Toy Robots and Space Toys
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SPACE WATER PISTOL NO 1 - YOSHIYA - JAPANBlue plastic space water pistol in the shape of the Yoshiya tin space guns. Transparent plastic barrel with red insert. Pictured in a 1973 Yoshiya catalog but not confirmed in the wild. 9.5"Dec 28, 2015
ROTATING LUNAR SPACEMAN - FOR MEGO - HONG KONGBlack plastic battery operated robot with astronaut head. Cheaply constructed rotate-o-matic style with opening doors, flashing guns, rotating action and noise. 12" 24cm Dated 1970 on the box. Made in Hong Kong for Mego. Dec 26, 2015
SUPER GIANT SPACE MOTORCYCLE - BANDAI - JAPANMetallic blue lithographed tin friction motorcycle. Circa 1950's. Advances with engine noise. Motorbike. Red plastic rider with a white vinyl cape. Saturn graphic on side. The tail has a red plastic spark cone and a spark window along side. There is a small rotating dish antenna above the front wheel. A working compass is mounted between the handlebars. This is a variation of the Space Patrol Super Cycle and probably came in the same box.

bike supercycle. Date?
Dec 18, 2015
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
SPACE PLANE GUN - DAH YANG DY - TAIWANA metallic green plastic space gun in the shape of a plane or rocket with a large rear fin with a rocket motor on top. Marked 5091. Cap firing. Name? Box? PackagingSep 16, 2015
TIGER SAUCER GUN - ENMBAN - JAPANA small yellow plastic space water pistol in the shape of a flying saucer. An attached handle has a blue plastic insert with molded graphic of a tentacled alien. ENMBAN, presumably the maker, is molded into the top. Sold in boxes of three. Japan 1960s.Sep 16, 2015
FRICTION SPACE GUN - FRATELLI RESTUCCIA - ITALYA clear red plastic space gun with a white tip on the barrel. Telescopic sight on an angled stem. The gun has a distinctive plastic protrusion on the bottom near the trigger. Friction action with spark. Unidentified. Maker? Box? Date? Pistola SpazialeSep 15, 2015
ALIEN SPACE GUN - MAKER? - AUSTRALIAA bulbous clear plastic space water pistol with rotating plastic aliens inside. This is an Australian version of the J.G. Schrödel design, sometimes called the Astronaut Rocket Ray Gun. This is a 6.5" 16cm version with one flat plastic alien inside. Name? Date?
Sep 15, 2015
SPACE REPEATER PISTOL No 118 - MAKER? - HONG KONGA metallic blue plastic cap firing space gun. The slender design has a stock with molded rocket, stars and Saturn design that is based on the Space Outlaw gun. The red plastic barrel has two sets of saw-tooth fins, clearly influenced by the Lone Star diecast cap gun. 5"

Advertised as the Sonic Cap Pistol in 1968.

Bagged with a header card marked "100 shot Space Repeating Pistol".
Sep 15, 2015
ASTRONAUTA SPACE GUN - ATLANTIC - ITALYA long yellow hard plastic dart firing space gun. 13" 34cm Distinctive straight edge along the top, coiled effect trigger guard and curved lines. The gun has an extra finned extension of the main barrel tip. Similarities exist with the Reliable Space Patrol Water Pistol.

Sold as part of the Astronauta space set comprising helmet, oxygen tanks and space gun.

The gun would appear to be adapted from the Samco Mitra Marziano gun.

Sep 11, 2015
WANI BRAND PISTOL - WANI - JAPANA small, early tinplate nickel plated space gun. Spaceship design with a rocket molded into the stock. Cap firing action. Sold in trade boxes of one dozen. 1950sSep 11, 2015
SUNSTAR SPACE GUN - MAKER? - JAPANAn early tin lithographed friction space gun. Black painted tinplate with red detailing. The gun has a jet plane shape and large tailfin. Three rockets are molded in the handle. Cap firing action with a red painted cap-holding mechanism. Japan 1950s Plated metal.Sep 07, 2015
TARGET TANK X-75 - ASAKUSA - JAPANMetallic blue lithographed tinplate space tank. Conventional shape with a long gun barrel attached to the turret. The gun can be retracted into the turret. Red windows on either side of a turret that hinges upward; a red bulb is positioned below. A large tin target is attached to a hinged flap behind the turret. Battery operated bump and go action, the turret moves and flashes with a shooting noise. A pistol is provided to shoots darts at the tank. When the target is hit the turret is thrown upward. "With Pistol - Light - Noise"
Turret marked 62750. 7.5" 19cm

The box art depicts a conventional military tank but the blue color and the X-75 name give it space credentials. Date?
Sep 05, 2015
ROBOT CLIM - CLIM - SPAINPlastic wind up stepover robot with large rotating antenna. Blue plastic body with black legs and yellow antenna. 14cm Radar Robot Style. Blister carded. Plastic misslies attach to the waist. Also seen with silver antenna.

A copy of the Robot King by Yone.
Sep 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
SPACE JEEP - TAKATOKU TT - JAPANBlue tin friction jeep with space litho. A goofy looking space boy is printed on the roof. Space Jeep printed on the hood. Tin canopy. Friction action. Marked T.T. Box?Sep 03, 2015
FLYING ROBOT CAR - MAKER? - JAPANSmall blue tin lithographed car. The hood and roof have Flying Robot graphics - the red T-28 style robot with the large ears. Box?Sep 03, 2015
DAN DARE SPACE PATROL PLANE - METTOY? - ENGLANDA brightly lithographed red tinplate airplane with detachable wing. Friction action with spark. Plastic propellor.

Though the plane does not have Dan Dare wording Space Patrol is printed on the wings. The litho in the cockpit depicts characters clearly intended to be Dan dare in RAF uniform. Box. Maker not established but likely to be Wells Brimtoy or possibly Mettoy. 35cm. Date?
Sep 02, 2015
DAN DARE MARTIAN PATROL LAUNCH - MERTON TOY (CUMBRIAN MOULDINGS) - ENGLANDA plastic 9" long hard plastic boat. Key wound action. The boat has futuristic styling with a red plastic antenna at the bow, a small plastic dome in the middle with an antenna, and a Lido Captain Video plastic spaceship at the stern. Colour combinations are known: red/white and blue/white. Introduced in the Eagle 6:22 in June 1955. Boat

There are two versions (apart from colour variations). The earlier, more expensive model had chrome silver components on the deck. In Summer 1957 the model was made less expensive by replacing the chrome silver with coloured plastic. The example shown here is the later, cheaper model.
Sep 02, 2015
DAN DARE ROCKET TARGET - CHAD VALLEY - ENGLANDA boxed target game consisting of a circular card target with Dan Dare graphics and a simple wooden canon that shoots rubber tipped darts. Shooting game. Date?Sep 02, 2015
DAN DARE SPACE VIEWER - LONE STAR - ENGLANDA simple plastic stereoscopic viewer with a set of 30 3-D cards. The strips are of Dan Dare and other characters from The Eagle comic. . Dan Dare wording is molded into the viewer. Sold in a display box. Date?

3D Three dimension.
Sep 02, 2015
DAN DARE SPACE SHIP FLASHLIGHT - METTOY - ENGLANDPlastic flashlight measuring 4.25" x 1.25". The nose cone removes to allow the insertion of a U11 battery which is no longer made. Inside is a card with instructions and details of the "Dan Dare's Interplanetary Flash Code". Inside the nose cone is a plastic disc depicting Dan Dare and Digby. Sold in display boxes of six guns in red, silver and green. Featured in the 1954 Mettoy catalogue.

Sep 02, 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
TOMMY JUNIOR GUN - MAKER? - JAPANBlue plastic space gun. Angular skeletal design with a red telescopic sight screwed onto the top. The gun has a clear green plastic cover with visible motor gears inside. Friction action with noise. 11" 28cm Bagged with header card.

Aug 30, 2015
PYROTOMIC DISINTEGRATOR GUN - MAKER? - CANADAA Canadian version of the Pyro Disintegrator. The colors of the plastic are more pastel and muted. The gun differs from the US issue in that it does not have the Pyro pennant logo in the center of the little dial at that bottom of the grip, it is blank there on both sides. It has the usual US patent number on the grip where it meets the body of the gun but below that it says “other US & foreign patents pending.

Two versions shown:
Top: orange with green barrel, yellow trigger, barrel tip and plunger.
Bottom: the trigger, plunger, and barrel tip are turquoise green. The yellow is almost translucent. The red is also more muted.

The original box that it came in showed Canada as the country of manufacture.

Aug 26, 2015
SPACE CRAFT 7 - KO? - JAPANA larger 9" long version of the ATC lithographed tinplate space helicopter design. Tin lithographed spaceship with spaceman under a plastic screen. Marked Spacecraft 7. Tin rotor spins. Friction action. Aug 10, 2015
MAGIC COLOR SPACE EXPRESS - TPS - JAPANA brightly lithographed tin and plastic battery operated train. White magic color dome at the front and an orange plastic motor at the rear. Four visible gears inside a window on each side. Rotating plastic antenna on the top. Bump and go action with train noise and flashing lights. See the Moon Express version.

Aug 09, 2015
BATO WESTERN SET (BATMAN REVOLVER) - PDK - JAPANA basic western Colt style click action revolver with a Batman graphic on the handle. Typical of many Japanese releases which were based on simple restyling of existing toys with little relevance to the theme. Sold with a holster and belt. Bagged with header card. Crossover

Aug 09, 2015
BATMAN TIPPER TRUCK - MAKER? - JAPANRed tin friction tipper truck with Batman logo and retailing on the tipper. Japan 1960s.Aug 09, 2015
BATMAN TANK - YONEZAWA - JAPANRed lithographed tinplate tank with blue detailing. The tank has a rotating turret with two Ack-Ack guns. A vinyl Batman head emerges from the turret. Friction action with spark. 1960s

Aug 09, 2015
GEAR ROBOT, MOVING GEAR AND SPARKING RED W/U - HORIKAWA - JAPANRed plastic wind up robot. This robot has 4 gears in chest: usually 2 large yellow above 2 smaller yellow. Truncated pyramid head. Small fly eyes, with red pupils. This is reworking of the Gear/Engine Robot design but in a completely plastic shell. English and Japanese box versions. This toy was possibly made by Suzugen for Horikawa.
Aug 08, 2015
CAPTAIN BOAT - MITSUHASHI - JAPANA brightly lithographed tinplate speedboat. 25cm Crank action drives the plastic propeller. A tin pilot head emerges from the top of this speedboat. A closer look reveals its Captain Scarlet connection: the letters SPV on the side, the circular Spectrum logo on the top and the name, Captain. Made by Mitsuhashi (M in a triangle) in the 1960s. Aug 07, 2015
COSMIC SPACE GUN - YAMAKI - JAPANClear plastic space gun. Angular body with a rocket shaped muzzle. Paper decal decorations on the side. Friction action with spark. Metal trigger. Red and blue versions known. 8" 12cm Yamaki has a question mark in a circle of dots logo. 1970s.

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Aug 07, 2015
SPACE SUPER SNEAK WATER GUN AND RE-FILL BOMB - PLAS-TRIX- USABulbous transparent green plastic space gun has traditional space lines with a rear fin and circular moldings on the body. It comes, with a plastic space rocket that acts as an additional water reservoir that can be attached to a belt. Blister carded. Date? PlastrixAug 06, 2015
INTERSTELLAR GUN ST-302 - MAKER?Large multicolored plastic rifle, a reworking of the Tada Sound of Space gun. Black and silver chrome plastic battery operated machine gun with various space noises and flashing light in the barrel. The distinctive feature of this gun is the plastic dish antenna on the top. The gun shares some components with the Tommy Kick/Capitan Marte XL5.Aug 06, 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
BUBBL-JET - KENNER - USAA small clear red plastic space gun. Bubble-blowing action, using patented bubbl-tablets. The gun has a mouthpiece at the back to blow the bubbles. Blister carded, dated 1965.Aug 05, 2015
SIREN PISTOL - TOMY - JAPANVirtually identical to the Mirrorman Space Gun with just a change to the box graphics, a white plastic muzzle and a different decal on the gun. This is another variation of the Tomy Siren raygun design. Blue, red and white plastic flashlight raygun with siren. Window box. The Tomy trademark is molded into the side of the gun. There's also a cord or lanyard attached to the handle. Ultra Ace. Freezeray.Aug 05, 2015
ZOOMERMATIC - TIGRETT - USAA variation of the Zoomeray gun with a more substantial plastic body with elaborate plastic scroll work on the top. The gun has the same skeletal handle. The gun now has a working trigger which propels a coiled paper streamer attached to a plastic rod. Sold on a header card.

Aug 05, 2015
ROCKET RACER RRX - MASUDAYA - JAPANAn early lithographed tinplate space car with a tin pilot's head behind a plastic windshield. The pilot sits in an unusual open raised cockpit with litho of a steering wheel. Rear fin. White body with orange, red and blue details. Friction action: non-fall, the third wheel alters the direction when the car reaches the edge. The underside has two wheels with a third wheel at right angles towards the center. One wheel has a rubber tire, the other does not. Marked Rocket Racer RRX. The pressing is the same as the Space Rocket Car X.

Date? 1950s Box? R.R.X.
Aug 03, 2015
SOUND OF SPACE MACHINE GUN - TADA - JAPANLarge multicolored plastic rifle. Light blue battery operated with various noises and flashing light in the barrel. The distinctive feature of this gun is the hinged plastic dish antenna on the top. The gun shares some components with the Tommy Kick/Capitan Marte XL5.

Aug 03, 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
AQUARIUS WATER PISTOL - PALMER - HONG KONGClear orange plastic space water pistol. The gun has an arched top and bottom, giving it a distinctive bowed shape. Marked Aquarius. 6.5" 17cm. Made in Hong Kong for Palmer, USA. Jul 29, 2015
ELECTRONIC SHOOTING RANGE - ANDY GARD TOYS, GENERAL MOLDS - USAA lithographed tinplate and cardboard battery operated shooting range with a plastic space gun. It is an "electronic" toy which works by shooting a beam of light at the rotating targets. The toy makes a buzzing sound when target is hit. The targets consist of a lion, elephant, tiger and rhinoceros. 22"

Red and yellow space gun versions. Box? On sale in 1956.
Jul 28, 2015
SPACE SQUIRT - KILGORE - USAA small bulbous clear orange/yellow plastic water pistol. Small telescopic sight. Jet plane molded on the handle. Marked K in a circle, the logo of Kilgore. Advertised in a 1953 trade catalog. Jul 28, 2015
EXPLORER SPACE GUN - MAKER? - HONG KONGClear red plastic space water gun. Angular pistol shape with a distinctive long ribbed telescopic sight. Explorer molded in the sides. 6" Box/packaging? Date?Jul 28, 2015
MISSILE ROBOT - MGH - KOREAThis is a Korean robot largely based on the Horikawa New Silver Astronaut. Gold plastic battery operated robot with, red hexagonal waist, and chrome silver arms. Three green plastic hinged chest guns. Rotates. The face has large red plastic panel. The feet have a pronounced wedge shape. Missile launching ears. Walks, body rotates, eyes flash. No #3458

Jul 28, 2015
NEW ASTRONAUT? - MGH - KOREAThis is a Korean robot largely based on the Horikawa New Silver Astronaut. Gold plastic battery operated robot with black legs, red hexagonal waist, and chrome silver arms. Three green plastic hinged chest guns. Rotates. The face has large red plastic panel. The feet have a pronounced wedge shape. Walks, body rotates, eyes flash. Date? Box?
Jul 27, 2015
ROCKET JET - KGK - JAPANLight green plastic space water pistol. 14cm Bulbous retro rocket shape with large rear fin. Distinctive arc-shaped metal rod at the back which is used to fill the gun. Date? Box? Packaging? Kanto Gosei Kogyo.

See also the Atomic Rocket Gun version and the tin Alps Space Gun.
Jul 26, 2015
DER UNBEZWINGLICHE (INVINCIBLE) - AC - HONG KONGLater German-market copy of the Yonezawa Talking Robot. Blue plastic battery operated robot with buttons in the chest and four missiles in the head. Walks, lighted eyes and four button talking action. This robot has the circular hole in the mouth. 30cm
German talking.
Jul 26, 2015
STAR TRON - MAKER? - HONG KONGThis is a silver grey plastic battery operated robot. It has a skirted design but has feet molded into the base. Talks. This is a variation of the Cosmic Robot but it has a conventional head with missiles, rather than the dome head. Bump and go action with flashing eyes. The robot has a pair of red plastic fists which can be fired from the arms. 11" (29cm) China 1980s

Talking, Star Wars style box.
Jul 26, 2015
ROCKET GUN - YONEZAWA - JAPANMetallic blue lithographed tinplate space rifle. The gun has a perforated barrel with a spark window is set into the base. Wood effect stock. Marked Rocket Gun on the stock and the side. Wind up action with noise and spark. 13" 33cm Box?

A newspaper ad dates this to September 1961.
Jul 15, 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
SPACE RADAR JEEP - DAIYA - JAPANA military green jeep with a GI driver. The space component is a brightly lithographed space radar screen mounted at the back. Friction powered with rotating antenna.

Jul 10, 2015
MR SIGNAL - TPS - JAPANThis is a bizarre box like robot on wheels. The head and neck consist of a traffic signal. The body has a clear plastic screen containing a number of visible rotating plastic gears. The arms are plastic road signs. The legs resemble those on the Ideal Mr Machine. Battery operated with moving arms and legs, spinning gears and flashing lights.

It is not clear if this strange robot ever went into production. It is pictured in a 1970 TPS Tokyo Playthings catalog.
Jul 09, 2015
YAKKITY YOB - ELDON - USAA light blue plastic robot with a comical human face. Described as the red-headed robot that can clap, pick up things, squeak and wink. The sound is a clacking noise. This is a manually operated robot. The chest has a molded bow tie with a sad or happy dial set in the middle. 13.5". Widely on sale in late 1961. A patent was filed in 1961 by Marvin Glass, the designer of several of these large popular robots.Jul 09, 2015
CONDOR GUN - MASUDAYA - JAPANA tin and plastic friction space gun, machine pistol style. 15" long. Described as a 10-shooter. So far known only from the picture in the 1963 Masudaya catalog. Details? Box?Jul 07, 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
NEW ROCKET RACER - MARX - USA"The Car of the Future". A lithographed tinplate racing car in the shape of a rocket. Bright red with blue, yellow and green details. A driver sits in an open cockpit behind a yellow metal windscreen. (There are red windscreen versions). Tail fins and the wording ROCKET RACER emphasise the space theme. 16" long. Wind up motor. On sale in Woolworths in 1935 at 25c. A popular, long-lived item.

Jun 30, 2015
CAPTAIN VIDEO SUPERSONIC SPACE SHIPS PLAYSET - LIDO DUMONT - USAA boxed set of four Lido spaceships and accessories. The set comprises:
Troop Transport, Pursuit Ship, Rocket Tank, and Atom Cannon. They can link together to form a train

The earliest sighting is in the 1952 Blackwell Wielandy catalog..
Jun 28, 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
ROBERT ROBOT PUSH TOY - JOLIN COMPANY - 1944A brightly colored wooden robot push along toy. Red body, yellow arms and blue wheels. Decal on the chest. A cam in the wheels moves the robot's head up and down as it is pushed along. 13.5" tall. First seen advertised in November 1944, making it the first true American robot toy.Jun 26, 2015
LUNAR LANDING PISTOL - MARX - USAA green plastic machine pistol space gun. A repackaging of a M-240 machine pistol that was also released as the Johnny Apollo Space Pistol. Battery operated space sound. This features in the Marx catalog for 1969. Jun 25, 2015
ASTRONAUT FLASH BUZZ GUN - REMCO - USAAnother variation of the plastic battery operated raygun with light and buzzer sound. USA. This is a bulky angular gun with a big trigger guard and two part working telescopic sight. Yellow plastic with black sight and barrel tip.

Fetured in the 1964 Remco catalog but advertised in newspapers in December 1963.
Jun 25, 2015
BUB-L-GUN - HASSENFIELD BROS - USAAn angular blue plastic space gun. Machine pistol shape. The gun has a telescopic sight that acts as a bubble blower. The water pistol gun can then be used to shoot the targets.
Advertised as the Bub-L-Buster in 1957.
Jun 25, 2015
BUDDY "L" ROBOTOY TRUCK - BUDDY - USAA large 21" pressed steel truck. Red and green paint. Electric powered, it connects to the mains and runs off a transformer that plugs into the roof. Actions include forward, reverse, raising and lowering of the dump section and working headlights. Not obviously a space toy but this truck has a litho panel in the window depicting a robot driver, making it one of the earliest toys to have a robot theme.

Described as new in a 1932 catalog.
Jun 25, 2015
STAFF CAR JEEP - MAKER? - JAPANA military jeep, green with a star on the hood and USA 1500487 on the side. It's space credentials depend on the fact that it was included in the Satellite Vehicles set by Royal. Advertised in 1959. Jun 25, 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
KOSMIC KLICKER GUN - KUSAN - USASo far only identified from newspaper ads in 1958. The angular Mauser shaped gun has so far remained elusive. Photo? DetailsJun 24, 2015
ROBOT BULLDOZER "US BUILDERS" - MARUSAN - JAPANA lithographed blue tin bulldozer with a red robot holding a flag in his hand. US BUILDERS is marked on the engine cover. Friction powered, the robot raises and lowers the flag in hand when pushed. 7" 17cm

Newspaper ads date the yellow version to August 1958.

There are two versions of this bulldozer both having the same box.
1 Yellow with a black robot. 2 Blue with a red robot
Jun 24, 2015
ROBOT BULLDOZER "ROBBY" - MARUSAN - JAPANA lithographed yellow tin bulldozer with a black robot holding a flag in his hand. ROBBY is marked on the engine cover and DIESEL on the sides.

Friction powered, the robot raises and lowers the flag in hand when pushed. 7" 17cm

Newspaper ads date this to August 1958.

There are two versions of this bulldozer both having the same box.
1 Yellow with a black robot. 2 Blue with a red robot
Jun 24, 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
ASTRO RAY MONSTER GUN SET - DAIYA? - JAPANA carded version of the red plastic Astro Ray friction space gun. The set comprises a gun, leather belt and holster and a space watch. The header card depicts Godzilla-style prehistoric monsters attacking a ship. No details of name or maker on the card. The holster has a tin crown badge attached which may suggest a link to the Crown company that made early space guns. Possibly by Daiya. Date?Jun 11, 2015
BIG-X MACHINE GUN - TADA - JAPANLithographed tin machine gun. Battery operated with firing noise and flashing light as it vibrates. Big-X character graphic on both sides of the gun. 23" 57cm


Jun 07, 2015
BIG X MACHINE GUN - TADA - JAPANConventional shaped light blue machine gun with folding stand. Big X graphics on the sides. Battery operated noise and flashing light action. The gun has a brass color bullet that moves to give the effect of the gun being fed ammunition. 21" 52cm

The same pressing as the Atom Boy Smoke Machine Gun

Jun 07, 2015
ELECTRIC WAVE GUN - TADA - JAPANA lithographed tinplate space rifle. The rifle has a red stock, red barrel brightly lithographed body with a space scene depicting a rocket flying over a landscape. Litho of an astronaut in a circle. There is a long clear green plastic window ralong the top of the gun. Battery operated noise and flashing lights. 21" 54cm

Two versions of the gun are known. One has older style, more realistic graphics and marked New Style Gun on the stock, the other has more cartoon-like graphics. This pressing was used for the Big-X machine gun.

Jun 06, 2015
BOOMERANG RAY GUN - MAKER? - AUUSTRALIA?In 1953 the Tigrett Zoomerang gun was advertised in an Australian newspaper as the Boomerang Ray Gun. It has an unexplained vertical protrusion from the bottom of the muzzle. When the trigger is pulled the gun fires a coil of plastic covered paper that returns to the barrel. 9.5" 24cm. The name clearly establishes its target space audience. Example, anyone? Details? it is unclear if this is the same as the Zoomerang or a variation. Box?

(The Zoomerang Gun, shown below, is a conventionally shaped plastic revolver with a slightly flared barrel. It is Hopalong Cassidy themed. Advertised in 1951.)

western crossover
Jun 06, 2015
RAZER RAY GUN - MAKER? - HONG KONGA gold plastic space gun. The machine pistol design has a large telescopic sight shaped like a rocket with a red plastic nose and tail. The gun has a distinctive extending plastic stock. Friction action with spark. May 27, 2015
DALEK - HERTS PLASTIC MOULDERS - ENGLANDA simple soft plastic blow-moulded Dalek. Small wheels, push-along action. Moveable arms and eye stalk. Grey and black versions produced. Bagged with header card. Sold exclusively through Woolworths. 1965May 27, 2015
DALEK CONSTRUCTION KIT - MARX - GT BRITAINA silver plastic Dalek construction kit. Components comprise casing halves, arm block, sucker cup, plus base, head, eye, gun and sucker, three metal axles, three plastic wheels and an instruction leaflet. Also includes the drive mechanism from the standard Marx friction Dalek.
This is basically a dismantled Marx friction Dalek that the company has sold as a model. Date 1965

BBC Dr Who, England.
May 27, 2015
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