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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".
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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.
Box?
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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.



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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

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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?
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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
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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.
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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 all have bases. The standard of the sculpting of these figures is very high. Box?
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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.
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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?
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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
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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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