action. Later released by Amico. Fireball XL-5 similarity.
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SPACE SCOUT S-17 - WHITE DOME - YANOMAN 1963A light blue lithographed tinplate battery operated space vehicle. The vehicle resembles an inflated mattress with long tin fins mounted on the rounded side sections. A yellow tin astronaut pilot sits under a large clear plastic dome and controls a clear plastic lighted gun. At the front is a white dome over a rotating light. Space Scout wording on the sides. There is a metal ring antenna at the back that rotates.

This is the most common version of the toy. A red dome version has been recorded (below). First sighted May Co California, Toy Treasures newspaper supplement, Nov. 24, 1963

There is evidently a connection between Yanoman and Yonezawa. The body of the S-17 is the same pressing as that found on the Rendezvous 7 8.
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SPACE SCOUT X-5 - SUZUKI AND EDWARDSTin friction space vehicle. Transparent green plastic canopy with pilot head. S&E Japan. Cragstan logo on box.
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SPACE SERIES ELEGANT MINIATURES - LINEMARBoxed set of six diecast space vehicles from the Linemar Elegant Miniatures series. 1960s?
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SPACE SHIP EXPRESS - IRWIN - USAAn early and unusual design of rocket ship; at its heart is a circular design with motors extending to form a sort of horseshoe shape. The plastic friction space ship has two oange dials, one to choose the destination planet and the other to chose the propulsion mode (Atomic, Stratos or Atmos) Friction action with sparks. USA There are several color combinations.

The earliest sighting is in the 1952 Blackwell Wielandy catalog.
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SPACE SHIP KX 2000 - SLJ FranceLarge plastic battery op remote control space ship with central dome. Yellow top red base. French 1960s
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SPACE SHIP SS-18 - SUZUKI & EDWARDS - JAPANSuzuki and Edwards tin friction space car. A simple friction powered lithographed tinplate vehicle. Litho engine detailing. Clear green plastic canopy over a pilot's head. Also seen with a blue canopy.

Two box versions: one marked S&E (top) one with an NA logo (middle) and one by Mitsuhashi, M in Triangle (bottom).
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SPACE SHIP WITH SPINNING BALL COCKPIT - YANOMANYM logo. Tin friction space ship with spinning ball cockpit. The detailing looks like the production version of the S-15 prototype. Serial No 5513 The tank has the familiar rounded lilo shape with two fins at the back.
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SPACE SHIP X-200 - YANOMAN - JAPANA red and white lithographed tinplate battery operated space vehicle. The vehicle resembles an inflated mattress with long tin fins mounted on the rounded side sections. A tin astronaut pilot sits under a large clear plastic dome and controls a clear plastic lighted gun. At the front is a red dome over a rotating light. X-200 and Space Ship wording on the sides. This version does not have the metal ring antenna. This is a later revision of the original S-17 Space Scout vehicle with a cylindrical red front light instead of the usual white, and no metal antenna.

This version is featured in a 1970s Yanoman catalog, though it retains the red dome light and the metal antenna of the Space Scout and as such may be a photo of a prototype. The late date probably accounts for its rarity.
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SPACE SHIP X-8 SCOUTING - TADA - JAPANLithographed tin battery powered vehicle with bump and go action, flashing lights and rotating antenna. This flat, round-nosed vehicle has a large clear plastic dome at the front containing a tin astronaut pilot. There are two large vertical fins at either side of the rear. In the center, behind the dome, is a large cylindrical green plastic flashing light. The start/stop switch is located towards the lower left of the dish. Under the clear plastic dome is a helmeted, goggled space pilot sits behind a conical spring steering wheel. 8.5" long, 8" tall.

Two lithogrpah variations of the X-8 are known:
1. Red and blue litho (top)
2. Red and grey (bottom)
They have the same box art. X 8 X8
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SPACE SHIP XY-07 - ATCTin friction space helicopter. Tin lithographed spaceship with spaceman under a plastic screen. Tin rotor spins.
This toy was also released as the XZ-7 Space Ship, though this version is more space like with porthole litho. Asahi Japan.
The box art depicts a slightly different piece - the rotor has been replaced by an antenna and the serial number is different.

The XZ-7 appears in the ATC Asahi catalog for 1968
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Space Ship XZ-7 - ATCTin friction space helicopter. Tin lithographed spaceship with pilot under a plastic screen. Tin rotor spins.
This toy was also released as the XY-07 Space Ship. Asahi Japan. The XZ-7 has a soldier for a pilot and the toy lacks the same space feel.

Again, the box art depicts a slightly different piece - the rotor has been replaced by an antenna and the serial number absent.

The XZ-7 appears in the ATC Asahi catalog for 1968
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SPACE SHOOTING RANGE = AUTOMATIC TOY COMPANY USATinplate wind up shooting range. Spaceship targets with score values. Automatic Toy Company. Working. Beautiful lithography to toy. When wound, tin space ships move across shooting range and mounted gun shoots balls at them. Box is marked 'No. 372 Space Shooting Range'

A slightly different litho version of this toy was released by Codeg in UK.
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SPACE SIGHT SEEING BUS - MASUDAYA - JAPANWhite and blue lithographed tin friction space vehicle. This rather box shaped space car has two long red fins on either side. At the front is a large clear plastic dome containing a tin astronaut driver. Astronaut under clear dome. There are two round plastic lights at the back, red and green. 17cm. Typo on toy: SPACE SIGHT SEEIG BUS
This is one of a range of vehicles based on the same pressing.
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SPACE SLED - REMCO, USAA re-release of Remco's original Gerry Anderson's Supercar design on the back of the Land of the Giants serial. Plastic battery op space ship with wings. Pilot under canopy. White body with clear blue plastic dome. Cams give different movement patterns.
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SPACE TARGETTinplate target with space scene.
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SPACE TRIP - CAR DETAILTwo different litho cars.
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SPACE TV PILOT - ASAKUSAPlastic 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. Rotating antenna.
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SPACE TV UNIT - NOMURAAn earlier and rarer variation of the Mobile Space TV Unit. This has a green astronaut and a different body shape: note the much deeper body pressing. It carries the serial number A196.

Possibly circa 1955. Complete with its own antenna trailer. The box artwork matches the toy, exactly. It reads:
Battery Powered
Space T.V. Unit
Actions
Mystery Action
Moving TV Screen
Rotating Antenna
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SPACE VEHICLE - MAKER?Plastic battery op space vehicle with color dome. Bump and go action. Hong Kong?
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SPACE VEHICLE - RUSSIABasic tin space vehicle.
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SPACEMOBILE AND PILOT - YOSHIYA - JAPANThis is a delightfully imaginative space toy. A green tinplate astronaut with red backpack sits astride a blue tin rocket. He holds a small plastic steering wheel, At the back is a red plastic rocket engine surrounded by a wire cage. Friction action with spark. Unlike similar rocket riding toys, this has a more realistic appearance. 7" 18cm long. Date?

On the right is a prototype version of the Spacemobile.
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SPACESHIP UFO - CHINATin and plastic battery op space vehicle. Ligthographed uppe, plastic base with small wings. Pilot under central clear plastic dome. Zeus Forces UFO wording on side. Dish antenna. Bump n go action with red lights in the tail and rotating lighted radar dish. Pilot moves around under the clear dome. This is reworking of the UNIVERSE RECONNAISSANCE BOAT
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SPARKING MOON EXPLORER - LINCOLNSmall plastic wind up tracked spaceship. Blue plastic with clear red nose section. One of Mini Wind Up series.
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SPARKLING SPACE MAN CAR - USAGIYA
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