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ACTION SPACE SHIP SX-802 - WOOLBRO - HONG KONGWhite plastic battery op flying saucer. Bump n go action, flashing lights, space sound. Orang plastic windows surround cetral peak with orange light at the top. Silver chrome door opens and disks shoot from it. 1980s
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AIRPORT SAUCER - MASUDAYA - JAPANTin battery operated flying saucer with litho depicting world tourist attractions. Airport scene with plastic airplane under clear plastic dome. Borderline space
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APOLLO SPACE PATROL - ALPS - JAPAN"With satellite ship". Plastic battery op saucer. Bump and go action with a ring of square orange and green flashing "neon" lights. The satellite ship is the separate winged structure on top of the structure. Marked X-7 on decals either side of the dome.
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ASTRO 8 FLYING SAUCER - HAJI / MARUBISHI - JAPANRed tin friction flying saucer. Astronaut under a shallow clear plastic dome. Single rear fin. A spinning disk produces sparks in a series of windows around the edge. The saucer and box have been seen with Haji and Marubishi logos. The concensus is that Haji were the manufacturers and Marubishi were the importer/distributor. 7.5" 19cm diameter. See also the Flying 8 Saucer.

Two versions of the saucer are known: one has a blue vinyl pilot head on tin body and shoulders; the other has a red tin pilot head. A close look at the tin head indicates that there are slight color/litho variations to be found.
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AUTO LUNAR XP-121 - ESTRELA - BRAZILTin and plastic battery operated flying saucer. Bump and go action with lighted white color dome. White plastic dish antenna. Pilot under clear plastic canopy at front. Lithographed guns at front. 1970s A reworking of the SPACE SAUCER MERCURY M-164 by Yonezawa.
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AX1 SPACE SHIP - PIKO - EAST GERMANYPlastic battery op bump and go saucer. Blue plastic base with yellow superstructure. Small clear dome with pilot. Large rectangular rotating antenna. Piko (an abbreviation of Pioneer Construction) was a state-owned enterprise in the German Democratic Republic (GDR) East Germany.
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BILLY'S FLYING SAUCER, Z-112 - MASUDAYA - JAPANTin friction saucer with astronaut astride. Circular ridged saucer with extension at the rear and two blue tin fins. Ribbed upper surfaces. The spark window has disappeared. Billy is a neat idea, an astronaut riding a saucer surfboard style. He dramatically alters the scale of the saucer, though the saucer retains the litho control detailing of other versions. Early style rear extension of the body. Z-101 style

Billy also appeared on a rocket. I'm not aware that a Z-112 saucer without Billy on the back was released; he's usually missing.
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CRAGSTAN FLYING SAUCER - BATTERY OPERATED SAUCER NGS - JAPANHere are the two box versions of this flying saucer by a little known company, NGS. Red and silver tinplate battery operated flying saucer. Bump and go action with noise and a white plastic dome illuminated with a pattern of stars.

The saucer has an opening door that lifts to reveal a plastic astronaut. White and blue color variations of the plastic astronaut exist. The design is based on Nomura saucers. The angled wire antennas with plastic tips are the style used on Yoshiya saucers.

The saucer pressing is similar to the T28 Gigantor Saucer.

The two versions of this toy are:
Battery Operated Space Ship
Cragstan Flying Saucer
Since the toy has the wording Space Ship it is likely that this is the earlier version. Date?

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CRAGSTAN FLYING SAUCER - JET SMOKE VERSION - YOSHIYA - JAPANCRAGSTAN FLYING SAUCER - JET SMOKE VERSION - YOSHIYA - JAPAN
Red tinplate flying saucer. The saucer has a central dome with a slightly oriental looking tin astronaut pilot. Behind the astronaut is a spark window crescent shaped section. At the back are two metal exhaust pipes. The saucer has a stop and go action with space noise and flashing lights. It then stops and smoke emerges from the rear jets. Twin angled antennas tipped with plastic. This is similar to FLYING SAUCER WITH SPACE PILOT but lacking the spring antenna. KO

Two box versions are known, one has the Jet Smoke wording and Cragstan logo, the other has this feature crossed out and does not have the Cragstan logo. The smoke version appears in the 1962 Cragstan Industries catalog.
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CRAGSTAN MYSTERY ACTION SATELLITE - MASUDAYA - JAPANThis is one of Masudaya's large bowl shaped flying saucers. "With astronaut in orbit." Predominantly green lithographed tin battery operated flying saucer. There is a ring of domed flashing colored lights around the saucer's skirt. Bump and go action and flashing lights. Pictures of the crew are projected onto a large white plastic screen. Floating styrofoam astronaut in cup. The coil on the top holds the astronaut when at rest.


This is one of Masudaya's large bowl shaped flying saucers. "With astronaut in orbit." Predominantly green lithographed tin battery operated flying saucer. There is a ring of domed flashing colored lights around the saucer's skirt. Bump and go action and flashing lights. Pictures of the crew are projected onto a large white plastic screen. Floating card astronaut in a styrofoam cup. The coil on the top holds the astronaut when at rest.

This is very similar to the green Satellite X-107. This version has the wording SATELLITE on the front saucer and has litho windows with green backgrounds. The X-107 version has SATELLITE X-107 wording and windows with red backgrounds.
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CRAGSTAN MYSTERY ACTION SATELLITE X-107 - BROWN VERSION - MASUDAYA - JAPANThis is one of Masudaya's large bowl shaped flying saucers "With astronaut in orbit." Predominantly red-brown lithographed tin battery operated flying saucer. There is a ring of domed flashing colored lights around the saucer's skirt. Bump and go action and flashing lights. Pictures of the crew are projected onto a large white plastic screen. Bump and go action and flashing lights. Floating card astronaut in a styrofoam cup. The coil on the top holds the astronaut when at rest.

The box is the same blue style as one of the two versions used for the green X-107, though the saucer pictured has the correct brown-red color.

Is there a Cragstan version of the brown X-107 saucer? Date?
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CRAGSTAN SATELLITE OUTER SPACE SURVEY SHIP X-07 - MASUDAYA - JAPANMasudaya design. Teardrop shaped tin battery op saucer with non fall action and flashing lights. In this case the front of the spaceship is the pointed end, unlike the sister X-09 vehicle. This toy has a non-fall action: it senses the edge of a table and turns away. There is also a predominantly yellow version.

The same toy was sold as the more common X-07 Space Surveillant with just a change to the wording SURVEY on the front.
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FLYING SAUCER - JYESA - SPAINPlastic battery operated space ship. Gold top, blue plastic base. Central dome cockpit with pilot. Surrounded by a ring of 8 lights. Bump and go action with flashing lights. Marked JYE. Box?
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FLYING SAUCER - OMNIA - CZECHOSLOVAKIAMarked Leatajuci Tanier UFO Saucer. Light blue tinplate flying saucer with a simple plastic pilot under a clear plastic central dome. Large rear fin with distinctive white plastic twin engine assembly attached to the top. Simple space graphics. Battery operated bump and go action. CSSR c1970
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FLYING SAUCER - RTC RAJA TOY COMPANY - INDIAYellow tin battery operated flying saucer has non-fall action, pins on bottom prevent it from falling off table. Runs along with lights shooting forward and backward through red lenses accompanied by a loud pling-pling sound. Indian copy of the Space Surveillant saucer by Masudaya. The lithography has a hand made quality more like screen printing. Date?
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FLYING SAUCER - YONEZAWA - JAPANLater plastic battery op saucer. Bump and go action. Green luster finish. Central pitted clear plastic dome with colored light effect. Bump and go action. Lighted cockpit, space noise. Code No 37701 1970s
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FLYING SAUCER - YONEZAWA - JAPANGrey textured plastic battery operated flying saucer with bump and go action. Lighted cockpit. Space Noise. White plastic with elaborate gold plastic trim and twin tail fins. Central pitted clear plastic dome with colored light effect. Box depicts blue version. No 37003
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FLYING SAUCER 7 - MARUBISHI - JAPANTinplate friction saucer with a large red single rear fin. Tin pilot under a shallow clear plastic dome. The saucer has copious litho details of fire and smoke coming out of the "exhaust pipes". Marked Flying 7 Saucer and MAR UBISHI (with space). With Space Noise. 7.5" 19cm diameter.
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FLYING SAUCER 8 - HAJI - JAPANTin friction saucer with sparks. Two pilot heads under a shallow clear plastic dome. Bump and go action with sparks. Single tail fin. See also the Astro 8 saucer by Marubishi/Haji. 7.5" 19cm diameter.

First sighted in 1967, though saucer was still on sale in the 1971 Haji catalog.
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FLYING SAUCER BANK - IMAKITA - JAPANLitho'd tin money bank. Rotating globe in the centre.
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FLYING SAUCER KOSMICKE VOZIDLO - ITES - CZECHOSLOVAKIAFlat oval orlozenge shaped space vehicle. Light wheel at front. Large antenna, flashing lights, sound. Bump and go action. Slight box variations: boxes marked IGLA (not IGRA) or KOH-I-NOOR. Shown in Ites catalog.
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FLYING SAUCER WITH KEROYON - MASUDAYA - JAPANPurple/blue lithographed tin battery operated flying saucer. Bump and go action with rotating cockpit and flashing lights. Two metal antennas. Under the clear plastic central dome is Japanese frog character.

This is a slight. variation of the Planet Y Space Station: the size of the pilot alters the scale of the whole piece.

See also the Nyarome version.
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FLYING SAUCER WITH NYAROME - MASUDAYA - JAPANLight blue lithographed tin battery operated flying saucer. Bump and go action with rotating cockpit and flashing lights. Under the clear plastic central dome is a pink vinyl Japanese cat character.

This is the same body as used in the Nomura Space Commander station. It is effectively the Planet Y Space Station with an octagonal transparent plastic structure replacing the central portion: the size of the pilot alters the scale of the whole piece.

See also the Keroyon version.
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FLYING SAUCER WITH SPACE PATROL X-326 - MASUDAYATin friction flying saucer with spinner prop disk. Circular ridged saucer with and two tin fins. Z-101 style.

Image courtesy of Smith House Auctions.
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FLYING SAUCER WITH SPACE PILOT - YOSHIYA - JAPANTin battery op saucer with bump and go action with space noise and flashing lights. The box art depicts a blue space background with a cratered moon at the bottom right. The distintive feature of this saucer is the large revolving spiral spring. Twin angled wire antennas tipped with plastic. Cragstan logo. Appeared in the 1960 Sears Christmas catalog:

"Flying Saucer. With its antenna revolving, motors screeching, saucer runs forward until it hits obstacle - then reverses. Pilot moves. 7 1/2 inch diameter. Steel. From Japan. Shipping weight 1 lb. 8 oz.
49 N 4223 - Order 2 "D" batteries at left.......$2.79"
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FLYING SAUCER WITH SPACE PILOT 3 - YOSHIYA - JAPANWhite and blue battery operated flying saucer with red trim. This is a saucer which combines the shape and actions of the Flying Saucer with Space Pilot (spinning spiral antenna) with the colors of the Sky Patrol saucer. The box remains the same of the former while the toy adopts the later color scheme. The wording SPACE PILOT 3 is rather simply printed on the front of the saucer and a USAF star on the back. Date c1965
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FLYING SAUCER X-3 - MASUDAYA - JAPANThis is a most unusual silver lithographed tinplate saucer wih red and white details. The little circular saucer has an open cockpit at the top occupied by a white vinyl astronaut head. He sits behind one of those old fashioned metal windscreens. There are quaint litho details of portholes and a door. At the back of the saucer are three metal fins: the two horizontal ones are spread out far wider than usual. Flying Saucer wording on the top and X-3 is marked on the tail. There is a large red plastic light on the front. Friction action with noise and spark. 6" 15cm diameter.

This is Masudaya catalog number 3323. Date?
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FLYING SAUCER X-3000 - MASUDAYA - JAPANSilver tinplate friction flying saucer saucer with two pilots. The saucer has a clear plastic central dome containing four unusual wheel structures. The silver grey saucer has red and yellow details. There is an old style extension of the saucer body at the back which serves as a control room complete with litho window detailing. There is a tail wheel below. Two red tail fins. Marked X-3000 - Flying Saucer on the top surface.

Box? See also the Space Pilots version of this saucer.
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FLYING SAUCER X-37 - BANDAI? - JAPANThis is perhaps the most unusual of all flying saucers. The bird or plane shaped lithographed tinplate space toy consists of a central saucer shaped disk with a hole in the center. The hole contains a rotating fan. Built in to the disk are wings and a three-fin tail section. The saucer is a combination of green and yellow in a camouflage pattern. One wing carries a USAF logo and the other has the lettering X-37. "Flying Saucer" is printed around the central hole.

Friction action with rotating fan. Box? Date?
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FLYING SAUCER X-7 - RTC RAJA TOY COMPANY - INDIALithographed tinplate battery operated flying saucer with astronaut pilot under a clear plastic dome . Bump and go action with flashing lights. Distinctive tall red vinyl pilot with tin arms. This is a copy of the Masudaya original. Box?
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FLYING SAUCER XX7 - HONG KONGYellow plastic battery operated flying saucer with bump and go action and flashing lights.The cockpit with red astronaut is built into the side of a central plastic cone. This cone is studded with red and green plastic ovals. Large blue rear plastic fin. Paper decals Flying Sauce XX7. (missing antenna)
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FLYING SAUCER Z-101 - MASUDAYA - JAPANProbably one of the earliest MT saucers. It certainly has the features that seem to develop in the later toys. It's an early friction saucer with sparking action. There's a hole in the top for the sparking mechanism. The Z-101 molds appear to have been used for French and English versions of the saucer and for Japanese versions such as the X-326 an Z-112. Circular ridged saucer with the early style rear extension of the body. This extension is a control room but its windows have been removed to show the spark action. Two rear tin fins.

Two versions of this toy have been identified: light blue and dark blue. The upper and lower shells on the light blue version (lower right) are crimped together with a lipped edge around the circumference of the saucer. The top shell of the dark blue version overlaps the bottom shell and are held together with tabs.

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FLYING SAUCER Z-106 - MASUDAYA - JAPANTin friction saucer with litho details of pilot and passenger. Two side fins and a raised front wheel. MT. Carries a Cragstan logo on the underside. The fins are positioned far closer to the edges than most other saucers.

This saucer has the same pressing as the V100 Space Patrol with Suctorial Missile. This has been dated to 1954 when it was advertised in the Australian Courier Mail newspaper dated 8th December 1954.
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Flying Space Saucer - AOSHIN - JAPANBlue lithographed tin battery operaterd flying saucer. Circa 1950's. Advances with mystery action and a blinking light on the robot gunner's head. Beautiful litho saucer with planets and rockets. Large spring loaded gun on top with independent firing buttons. Shoots two wooden missiles with soft rubber tips. ASC
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FORBIDDEN PLANET SPACE SHIP - CHILDS AND SMITH - ENGLANDFlying saucer toy. Only known licensed toy from the original film. Donut saucer orbits around a central column. Came with plastic casualty in stretcher. England.

Made by Childs & Smith of Warwickshire. This little known Company trading under the "Nulli Secundus" logo produced a helicopter that flies around on a central pole. The flying saucer is a simple adapation of the helicopter. The flying saucer itself is an anodised gold doughnut with a propellor fitted inside. It sits on the end of a long tubular arm which in turn pivots on a central pole. The operating circle has a diameter of about eight feet and the height and direction of the torus can be fine tuned, allowing for delicate manoeuvres.

The flying saucer comes complete with a little plastic figure on a stretcher. A hook can be added to the saucer, and the patient can be rescued.
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FRICTION MOTOR SPACE SHIP WITH SPARK - S.S. AP FLYING SAUCER - JAPANLithographed tinplate friction flying saucer 12cm. The saucer has a gry top, red base and a blue band around the middle. The upper surface has litho rocket details.
REhite vinyl pilot head under a clear plastic dome. The unusual feature of this saucer is the pair of green metal pistons that move up and down on either side. There is an old style rear extension of the saucer with a red plastic spark window. The initials NASA are printed on the rear.

Versions with red and green pistons are shown.

Friction action with moving pistons and sparks. Maker? SS AP SSAP See the MF-878 which also has pistons.
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FRICTION SPACE BOAT MF 878 - CHINAChinese friction flying saucer with pilot under central dome. Two pistons, each under a clear plastic cover, one either side of the dome. There should be an antenna. Featured in Boogaerts book but rarely seen. Three tail fins. Similar to the S.S. AP FLYING SAUCER which also has pistons. MF-878 Boat is the translation of ship, as in space ship. MF878
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FRIENDSHIP NO 7 SAUCER - MASUDAYA - JAPANThis is a very odd space toy, something between a flying saucer and a spaceship. The light blue and red tin toy is hemispherical in design with a cockpit window fitted in to one side. A vinyl astronaut pilot sits inside. A wire is fixed to the top center with an orbiting cadet astronaut on the end. Non-fall action with flashing light and rotating astronaut. Masudaya were happy to recycle parts from their other non-fall spaceships to create this more childish saucer.
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GE-279 ROCKET - TECHNOFIX - WEST GERMANYTin friction rocket saucer. W Germany Original name. "Fliegende Untertasse" (german for : Flying Saucer)
by Technofix company / Germany

Catalog Number 279 listed in an original catalog in 1955 but is not listed in 1959. Slightly different litho designs shown.
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JUPITER FLYING SAUCER - YOSHIYA - JAPANBrightly lithographed metallic blue tinplate and plastic battery operated saucer. There is an red plastic central dome which lights up. Marked Jupiter Space Patrol. Rotates with bump and go combined with a "floating" action: the whole ship tilts. Flashing lights. Unusually the saucer has no astronaut pilot. This is a reworking of the King Flying Saucer. 7.5" 19cm diameter

In a Yoshiya catalog:
#5112 - B/O King Flying Saucer
#5113 - B/O Jupiter Flying Saucer This would suggest a date similar to the King Flying Saucer c1971
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JUPITER JYRO - TOMYGyroscopic plastic flying saucer with orange plastic dome. Sits on plastic tower.
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KEROYON FLYING SAUCER - HAJI - JAPANRed and white lithographed tin friction saucer with a laKeroyon rge vinyll Japanese frog character. Single rear fin with frog logo. Marked 4
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KING FLYING SAUCER - YOSHIYA - JAPANBrightly lithographed tinplate and plastic battery operated saucer. There is an amber plastic central dome which lights up. Marked Space Patrol X-081. Rotates with bump and go combined with a "floating" action: the whole ship tilts. Flashing lights. Unusually the saucer has no astronaut pilot.

The saucer is featured in 1971-72 Victory Merchandise toy catalog, the earliest sighting to date.
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L-101 FLYING SAUCER - LTI? - INDIAA variation of the Yoshiya tin X-15 flying saucer with friction crank action drive. Green tin pilot with L-101 on chest under a clear plastic dome. Bump and go action. The saucer is marginally smaller than the X-15 and there are other minor differences. Copies seen have hand painted L-101 on the pilot. This version was issued in India. The lower photo shows a modern reproduction based on the L-101. The same pilot appears in the Indian LTI Sparking Tank, so this may be by the same maker. Asia
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M-50 SPACE SHIP - MASUDAYA - JAPANGreen litho tin and plastic battery op flying saucer with bump and go action. Spin Turn. Tin upper, plastic lower. Orange plastic robot pilot under a shallow central plastic dome. Red light on robot's head. A variation of the M-50 Space Lab saucer. The earliest sighting so far is in the "Japan 1981" Catalog.
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