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ROCKET GUN SPACE RANGER - BEST - USABest produced a range of four hard plastic spacemen. Three of the figures are usually found on cards, the fourth figure was sold loose.

The two carded sets are both called Rovket Gun Space Ranger.
The smaller set consists just of one rocket firing spaceman, the much copied guy with the big bazooka that shoots plastic pellets.
The larger set has three figures, the rocket firing spaceman and two others

The fourth figure holds a distinctive shield, and does not feature in any of the sets. Colors are bright primary red, yellow, blue silver etc.
ROCKET GUNNER WITH SPACE RANGER - BEST - USAIdentified in this newspaper ad, a carded two-piece set comprising a spaceman and rocket launcher. Hard plastic. Set No #302. March 1953.
ROCKET LAUNCHING SET - DELAMARE - HONG KONGBoxed display set comprising a plastic rocket, lauching pad, missiles and silver spacemen.
RUMFORSKERE, SPACEMEN - REISLER - DENMARKA set of four semi-hard plastic spacemen. These are 2.5" hand painted spacemen in poses which, in at least two cases, are close copies of the Thomas/Poplar spacemen. An interesting feature of the set is the fact that the arms of three of the figures are articulated. The high quality figures all had clear plastic helmets. The set has been dated to 1954, a year after the Thomas figures.

Reisler also manufactured three different size Moon craters for mounting the figures.

The set has been reissued by Reisler. The new figures are in white plastic with clear blue helmets.

Original figures are in colored plastic. The set has been
SATELLITE EXPLORERS SPACEMEN - WILLIAM SHALLAND - USASoft plastic spacemen from the Ajax range. Unpainted. All figures have clear plastic helmets.

Bagged with header card. Colorful space scene. Set No 73 marked WSNY.

It is difficult to pin down the original Ajax figures. They carry no identifying marks. This would appear to be a later re-issue in a softer plastic by WSNY.
SATELLITE MEN - ARCHER - USAA re-mold of the Men of Mars figures in soft plastic. (the empty handed figure is not pictured). The set is bagged with a header card entitled "The Satellite Men". These are the figures with the helmet crests, the exaggerated shoulder and elbow pads and the wide topped boots. The open hands allow the fitting of the weapons.

Red, green and light blue colors rather than the metallic colors of the earlier figures. All come with black vinyl Astro-pacs and "the latest scientific weapons", also in black vinyl. The figures do not have helmets.

There were eight figures per bag: that added up to 24 separate items.

R-500 1954-1955
SATELLITE PATROL RAUMFAHRER ASTRONAUTEN - PLAY PLASTIC - W GERMANYSemi flat plastic spacemen. Copies of Spanish originals. Bagged with header card. Possibly by Manurba.
SERIE ASTRONAUTI - HARBERT - ITALYA bagged set of soft plastic later style astronauts with familiar Hong Kong poses. Made by Harbert of Milan.
SMALL SPACEMEN - TUDOR ROSE - ENGLANDTudor Rose produced this set in three sizes. This is the small size set. The figures are based on Archer poses with one Premier pose (the spaceman holding the gun up). Hard plastic in a range of metallic colors. The figures came with clear plastic helmets. Sold lose as bin toys.

This specific combination of poses, three Archer, one Premier, is much copied. This is most probably the origin of the group.

Empty arms held out, looking right (Archer)
Rifle held upright in right arm - rifle does not extend above shoulder (Archer)
Empty arms held out, looking forward (Archer)
Pistol held upright in right hand (Premier)
SOLDADOS DEL ESPACIO - BIRMANIA - ARGENTINAA boxed set of four cream plastic child-like astronauts. Each has a distinctive large round helmet. Various colors. Often called "chubby spacemen". 2" tall.
SPACE ADVENTURE - AEROGIOCATTOLI - ITALYA blue blown-plastic astronaut with attached parachute. The backing card has particularly attractive space graphics. Torino.
SPACE ALIENS - GULLIVER - ARGENTINAPlastic space figures based on the bodies of Britains Starguard spacemen with bizarre heads and complex equipment. Details? Date?
SPACE EXPEDITION SET - PLASTICRAFT - USAA carded set of three plastic spacemen. There are six space figures in the Plasticraft range, including a space woman, and this set comprises a random selection.

There is a distinct collar on each of the figures and this may have been designed for a clear plastic helmet. The carded sets, however, could easily lose these helmets. European copies of the figures do come with plastic helmets.

Various colors.
SPACE EXPLORER SET - MAKER? - HONG KONGBlister carded space set comprising blue plastic space rocket, friction action with rotating antenna. Four chrome silver astronauts. LP poses.

The space rocket would appear to be the X-30 but with a reduced tail to allow packing under the blister.
SPACE EXPLORERS SET - AHI AZRAK HAMWAY - HONG KONGA boxed set of white plastic Apollo spacemen and equipment. see also the Lunar Expedition set.
SPACE EXPLORING SET -MAKER? - HONG KONGWindow boxed set of plastic spacemen, space capsule and rocket/ LP?
SPACE MAN - MAKER? - HONG KONGBlister carded set of 8 dark silver grey astronauts and two jet planes. LP poses.
SPACE MAN SET - MAKER? - HONG KONGBlister carded set comprising an orange Apollo Eagle moon lander and two orange plastic spacemen.
SPACE MEN SET - ARCHER - USABoxed set of seven hard plastic Archer figures, six spacemen and a robot. Removable clear plastic helmets. Various colors. Window box.
SPACE MEN TRADE BOX - ARCHER - USATrade box of two dozen Archer hard plastic spacemen. Metallic green, silver and bronze. Counter display box.
SPACE PEOPLE, ELEVEN FIGURE SET - ARCHER - USALarger boxed set of eleven hard plastic spacemen. The set comprises three spacewomen, one holding baby, three robots and five spacemen with helmets. Window box, 11.25x13.5x1.5"
SPACE PEOPLE, SET OF THREE FIGURES - ARCHER - USASmall boxed set of three hard plastic spacemen. The set comprises a space woman with a baby, a space boy and a spaceman. Window box, 5.5x8.5x1.5". Set No 129 1953
SPACE SET - LP - HONG KONGA large, three window boxed set of space vehicles and spacemen. Each of the box windows depicts a space scene with rockets, equipment and spacemen.
SPACE SET - LP _ HONG KONGA blister carded set of semi-flat white plastic spacemen and equipment. The pieces are clearly inspired by the Billy Blastoff range of toys.
SPACE-MEN - CHERILEA - ENGLANDA carded set of three hollow cast lead spacemen. Silver painted with red details. The figures are a random selection from the Cherilea range, which is ultimately based on the Archer poses.

Two backing cards are known, both with the identical space station graphic. One is marked Cherilea Products but the other does not have the name.
SPACE-MEN - CHERILEA - ENGLANDA set of six soft white plastic spacemen. Hand painted. These figures were moulded using the same moulds designed for the lead hollow cast set of spacemen. The result was figures slightly smaller than the lead figures. Unfortunately this range is particularly susceptible to damage: it is rare to find a figure with its paintwork intact and the figures are prone to become brittle.

54 mm Plastic Spacemen
chrl/035...... Spacemen head turned to side, space gun across waist.
chrl/036...... Kneeling with instruments.
chrl/037...... Robot with raised arms.
chrl/038...... Walking with raised weapon, carrying instruments.
chrl/039...... Walking with no weapons.
chrl/040...... Standing both arms raised, with instruments.

Better picture? I have no information on how these were sold. Box? Packaging.

The six figures ultimately derive from the Archer poses. The plastic used was white and the figures are often marked Cherilea. I have a pink version marked "England".
SPACEMAN - ATHENA - GREECEA detailed silver plastic spacemen figure with clear plastic helmet and backpack with antenna. Articulated arms. Aohna.
SPACEMAN - MAKER? - ITALYUnidentified white or light grey plastic semi-flat spacemen. Some have poses that resemble the Thomas/Poplar spacemen. There are three poses. Blister carded in various combinations, sometimes with guns.

The figures turn up regularly but there is no indication of a maker. Possibly Torgano.

SPACEMEN - AJAX - USAA range of six hard plastic spacemen. The 3" figures are readily identifiable by their space suits which have exaggerated concertina joints at the knees and the elbows.

There are six poses. All figures have clear plastic helmets.

It is very difficult to be sure about Ajax figures. The company produced them in vast numbers and they were copied by other companies. They carry no identifications marks.

There are, however, some clues about the original versions.
First, they are made of the hard, brittle plastic that clinks.
Secondly, the early colors are bronze, metallic purple, and metallic green. Ajax released a boxed set of these colors.
Third, the quality of the molding is very sharp.

Ajax produced a set of seventeen figures as the Captain of Space Set.
SPACEMEN - ALPIA - ITALYA set of six hard plastic spacemen with clear plastic helmets. The figures have circular bases. All come with a clear plastic helmet with a distinctive spike on top.

Versions in light green, dark grey, bronze and white are known. Also in transparent colored plastic. Alpia Italy 1950s?

1 Spaceman holding pistol level in right hand
2 Spaceman holding space rifle at waist with both hands
3 Spaceman holding rifle upright in right hand, left hand on hip
4 Spaceman holding pistol pointing up in raised right hand
5 Spaceman holding rifle in outstretched right hand
6 Spaceman with empty hands held out

All are Archer or Premier inspired poses.

SPACEMEN - BONUX - FRANCESilver grey and black plastic spacemen. Premiums with Bonux washing powder. Twelve poses. 3"
SPACEMEN - CASABLANCA GULLIVER - BRAZILRelatively recent spacemen with a bright chrome finish. These are based on the later Britains spacemen designs.
SPACEMEN - CO-MA - ITALYA set of six hard plastic spacemen, the material is often called bakelite, though it is not. These larger 3" figures are unique poses and have been sculpted well. They were produced in a wide range of metallic colors. All figures came with clear plastic helmets.

The six poses are:
1 Spaceman with handgun, angled arm, shorter hose
2 Spaceman with hip pistol, other hand tucked in
3 Spaceman with rifle to breast
4 Spaceman with handgun, upright arm, longer hose
5 Spaceman with pistol, open arms
6 Spaceman with instrument held up

SPACEMEN - COMANSI FOR PIPERO - SPAINA set of four soft plastic spacemen. These figures may have been premiums. The one holding the camera is a very close copy of the Kellogs spaceman premium produced by Crescent in 1962. The other figures look unique but they appear to have been sculpted to match the camera spaceman. They were offered as premiums in Pipero detergent.

The collars on the figures look as though they were designed for clear plastic helmets. Details?
SPACEMEN - CRESCENT FOR KELLOGS - ENGLANDA set of six spacemen premiums made for Kellogs by Crescent of England. These were given away in packets of Rice Krispies in the 1960s. In 1960 there was a TV ad for Rice Krispies featuring these spacemen.

Available in red, orange, yellow green, blue and light blue.

1 Kneeling with cutting torch
2 Standing with pick and rope
3 Standing with spanner (wrench)
4 Standing with round flag
5 Standing with metal detector
6 Standing with camera
SPACEMEN - CYRNOS - FRANCEA range of hard plastic spacemen with helmets. The figures are made of an unusual slightly transparent material. The figures all wear ribbed pressure suits. Six figures shown. Details?

See also the similar MP range of spacemen.
SPACEMEN - FOR LINDE - W GERMANYA set of six soft plastic spacemen, includes a spacewoman. The figures all have clear blue space helmets. A copy of the Plasticraft originals. These were offered as premiums in coffee sold by the Autrian Linde company. The figures were probably made in Germany. Available in the silver grey color shown and in a wide range of primary colors.

The gold set with the clear green helmets was sold in a box with a backing card with a stylized background. The name of the set or maker have not been established.
SPACEMEN - JIM - FRANCEWhite plastic Apollo spacemen with dark space helmet visors. Each holds a piece of equipment. Marked JIM. Details?
SPACEMEN - LAFREDO - SPAINA set of six soft plastic figures, five spacemen and a robot. The 60mm figures are hand painted in silver with brown and green details. The poses are all Archer copies but they have characteristic green painted bases. Did these come with clear plastic helmets?

The standard of the sculpting of these figures is very high. Name? Box? Packaging?

Unpainted versions are also known.
SPACEMEN - LANTOY - HONG KONGThis is a very colorful set of hand painted copies of the Ajax spacemen. Bagged with a colorful naive space scene.

Sold a bag of 10 as Spacemen, and in a bag of 6 as Spacemen in Moon. 1960s.
SPACEMEN - MAKER? - ARGENTINAA series of plastic spacemen very similar to the Manurba range with the distinctive texture on the space suits. All have clear plastic helmets. Available in a range of colors.

These figures have bases, unlike the Manurba figures. Maker?
SPACEMEN - MAKER? - HUNGARYSoft plastic copies of Co-Ma spacemen. Each figure is slightly samller than the Co-Ma and has a helmet with a spike. Various colors.
SPACEMEN - MAKER? - ITALYA range of unidentified small hard plastic spacemen. These quaintly old-styled astronauts are about 1.4 inches tall. A maker has yet to be identified, as has the sales method. They may have been premiums with sweets, but nothing has yet been confirmed. The plastic used does vary slightly and the details of the sculpting suggest that they were re-issued from different molds. Details?
SPACEMEN - MAKER? - SPAINA set of for figures, two spacemen and two aliens. The aliens have hands with only three fingers.
These are semi-flat figure made of soft plastic; the size is between 5 and 5.5 cm. They came in yellow, blue, red, green, grey and white. The figures can often be found painted.

These were possibly premiums given away with Pipero detergent. The maker is not yet confirmed but Montaplex and Cosmo have been suggested. Name? Details
SPACEMEN - MARX - HONG KONGA number of blister carded set of Marx swoppet style spacemen with interchangeable parts.

Apollo Space Station

SPACEMEN - MOLDEX - AUSTRALIAA set of six plastic spacemen. These are mainly copies of the Premier and Archer spacemen, though there are clear differences in the molding detail. Certain poses (top right and top left) however, look to be unique. The figures are available in hard and soft plastic versions and in a wide range of colors.

A set of ten soft green figures were apparently available as the cereal premium Under the Sea set. The figures have a letter M molded in the back. Produced by Moldex of Melbourne Australia. 1950s
SPACEMEN - MP - FRANCEA set of at lease seven 54mm plastic spacemen with clear helmets and with distinctive hosepipes running from backpacks to helmets. These are made of hard plastic and hve either flat or raised bases. Underneath each flat base are the letters MP and the words Model Deposé.

The flat base figures have a number between 500-507. There are no markings underneath these figures. The MP figures appear in orange and yellow color variations.

Many of these poses have been seen in the semi-translucent Cyrnos range, though the coloring and plastic of the MP range is different.
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.
SPACEMEN - NARDI? - ITALYWhite plastic space aliens with odd pumpkin-like heads, capes and separate weapons. Swoppet take-apert. Possibly by Nardi? Details? Name?
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.
SPACEMEN - REMCO - CHINADistinctive blue plastic spacemen with silver helmet visors. 60mm. There are two know poses though the bases are numbered and suggest that there is a third pose. It is not clear how these were sold Some examples are marked Remco China. Details?
SPACEMEN - REX FOR BONUX - FRANCE Slender translucent hard plastic spacemen with clear plastic helmets. An earlier premiums with Bonux washing powder. Marked Bonux on the thigh and Rex Depose on the back. Rex also released these figures separately. Date?
SPACEMEN - STARLUX - FRANCEA range of semi-hard plastic spacemen and aliens. All are unique in their styling. The underlying plastic is either bronze or silver, and the figures are hand painted. The figures were on sale in the 1980s.
SPACEMEN - TOLTOYS - AUSTRALIAIt is believed that these are Australian hard plastic versions of Archer spacemen. Produced in Australia by Toltoys. A box of figures with a Toltoys label has been identified. Notice the gun in the hand of the top right figure. The poses may also be related to Tudor Rose versions. The figures ahave no maker's mark. Each comes with a clear plastic helmet.

Details? Information?

Toltoys was founded by Alex Tolmer in the 1950s.
SPACEMEN BAGGED SET - PREMIER PRODUCTS - USAAn unusual bagged set of Ajax spacemen and others sold with a Premier header card. An indication of the complex relationship betwwen these early producers.
SPACEMEN, COPIES OF MARX - VARIOUS MAKERS - HONG KONG/CHINAA variety of blister carded set of copies of Marx swoppet style spacemen with interchangeable parts. Some sets include vehicles and equipment.

Space Explorer Set
Moon Base Alpha
US Space Warriors
Men On Space Encounters
Spacemen #206
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 figures by Marx.

There is no indication on either the figures or the box of a manufacturer, but they originate from Argentina.
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:
STAR TROOPER - MAKER? - USBagged set of glow in the dark plastic spacemen, 3". Ajax copies.
STAR WARRIORS - JOY TOY - USABagged set of plastic spacemen, 3". Ajax copies. 1973. The title graphics have a suggestion of Star Wars.
THE COSMONAUT'S SET - MAKER - HONG KONGA carded ste comprising four large blue blown-plastic spacemen and a small dart firing machine gun. The set reuses a card previously used for a space gun.
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

TIMPO SUPERHEROES - TIMPO - ENGLANDHollow cast lead figures of early superheroes. Left to right: Captain Marvel, his twin sister, Mary Marvel, Captain Marvel Junior, Icky in baseball cap and Captain Midnight. Early 1950s.

Captain Marvel was at the height of its popularity in 1950-1951, and tailed off rapidly.
TOM CORBETT LEAD FIGURES - PLOMBEL? - ARGENTINASolid metal painted lead figures. Details?
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