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SOLAR ROCKET - MARX - USAA large RED plastic rocket with a fluted tail and small side wings. A plastic spinner fits on top. Friction action sends the spinner flying. Jun 25, 2016
MARTE SPACE ROCKET - DENIA - SPAINA large painted wood rocket with side wings, a forward gun turret and rear antenna. The central well contains three large hard rubber spacemen with helmets.

The Marte Space Ship was made in Spain in the 50's. The mostly wood toy measures approx. 22. The mechanisms work as follows: when the front wheels turn the gun swivels and the rear wheels turn the antenna.

Featured in "Plastic Toy Figures Made in Spain" by Juan Hermida. The caption reads "Friction space ship in wood, equipped with cannon and rotating radar, made by the craftsmen of Denia, Valencia, Juan Forner Font, late 1950s."
Jun 23, 2016
JET LANZA DISOS - PLASTIMARX - MEXICOA large plastic rocket with a fluted tail and small side wings. A plastic spinner fits on top. Friction action sends the spinner flying. Item #1772. A Mexican version of the Marx Solar Rocket. Jun 23, 2016
ASTRO MOBIL - MAKER? - INDIAThis is an Indian copy of the Marubishi Astro Mobil. An red and yellow lithographed tin friction space vehicle. The vehicle has an unusual tear drop shape with vinyl pilot head under a clear dome and two long clear red plastic engine tubes at the back. Two wire antennas sweep backwards along the top. Marked Astro Mobil. 8" 20cm. While very similar to the Marubishi original there are differences in the lithography. No maker's mark. Possibly Raja. Box?

Friction action with noise and spark. Asia

Jun 10, 2016
X15 ROCKET NORTH AMERICAN - MAKER? - FRANCEWhite tipplate friction US Air Force rocket with three white fin and a red striker set into the nose. Stand up action. Marked Made in France. Based on the Masuya Jupiter-Nike Rocket pressing. X-15

Jun 02, 2016
NIKE MISSILE WITH SPARK - DAIYA - JAPANA very long white tinplate and plastic missile. The SAM-A7 rocket comprises three sections that fit together. The tail section has a friction motor with spark windows near the tailfins, the central section has four fins, and the nose consists of a red plastic section with a white plastic tip. The three parts dismantle for storage in the box. Date? May 15, 2016
ANIMAL ROCKET - KTI - INDIASmall lithographed tin space rocket. Red plastic cockpit dome. Cartoon animal graphics, Mickey Mouse style. Rubber nose tip. Marked KTI on the tailfin. Friction with spark action. 9.5"
Apr 13, 2016
MOON ROCKET MF-069 - MAKER? - CHINASilver lithographed tin rocket with blue and red trim. Two spark windows at the rear. Friction action with spark. Two rear fins (no upright tail fin) and two smaller forward fins. The rocket has a hinged tin canopy with a printed picture of a dog. The cockpit cover raises when the front nose spike hits an object. Inside the cockpit is a small plush dog. There is a clear connection with Laika, the Russian space dog. MF069

Mar 14, 2016
SPACE ROCKET - ICIHIMURA - JAPANWhite and silver tinplate space rocket. Friction motor attached to the back. Spark windows in the tail. Marked US AIR FORCE. No maker's logo. 12"

Featured on the cover of the 1964 Ichimura catalog, item #20199 Indian Head Logo. Name? Box? Details?
Feb 25, 2016
PLANET ORBITAL 1 CONSTRUCTION SYSTEM - MS BRANDENBURG - EAST GERMANYA tin and plastic construction toy comprising a series of tin rocket sections and plastic nose cones, etc. Battery operated remote control with rotation of the upper sections and flashing lights. Parts marked KXB 70. No 5020. DDRJan 20, 2016
REX MARS ROCKET FIGHTER SHIP - MARX - GREAT BRITAINThis is a lithographed tinplate rocket based on the original Buck Rogers design. Rex Mars was a Marx in-house royalty free space hero. The design is a direct copy of the American 1951 Rocket Fighter with the addition of Rex Mars wording on the nose. This was produced at the Marx factory in Swansea, Wales, for the British maket. 12" long with a wind up mechanism, sparking action in the tail section and a clicking noise as it moves. C1951 EnglandDec 05, 2015
LSX-SSC ROCKET - YONEZAWA - JAPANLithographed tinplate rocket. Black and yellow color scheme with red detailing. The rocket has very long fins extending over half the length of the rocket. Rubber nose tip. Marked LSX-XCC. Mach 4.77 printed on the tail. Friction action. 11" 28cm Date? Box?Sep 05, 2015
VENUS TRAVELER BOAT ME-771 - MAKER? - CHINAA tin and plastic battery operated space ship. Bright metallic blue metal upper with red trim. Orange plastic lower body. Small plastic dome in the middle with a group of lights attached. Aerofoil plastic tail fin. Bump and go action with noise and flashing light.

Sep 02, 2015
INTERPLANETARY SPACE ROCKET TP-299 - TOMY -JAPANA large plastic space rocket. White body, blue nose assembly, red lower fins. Battery operated. The rocket moves on small wheels. Flashing engine light and noise. Decal Ranger marking. The nose assembly ejects and a parachute is deployed.

The rocket is the same design as the one in the Sears Turnpike Line Rocket Base gantry.
Aug 06, 2015
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. It was believed that the Rocket 5 was followed by the Flasg Gordon version, but newspaper references in late 1951 suggest that it appeared at the same time - or that it was planned at the same time. They released the rocket with "Flash Gordon" printed behind the pilot's head and on the wing.

Current earliest mention is in a November 1951 newspaper advertisement with a poor picture. It was widely 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 December 1952. 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 MF 108 SFTF / SPACE ROCKET - 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 MF108 Marked with an STFT logo.

Two box versions are shown.
May 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
ATLAS 7 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. 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/YONEYA - 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. Modern Toys.
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 very small (3" 7.5cm) 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
MOON ROCKET - MASUDAYA - JAPANOne of Masudaya's tin battery operated space ships with a non-fall action. An astronaut pilot sits inside a cockpit with a clear plastic cover. Rear tail fin. A metal rocker in the base detects edges and alters the direction of the rocket. This toy has particularly long red conical engines that run the length of the ship.

Two box versions are shown. There's also a version with two astronauts in the cockpit.

Distinctive Features:
Multicolored litho, light blue, red, pink and yellow.
Astronaut with rotating blue plastic periscope.
Marked Moon Rocket
Curved yellow fin
Three colored lights in either side.
Date: Appeared in the 1963 Masudaya Catalog and Firestone 1963 Gift Catalog. Two box versions shown.
Oct 21, 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
SPACE SIGHT SEEING BUS - MASUDAYA - JAPANThis is a large heart-shaped (unusual double bodied construction) tin lithographed battery operated rocket. Very large tail fin. Two pilots under a clear plastic canopy at the front. Bump and go action with flashing lights and sound.

The version on the right (Planet 81) is a hand painted prototype of the bus.

Earliest sighting 1965 Pathe film.
Oct 20, 2011
SPACE CADET- TOM CORBETT SPARKLING SPACE SHIP - MARX - USALithographed tinplate wind up rocket ship. Marked Polaris. First seen in the Sears Christmas Book for 1952. The ad wording reads:
"Tom Corbett Space Ship. Authentic reproduction of "Polaris," rocket space ship of Tom Corbett, popular TV personality. Made of sturdy steel. All-over lithographed design shows Tom Corbett at the controls with other space cadets. Cadet insignias on rocket. Sparks shoot from tail exhaust when space ship scoots along floor. Long running keywind motor. Has front and rear side fins, rudder. Raised dummy observation domes. Two large side wheels, 1 small rear wheel. 49 N 5669 - 12" long."

This is similar to the Marx England Moon-Ride, and both based on the 1934 Buck Rogers Rocket Ship. The original design has been pared down by removing the wings and simplifying the cockpit.
Oct 19, 2011
MOON EXPRESS ROCKET - HAJI - JAPANFrom this small Japanese company comes a relatively early rocket with a unique character. This is a blue tin friction rocket with red and yellow trim and litho pilot detailing. 6.5" 16cm The rocket's body tapers more than most and has a rubber safety tip, There are three angular fins which extend slightly beyond the exhaust. The rear of the rocket has a series of spark holes with red inserts. The friction mechanism sits in full view below the tail. Box? Date?Oct 18, 2011
COSMOS-189 ROCKET - AGATEX - ROMANIALight blue tin wind up space rocket. Three fins at the tail and three corresponding fins towards the front 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 allowing access to the flint. 19cm Box?

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 MF-847 - MAKER? - 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. MF847 Date?

Oct 16, 2011
UNIVERSE FRICTION ROCKET EXPRESS - MF 030 - CHINAChinese tin friction rocket with wings. Universe wording on one side of fuselage, Rocket Express on the other. ST-101 on wings. Spark windows at rear. Nose point has spring action. There are several sligh litho variations of this rocket. MF030 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. Includes Tiger Rocket, Spectreman.

Masudaya Rocket Racer design.
Oct 06, 2011
SPACE SCOUT X-110 - MARUSAN/K&K/ALPS - JAPANBased on the Pyro hard plastic X-100 Space Scout. It is a fascinating tinplate rendering of the original toy.

A light green/blue lithographed tin friction rocket plane. This is a cross between a rocket and a jet plane. The winged space plane has rocket motors mounted on the wing tips. X100 is printed on the wings and on the sides of the spaceship, as well as the wording Space Scout. The cockpit contains a molded red plastic cover. Friction action with noise and spark. 18cm

This is a litho variation of the Dream Jet Mars. This spaceship has also been seen with a different K&K manufacturer's logo on the tail. This would appear to be the Kamiya Seisakusho company. Alps may have been the import agent.

Oct 05, 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
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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