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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Date?

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
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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
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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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LARGE SPACE CAR - RELIABLE - CANADAAt 6" this is large only in comparison with the smaller Reliable space cars. A hard plastic space car. Auto style with a central dorsal ridge and fins over the rear wheelguards. This version has struts at the corner of the windshield. Various colors. 6"

featured in the 1953 Reliable Plastic Toy Catalog.
Aug 05, 2014
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SPACE SHIP - RELIABLE - CANADASmall hard plastic space ship. Rocket design with a tailfin. Many windows in the cockpit and around the sides. Red with silver detailing. 4"

Sold in trade boxes of 2 dozen.

Featured in the 1953 Reliable Plastic Toy Catalog.
Aug 05, 2014
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SPACE SHIP - RELIABLE - CANADAAn small hard plastic space ship with unusual curved design. Jet fins and many windows in the cockpit area and along the sides. Yellow with gold detailing and red with silver detailing.

Featured in the 1953 Reliable Plastic Toy Catalog.
Aug 05, 2014
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SPACE CAR - RELIABLE - CANADAA small hard plastic space car. Auto style with a central dorsal fin and fins over the rear wheelguards. The windscreen does not have corner struts. Red with silver details. Marked Reliable 852-2. 4"

Sold in trade boxes of 2 dozen.

Featured in the 1953 Reliable Plastic Toy Catalog.
Aug 05, 2014
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FUTURAMIC ATTACK TRANSPORT XP-19 - IDEAL - USAFuturistic spaceship transporter. The long plastic vehicle has a cockpit at the front and a large cargo bay behind. Two small guns are mounted on top. Marked SPACE FIGHTER TRANSPORT on the sides. Comes with three small simple plastic spaceships. Box? Item number 4866 in the Ideal catalog for 1954-5

The advert reads:
Futuristic space ship with ramp for three space vehicles
Simulated driver at controls
Space machine guns mounted to front and back of transport
Space cars fit into transport by means of grooved ramp which firmly holds cars in place. Transport 11 3/4" long. Cars 2 1/2" long.
Sturdy plastic construction
In assorted colors
Aug 04, 2014
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SUPERSONIC JETS SPACE SET - KLEEWARE - ENGLANDDespite its name this is a space set. The boxed set comprises a mix of products based on two manufacturers: Marx and Pyro. Kleeware borrowed the US molds for a short time and produced their own copies, usually marked Kleeware, Made in England. The plastic is slightly more transparent than that of the Marx originals. The Pyro is virtually identical apart from the logo.

The set comprises:
1 Pyro Rocket Car
2 Marx Space Car
3 Marx Twin Fuselage Spaceship #2
4 Marx A-Wing Spaceship #4

Brown card box with paper label.
Aug 04, 2014
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DOUBLE GUN SPACESHIP #1 - MARX - USAHard plastic spaceship consisting of a large wing with a fuselage attached to the leading edge. The spaceship has two large cannons positioned on the wings. A tailfin is attached to each of these guns. 4 1/2" 11cm.

Marked with Marx logo and the number 1 on the base. Sold loose.
Aug 04, 2014
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CLAMSHELL SPACESHIP #3 - MARX - USAHard plastic spaceship. This ship has a quite unique design: the short wings run the length of the ship and are angled down. A complex fin runs along the top, giving the spaceship an odd, three-armed shape that has been likened to a clamshell. Marx logo and the number 3 molded into the underside. Sold loose.

5" 12.5cm
Aug 04, 2014
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TWIN FUSELAGE SPACESHIP #2 - MARX - USAHard plastic spaceship. The imaginative design consists of a large curved wing with two fuselages and a tailfin.

4 1/2" 12cm Marked with Marx logo and the number 2 on the base. Sold loose.
Aug 04, 2014
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A-WING SPACESHIP #4 - MARX - USAHard plastic delta wing spaceship. 5" 12.5cm Marked with Marx logo and the number 4 on the base. Sold loose.
Aug 04, 2014
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FIREBALL JETMOBILE - GILMARK - USAHard plastic spaceship. Tailplanes with mudguards. Two rows of windows. Angular tailfin.

Called The Fireball in the Gilmark Jetmobile set.
Aug 04, 2014
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FLASH JETMOBILE - GILMARK - USAA hard plastic spaceship. Small side wings and rear tailplanes with mudguards. Single row of windows.

Called The Flash in the Gilmark Jetmobiles set.
Aug 04, 2014
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X-43 ROCKET CAR - GILMARK - USAHard plastic space car. Long engines at the side. Two small rear fins. Marked X-43Aug 04, 2014
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X-41 FUTURE CAR - GILMARK - USAHard plastic space car. Racing car design with a pilot inside an open cockpit. Small rear fin.

Plastic wheels.
Aug 04, 2014
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X-42 ROCKET CAR - GILMARK - USAHard plastic space car. Small rear fin, large nose cone and tail engine cone. The plastic canopy flips back. Marked X-42. Plastic wheels.Aug 04, 2014
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MARS ATOMIC SUPER ROCKET - GILMARK - USAA hard plastic spaceship. Long curved top fin, side wings. One row of windows and a prominent cockpit structure at the front. Marked MARS ATOMIC SUPER ROCKET on the top. Plastic wheels.Aug 04, 2014
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ATOMIC MOON ROCKET - GILMARK - USAA hard plastic spaceship. This spaceship has a particularly long top dorsal fin. Small side wings. Two rows of windows. A three tube engine is mounted on the back. Marked ATOMIC MOON ROCKET on the top. Plastic wheels.Aug 04, 2014
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FLYING SAUCER - GILMARK - USAA hard plastic flying saucer shaped spaceship. Separate top fins and rear engine. Prominent front canopy. Marked FLYING SAUCER on the top. Plastic wheels.Aug 04, 2014
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THE SUPERSONIC JETMOBILE - GILMARK - USAA hard plastic spaceship. The large side engines give this a three-hulled appearance.

Called The Supersonic in the Gilmark Jetmobiles set.
Aug 04, 2014
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JETMOBILES SET - GILMARK - USASet of three hard plastic Gilmark spaceships. The ships are mounted on a backing card inside a flat box.

The three models are called:
The Flash
The Supersonic
The Fireball
Aug 04, 2014
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AUTO CARRIER WITH 4 CARS - ARCHER - USAA set containing plastic push along car transporter with four plastic autos. Blue cab and red trailer. A blue plastic ramp is included.
Aug 04, 2014
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DEFENSE TRUCK WITH SOUND BEAM - ARCHER - USAHard plastic space vehicle with a cylindrical rotating grey plastic siren attachment at the back. Friction drive. Name? Box?

Was this item sold in a box? The sound beam attachment was not included in any of the sets.

One of a group of four Archer defense trucks.
Aug 04, 2014
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ATOMIC DEFENSE SET - ARCHER - USAA set consisting of one Archer Defense Truck and three of the interchangeable weapons that can be mounted on the rear of the truck. This set has the searchlight, the radar tracker and the rocket tracker.
Aug 04, 2014
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RAYMOBILE DEFENSE TRUCK - ARCHER - USAHard plastic space vehicle with a rotating grey plastic gun-like attachment at the back. Friction drive. Boxed with bronze plastic Moon Boy astronaut figure who can be attached to the bumper. A chrome plastic version has been seen but not authenticated.

Sold loose, in individual boxes, in sets of one truck and three attachments and in the large Archer space sets.

One of a group of four Archer defense trucks. Box?
Aug 04, 2014
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SEARCHMOBILE DEFENSE TRUCK - ARCHER - USAHard plastic space vehicle with a rotating cylindrical grey plastic searchlight attachment at the back. The searchlight works. Friction drive. Boxed with bronze plastic Moon Boy astronaut figure who can be attached to the bumper.

Sold loose, in individual boxes, in sets of one truck and three attachments and in the large Archer space sets.

One of a group of four Archer defense trucks. Box?
Aug 04, 2014
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SCOPEMOBILE DEFENSE TRUCK - ARCHER - USAHard plastic space vehicle with a rotating cylindrical grey plastic Atomic Siren attachment at the back. Friction drive. Boxed with bronze plastic Moon Boy astronaut figure who can be attached to the bumper.

Sold loose, in individual boxes, in sets of one truck and three attachments and in the large Archer space sets.

One of a group of four Archer defense trucks.
Aug 04, 2014
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3-HULL SPACESHIP - POPLAR PLAYTHINGS - WALESA small three-hulled spaceship. Hard plastic. Silver with bronze engine and bronze with silver engine. Used on Polplar's space sets.

This is a copy of the Gilmark Supersonic Jetmobile. The silver and bronze semi-transparent plastic is characteristic of the English Poplar version. Included in a several carded sets of spacemen and spaceships.
Aug 03, 2014
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SPACE PATROL SET - POPLAR PLAYTHINGS - WALESCarded space set comprising two Poplar spaceships and four Poplar spacemen. The card probably held various combinations of the small three-hull bronze and silver spaceships, copies of the Gilmark originals. The figures are the hard rubber copies of the Thomas Toys originals. Thomas was a sister company of Poplar.Aug 03, 2014
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SUPER ASTRONAUT, RED FLY EYE - HORIKAWA - JAPANIn fact a robot. Brown tin battery operated Rotate-O-Matic, guns in chest. Japanese box.

This robot has a large plastic head with the distinctive metal red fly eye visor fixed by 2 screws. Round tin ears, tin arms thick hand, tin feet, plastic battery box, gun panel is the same one used on the Super Astronaut


It seems that there may have been four versions.

1st The all tin with classic tin head and flat battery cover

2nd Possibly the all tin version with split head and stamping on battery door (it seem that these two elements are connected)

3rd A tin version with plastic head and tin visor aka big head, there is stamping on battery door

4th Plastic head, feet, arms and flat battery door

So many head versions look strange and it's not clear how the big head fits in the time of production, but it’s not far from the split head.

The big red fly eye is more often found on the small AM than on the Super Astronaut, perhaps just using up components.
Aug 03, 2014
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SUPER ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANTin battery operated Attacking Martian. Opening chest doors and shooting guns. Astronaut face behind clear visor, despite the wording on the box.

VARIATIONS:
Plastic head with astronaut metal visor fixed by 2 screws, round tin ears, tin arms, tin feet, plastic battery box,

Front panel with brown door as on the brown Super Astronaut,

Front panel with red doors as on Apollo or Super Robot

The back and side on the 2 versions is the same brown, The gun panel is the one used on later 1977 robots with simpler litho. There is no logo on the box.

The brown version is mainly seen in England, and the red one in Japan ("Wonderland of Toys 1983), warning for 3 years old children appear around 1977.

The fly eye head is the smae as the one seen on the big head Attacking Martian.
Aug 02, 2014
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MYSTERE 5 - PLASTIMAR - FRANCEA distinct variation of the Pyro X-400 Space Explorer. This hard plastic spaceship is very similar in design but has significant differences: the vertical rear fins have become side fins and a much longer ridge now runs along the top. This is a push-along version. Box?Aug 02, 2014
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TERRE MARS INTERPLANETAIRES SET - BOUT CHOUT - FRANCEA later release of the Terre Mars copy of the Tudor Rose Space Flyer. These spaceships are, I believe, soft plastic re-issues of earlier hard plastic Rex Jouet spaceships.Aug 02, 2014
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TERRE MARS AND SPACEMEN - REX JOUETS - FRANCEHard plastic spaceship. This is a close copy of the Tudor Rose Space Flyer, which in turn is related to the Pyro X-100. The nose of the spaceship differs from the Tudor Rose version. The spaceship has a distinctive long plastic tail. Made in a range of colors.

The hard plastic grey spaceship was sold on a card with a set of four hard plastic Rex Jouets space figures. Each comes with a clear plastic helmet. Marked Depose. It is interesting to note that though these figures are original designs, not copies of earlier figures, they still retain the four poses of the Tudor Rose group.

Later reissued in soft plastic.

Colors: silver, red
Aug 02, 2014
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X-100 SPACE SCOUT - MAKER? - FINLANDBelieved to be Finnish versions of the Pyro X-100 Space Scout. This spaceship is distinctive in that there are no cockpit cutouts; the openings are sealed. In addition there is an additional plastic lining to the underside of the fuselage.

Made in a wide range of semi-transparent plsastic colors.
Aug 02, 2014
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SPACE FLYER - TUDOR ROSE - ENGLANDThis small hard plastic spaceship is superficially similar to the Pyro X-100 but there are significant differences. The spaceship has a particularly long, sharp tailfin. One of a series of models that extend the range of Pyro spaceships.

Colors: bronze
Aug 02, 2014
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ALCA 234 - ALCA CAPEL - SPAINA copy of the Tudor Rose Space Flyer. Superficially similar to the Pyro X-100 but there are significant differences. The factory had difficulty ensuring that the wheels would stay in place, so all exaamples have had the wheel supports manually welded to ensure a tight fit.

Usually silver, though a bronze example is know.

Made by Alca Capel of Barcelons. 1950s
Aug 02, 2014
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ATOMIC SPACE SHIP, AUSTRALIAN - MAKER? - AUSTRALIALarge, detailed hard plastic spaceship. Marked Atomic Space Ship on the sides. Based on the Tudor Rose original. This version has no maker's mark.

Green, blue
Aug 02, 2014
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ROCKET CAR - TUDOR ROSE - ENGLANDHard plastic rocket car, resembling a land speed car. This is one of the six additional space vehicles designed by Tudor Rose. Sold unboxed.

Colors: blue
Aug 02, 2014
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