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20000 LIEUES SOUS LES MERS - MAKER? - FRANCEThis Disney inspired 20000 Leagues Under the Sea is significant for the inclusion of the small style Co-Ma spacemen with helmets. The undersea world is seen as a parallel with space. 1950s
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.
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.
ALIENS - ALPIA - ITALYAlpia produced four alien figures. They have round bases and each base is inscribed with a large A and the inscription “Alpia, Made in Italy.” Each alien has a different antenna on his head, and carries a different weapon. All have large protruding eyes, and chunky bodies. The unique feature of these figures is the large propeller that is either located on their backs or as part of their weapon. The propellers actually rotate.
ALIENS - NOVELTY HEADQUARTERS - USAA set of six small comical plastic alien figures. Bagged in the USA but the origin is still unclear. Some of the designs have Hong Kong connections. These have been described as Giant figures.
ASTRONAUT, SPACEMAN, DEEP DIVER - MAKER? - HONG KONGAn unusual three window display box set of space figures. The windows contain plastic spacemen, silver chrome aliens described as astronauts, and deep sea divers. LP poses.
ASTRONAUTS - MAKER? - W GERMANY?White plastic spacemen all with blacked out faces inside helmets. Apollo style. Each spaceman is busily occupied using equipment. Details? Name?
ASTRONAUTS - MANURBA - W GERMANYPremium spacemen figures initially available with Linde coffee and later sold separately. They were manufactured by Manurba, Manfred Urban of Bamberg in the 1950s. These are very static, arguably unattractive figures with unusual retro styling.

There are 10 different poses. Each figure has an antenna and helmet. Unusually the antenna was cast as part of the leg and has to be detached.

Linde premium versions were packed in plastic bags and had "Linde" marked or burned at some location. Non-Linde versions have no mark and were sold on blister cards and possibly in other unidentified packaging. The blister carded set contains 6 Manurba/Linde spacemen, all hand painted. The card carries no name and no indication of the maker. Also shown is an unpainted carded set of figures.

Available in a wide range of colors. The catalog image is from 1965.
ASTRONAUTS - PETALO - GREECEA set of 14 white plastic LP astronauts with various buildings and equipment.
ASTRONAUTS - TWOWAY - HONG KONGFour rather squat silver grey spacemen, 4.5 cm, with red detailing, each holding equipment. Three accessories: rock, tripod and transmitter. Bagged set with header card. 1970s or later.
ASTRONAUTS SET- SOLPA - GREECEA 25 piece set of silver grey LP plastic spacemen. Set No #22
BUCK ROGERS LEAD FIGURES - BRITAINS FOR J DILLE - USAHollow cast lead figures include Buck Rogers, Dr Huer, Wilma, Ardala, 'Killer' Kane and the Mekano Man robot. England Designed by Britains as premiums for the US J Dille company.

Advertised in "Buck Rogers Solar Scout" dated 1936. The Buck Rogers radio serial was sponsored by Cream of Wheat in 1935.
BUCK ROGERS PLAYING CARD - ALL FAIR - USA35 cplaying cards with box and instructions. Full color playing cards based on the Buck Rogers in The 25th Century comic strip. The set comprises 17 pairs of cards plus a single Killer Kane card. 1939
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
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
CAPTAIN VIDEO ET SES EQUIPAGES - MAKER? - FRANCECaptain Video and His Equipment Set. A French boxed set of Lido produced spacemen and spaceships. The large display box contains 12 spacemen, 6 rockets and a missile launcher. All items are marked Lido USA, indicating that these were imported and packed for the French market. It is known that Techni-Plaste released some Lido figures in France.
CAPTAIN VIDEO INTERPLANETARY SPACEMEN - LIDO DUMONT - 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.
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.
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.

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.
COSMONAUTES - JEM/NOREV? - FRANCEBoxed sets of predominantly white plastic spacemen with helmets and backpacks. The spacemen have multiple hosepipes attached to their suits. Swoppet style with take-apart components. Hand painted details.

Four boxed set variations are shown. The top set is the Cosmos 2000.

Name? Details? Cofalu has also been suggested as a maker.
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
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
Arm waving
Running to the left
Arms at sides

Bottom row:
Arm shorter than other
Long rifle
Helmet under arm
Sailor Jack and Bingo
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.)

CREATURES OF SPACE - CHERILEA - ENGLANDA carded set of three hollow cast lead space creatures: the Ant Man, Giant Worm and the Giant Lizard. The card does not have the Cherilea name but the artwork is identical to other three-piece Cherilea sets, only the title changes. 1950s.
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.

The set was announced in September 1951 in Eagle 2:22. Price 5/-

DAN DARE SET - KENTOYS - ENGLANDA set of six 54mm 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.

The figures were originally made by Eaglewall of Dorking. The moulds were later sold to Kentoys who continued to be produced them.

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.
DAN DARE SET - PLAYLAND PRODUCTS - ENGLANDDan Dare plastic figure set circa 1954. Produced by the English company, M. G. Southall Ltd. treading as Playland Products.

The larger than usual set of hand-painted figures comprises:
Dan Dare yellow spacesuit
Digby (the fat guy) in red spacesuit
Sir Hubert Guest in green spacesuit
Sondar ( a Treen-like alien) in gold suit with red shoulders
A Treen with white shoulders
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. Merit was the trading name of J & L Randall.

Window boxed set with Dan Dare graphics. 1950s
DIME STORE SPACEMEN - PREMIER PLASTICS - USABagged combinations of Premier rockets and spacemen.
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 Hausser´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.

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.
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.
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 spaceman with the chest dial and rocket pack, was not made. The rocket is the master for the Tomic band shooting gun. It's stand was not produced.

These figures were sculpted in 1952, though the rocket man was sculpted in 1955.
FIGHTING SPACE RANGERS - BEST - USACurrently identified only in this newspaper ad: a boxed set of four hard plastic spacemen and one rocket launcher. Set No #303, the largest of the Best space sets. March 1953.
FLASH GORDON SET - TORGANO - ITALYLarge 8 cm figures made of a Bakelite-type hard plastic. Hand painted. Collectors refer to this rare set as Torgano Flash Gordon spacemen because of a similarity to the characters in the Flash Gordon serials. The top two figures are both Flash Gordon, one holding a ray gun in each hand while the other, a clear helmeted figure, holds a space rifle. At his feet you can just make out a dead alien. Torgano of Sarona.

The two other figures are Prince Thun, the Lion Man of Mongo and a Mechanical Man. There are at least two paint versions of each figure. Date? Probably 1950s.
FOUR SUPERMEN CONQUER THE MOON - MAKER - HONG KONGA blister carded set of four rather leggy blue plastic spacemen with distinctive clear circular helmet visors. The figures are holding ropes and other equipment.

Coiled rope.
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.
GUERREROS ATOMICOS - MAKER? - MEXICOA set of 6 boxy hard plastic robot figures, each one with a strange weapon. The box measures 19"x19".
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.

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.
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?
LOST IN SPACE FIGURE - REMCO - USASoft plastic spaceman figure as provided in the Lost in Space 3D Action game. Four figures, all the same, in red, yellow, blue and white.
LUNAR EXPLORATION SET - DELMARE - HONG KONGA large, three window boxed set of space vehicles and spacemen. Each of the box windows depicts a Moon scene with rockets, tracked vehicles and spacemen.
LUNAR EXPLORATION SET - MARX - HONG KONGA window box display set of plastic spacemen, plastic craters and various equipment. Hand painted.
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
MARTE SPACEMAN - CO-MA - ITALYA boxed set of Co-Ma hard plastic spacemen. Box with paper label. Marked MARTE Art 179. 1950s. COMA
MEN FROM THE MOON SET - SELCOL - ENGLANDTwo bazooka firing spacemen and ammunition mounted on a header card. The figures are based on the Best figure. 1950s.

The Selcol Bazooka Man is a direct copy of the Best Company’s figure that was made in the U.S. There is a trademark stamp on the back of the figure that says, “Selcol – Made in England.”
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.
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.
MOON BASE SET - HOVER - HONG KONGA range of window box display set of chrome silver plastic spacemen and various equipment.

1 Space Glider
2 Space Adventure
MOON MEN - ELASTOLIN, HAUSSER - GERMANYThese figures are considered to be the first spacemen. They are bright pink composite pink figures running forward with bayonets. The figures have frock coats and yellow socks. The round heads have large eyes and a strange curl emerging from the top. The composite material is a mixture of sawdust and glue. These figures have been dated to 1926-7
MOON SHOT - LIDO - USAA carded set of soft plastic Lido spaceman. There should also be a plastic pop gun but it is missing.
MP SPACEMEN - MP - FRANCEA series of 54 mm figures. They are made of hard plastic and come on flat and raised base variations. Underneath each flat base are the letters MP and the words Model Deposé (registered or copyrighted). Each flat base figure is numbered beginning with 500. The raised bases are hollowed out and are meant to be rock formations on which the figures stand. There are no markings underneath these figures. I have seen the MP figures in orange and yellow color variations. An distinctive feature of these figures is the small detachable air hoses that connect the helmet and the oxygen tank on each figure’s back.
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.
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.
PATTUGLIA MARZIANI (MARTIAN PATROL) - CO-MA - ITALYA carded set of six small 1.5 inch hard plastic spacemen with helmets. The figures on these cards tend to get mixed, but they were intended to be spacemen rather than the goggle-eyed aliens of the Pattuglia Selenita set.
PATTUGLIA SELENITA (MOON PATROL) - CO-MA - ITALYA carded set of six small 1.5 inch hard plastic space aliens. The figures on these cards tend to get mixed, but they were intended to be the goggle-eyed aliens. The astronaut is out of place. See the Pattuglia Marziana set.
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).
REX MARS FIGURES - MAKER? - ARGENTINASolid lead painted figures. Marx Rex Marsposes. Maker? Details?
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