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G-MAN PURSUIT ROCKET SHIP - AUTOMATIC TOY CO - USASimple orange tin friction space vehicle with blue and yellow detailing. Pull back and release. Two wheels, the tail trails on the ground. "To Wind Draw Backwards". USA Tear shape. Automatic Toy Co. of Staten Island, New York. Also sold with "Transcontinental Rocket Ship No 1" and "Oceanic Rocket" litho variations. Probably sold loose as a bin toy.Jul 30, 2015
PATROL 3160 CAR - MAKER? - JAPANA very small tin rocket car. The orange and white ship has a rounded front and a small tail fin. 3160 is printed on the side. Wind up. There is a small switch mounted underneath. The rubber wheels have metal rims and the indication is that this is part of a larger tracked toy. Date?Jul 13, 2015
FLASH GORDON ROCKET FIGHTER SHIP 5 - MARX - USARed tin wind up rocket with retro style litho. A reuse of the pre-war Buck Rogers Rocket Ship pressing. Officially licensed by King Features. Forward motion with sparks from the rear. Louis Marx USA

Note: In 1951 Marx had released its own in house version of the pre-war rocket. In 1952 they appear to have adapted their 1951 rocket to meet the revived interest in Flash Gordon. They released the rocket with "Flash Gordon" printed behind the pilot's head and on the wing.

Current earliest sighting is in a 1952 Goodyear Catalog. It went on sale in late 1952.
Jun 30, 2015
FLASH GORDON SPACE PORT - PYRO - USAThis is the Flash Gordon version of the brightly lithographed tin space port with a mechanism for ejecting a plastic Pyro X-300 Space Cruiser hard plastic rocket. The tinplate station and the X-300 rocket have the additional wording "Flash Gordon"

The standard version was on sale in late 1953. Box?
Jun 27, 2015
ATLAS ROCKET - MAKER? - JAPANBlue and red lithographed friction rocket with a yellow nose. Two large rear wings and two smaller wings at the nose. Tail fin. Marked Atlas. Friction action.

Sold as part of the Satellite Vehicles set by Royal. 1959
Jun 25, 2015
ROCKET CAR - WOODETTE - USAA streamlined wooden rocket pull toy. Four wheels. Details? Picture? Box?
So far only known from an advertisement in a 1945 Billy & Ruth catalog. It is not known if the toy went into production.
Jun 21, 2015
ATLAS RAKETE - LEHMANN - W GERMANYA slender silver plastic rocket with a rubber nose cone and a hook on the side. The rocket is fired into the air using a rubber band. Item 932. 16cm c1960May 22, 2015
SATELLITE ROCKET STSF MF 108 - MAKER? - CHINALithographed tin friction jet rocket plane. Friction action with sparks in the large engines mounted on the upper surface of the wings. When the rocket hits an obstacle the nose retracts and the tin cockpit springs open. 1070 MF108May 16, 2015
APOLLO XV SPACE ROCKET - RAJA TOYS - INDIABased on the Horikawa XB-115 rocket. Tin and plastic friction wheeled rocket with a green spark window. Friction action with rotating nose cone and spark. 11.5" tall, tin litho/hard plastic. The rocket has a simpler litho design and a green nose tip. It is marked "Apollo XV". Box? The subject suggests a 1970s date. May 15, 2015
APOLLO SATURN 2 STAGE ROCKET - NOMURA - JAPANA large tin an plastic space rocket. red plastic nose and blue plastic tail. The top and bottom sections separate. Battery operated action (rear section) with movement, noise, flashing lights and spinning tail section. The subject suggests a late 1960s date. 55cm. May 14, 2015
MOON ROCKET - YONEZAWA - JAPANA large red tin and plastic friction rocket. 26" The rear half of the rocket is tin and the forward part is plastic. Green tail fins. The rocket rolls along the floor with a simple friction action with sparks in the tail section. A spring loaded spinner launcher is positioned in the middle and spinners are launched by throwing a switch. Marked Moon Rocket. Box?May 01, 2015
FLYING BOAT MS187 - MAKER? - CHINAA small (4" 6cm) tin and plastic Flying Boat spaceship. Litho tin upper with a blue plastic base. Clear canopy containing vinyl astronaut head. Two plastic fins set at an angle.
Pull back action tin litho Space Saucer Flying Boat MS 187. General whole exterior in good condition. Original box size about 4.4" x 3.4" 1970s

Apr 28, 2015
ROCKET MONEY BANK - MAKER? - JAPANA lithographed tin money box in the shape of a rocket. Space graphics include an astronauts with rifle and riding a USAF rocket. Crimped construction. 10cmApr 27, 2015
SKYRAY SPACESHIP - MAKER? - JAPANA small blue lithographed space plane based on the pressing for the Douglas Skyray F4D jet fighter. This version has no tail fin. There is a litho canopy depicting the pilot. The wings have graphics of guns, stars and Saturn. Friction action. Marked Made in Japan. 10cm x 14cmApr 27, 2015
ROCKET RACER - MAKER? - HONG KONGThis rather stubby plastic rocket appears to be based on the Masudaya Rocket Racer 3 version of the popular design. Yellow and red plastic with green side wings and a pilot head under a clear plastic canopy. Friction action with siren. 1960s.Nov 03, 2014
MECHANICAL KIDDY ROCKET - YONE - JAPANAnother reworking of the popular SY/Yoneya Jumping Rocket design. This is a lithographed tin friction rocket with a vinyl child's head. Unusually, there is a small tin propeller on the front. Red and yellow with PLAYLAND wording on the front and the serial R.26 on the tail fin. The box depicts 72 on the rocket. 15cm long

This rocket also formed part of the Super Rocket Ride.
Oct 06, 2014
SUPER SONIK INDIAN ARMY ROCKET - VTC - INDIAA red, green and yellow lithographed tinplate rocket. Litho cockpit detailing. Masuya style three finned rocket, friction drive with a standing action when the nose spike hits an obstacle. 8" 20cm (Sonic misspelling.) AsiaOct 03, 2014
THOR-DELTA MISSILE WITH MERCURY SPACE CAPSULE - DAIYA - JAPANA silver lithographed tin space rocket with a unique detachable Mercury capsule attached to the nose. Three fins. Spark windows at the rear. Marked THOR DELTA on the sides and TD 54 on the fins. Friction action with spark.
Sep 18, 2014
SPACE ROCKET MF 108 - MAKER? - CHINAJet plane style tin lithographed rocket ship. The silver friction rocket has rear wings and smaller wings at the front. A pilot sits under a canopy that springs open when the rocket hits an obstacle. Marked Satellite MF-108, and the number 1070 is printed on the tail fin. Friction sparking action. The box carries a Foreign logo which suggests it is an earlier production.

Aug 29, 2014
ESPACIAL FIRE DEPARTMENT ROCKET - VISPA - ARGENTINAComical lithographed tin friction rocket with a vinyl fireman's head. One version is white and blue (and probably intended to be police themed), the other is red and blue. Marked VISPA on the tail fin. These are direct copies of the Yone Fire Department Rocket which in turn are based on the Yone Jumping Rocket design. 15cm Box?Aug 29, 2014
EMERGENCY SPACE ROCKET (SPACE FIRE) - YONE - JAPANA reworking of the popular SY/Yoneya Jumping Rocket design. This is a comical lithographed tin friction rocket with a vinyl fireman's head. FIRE DEPARTMENT ROCKET Red and blue with a FD badge on the front and on the tail fin. 15cm
Aug 29, 2014
MAI 9 ROCKET - MAKER? - ROMANIAA green tin lithographed rocket with red and black detailing. Litho cockpit. Marked 'MAI' 9 in a circle on the top. There is a serial number on the side which indicates a possible date of 1979. Friction action: two drive wheels and a small plastic tail wheel. Sometimes referred to as Strato Plane. Box?Aug 29, 2014
X-100 SPACE CRUISER - SUNLITE - HONG KONGHard plastic spaceship. Based on a friction drive version of the Tudor Rose X-300 spaceship, which in turn is a copy of the Pyro original.

Tudor Rose added friction drives to a number of these early spaceships. The molds eventually found their way to Hong Kong and this was the result. Confusingly the spaceship has X-100 molded in the side, although it is quite obviously a X-300. The reason for this is unknown. The spaceship has a box structure added to the base to house the friction motor. Other color combinations exist. A box is not known, but is quite probable.
Aug 05, 2014
X-12 MOON ROCKET - YONEZAWA - JAPANThis is a rarer version of the Yonezawa XM-12 Moon rocket; the main difference is the red litho on the tail fins. Very large metallic blue tin battery operated rocket. 38cm. Two pilots under a clear plastic canopy. The rocket can be steered via the nose wheel. Hatches in the front and rear give access to replace the light bulbs, a possibly unique feature. Lighted spinning engine. The fins are detachable for storage.

There is also a silver-grey bodied version of the rocket with the same red tailfins.
Jun 11, 2014
JET ROCKET V-7 - K LOGO - JAPANA large (47cm) lithographed tin friction space rocket. Red, white and blue litho with Jet Rocket V-7 wording on the sides. Very similar to the Space Fighter (1954). The version shown here is lacking horizontal rear tail fins. Box?

Jan 25, 2014
XYZ ROCKET - SUZUKI - JAPANA very small (3" 7.5cm) early tin friction rocket. Red and green-blue with litho cockpit details. XYZ on one side, Rocket on the other. Three small fins. The wheels are nearer to the back. Marked Suzuki on the base. Pat 369885 Probably sold in trade boxes. See the V-3 and Space Scout rocket. Japan Jul 29, 2013
SPACE ROCKET RANGER-7 - YONEZAWA - JAPANA variation of the Fire Rocket X-0077, a cross between a space rocket and jet plane. Two pilots under a clear plastic canopy.
A blue and red lithographed tin friction rocket. 38cm long. The large fins resemble wings. Marked R-7. Spark windows surround the rear exhaust. Circa 1960. Advances with siren and spark.
Jul 26, 2013
UNIVERSE TELEVIBOAT ME777 - CHINAThis is a substantial and ambitious Chinese rocket ship. The 13" 33cm tin lithographed rocket, the one that forms the basis of the Rocket Racer 7, has a large tail fin with a lighted rocket engine at the top. There are additional red lights fitted to the ends of the side wings. A large tin astronaut with a blue vinyl head is fixed on top and he holds a TV camera. Television Boat. Bump and go battery operated action with noise and flashing lights. The rocket stops, the astronaut operates the camera, then the action repeats. ME-777? Judging by the number that survive this was a popular toy.Jul 08, 2013
ATOMIC ROCKET WITH PROP - MASUDAYA - JAPANA white, red and blue lithographed tin friction rocket. The three wheeled rocket has the classic three rear fins design. The fins extend beyond the end of the body. There is minimal detailing, notably a blue lightning flash on the tail.

The distinctive feature of the rocket is the spinner launch action. See Satellite Launcher Rocket.

This rocket shares the same box as the Atomic Rocket with Prop X201. This particular version of the rocket was advertised in the Courier News in October 1958.
Jul 02, 2013
NIKE SAM-A7 SPACE ROCKET - MASUYA - JAPANWhite plane style in friction rocket with red and yellow detailing This cockpit with litho pilot. Three fins. In the nose is a striker pin which, on impact, releases an arm that enables the rocket to stand up. Marked NIKE SAM-A7 US Army. Masuya Jupiter-Nike rocket.Jun 21, 2013
MECHANICAL ROCKET U-2 - PRIFTIS - GREECEMetallic blue and red lithographed friction powered tinplate Space Rocket. The rocket has a red plastic canopy with pilot inside. At the back is a cylindrical yellow plastic structure with three fins. Runs on wide plastic wheels. Friction action with noise and spark. Pi Logo. There are several litho versions of this rocket including the lower one with the elaborate exhaust litho. The maker Ananiades has also been suggested.

Jun 18, 2013
SPARKLING SPACE RANGER L-5776 - SI - JAPANMetallic blue red and yellow lithographed tin friction rocket. 7 inches. Circa 1950's. Three red tail fins, one marked L-5776. The space rocket has a lithographed canopy and pilot. A variation exists marked X-36 on tail fin. Long tailfins extend well behind the exhaust. Friction action with spark and noise. The significance of the serial number and reason for the variation is not known. SI in a Diamond logo. An Elvin Product.

Shipped in the same box as the X-36 which carries no markings on the artwork.
Jun 16, 2013
SUPER SONIC SPACE ROCKET BATTERY OPERATED VERSION - YOSHIYA - JAPANBlue lithographed battery operated tinplate space rocket with two large rocket engines with tailfins mounted on either side of a central fuselage. The litho shows copious star detailing. There is a large red plastic engine at the back of the body and smaller green plastic covers on the engines. A pilot head is mounted inside a central tin canopy with clear windscreen. Marked S-301 on the fins. Battery operated bump and go action with rotating rear engine and flashing lights. S S SPACE ROCKET SUPER SONIC SPACE ROCKET S301 See also the friction operated version of this rocket with the abbreviated name. Date?Jun 07, 2013
SPACE PATROL ROCKET - SUZUKI - JAPANA little simple red, orange and blue lithographed tinplate rocket. Pilot litho. Marked Space Scout. Crimped construction, metal wheels, toothed front wheel. Friction action with noise.
Possibly sold in trade boxes. This is the same pressing as the XYZ and V-3 rocket.

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May 04, 2013
ATOMIC ROCKET - DSK - JAPANA simple small blue and red (3.5in) tinplate lithographed space rocket. Marked Atomic Rocket. Pilot in cockpit litho on top, with Saturn and satrs on the front. Unusual fin design. Fiction action with noise. DSK 1950s. Crimped construction. Box? Possibly sold in trade boxes.Apr 30, 2013
ROCKET - ANANIADES PRIFTIS? - GREECELithographed tinplate space rocket, 20 cms. A bulbous design with two tailfins but no upright tail fin. Large celar red plastic dome in the middle. Blure plastic wheels. Lithographed detailing shows astronauts inside a window. Friction action with spark. Marked Rocket. Greek. Date?

The same pressing with different litho was used by Priftis. Pi logo
Apr 17, 2013
ROCKET SHIP - MAKER?Futuristic silver lithographed tin push toy of a space rocket. This tear drop shaped rocket has four porthole windows on each side with litho detailing of two astronauts in each. Three rear fins. Hollow metal wheels. The front has a large litho window at the front with pilot and instrument panel being shown. The front is rounded with a Zeppelin like airship style. Date and maker unknown. Maker? Box?

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Mar 29, 2013
MARS RATTAN AIR X-300 SPACESHIP - MAKER? - INDIAThis is a yellow and red lithographed space rocket, a cross between a spaceship and a jet plane. This version has a lithographed pilot in cockpit detailing rather than the open cockpit of other versions. A simple hollow pressing with a friction mechanism positioned under the front end.

The original spaceship that it is based on is the hard plastic Pyro Space Scout X-100. Marusan copied it in tin as the Mars Dream Jet, and finally it has been manufactured in India as the Mars X-300, Rattan Air. The X-300 serial proves it is a copy of the Marusan, not of the Pyro.

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Mar 10, 2013
ROCKET RACER 8 WITH DETONATION - MASUDAYA - JAPANA large red and white lithographed tin friction space rocket, Rocket Racer style. Tin pilot head behind windscreen. Friction action with clicking noise. Marked 8 on the side wings and tail fin. On sale in December 1959.

Masudaya Rocket Racer design.
Jan 15, 2013
MOON RANGER SPACE CAR - KOTA - HONG KONGLarge blue plastic battery operated space rocket with plastic pilot under a clear plastic dome. Four holes in each side aft of the canopy. Red lights in the nose area. This is a Chinese variation of the sonicon style toy operated by a whistle. Marked Kota, Hong Kong

A 1968 Denver Post article says of this toy: "switched whistle that operates a sound-sensitve membrane in the .... The unit switches on power supplied by regular flashlight ..... ignores all sound but the whistle and shuts itself off automatically after 30 seconds. It is made by a Hong Kong .... company"
Jan 07, 2013
ROCKET - TATRASMALT - CZECHOSLOVAKIATinplate 16 cm rocket, friction action. Rubber nose. Plain metal fins. Market TM on rear fin. Various colors known. The number on the fin can vary: 264, 364, 464 - the reason is unknown. Box?
Possible 1967 CSSR Czech.
Jan 03, 2013
TITAN ROCKET - OMNIA - CZECHOSLOVAKIAA very eccentric angular tinplate friction rocket with Titan wording at rear. Plastic engines and nose cone. At least two litho versions are known. CSSR Czech Box? c1970Jan 03, 2013
SPACE BOAT ROCKET 3 ME-078 - CHINAA white lithographed tin battery operated space rocket with red, blue and gold trim. Bump and go action with flashing lights. Vinyl pilot head behind windscreen. A variation of the Masudaya Rocket 9 Space Boat. Unusually this rocket has a small pair of spoked wheels at the rear. Bump and go action with noise and flashing lights. ME 078 Size 13" 32cm Box?

Masudaya Rocket Racer design.
Nov 05, 2012
Small Flying Boat MF813 - ChinaRed tin lithographed spaceship with pilot under tall plastic dome. Small wings on either side. Friction action with sound. MF 813. The design is a sort of parody of the Masudaya Rocket Racer.Sep 16, 2012
SPACE PATROL CAR - MASUDAYA - JAPANTinplate battery operated rocket with bump and go action. Lithographed tin top, blue plastic base.The rocket has an oversized vinyl child astronaut head. The astronaut fires a red plastic gun with lights and sound.

See also the Snoopy knockoff version of this rocket.
Aug 18, 2012
FIRE WINGS - MARUSAN - JAPANTin lithographed cross between a rocket and a car. The four wheel orange and white friction vehicle has three tail fins and a pilot under a clear plastic canopy. Green plastic tail cover. Marked SAN. 21cm 1950s.Apr 25, 2012
BABY MOON ROCKET - KDT - INDIATin lithographed space rocket. Old style rocket with tin pilot head behind a windscreen. (The clear blue plastic window may be a late addition). Marked K.D.T No 11. Friction with spark action.
Mar 01, 2012
MAYA/KT ROCKET - MAKER? - INDIAFrom India comes this eccentric pair of lithographed tin space rockets. Horizontal friction tin rocket with a clear red plastic nose cone, one tipped with blue paint. The rockets are copiously illustrated with comic animals: Donald Duck, chipmunks etc. There are two drive wheels at the front and two small tail wheels at the back. Friction action with noise and sparks in the nose. Asia

Two versions shown:
Top: Maya Rocket. Marked "Wellcome (sic) you to the capital." at the back.

Bottom: Marked K.T. Rocket.
Feb 28, 2012
VISPA ROCKET - VISPA - ARGENTINAA bright red and blue lithographed tinplate rocket, three fins, predominantly red with yellow and blue detailing. Holes at the rear for spark windows. Litho cockpit details on the top. Crimped construction of the two halves. Marked VISPA on the side. Friction motor and spark action. This looks like the German HWN rocket pressing. Box?Feb 14, 2012
TORPEDO BOAT - CHINAIt's often said that the Chinese call their rockets "boat" because they have made a literal translation of "ship". In this case they've added the word Torpedo for no obvious reason. This little blue, white and red lithographed tin friction rocket has a couple of interesting features. First is the odd shape of the cockpit canopy, it's atall thin bubble dome covering a pilot head. Second, there are three distinctive white plastic fins at the back. Long spark windows in the sides. Friction action with spark. MF??? Dec 20, 2011
APOLLO XV ROCKET - LYRA - GREECEWhite plastic battery operated rocket. A reissue of the Nomura Apollo 11 Rocket. Switch on and the rocket starts moving. It stops and elevates vertically. It comes down and moves forward. The actions repeat. Light blinks with constant rocket engine sound.Oct 24, 2011
METEOR BELL-310 ROCKET - BELLONI - ITALYTin friction rocket. Meteor wording on nose. Bell-310 on tailfin. Believed to be by Belloni, an Italian company. Box? 1950s

This appears to be the same pressing as the German HWN Jupiter D-119

Also shown is an incomplete example (no tail fin) of the Bell 314 rocket.
Oct 21, 2011
COSMOS-189 ROCKET - AGATEX - ROMANIALigt blue tin wind up space rocket. Fins at nose and tail. Nose on spring, red spark windows at the back. Pushing the rocket forward winds the mechanism. Marked with the Agatex logo on the wings. The rocket has a slider that opens a cover on the friction mechanism. See also the NAVETA SPATIALA ROCKET version of the rocket.Oct 17, 2011
DIAN DONG DA FEI CHAN (ROCKET SHIP) - CHINARed white and blue lithographed tin battery operated space ship with vinyl pilot head behind a tin windscreen. The distinguishing feature of this range is the pair of red and green colored plastic spark windows at the front of the rocket. Another variation of the Masudaya Rocket Racer. Other versons have been seen in this box but here the litho on the toy corresponds with the box artwork - eg portholes. Box and spaceship combinations seem to be random: Box has No 8, toy has No 9. etc. Two litho variations shown.

Bump and go action with noise and flashing lights.

Masudaya Rocket Racer design.
Oct 16, 2011
SPACE PATROL - ASC - JAPANAoshin decided to cash in on the Jerry Anderson Thunderbird popularity with this outrageous knock-off of the Thunderbird 2 rocket. This has, of course, made it a very sought after toy. Green tin battery operated spaceship. Mystery action, flashing lights and noise. battery operated mystery action with noise and flashing lights. 1967-8Oct 16, 2011
SPACE BOAT No 3 - CHINAThe styling of this rare Space Boat is quite unique for a Chinese toy and is reminiscent of Japanese vehicles. This silver tinplate friction space ship with a red upper section. There's a rounded front with a clear plastic dome containing an astronaut pilot. There are two fins at the back. It is marked Space Boat with a No 3 at the back. Friction action with spark. MF?? Date?

Oct 16, 2011
FLYING BOAT 7 ROCKET - CHINATin friction rocket with pilot head behind windshield. Older box has a 5 on the rocket. Later issued as Great Flying Boat. China MF-742 Boat is the translation of ship, as in space ship.
Masudaya Rocket Racer design.
Oct 10, 2011
SPACE ROCKET 9 VARIATIONS - MASUDAYA - JAPANTin friction space rocket racer style. Vinyl pilot head behind windscreen. Used as the basis for a series of Japanese Superhero rockets.

Masudaya Rocket Racer design.
Oct 06, 2011
ROCKET XL9 SPACESHIP - JR 21 - HONG KONGWhite plastic friction rocket with siren. A copy of the Project Sword Space Probe No 3. Also released as the NASA Probe Force No 3. A virtually identical toy was released by Hover/Hoover, only the box logo differs.Sep 26, 2011
LUNAR PROBE No 1 - LUCKY TOYS - HONG KONGThis is a rocket with clean lines and box artwork that is of good quality. A white plastic friction rocket with a clear red plastic nosecone and a red plastic engine with black cone at the rear. Three chrome plastic engines on fins and matching silver trim. Friction action with spark. Based on the JR 21 rocket design. Hong Kong 1960s. Sep 26, 2011
PROBE FORCE No 3, PROJECT SWORD - CENTURY 21 - HONG KONGCentury 21 - chunky plastic space - plane with friction drive and siren sound. The plastic wings are detachable.
Rectangular one - piece box with great artwork showing the ship , painted, zooming through space. 'Star Features' are 'powerful friction drive', 'realistic siren sound' and 'sword insignia'. It states that it is 'Made in Hong Kong for Century 21 Toys limited'. Unusually, the artwork of the ship only appears on two of the four sides. The other two contain a large Project sword emblem and the above manufacturers details on a largely yellow (with some red) background.
Sep 26, 2011
PROBE FORCE No 2, PROJECT SWORD - CENTURY 21 - HONG KONGCentury 21 Toys- This plastic friction space rocket is titled 'Probe Force No.2' on the box. Its plastic, about a foot long and coloured off- white. Has a bit of an XL-5 look to it, but with extra fins. The exhaust area is bright red translucent plastic, as is the cockpit . Has 'made in Hong Kong' on the base.
The box is a one parter of thin card. The 'Star features' on the front and rear are ' Powerful friction drive, realistic siren sound, SWORD insignia.' The Astronaut badge is advertised as being inside with the free Manual. A sheet of thick card came as inner- packaging. 1967
Sep 26, 2011
PROBE FORCE No 1 - HOVER - HONG KONGVery long grey plastic friction drive rocket spaceship just like the Probe Force Flight 1. The box cover is a colour photograph of the ship flying through space past a huge gas cloud. Hover logo. Based on the Project Sword vehicle and carries SWORD logo on tailfin. A virtually identical toy was produced by Tarheel - all the same except for the maker's logo on the box.Sep 26, 2011
BOOSTER ROCKET, PROJECT SWORD - CENTURY 21 - HONG KONGA long plastic battery op rocket with its middle encircled by large white plastic ‘fuel’ pods which are detachable. The ship has forward and reverse motion, tail lights and a cool silver ejecting nose jet with its own landing gear/wheels ( you may come across this on its own). 'Made in Hong Kong' appears on its base.

The box is tiny compared to the size of the fully set-up toy. Nevertheless the artwork is great, with a white and red painiting of the rocket whizzing across space. 'Star Features' are the ' Ejectable nose module, battery operated, forward and reverse control, tail light, official SWORD decals'. As standard it states that its 'Made in Hong Kong for Century 21 Toys Limited.' The cover doesn't refer to thje badge or manual, only the four sides of the lid. It's referred to as the 'Space Captains badge', but the picture of the badge simply states Captain. The full badge list appears including astronaut.
Sep 23, 2011
APOLLO SATURN ROCKET, PROJECT SWORD - CENTURY 21 - HONG KONGCentury 21 – tall plastic rocket in 3 stages. Plastic battery op rocket , this craft has flashing lights and a spring-loaded parachuting nose-cone. On its main body appear two transfers stating ' Apollo Saturn' .It looks like a big Cape- Kennedy- Set rocket. On the base is written ' A 21 Toy ' with the familiar tunnel-like circles, together with 'Century 21 Toys Ltd Made in Hong Kong'.
The box is a long narrow rectangular two parter. The lid is of thinner card with the base being much thicker. Two pieces of thick card inner- packaging hold the rocket in place at either end of the box. 'Star Features' are 'Ejectable space capsule with parachute, battery operated, hand steerable front wheel, three stage rocket, lights at rear, clips on fins.' It states that it's 'Made in Hong Kong for Century 21 Toys Limited'. On the two longest sides appears the words 'This super badge - Sword Commander - free inside, plus official manual, Project SWORD, collect the series for other great SWORD badges, Century 21 Limited'. The Commander badge is red.
Sep 23, 2011
COMMANDER ROCKET ATOMIC CONSTRUCTOR - YOSHIYA - JAPANA silver lithographed tinplate rocket. Litho details include a cockpit with pilot, tracks and the wording Commander on the sides. Three red metal fins at the back. The vehicle has a passing similarity to the Thiunderbird Mole with its rotating nose structure and its drilling function is mentioned on the box. In this case the nose is a rotating red plastic structure consisting of a set of plastic ribs. Friction action with noise and spark from the nose structure.

The box syas "Atomic Constructor. Flys in the air. Goes over lands. Digs and goes under ground too". First sighted in 1962 Nerlish & Co. Catalog. KO
Sep 19, 2011
ORIENT COMMANDER ROCKET - OMI - INDIABrightly lithographed tin friction rocket. India. Date? Better picture anyone? Based on the Yoshiya Japanese Commander Rocket.
See also the Oriental Air Rocket. Asia
Sep 19, 2011
SPACE ROCKET-SATURN X5 - ALPS - JAPANTin and plastic battery op rocket. Red plastic nose, yellow plastic tail. Mystery action, stop go, cargo door opens to reveal inner lab. Japan 1970s. Item no 5758
Sep 14, 2011
THE MILKY WAY BOAT - CHINATin friction rocket. Pilot under bubble dome. Red lens at back. Sparks. Though it use the term "boat" this is a translation of "ship" and the toy was not intended to float.Sep 13, 2011
PLANET EXPLORER M5 ROCKET - LYRA - GREECEA delightful example of a completely misleading box. The box art is a copy of the artwork on the Nomura/Nikko Three Stage Rocket with the name changed to "Planet Explorer". It is claimed to be a Non-Fall toy. The box contents are, however, a simple friction rocket. Brightly colored blue and red tin friction rocket with vinyl pilot head under a clear plastic canopy. M-5 on wings and tailfin. Lyra Greek. M 5 25cm

This is a variation of the JUPITER ROCKET M5 by MASUYA

Sep 13, 2011
MECHANICAL SPACE CRAFT - DAIYA - JAPANThis is a very basic tin and plastic wind up rocket from Daiya. The cylindrical silver rocket has a transparent red plastic nose and a red plastic rotating tail. Markes SPACECRAFT. Window box. 17cm 1970s Sep 13, 2011
SKYMASTER ROCKET - HEC? - INDIAA novelty rocket from India. Designed for the young child is this tin friction rocket. If you look hard enough you can see traces of its origin in the Yoshiya Commander Rocket. This is a very brightly decorated rocket with the cartoon lithography popular on many Indian toys. Cylindrical plastic nose. Spinning structure on top of body. Same body and litho as the ORIENTAL AIR ROCKET by HEC. Made by OMI Oriental Metal Industries, Delhi. AsiaSep 09, 2011
JUNOR JET 27 - YONEZAWA - JAPANRace car style tin friction rocket. Red, white and yellow litho. Yellow tin fin with 27 printed on it. Junor Jet (sic) with a shooting star printed on the side. Four wheels. Pilot under canopy. Japan 1950s. Box? Date? The name Junor is presumably a typo for Junior.

See also the Space Rocket Car 75 version of this toy.
Aug 21, 2011
SPACE-CRUISER - ALPS - JAPANLarge tin friction spaceship with wings and tailfin. Spark action and sound. A variation of the Alps X-300 Interplanet Spaceship. Space Cruiser. Litho differences. 1950s. Box? Name?

Aug 10, 2011
APOLLO ROCKET - OHTA - JAPANSilver lithographed tin friction powered Apollo rocket. The detailed rocket has three red tin fins and a long nose extension.

Friction action. When rocket hits an obstacle an arm is triggered making it stands up. A ramp descends revealing a litho spaceman. The box artwork is a particularly impressive depiction of the rocket in space.

K in circle Logo. Looks to be the same pressing as for the Masuya versions of this popular design. It is not clear which came first.
Jul 18, 2011
Space Boat MF 895 - ChinaBlue lithographed tin and plastic friction rocket boat. Tin body with litho star detailing, red plastic wings with yellow mudgards. Black textured base with two drive wheels and a small nose wheel. Pilot under canopy. Boat is the translation of ship, as in space ship.

Two box versions shown.
Jul 13, 2011
MARS ROCKET 3122 - MASUDAYA - JAPANA large red and white tin lithographed battery operated rocket. 14 ins long. Jet plane style with tin astronaut under a clear dome canopy. Bump and go action. Flashing lights in the wings, spacenoise. The yellow lithographed astronaut slowly lifts his arm up and down. 3122 Mars printed on wings. MT It may be that 3122 is the Masudaya catalog number for this toy in which case this would be from the early 1960s.Jul 08, 2011
CTAPT-1 ROCKET - RUSSIAA Russian version of the Masuya standing rocket design. This is a blue tin friction wheeled rocket with tree rather sharp tailfins. The graphics are fairly simple lines. The nose is a plastic plunger: when it strikes an object an arm swings down and lifts the rocket. The maker's logo is a small boy. Date? Maker? USSRApr 10, 2011
BILLY THE SPACE TRAVELER - MASUDAYA - JAPANTin friction rocket with a tin astronaut rider clinging to the back. The rocket has two fins, Billy occupies the place where a third fin would normally be. Marked BILLY on the sides. There is a small rear wheel. Pull back action with noise. Marked PAT 7987

Two litho variations are known:
1 Metallic silver and red version with a blue Billy. Litho porthole detailing.
2 White and blue rocket with red fins and an orange Billy.
The box indicates a third combination which so far has not been seen.

Known for ages as "Billy on a Rocket" until a boxed version turned up. Date?

A version of this rocket was also produced in Argentina as Cohete Lunar. See also Billy on a Saucer.
Jan 03, 2011
SMALL MOONSHIP MF-883 - CHINAThis is a delightfully original space rocket from China. This red, white and green tin friction spaceship has curved wings encompassing an oval body. The wings sweep right back and are tipped with red plastic engines. It's a sort of curved delta wing style. A pilot sits under cockpit dome at the front. There are red plastic light domes on top of each wing. Marked MF 883 on the wings. This is also the factory serial number for the toy. Friction action with noise and spark.Dec 20, 2010
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