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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 - JAPANTin friction jeepwith 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.

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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.
ROCKET RACER - MAKER? - JAPANFriction tin racing car. Borderline space toy.
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 - 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 - HORIKAWA - JAPANThis is a two part tin battery operated toy. A lithographed tin fan produces a tream 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. Date?
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.
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 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. Distinctive flying saucer litho links it to the Universe Jeep and Space Jeep. Rockets and control panel litho detailing at the back. Box?
SPACE JEEP - MAKER? - JAPANTin friction space jeep. No driver. Red body, black star, blue litho canopy. Japan. No manufacturers logo.
SPACE JEEP - MAKER? - JAPANEarly tin friction space jeep with gun on hood. Driver. Saturn litho on side and star on hood. Sparks. Box? Maker?
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 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.
SPACE PATHFINDER - MASUDAYA - JAPANSee Lunar Exploration. Tin battery op vehicle with tracks. "Radicon Photoelectric Operation System".
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.
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.

Image: Christies. Better photo?
SPACE PATROL 713 WITH CRANK SIREN - MASUDAYA - JAPANTin friction space car No 713 with vinyl pilot head. 32cm. Crank activated siren at rear. One of a series of cars based on the same pressing. Crimped construction.

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SPACE PATROL 713? WITH CRANK SIREN - MASUDAYA - JAPANTin battery op car with vinyl driver head and siren. Details? Box? TM Japan This looks like a metallic blue variation of the red Space Patrol 713. Crimped construction,
SPACE PATROL CAR - BANDAI - JAPANFuturistic silver battery operated space car. The 12 inch open top sports car has two white plastic astronaut drivers, each behind a small plastic windscreen. The back of the car has a red plastic engine cover. A rotating red plastic antenna is positioned in the center of the hood. Two small machine guns are fitted to the front headlamp positions. Bump and go action with noise, rotating antenna and flashing visible engine.

This toy is featured in the 1968 Bandai catalog.
SPACE PATROL CAR - DAIYA - JAPANPlain white open top tin friction car with two astronauts. There is also a red version of this toy.
SPACE PATROL CAR - ICHIKO/ROYAL - JAPANSmall tin friction space car. Two shades of blue lithography with space detailing on the hood, Space Patrol on the trunk. Saturn graphic on the roof. 5.5" long. Much of the litho detailing is identical to that on other Ichiko space cars.

At least two variations are known: one has two divisions in side windows, the other has four; the litho also varies slightly.

Marked Japan. There is a license plate 2884 on the back. Sold in a box of four toys called SATELLITE VEHICLES by Royal.
SPACE PATROL CAR - MAKER? - JAPANTin friction space car. Two tone blue lithographed tinplate space saloon car covered in space scenes: Saturn, rockets etc. Friction. Maker? Box?
SPACE PATROL CAR - NOMURA - JAPANLight blue tinplate battery operated space car with a large red tinplate Robby style robot driver. The robot sits at a large gun held in a circular clear plastic mounting. Various engine detailing has been added to the car, including a cylindrical disk on the front grille. There is a mismatch between the rather sleek, dark colored car on the box art and the more rounded lines of the actual space car. Based on a Studebaker design.
SPACE PATROL CAR - YOSHIYA - JAPANRed tinplate space car with a large clear plastic dome containing a light blue tinplate astronaut driver. The pilot has the female looking face of other Yoshiya toys. Inertia friction drive, a crank is wound underneath the car. A metal four armed spinning antenna protrudes from the dome. The automobile is a reworking of a much used design with distinctive futuristic wings at the back. KO Box? Early 1960s.
SPACE PATROL CAR R-10 - NOMURA - JAPANMetallic blue, silver and red tin battery operated Volkswagen Beetle. VW convertible with tin astronaut driver. There is a large plastic rocket engine at the back. Wire antenna at rear. The car advances with engine noise, flashing rear light (working), and moving light in the plastic panel. TN R10

The car appears in the 1968 Nomura Catalog.
SPACE PATROL CAR WITH LIGHTING GUN - NOMURA - JAPANA conventional shaped blue and white lithographed tinplate car with an oversized red tinplate astronaut firing a large red tipped gun. The astronaut has two clear plastic air tanks on his back which contain a red liquid. The gun is a large cannon fitted to the car's hood. Bump and go action, the gun moves with the astronaut's hands attached, flashing lights and noise. Marked Space Patrol on the side. The box art depicts a red and white car. TN.
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