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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
FIRE DEPARTMENT ROCKET - 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. Red and blue with a FD badge on the front and on the tail fin. 15cm Box?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. 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.
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.

Probably 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 - MASUDAYA - JAPANA large red and white lithographed tin friction space rocket, Rocket Racer style. Tin pilot head behind windscreen. Box? c1960s
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. Marked SAN. 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
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