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 ALPHADROME ROBOT AND SPACE TOY DATABASE

Toy Robots and Space Toys
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SPACE WORLD RAY GUN - EMPIRE - HONG KONGAn angular green plastic space gun. Pronounced trigger guard. Box shaped silver barrel tip. Large spark window on the top. Friction action with noise and spark. The card's knock-off graphics clearly target the Star Wars market. Blister carded. Dated 1979. Made in Hong Kong for EmpireMay 22, 2015
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X-7 SPACE EXPLORER SHIP - CLOVER LEAF (CL) - TAIWANLater tin and plastic battery operated saucer. Mystery action. Pilot under central clear plastic dome. Ring of flashing colored lights. Japanese box version. Pilot has a full helmet unlike the pilot depicted on one of the box versions. This is a direct copy, box and all, of the Masudaya flying saucer.May 22, 2015
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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
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STAR DART GUN - MAKER? - HONG KONGA silver plastic space gun. Chunky design with trigger guard and a large bulky telescopic sight. Paper decal decoration. Shoots rubber tipped darts. Bagged with header card. No 2038May 21, 2015
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SHOOT OUT IN SPACE RAYGUN - TOMY - JAPANAn electronic transistorized shooting range. Contains a large white plastic machine gun with a conventional shape. Detachable stock. The bolt is mechanically released by the trigger making a loud click. The gun emits a beam of light which triggers rocket targets positioned in a tray. 27" 72cm.

Also sold by Chad Valley, England. Marked Raygun, Shoot Out in Space decal on the stock.
May 21, 2015
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SPACE BATTLE SET - GINPEL - ITALYA reworking of the ATOMIC ORBETOR-X. A boxed set with a metallic blue plastic space gun with a short barrel. The gun is now battery powered but incorporates the original CO2 cannister molding in its design. The gun is ultimately based on the Cosmic Ray Gun by Palitoy. Comes with belt, holster and pouch. Action? May 21, 2015
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URANUS III - MAKER? - PORTUGALSmall plastic space gun, angular handle. Paper decal decoration. Shoots darts. Blister carded. Available in a range of colors. Date?May 20, 2015
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FLASH GORDON SPACE GUN - LONE STAR - ENGLANDA large heavy diecast and plastic cap firing gun. White and red, with a plastic barrel tip. Angular telescopic sight. Flash Gordon logo on one side 9.5" 24cm Dated 1981.

May 20, 2015
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ATOMIC SPACE GUN - ICHIMURA - JAPANA small lithographed tin space gun. Black with white and yellow detailing. Marked ATOMIC SPACE GUN. Three spark windows at the front. Friction action with spark. 5" 12cm. Sold in trade boxes. Indian Head Logo. The gun is featured in an Ichimura page from an Exporters Guide dated 1964. May 20, 2015
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PLAZER RAY GUN - MULTIPLE TOYMAKERS - USAA very large blue and white plastic battery operated space gun with an unusual box shape. The structure has two handles and is held up to the face. A viewing window allows the gun to be pointed at objects and "shot" with an accompanying flash and an electronic sound. Three color filters. 26" 65cm. Featured in a Montgomery Ward catalog in 1966 One of the earliest space guns to use transistors. May 20, 2015
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WALK-A-TRON ROBOT - MAKER? - CHINAA barrel shaped, squat blue plastic robot with short yellow legs. Yellow plastic arms. The robot has a clear domed head with red plastic headphones and a red cylindrical structure inside. Plastic antenna on top. Paper Walk-A-Tron decal on the chest. Battery operated walking action with moving arms. Rotating psychedelic antenna. See also the !XAX! robot and the Toshiba PS-9B)

Sold also as the 6787 Preschool Robot by Lillian Vernon.


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May 19, 2015
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PS-B9 ROBOT - TOSHIBA - JAPAN A squat, rounded robot in cream and grey plastic. This was an entry by Toshiba into Tomy's home robot market. He functions as an electronic robot pencil sharpener and desk cleaner. Similar to Enpitsu Kaziri / SO-G but of better build quality. He comes with his detachable face plate and a rechargable battery pack. The same shape was used for !XAX! and the Walk-A-Tron robot. 1980s. Box?
May 19, 2015
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!XAX! ROBOT - MAKER? - CHINAA barrel shaped, squat black plastic robot with short gold legs. Gold plastic arms. The robot has a clear domed head with XAX wording inside and a plastic antenna on top. Paper decal decorations. Battery operated walking action with moving arms. Colored lights in the dome. Rotating antenna. The robot emits smoke. (See also the Walk-A-Tron robot and the Toshiba PS-9B)May 19, 2015
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AUTOMATIC 2000 - JOUETS PP - FRANCEA silver plastic space gun based on the Arrow Launcher Gun by Matsushiro. Darts and spinner shooting action. The gun has two barrels mounted one above the other. In addition a spinner launcher is mounted on top. The spinners are launched and become targets for the dart gun. 29cm. Jouets PP was a Monaco based company. May 19, 2015
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RAYDART GUN - TARRSON CO - USAAn angular plastic dart shooting gun. This unusual gun is made of three colors of plastic. It has a thin barrel with rings and a large plastic tip. The long telescopic sight sits directly on the top of the body. There is a round recessed decorative feature on one side. Storage compartment in the handle. The gun has been found in various combinations of black, blue, yellow and red. Sold with three rubber tipped darts: red, blue and yellow. 9.5" 24cm 1968May 16, 2015
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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
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MANITIDE NERA, ROBOT SERIE DRAGON - GC GIO CO - HONG KONG A plastic battery operated Japanese character robot. Based on an Attacking Martian design with opening doors and shooting guns. The robot has a yellow body, black arms and legs and a distinctive Shogun style head. Made in Hong Kong for the Italian market. Dated 1980May 16, 2015
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AIR CONTROL CENTER - BANDAI - JAPANA battery operated console toy similar to the Masudaya range. The tin console has a central radar screen, a variety of colored lights, a rotating antenna and a Morse code key. Rearrangement of the wires permits various combinations of lights and noise. Box? Though not strictly a space toy it has strong connections.

Image courtesy vintagespacetoys.com
May 15, 2015
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MINI SPACE STATION - NOMURA - JAPANA light blue battery operated plastic flying saucer. The design has a suggestion of the torus shape of earlier toys, with a red plastic central dome and two red plastic landing platforms extending from the sides. Two long thin white plastic antennas extend from either side of the dome. Bump and go action with flashing lights. TNMay 15, 2015
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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
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ATOM JUNIOR - MAKER? - AUSTRALIAPlastic space gun with simple clicker action. This is based on the Pyro Space Control Gun. Marked Atom Junior on the sides but with no maker's mark. Known colors: green 5" (13cm) Box? Packaging?

The gun is described as the Atomic Junior gun in the Perth Sunday Times dated 16 August 1953.
May 14, 2015
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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
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PAPER POPPER GUN - LANGSON LMCO - USAA plain silver metal paper popper. This unusual gun has two handles and has a paper roller holder mounted at the front. The action is created by pumping the two handles back and forth. 10" 25cm This was released at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair, making it arguably a very early space gun, though its space credentials are the subject of debate. Box?May 14, 2015
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ASTRO MACHINE GUN - MAKER? - TAIWANPlastic space gun. Chrome attachments on both the back of the gun front of the barrel. Made in a range of colors. Friction action with noise and spark. Window box. May 14, 2015
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CROWN SPACE GUN - CROWN - JAPANAn early black painted metal water pistol. Shaped like a rocket. A rear plunger is pulled to fill the gun. A crown symbol is embossed on the handle 6" 15cm 1950. Probably sold in trade packs of a dozen. Box? Packaging? May 13, 2015
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THUNDER GUN "SMOKEY JOE" - NEWELL - USAA large conventional single shot airfire rifle with 2-in-1 action. 25" The gun has a pump action and shoots ping pong balls. Comes with "muzzle compensator" that fits on front end of the gun. Walnut finished plastic and aluminum. The box depicts a spaceman and spacewoman. An advert for the gun featured in the Florence Times in November 1952.
May 12, 2015
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MIRRORMAN SPACE GUN - TOMY - JAPANThis is a variation of the Tomy Siren raygun design. Blue, red and white plastic flashlight raygun with siren. Window box with Mirrorman graphics. The Tomy trademark is molded into the side of the gun. There's also a cord or lanyard attached to the handle. May 12, 2015
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FLYING STAR - KGK - JAPANA green plastic space gun. Launches spinners with small pictures of a spaceman's head in the center. The distinctive feature of this gun is its tubular shape with four fins at the back. The elaborate box art exaggerates the Flying Saucer design of the simple spinners. Marumi Kogei May 12, 2015
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ESPACIAL ANO 2000 - TEYCA - MEXICOClear red plastic space gun, rounded shape with a distinctive ringed chrome nozzle with a circular sight. Friction action with spark. Teyca decal on the side. Lanza chispas. Blister carded. 7" 17cm

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May 12, 2015
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SALON DE TIRO - XAFMAS - SPAINA red plastic and tin cork shooting gun. The simple pop gun comes with a gallery of card targets, each of which depicts a space or fantasy scene. Mallorca, Spain. May 06, 2015
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ULTRAMAN GUN AND HOLSTER SET - MAKER? - JAPANBlue plastic spring loaded gun. Grey barrel tip. Shoots darts? Leathe Ultraman holster and belt. Anime superheroMay 06, 2015
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SPACE GUN - NAGASAKIYA - JAPANA small (6" 9cm) blue hard plastic water pistol with a short red plastic barrel. The angular gun has a relatively huge red plastic telescopic sight. Marked N. Name? Available in blue and grey. May 06, 2015
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RADAR RAIDER SPACE GUN - PREMIER PLASTICS - USAA large plastic conventional machine gun. Telescopic sight, drum magazine. Cap firing action. There is little obvious space styling and the box is equally unconvincing "Cap Firing Tommy Gun", but the gun was aimed at the emerging space toy market. Available in a range of colors including red and grey. 17" May 06, 2015
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FLYING SAUCER MACHINE TMG - TIGER CHEM - JAPANA black plastic machine pistol with a long stock and a lever action reload mechanism. This conventional and non-space like gun shoots small plastic discs. Two versions shown, one of which includes small plastic monsters as targets. The boxes have elaborate space graphics. 30cmMay 06, 2015
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TOMMY THUNDER GUN - MITSUHASHI - JAPANBlue plastic Tommy gun style machine gun with drum magazine. Red barrel tip. Marked Tommy Thunder. Paper bullet decals. Battery operated with sound and flashing light. The gun may lack space styling but the box and the inner packing are decorated with space themes. May 05, 2015
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ACTION TV ROBOT - MAKER?Plastic battery operated robot with TV screen in head. This is another release of the Horikawa Lambda-I robot, very similar to the Supe TV Robot.

Bump and go action with sounds and pictures on the TV screen. Maker? Window box.
May 05, 2015
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SPACE JET GUN - MAKER? - ARGENTINALight blue tin lithographed bulbous space gun with a clear red plastic barrel containing "lipstick" inserts. Litho of stars and Saturn. Friction noise and spark. Argentine version of the Yoshiya KO Space Super Jet Gun 9.5" 24cm Box?
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CRAGSTAN ATOMIC JET PLANE - SN - JAPANA large white tinplate plane with very small wings positioned at the back. The plane has a "jet action" which consists of small colored springs moving in and out of the engine ports. Pilot under a clear plastic cockpit. Friction action. Date? SN in a Circle logo.

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CAPITAO ESPACIAL SPACE GUN - ESTRELA - BRAZILBlue and red tin lithographed bulbous space gun with a clear red plastic barrel containing "lipstick" inserts. Elaborate litho detailing of a space station and delta wing on the body. Marked Capitao Espacial. Friction noise and spark. Brazilian version of the Yoshiya KO Space Super Jet Gun 9.5" 24cm Box?

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SPACE TANK - YOSHIYA - JAPANA small red tinplate friction space tank. Yellow pilot under a clear plastic dome. Atomic logo lithographed at the front. Angled tin fins at the back. Dome shaped red plastic spark window at rear. Marked SPACE TANK Friction action with spark. KO Atomic logo lithographed at the front. Simple friction action with spark. The Indian VTI space tank uses this pressing. xaddedMay 03, 2015
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MAN ON MOON - COSMO - HONG KONGA large white plastic Apollo spaceman carrying a suitcase and a metal detector type "magnetic suction blinker". The astronaut has a substantial blue backpack. Yellow remote control. Battery operated walking action with turning head and blinking light in the detector. The Apollo theme suggests a date around 1969-70. May 02, 2015
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TALKING ROBOT - MAKER? - KOREAA silver plastic battery operated robot. The styling is similar to the later Horikawa robots but this has a distinctive slotted chest design, large blue eyes and a red nose/mouth assembly. Saturn design stencilled on the chest. The batteries are housed in the back of the legs. Box? Maker? Name?

See also the TV Robot which shares many design features.
May 02, 2015
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LUCKY RAY GUN - HORIKAWA - JAPANA large burgundy colored tinplate machine gun. A traditional military design with magazine clip and telescopic sight. Battery operated with noise and flashing lights. A color wheel rotates in the barrel tip. Marked Lucky Gun on the sides. Date?May 02, 2015
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FIREBIRD 1 - ALPS - JAPAN A red and white tinplate concept car. Rocket car shaped. Four wheels, side wings and a tailfin. Pilot under a clear plastic canopy. Red plastic rear engine cover. Firebird logo on the side. Friction action with spark. Probably mid 1950s. May 02, 2015
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FIREBIRD - ALPS - JAPANRed/pink tin lithographed cross between a rocket and a car. The four wheel friction vehicle has small side wings, a white tail fin with the number 4 and a pilot under a clear plastic canopy. Firebird logo on the nose and Firebird wording on the tires. Box? 1950s.May 02, 2015
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