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A-OK ASTRONAUT TO THE MOON - A-0K - USACopies of the Ajax spacemen. Grey plastic with clear plastic helmet. hard plastic, but not the brittle type. Individually packaged in bags with header cards. MPC has been suggested as the manufacturer.
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ALIENI SPAZIALE- CHROMOPLASTO - ITALYA set of seven plastic spacemen. These brightly painted figures all have full face helmets or gas masks giving them an alien appearance. Painted in a combination of blue, red and yellow. Most figures carry futuristic space weapons.

The figures were sold in a cylindrical clear plastic display case. A larger hooded central figure was also included.
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CAMYJET SPACEMEN - MAKER? - SPAINA set of six soft plastic spacemen. These 50mm astronauts were premiums given away with the Camy-Jet ice lolly. The quality of the molding is particularly good. Produced in a wide range of colors: green, yellow, grey blue and metallic brown. 1960s
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CAPTAIN SPACE SET - AJAX - USAA boxed set of ten Ajax hard plastic spacemen. "With removable solar antenna hlemets". The figures are in bronze, matallic green and metallic purple, the original Ajax colors. Set 345
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CAPTAIN VIDEO INTERPLANETARY SPACEMEN - LIDO - USAA boxed set of 18 Lido spacemen. The set comprises three sets of six hard plastic spacemen in an assortment of primary colors. Window box set with a display card header with elaborate space graphics.

Sets containing a number of chromed plastic figures are known.

Listed in the 1952 Blackwell Weilandy catalog.
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CAPTAIN VIDEO POST CEREAL SET - LIDO - USASet of twelve figures. Soft plastic with no bases. The figures are slightly smaller than usual. Available in a wide range of colors. Came sealed in plastic bags.
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CHARBENS TOYS SPACEMEN SET - CHARBENS ENGLANDSeven piece lead spaceman boxed set. These are hand painted hollow cast lead. There are just three figure types:

Blue spaceman holding rifle at waist
Red spaceman holding pistol in right hand
Green spaceman holding both hands up, bomb in right hand

The figures come in a card box with a monochrome space scene.

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COMANDOS DEL ESPACIO - REAMSA - SPAINFour plastic figures, a combination of Archer and Premier poses. 4.8cm. Each figure has a clear plastic helmet. These figures do not have bases, unlike an earlier Reamsa set. Items #39 #40 #41 and #42 in the Reamsa catalog. Sold with header card.

Note: the rifle held by #39 does not extend above the shoulder.
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COSMOS 2000 - JEM NOREV - FRANCE Boxed set of ten plastic astronauts with detachable equipment. Window box with a Moon landscape scene. Set No 202. Cosmonautes
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CRACKER JACK SPACEMEN - NOSCO - USAA set of nine flat soft plastic spacemen and alien figures. These spacemen are 1 3/4 ins tall and were produced in a range of colors. The figures were first produced in 1958-9 and released as premiums in boxes of Cracker Jack candy coated popcorn. Marked C and J Co with a mold no.

Figures - top row:
Short gun at waist
Pistol
Arm waving
Running to the left
Arms at sides


Bottom row:
Arm shorter than other
Long rifle
Saluting
Helmet under arm
Sailor Jack and Bingo
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CRACKER SPACEMEN - MAKER? - ENGLANDA set of four hard plastic spacemen. These semi flat metallic plastic figures are about 2 1/4" tall. Though small, the molding is excellent quality. Various colors.

It is claimed that they were gifts in Christmas crackers but the source has not been identified. (Tom Smith, a famous English cracker manufacturer, produced a set with Poplar spacemen in them.)

Maker?
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DAN DARE SET - CRESCENT TOYS - ENGLANDA boxed set of seven spacemen and pieces of equipment. The figures are hollow cast lead and are hand painted. This can lead to some variation in the colors of individual items. The equipment is a rocket and rocket launcher. (The top set probably has a missing rocket replaced with a figure).

The sets can vary in their composition and I have shown four combinations. All sets feature Dan Dare in either his space suit or RAF uniform or both. A Treen or Meekon green alien also appears.

All come in the same card box with a graphic display of a rocket launch site with Dan Dare. One or two of the figures are prone to metal fatigue, particularly the rocket launcher.

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DAN DARE SET - KENTOYS - ENGLANDA set of six hand painted plastic spacemen based on the Eagle comic Dan Dare strip. These figures were sold loose in display boxes of 36 figures. There are some color variations.

1 Dan Dare. Spaceman in red space suit and silver helmet, holding small space gun in articulated arm
2 Digby. Fat man in yellow space suit with silver helmet and large ray gun.
3 Professor Jocelyn Peabody. Blonde woman in yellow top, brown pants, kneeling and holding equipment.
4 Commander Lex O'Malley. Bearded man in blue naval uniform holding rifle in left hand and bomb in raised right arm.
5 Sir Hubert Guest. Officer in green air force uniform holding a space rifle at waist.
6 Cadet 'Flamer' Spry. Boy in blue suit racing along, perched on one leg with pistol in outstretched arm.
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DAN DARE SPACE MEN - MERIT - ENGLANDBoxed set of hard brittle plastic spacemen based on the Archer originals. Seven figures, six hard plastic spacemen and the robot in various colors.

These English figures were made from the same molds as the American Archer versions, therefore are identical. All the examples I have see have the sans-serif PAT PENDING wording. Kleeware and Tudor Rose used the molds; Merit must have obtained them from one of these companies.

Window boxed set with Dan Dare graphics. 1950s
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ELASTOLIN SPACEMEN - HAUSSER - W GERMANYSet of four plastic space figure. Boxed set with a space scene background.

Plastic Space Series, comprising:
Model No. 8310 - Spaceman with Removable Transparent Helmet,
Model No. 8302 - "Jupiter Gorilla"
Model No. 8303 - "Saurus Saturn"
Model No. 8304 - "Venus Amazonia" [the only figures released].


The figures are made of polystyrene. The light blue of the spaceman has a shimmer of nacre.
The scale is 1:25, the spaceman has a size of 7cm. The group only appeared in HausserĀ“s Elastolin catalogue from 1960. The space figures were a flop.
Around 1980 a short while before Hausser went out of business, they were sold in toy shops again. It was the dead stock from 1960s.

Note: The clawed spaceman: back in the 1950's it was unclear if space suit gloves were even possible. Some suit designers took a tip from deep sea diving suits and postulated mechanical pincers instead of gloves.


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EXPLORADORES DEL ESPACIO - ANIMART - ARGENTINAA large carded set of three plastic spacemen and a variety of minor space rockets and oddities such as buckets and spades. The figures may be by Muneco and are copies of Premier figures.

Blister carded with a colorful space background.
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EXPLORADORES DEL ESPACIO - TROVADOR - ARGENTINASpace Explorers. A series of plastic space figures, copies of the Lido originals. I am not sure of the extent of the range or the colors. marked Trovador on the base.
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FERRIOT SPACEMEN MASTERS - FOR THOMAS TOYS - USAA series of masters designed to form the hollow mold for production of the finished plastic models. Here are the seven planned Thomas Toys spacemen. Six made it into production but the seventh, the winged spaceman with the chest dial, was not made. The rocket is the master for the Tomic band shooting gun. It's stand was not produced.
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FUTUREMEN SET, SMALL- LIDO - USAThis is the smaller of the two Futuremen window box sets.

A boxed set of eight hard plastic Lido spacemen. The set comprises two large 4" robots, two large 4" spacemen and four smaller "humanoids" spacemen. All the figures have clear plastic helmets: there are two sizes of helmet. The robots do not have helmets.
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INTERPLANETARIOS, INTERPLANETARY SPACEMEN - PECH HERMANOS - SPAINFour soft plastic spacemen. These interesting figures are hand painted and have clear plastic helmets. They have unique, original poses. The figures all have a distinctive Sun-like logo painted on the chest. These appear in the Pech Hermanos catalog as items W/1 W/2 W/3 AND W/4. Several colors including semi-transparent plastic.


1960s. Box?
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Interplanetary Space Station X/47 - JohillcoWood and card space station by Johillco, England 1950s. Bright paper lithographed colors as opposed to the plainer paint finish of other versions.
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JOHILLCO BOXED SPACEMEN - SET OF 8 - JOHILLCO ENGLANDBoxed set of 8 space figures in metallic paint colors. The box label is a generic label used on other Johillco space items such as the space station.
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Johillco Lead Hollow Cast Spacemen - Johillco - England1 Spaceman standing with arms held up. Device with hose attached to waist in right hand. Clear plastic helmet.
10 Spaceman standing with long space rifle held at his waist aiming to his left. Clear plastic helmet.
11 Spaceman standing with long rocket pole held aloft in left hand, instrument held at waist level in right hand. Clear plastic helmet.
12 Spaceman standing, bending forward with pole device in right hand resting on his thigh, instrument in left hand. Clear plastic helmet.
2 Spaceman walking with hands by his sides, trailing a ball on wire in right hand. Clear plastic helmet.
3 Spaceman standing, right hand by his side, the left hand aloft holding two ball equipment. Clear plastic helmet.
4 Robot standing with both hands held up. The Archer robot. No plastic helmet.
7 Spaceman walking froward with body turned right, knees bent, arms down, holding device in right hand. Crest on helmet. No plastic helmet.
6 Spaceman standing with legs spread, holding space rifle across his chest. Complex space helmet with balls. No plastic helmet.
5 Robot with large rectangular body and short legs. Hands by his sides. Suitcase Robot. No plastic helmet.
8 Official (Intelligent Alien) spaceman standing with feet together and hands on hips, Pointed hat and cape. No plastic helmet.
9 Spaceman standing with legs spread and arms held out by his waist. Empty handed. Clear plastic helmet.
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Johillco Satellite Space StationSpace station made of wood, cardboard and wire. Has a lead ladder. The scale does not seem to fit with the usual Johillco spacemen. 1950s.
Larger Johillco space station made from wood, card and wire. England 1950s Large space station made from wood, card and wire. Johillco England 1950s From the 1953 "Games and Toys trade publication.
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JOHILLCO SPACEMEN BOXED SET OF 24 -JOHILLCO- ENGLANDBoxed set of 24 space figures. These are hand painted hollow cast lead figures. There are 10 different figures drawn from Johillco's range. Some of the figures have removable clear plastic helmets.

The box label is a generic label used on other Johillco space items such as the space station.

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LEGION SPAZIALE - MAKER? - ITALYA carded set of 45mm hard plastic figures in four poses. The cards contain a random selection of five figures from the four Archer-Premier poses. The quality of these figures is rather variable. The plastic varies enormously in color and definition. They are the specific Tudor Rose combination of poses. The angle of the pistol carrying figure has been altered. Maker and source are unknown but these have appeared in some quantity recently. The name, Space Legion, suggests an Italian origin. The best feature of this set is the backing card with a well drawn space landscape.
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LOS SELENITAS - TROVADOR - ARGENTINATranslates as Moon Men. This is a range of strange little bug-eye plastic aliens molded in white, yellow, red and green with gold paint detailing. The parts such as heads, helmets, windmills and odd wheel components are interchangeable, so there are many possible combinations. 1960s?
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MARCIANOS - OSUL - PORTUGALCarded set of five spacemen and one robot. Described as Martians, these are smaller size figures based on the American Archer originals; they do not have bases. The set has been hand painted and attached to a colorful backing card with space graphics. Painted plastic. c1950s
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MEN OF MARS - ARCHER - USAArcher redesigned their original six figures (not including the robot) to create the Men of Mars set. The figures now have ridges on the helmets, exaggerated shoulder and elbow pads, and wide topped boots. The figures have no helmets. They are molded in hard plastic. Each figure comes with a red vinyl weapon and a yellow vinyl Astro-pac.

Apart from the styling the main innovation is the redesign of the figures with a slot hand, to allow the hands to hold separate weapons.

There were three sizes of set:
#719 One figure, two weapons and two Astro-Pacs. Bagged with header card
#749 Three figures, three weapons and three Astro-Pacs. Window box.
#798 Six figures, six weapons and six Astro-Pacs. Window box.

Note: high quality examples are emerging from Mexico. It is still unclear whether these are genuine old examples or re-issues.
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MISSILE PATROL WITH ROCKET LAUNCHER - LIDO - USAA bagged set of space figures and spaceships. The set comprises three Lido spacemen, two spacecraft and the large rocket launcher with rocket missiles.
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Moldex Spacemen - 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
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MOON SHOT - LIDO - USAA carded set of soft plastic Lido spaceman. There should also be a plastic pop gun but it is missing.
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OUTER SPACE STATION NO 1 SET - COMANSI - SPAINA boxed set of hand painted soft plastic spacemen. Loose Ovni (Invader) figures are fairly common but back in 1969 they were released in rarer painted versions.

Here's a boxed set called Outer Space Station No 1. The quality of the painting is superb. There are 11 gold painted figures in the set all with different poses. There's also an American flag.
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PATRULLA SATURNO - REAMSA - SPAINSaturn Patrol. A carded set of eight semi-hard plastic spacemen. These are copies of the Lido originals. There are two sets of four spacemen - items 42, 43, 44 and 45 in the Reamsa catalog. The figures have numbers in their bases that correspond with these figures.

The gold colored set are called Marcianos (Martians) and the grey are Lunaticos (Moon Men). The set may also have been produced by Capell of Barcelona.
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PLOMBELIANOS - PLOMBEL - ARGENTINAPlastic spacemen in a combination of Archer and Premier poses. Four types of figure, each with a plastic helmet, clear or colored. Produced in a range of colors. Bagged with header card

This is the Tudor Rose set of four poses: three Archer one Premier (pistol held vertical).
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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.
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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
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SATELLITE EXPLORERS SPACEMEN - AJAX? WSNY - 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 W.S.N.Y.

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.
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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.


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SATELLITE PATROL RAUMFAHRER ASTRONAUTEN - PLAY PLASTIC - W GERMANYSemi flat plastic spacemen. Copies of Spanish originals. Bagged with header card. Possibly by Manurba.
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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)
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SOLDADOS DEL ESPACIO - BIRMANIA - ARGENTINAA boxed set of four cream plastic child-like astronauts. Each has a distinctive large round helmet.
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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.
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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.
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SPACE MEN TRADE BOX - ARCHER - USATrade box of two dozen Archer hard plastic spacemen. Metallic green, silver and bronze. Counter display box.
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