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ROCKET GUN SPACE RANGER - BEST - USABest produced a range of four hard plastic spacemen. Three of the figures are usually found on cards, the fourth figure was sold loose.

The two carded sets are both called Rovket Gun Space Ranger.
The smaller set consists just of one rocket firing spaceman, the much copied guy with the big bazooka that shoots plastic pellets.
The larger set has three figures, the rocket firing spaceman and two others

The fourth figure holds a distinctive shield, and does not feature in any of the sets. Colors are bright primary red, yellow, blue silver etc.
Aug 09, 2014
EXPLORADORES DEL ESPACIO - TROVADOR - ARGENTINASpace Explorers. A series of plastic space figures, copies of the Lido originals. I am not sure of the extent of the range or the colors. marked Trovador on the base. Aug 09, 2014
LOS SELENITAS - TROVADOR - ARGENTINATranslates as Moon Men. This is a range of strange little bug-eye plastic aliens molded in white, yellow, red and green with gold paint detailing. The parts such as heads, helmets, windmills and odd wheel components are interchangeable, so there are many possible combinations. 1960s?Aug 09, 2014
SPACEMEN - MAKER? - ARGENTINAA series of plastic spacemen very similar to the Manurba range with the distinctive texture on the space suits. All have clear plastic helmets. Available in a range of colors.

These figures have bases, unlike the Manurba figures. Maker?
Aug 09, 2014
SPACEMEN - MUNECA? - ARGENTINAA series of plastic spacemen, copies of the Premier originals. The quality of the molding is rather poor. These figures appear in various sets, including one by Animart.Aug 09, 2014
EXPLORADORES DEL ESPACIO - ANIMART - ARGENTINAA large carded set of three plastic spacemen and a variety of minor space rockets and oddities such as buckets and spades. The figures may be by Muneco and are copies of Premier figures.

Blister carded with a colorful space background.
Aug 09, 2014
SOLDADOS DEL ESPACIO - BIRMANIA - ARGENTINAA boxed set of four cream plastic child-like astronauts. Each has a distinctive large round helmet.
Aug 09, 2014
SATELLITE PATROL RAUMFAHRER ASTRONAUTEN - PLAY PLASTIC - W GERMANYSemi flat plastic spacemen. Copies of Spanish originals. Bagged with header card. Possibly by Manurba.Aug 09, 2014
ELASTOLIN SPACEMEN - HAUSSER - W GERMANYSet of four plastic space figure. Boxed set with a space scene background.

Plastic Space Series, comprising:
Model No. 8310 - Spaceman with Removable Transparent Helmet,
Model No. 8302 - "Jupiter Gorilla"
Model No. 8303 - "Saurus Saturn"
Model No. 8304 - "Venus Amazonia" [the only figures released].

The figures are made of polystyrene. The light blue of the spaceman has a shimmer of nacre.
The scale is 1:25, the spaceman has a size of 7cm. The group only appeared in Hausser´s Elastolin catalogue from 1960. The space figures were a flop.
Around 1980 a short while before Hausser went out of business, they were sold in toy shops again. It was the dead stock from 1960s.

Note: The clawed spaceman: back in the 1950's it was unclear if space suit gloves were even possible. Some suit designers took a tip from deep sea diving suits and postulated mechanical pincers instead of gloves.

Aug 09, 2014
PLOMBELIANOS - PLOMBEL - ARGENTINAPlastic spacemen in a combination of Archer and Premier poses. Four types of figure, each with a plastic helmet, clear or colored. Produced in a range of colors. Bagged with header card

This is the Tudor Rose set of four poses: three Archer one Premier (pistol held vertical).
Aug 09, 2014
COSMOS 2000 - JEM NOREV - FRANCE Boxed set of ten plastic astronauts with detachable equipment. Window box with a Moon landscape scene. Set No 202. CosmonautesAug 09, 2014
ROCKET CAR - IDEAL - USAHard plastic space car with long rocket tubes on either side. Unusual tail fin. 4" Assorted colors.

Sold loose as part of the Novelty Car Assortment. Dated to 1953
Aug 08, 2014
THUNDERBOLT SPECIAL, SPACE CAR - CALIFORNIA MOULDERS - USAThis is probably the first plastic spaceship, dating to 1948.
"Rocket Car of the Future". Hard plastic spaceship. 7.5" A futuristic vehicle with small side wings and a large dorsal fin. A gun is mounted on the top. Produced in combinations of red, blue and yellow components. Push along.

The boxed version is in three color combinations. The bagged version came in just two colors.

First produced in 1948: CM-600
In the early 1950s the toy was renamed "Space Car" CM-160
Aug 08, 2014
SUPERSONIC ACES SET - PREMIER PRODUCTS - USAA boxed set of five smaller Premier hard plastic spaceships and one hard plastic spaceman figure. Mounted on a Premier Airport backing card. Window box.

Various color and figure combinations.
Aug 08, 2014
COSMIC SPACE SET - MAKER? - USAThese sets of dime store space toys turn up fairly regularly and yet the maker remains a mystery. The simple space toys are made of thin plastic, and have no moving parts. The feature that sets the apart is the imaginative design of the backing cards and the wonderful early space graphics on them. The spaceships and space cars are unique in design, but the spacemen are small, roughly modelled figures based on Archer poses.

There are at least six sets, each with five units:

Cosmic Space Set: rocket shaped card with a selection of five small spaceships, space car, space cannon and spacemen.

Space Men: rocket shaped card with a selection of five small spacemen.

Space Cannon: rocket shaped card with a selection of five small plastic space weapons. These all have stands.

Rocket Space Cars: rocket shaped card with a selection of five small spaceships.

Space Ships: rocket shaped card with a selection of five small spaceships.

Space Train: backing card with a space city theme. The card holds a small five-piece plastic train set: two engines and three carriages.
Aug 07, 2014
ROCKET SPACE SHIPS - MAKER? - HONG KONGFour simple plastic spaceships on a backing card. These are soft plastic copies of the Greyshaw Space Raider Squadron spaceships. Crown Colony. 1960s

Aug 07, 2014
SPACE CAR - TAT - HONG KONGThis is a copy of the Wold's Champion Race Car by Renwal. The gently tapering space car has a clear plastic dome containing a pilot and a long detachable rear fin maked CHAMPION. 55 is molded into the front. Boxed. Produced in a range of colors. Friction drive. Box? 1960sAug 07, 2014
WORLD'S CHAMPION RACER - RENWAL - USADespite its name this looks like a futuristic space car. The gently tapering space car has a clear plastic dome containing a pilot and a long detachable rear fin maked CHAMPION. 36 is molded into the front. Boxed. Produced in a range of colors. Friction drive.
Aug 07, 2014
X-400 SPACE EXPLORER - ALPIA - ITALYGrey hard plastic spaceship. This is clearly a X-400 spaceship manufactured by Alpia in Italy in the 1950s. This is a copy of the Pyro original, though it may be derived from the English molds. There is no name on the spaceship, though the Alpia logo and Bergamo are shown on the top of the ship. This is a friction drive mechanism, though it does not have the large box structure usually used for the motor (Tudor Rose style)Aug 07, 2014
FUTURE CAR - MOLDEX? - AUSTRALIAThis car is based on the Marx Future Car. There are some differences - the wheels are cast metal which had a thin layer of rubber to provide traction. The car has rubber. There is also a white cap placed at the top of the car, also the driver doesn't appear to be a "space" driver but rather a figure out of a racing car.

The car has an interesting friction mechanism: when you psch the car forward a small triangular cog rotates and flicks a little brass strip which acts as a drum stick against piece of cardboard?. At the same time a crudely cut tinplate cog rotates against a worm gear which turns a large horizontally mounted flywheel which has a rough underside. This strikes against a flint which sends sparks out the back of the car.
Aug 07, 2014
SPACESHIP - FETHALITE - AUSTRALIAA small three-hulled spaceship. Hard plastic. Silver with bronze engine and bronze, blue wheels.

The silver color suggests that is based on the English Poplar spaceship which in turn is a copy of the Gilmark Supersonic Jetmobile.
Aug 07, 2014
ROCKETSHIP - MAKER? - ARGENTINAGrey hard plastic spaceship. A copy of the Pyro Rocketship original. Marked Industria Argentina. Maker?Aug 07, 2014
AUTO ESPACIAL GERATOMIC - MIRIM - ARGENTINASilver hard plastic space car with gold painted details, a copy of the Pyro Pyrotomic Energiser. GERATOMIC molded into the sides.

Sold in a box. Date?

One of two Argentinian Pyro copy space cars
Aug 07, 2014
AUTO ESPACIAL SUPER BOMBEIRO - MIRIM - ARGENTINASilver hard plastic space car with gold painted details, a copy of the Pyro Fire Control Vehicle. Sold in a box. Date?

One of two Argentinian Pyro copy space cars
Aug 07, 2014
X-300 SPACE CRUISER - MAKER? - ARGENTINANot much known about this copy of the Pyro X-300. Black and white two tone hard plastic spaceship. Aug 07, 2014
SUPER ASTRONAUT - HORIKAWA - JAPANTin battery operated rotate-o-matic robot with rotating action, opening doors and shooting guns. A later style robot with hollow arms and a silver chrome plastic face plate with large eyes. 12"

Black and red versions. Slight litho panel variations. Also released by SJM of Taiwan. The red version is new in the 1977 SH catalog art 5031. There is as yet no info for the two brown versions.
Aug 07, 2014
STAR STRIDER - HORIKAWA - JAPANTin battery operated Attacking Martiaan style robot. This is probably the last Horikawa-Marumiya robot. The box has a SH Logo and says "Tin Toy ProjectPproduct of Horikawa Planning by Task Force". Under it iss written "Directed by K . Yamazaki , designed by Cheech Asami."

Possibly a 1986 robot though it is not in the SH catalog before 1989 when Marumiya changed its name to Metal House.

This can be considered the first robot designed for collectors. It was very expensive and found in gift tores. The robot was then produced by Metal House until the end of 90’s in a limited edition box.
Aug 07, 2014
CAPTAIN VIDEO SPACE SET - TECHNI-PLASTE - FRANCEAmn unusual carded set consisting of a Lido spaceship along with four hard plastic copies of Lido spacemen and aliens. The spaceship is the standard Captain Video Troop Transport with only one accessory. (There is only space for one accessory on the card.) It's marked Lido so it is a Lido repackaging. The figures are metallic hard plastic. It dates from the early 1950s. Aug 05, 2014
PYROTOMIC WHISTLE - PYRO - USAA small hard plastic whistle in the shape of a spaceship with a pilot sitting in an open canopy. Marked Pyrotomic. Sold loose. Produced in a wide range of colors.Aug 05, 2014
SPACE CARS - DILLON-BECK - USAA range of small plastic streamlined space cars. Futuristic designs produced by Dillon-Beck under their Wannatoys trading name.

There are two main types: the bubble top coupe with a colored plastic canopy (top) and a more spacey elongated oval design with side rails and a clear plastic canopy. (bottom) Made in a wide range of colors.

These date from around 1946.

Aug 05, 2014
NAVIGAZIONE SPAZIALE SET - CO-MA - ITALYA bagged space set comprising a 7" plastic space rocket that snaps apart in the middle. It contains a small red plastic astronaut pilot. The ship is made from soft plastic to survive impact. It comes with a slingshot and an instruction sheet.Aug 05, 2014
SPACE RANGER Z-101 - MOLDEX - AUSTRALIAThis is a very large hard plastic spaceship based on the Pyro X-200 Space Ranger. At 11" it is about twice the size of the Pyro: the Pyro is included in the picture for comparison.

Produced in a range of colors: green, bronze, silver, blue.

The spaceship has been dated to 1953 - it was advertised in an Australian paper in September that year.
Aug 05, 2014
SPACE PATROL - LUNA-PLAST/PLOMBEL - ARGENTINAHard plastic spaceship. A copy of the Tudor Rose original, and similar to the Pyro X-200. Bagged with header card. Burgundy color.

This is possibly a repackaging of a Space Scout made by Plombel.
Aug 05, 2014
SPACE CLIPPER - LUNA-PLAST - ARGENTINAHard plastic spaceship. A copy of the Tudor Rose original. Bagged with header card. Aug 05, 2014
ROCKET CAR - PLASTICRAFT - USAA large (10") hard plastic space car. Open cockpit with two stylized pilots. Silver painted details. Push along.

There were two color variations, yellow (being more common) and red. The bottom is marked "Plasticraft MFG. CO., Arlington N.J., Made In U.S.A." 1950s
Aug 05, 2014
SPACE SHIPS - PIERWOOD - AUSTRALIANo toys yet found, but in the 1950s Pierwood Plastics signed a deal with Louis Marx to produce their toys in Australia. Here is a catalogue dated January 1954.

The items pictured are the Twin Fuselage Spaceship and the Twin Gun Spaceship, both originally by Marx.
Aug 05, 2014
CARS OF THE FUTURE - MARX - USAThere are four futuristic space car styles. Each car is approximately 5 inches in length and made of hard plastic with one-piece plastic wheels and axels. Sold old as bin toys in the 1950s. Made in a wide range of colors.

Aug 05, 2014
SPACE RAIDER SQUADRON - GREYSHAW MFG -USAA carded set of three simple four wheeled hard plastic spaceships. There appear to be three basic designs produced in a wide range of colors. Aug 05, 2014
FLASH GORDON SOLAR COMMANDO SET - PREMIER PLASTICS - USACarded set of one hard plastic Premier spaceship and three plastic Premier spacemen. various color combinations.Aug 05, 2014
X-200 SPACE RANGER - LESIEUR - FRANCEA hard plastic copy of the Pyro original. Seen in two-tone green and white. This model was a premium issued with Lesieur cooking oil products. The spaceship has rather more flash than other versions, reflecting the economics of providing free gifts.Aug 05, 2014
FLASH GORDON SPACE ROCKET SQUADRON - PREMIER PLASTICS - USAA carded set of five Premier hard plastic spaceships.

Includes four assorted 5" long rockets and one 9" long rocket, assorted colors including metallics. Copyright 1952
Aug 05, 2014
AERO CAR - PLAS-TEX - USARed plastic space car. Low, rounded design with tailfin and tailplane. Plastic windscreen and clear plastic headlights. Push along. 7.5" 19cm. Aug 05, 2014
DUPERITE AERO CAR - MOULDED PLASTICS - AUSTRALIAThis hard plastic space car has a low, rounded profile with a tailfin and tailplanes.

The space car is a copy of the American Plas-Tex Aero Car. This is a modified design to give the car a friction drive. The quality of the molding gives less detail than the original with a less glossy finish.

'Duperite' is a variety of plastic compound that is resistant to water but not so good at withstanding heat, so many examples are warped.

The Australian version (bottom) is marked Duperite and has an exposed metal engine housing plate. The version at the top is probably a Hong Kong copy of the Australian friction version.


Various colors.

This is a much modified design to give the car a friction drive. 'Duperite' is a variety of plastic compound that is resistant to water but not so good at withstanding heat, so many examples are warped.
Aug 05, 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
SPACE CAR - RELIABLE - CANADAOne of two small hard plastic space cars featured in the 1953 Reliable Plastic Toy Catalog. This car has a rounded front , a windscreen with one central stut, tailfins over the over rear wheels.

Various colors. 4" Picture?

Aug 05, 2014
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