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SPACEMEN - MUNECA? - ARGENTINAA series of plastic spacemen, copies of the Premier originals. The quality of the molding is rather poor. These figures appear in various sets, including one by Animart.
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SPACEMEN - POPLAR PLAYTHINGS - WALESA series of hard rubber spacemen and aliens molded in a hard rubber material, bronze or silver. 55mm. These are copies of spacemen created by Thomas Toys of America, a sister company to Poplar. There five figures produced by Poplar; they can be found in grey or bronze hard rubber. Painted examples are found but it is not clear if these were factory painted.

1 Alien holding a club-like weapon over his left shoulder.
2 Spaceman holding pistol in his right hand, left hand on box at waist
3 Spaceman with axe in right hand, pistol in left hand
4 Spaceman with spiked helmet holding pistol in right hand, left hand empty
5 Alien with breathing apparatus, frilled legs, hand on gun in holster

Note: the sixth figure, a spaceman holding a rifle at his waist, was manufactured by Thomas but was not (as far as I am aware) produced by Poplar.
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SPACEMEN, REX MARS STYLE - MAKER? - ARGENTINAA boxed set of eight painted soft plastic figures, one is a spacewoman. The small figures have very flimsy clear plastic space helmets. They are mounted in a window box with a small plastic spaceship fixed behind them. Different sets have different spaceships. These are copies of the Rex Mars playset figures by Marx.

There is no indication on either the figures or the box of a manufacturer, but they originate from Argentina.
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SPACEMEN: WOMEN - GLENCOE MODELS - USAReissues of early Archer spacemen and spacewomen using the original molds. These figures are made in hard plastic and in the same color range as the original. The result is that they are very difficult to distinguish from originals. 1991.

To check whether you have original Archer or Glenco figures visit here: http://danefield.com/alpha/forums/topic/8789-archer-spacemen-vs-glencoe-re-issues/?hl=glenco
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STAR WARRIORS - JOY TOY - USABagged set of plastic spacemen, 3". Ajax copies. 1973. The title graphics have a suggestion of Star Wars.
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THE MOON MEN - ARCHER - USAThe original Archer spacemen but in soft plastic.

Archer released this set of seven figures: six spacemen and one robot in soft plastic. (the empty handed figure is not pictured) They have the usual Archer poses. Red, green and light blue colors rather than the metallic colors of the earlier figures. All have clear plastic helmets and black vinyl Astro-pacs. They do not have separate weapons.

These were sold in bags with header cards. R-600

1954-1955
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VIGIA DEL ESPACIO ROBOTS SET - SEL-MAC - SPAINA boxed set of 6 plastic robots. Each silver and red plastic robot is 3" and constructed from a number of push-fit components: heads, arms, elbows. The robots have articulated arms and clear plastic space helmets with a metal antenna. Each figure has a space gun and space rifle. This is considered to be the first Spanish robot toy. The robot has also been seen in a silver and yellow combination. A blue and Portuguese version is known.

Also sold individually in small boxes. Barcelona. Tentatively dated to 1958.
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WINCO CONDAR'S INTERPLANETARY SPACEMEN - MAKER? - ENGLANDA set of four hard (dense, not brittle) plastic. The oddly-named "Winco Condar's Interplanetary Spacemen" set dated to 1953. The figures are obviously Lido, but there's no manufacturer's name on the card.

It is believed that the figures are a knock-off of Captain Condor, a space hero in a strip from The Lion comic. Winco is an abbreviation of the RAF rank of Wing Commander and "Condar" is clearly a variation of "Codor" designed to avoid copyright issues. Like so many of the early English plastic toys, they were on sale in Woolworths.

The figures were almost certainly made in England rather than imported. After all, why would you import them when it was so easy to make them here? They are made from dense plastic, but are not those hard plastic Lido ones that clink. It's a set that I have long wanted so Christmas has come early.
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