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MOBILE MISSILE SET - MARX - CANADAA military set but of interest because of the tin and plastic rocket launcher truck. Marx Ontario
Cragstan logo.
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, LATER 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 later, 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 op 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
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-878 - TPS - JAPANToplay. Blue lithographed tin battery op 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
MOON PROSPECTOR, PROJECT SWORD - CENTURY 21 - HONG KONGCentury 21 ā€“ large battery operated plastic toy vehicle with flashing coloured lights and bump ā€™nā€™ 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 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,

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. 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 rond as the vehicle moves.

The same company produced a battery operated version of the Outer Space Patrol. Date?
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. Dish antenna. Notice also the box variation with the misspelling "RADOR TRACTOR"
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 No firm date yet but c 1954. Compare with the wind up version No 4063.
Name on toy: Ideal Diesel Tractor
Nickname: (Wind up version)*
Manufacturer: Ideal Toy Corporation, U.S.A.
Dimensions: Length - 9.5", Width - 6.5", Height - 6.5"
Timeline date: 1956 (Milway of Milwaukee Wholesale catalog)
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.
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?
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