Toy Robots and Space Toys
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PATRULLA DEL ESPACIO PISTOLA ATOMICA (SPACE PATROL ATOMIC PISTOL) - PLASTIMARX - MEXICOA Mexican release of the Marx ATOMIC PISTOL FLASHLITE. This is a hard plastic classic shape battery operated space gun. Made by Plastimarx, the Mexican Marx subsidiary.

The handle has no markings.

The cylindrical body has an angled stock. Rings surround the barrel and the back of the gun. A short cone shaped telescopic sight is mounted on top. There is a clear plastic lens housing at the front. Red and green lens filters are also included to alter the color of the beam. The gun also makes a click noise. The gun is marked Super Beam Signal Ray. Seen in red. This is a mold used for a range of space guns. 8" 20cm
Sep 10, 2013
MECHANICAL ROBOT (WIND UP EASEL BACK ROBOT) - LINEMAR - JAPANTinplate lithographed wind up easel back Circa 1957. Advances with stepping motion. Rectangular chest design with red circle containing two lightning flashes. Coiled spring antenna on the head.

This is virtually identical to the Yonezawa version except that the robot has a Linemar logo on the back and comes in a front door (One piece) box also with a Linemar logo.

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Sep 09, 2013
MECHANICAL ROBOT - (RIVET WIND UP EASEL BACK ROBOT) LINEMAR - JAPANLithographed wind up tinplate Easelback robot. Advances with stepping motion. Light blue version with rivet details, a circular yellow chest panel, dial, and black backpack with lightning flash. 6" tall. Sometimes known as the Polkadot Robot. Coiled spring antenna on the head.

Two slight variations are known: red v black ears, Lightning strike backpack v plain black backpack.

The box art depicts the robot's rivet detailing. It does not have a Linemar logo on the front but carries the company's slogan on the end panel. It is a "front door" box, that is the box opens via an end flap, rather that being a two part box.
Sep 09, 2013
SPACE SQUIRT GUN - ITALY?Small hard plastic space water squirt gun with rubber bulb. Intricate molding with fins and decortive trigger. Probably Italian. Colors include red and yellow.Aug 31, 2013
MARZIANA SPACE PISTOL - COMA - ITALYHard metallic plastic space gun water pistol with impressive retro style detailing including a domed back with arched extensions and ring molding around the barrel. (The blue version shown here is lacking its telescopic sight.) The gun is very similar to the Coma Astrale gun, but the detailing is quite different. Blue and red versions known. Box? Packaging?

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Aug 29, 2013
SPACEMAN WATER GUN - BELL TOYS - ENGLANDThis is a UK copy of the US Park Plastics Squirt Ray Water Gun packaged in a small card box with early space graphics.
A 5-1/2" 13cm bulbous plastic water gun. It has a rubber stopper and brass tip. The trigger is fully enclosed. There is a distinctive flat top with a small rear fin. Lightning flash molded in the sides.

This must postdate the Park's original, the earliest sighting of which is in the Park's Catalog for 1957. (inset)
Aug 29, 2013
SPACE POLICE GUN - KLEEWARE - ENGLANDA small red hard plastic space clicker gun. The gun has an angular box-shaped ribbed with body with a slender barrel with a round tip. Marked Space Police. Saturn, stars and comet moled into the handle. 1950s Box?Aug 10, 2013
SPACE STATION X-2 - YONEZAWA - JAPANYonezawa did not make many flying saucers and this is one of their few examples, a battery operated tin and plastic saucer with a central white plastic color dome. Around the edges are four clear plastic windows revealing plastic spacemen and engines. Bump and go action with flashing lights and noise. 8" 16cm diameter. Marked 3507. Yonezawa were never much good at creating flying saucers and it has to be said that this is a pale imitation of the Horikawa classic. Aug 06, 2013
TOM CORBETT SPACE CADET ATOMIC PISTOL FLASHLITE - MARX - USABlue plastic flashlight space gun with sight.

The handle is marked Space Cadet.

This is a hard plastic classic shape battery operated space gun. The cylindrical body has an angled stock. Rings surround the barrel and the back of the gun. A short cone shaped telescopic sight is mounted on top. There is a clear plastic lens housing at the front. Available in a range of colors: gold, silver, red, blue. 8" 20cm long. Comes with a small packet of red and green lens filters to alter the color of the beam. The gun also makes a click noise. Date? 1952? Tom Corbett. This gun clearly did have batteries included, and they're customised. flashlight

A patent for the design was filed in 1952 and issued in 1953. Pat no. 169440
Aug 03, 2013
THE ASTRONAUT MARS PIONEER - MAKER? - HONG KONGThe partner of the Lunar Explorer. This plastic wind up stepover astronaut is clearly inspired by the Apollo program. The orange astronaut with oxygen tanks has a comic look which contrasts with the serious artwork on the box. Walking action with moving arms. The other unusual feature of this robot is the triangular window box with artwork for this version of the toy on one panel and artwork for the Lunar Explorer on another panel: they shared the same box.Jul 29, 2013
THE ASTRONAUT LUNAR EXPLORER - MAKER? - HONG KONGThe partner of the Mars Pioneer. This plastic wind up stepover astronaut is clearly inspired by the Apollo program. The white astronaut has a comic look which contrasts with the serious artwork on the box. Walking action with moving arms. The other unusual feature of this robot is the triangular window box with artwork for this version of the toy on one panel and artwork for the Mars Pioneer on another panel: they shared the same box. Jul 29, 2013
XYZ ROCKET - SUZUKI? - JAPANA very small (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. Probably sold in trade boxes. See the V-3 rocket. Japan Jul 29, 2013
ESTACION ESPACIAL SPACE STATION - GOFAR - SPAINA most unusual battery operated tin and metal space toy consisting of a 48cm cast metal rocket which acts as a central turret. A bar is suspended from the turret with a plane at one end and a counterweight at the other. A battery control box allows the plane to circle at variable speed. The box art is particularly attractive. Manufactured by Gofar Producciones SA Valencia.

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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
ZOOMING SATELLITE - GAMA - WEST GERMANYAn unusual lithographed tin wind up space toy comprising a tin Earth globe sitting on a metal tripod. A satellite, or plastic ball, is attached to the globe and the whole assembly spins. The satellite starts next to the Earth then moves away to its full extent then returns. I'm not aware of any other space toy that has anything like this action. This appears as item number 825 in the 1958 Gama catalog.Jul 25, 2013
SPACE PROJECTILE GUN - MAKER? - ENGLANDA blue hard plastic space gun with rounded lines. This gun has a distinctive globe shaped barrel with a flared trumpet shaped yellow muzzle. There's a fin running the length of the top and a small solid sight at the back. The gun shoots darts. 1950s. Jul 22, 2013
SPACE CONTROL GUN - RELIABLE - CANADAThis is a copy of the Pyro gun but it does not have the small fin on the top. (It's possible that this catalog photo is not an accurate representation of the gun)

5" (12.5cm) hard plastic clicker gun with distinctive futuristic styling. Available in a range of colors. The wording SPACE CONTROL is molded into the side along with stars and Saturn. The handle has a backward sweep, there is plenty of rib detailing but according to the photo there is no tiny fin above the trigger.

This gun appears in the 1953 Reliable Plastic Toy catalog. Sold in trade boxes.
Jul 21, 2013
WASSERSPRITZPISTOLE SPACE WATER PISTOL - GEOBRA - W GERMANYA transparent plastic space water pistol. This gun is based on the Rex Mars Planet Patrol by Marx. It also has features seen on the Mars water gun by Mak's, H.K. The gun has a classic shape with with rings on the barrel, fins on the muzzle and lines on the body. A small telescopic sight is mounted at the back. The gun has a small working compass on one side of the handle and is marked Geobra on the other side.

Box? This gun features in the Geobra 1957 catalog.
Jul 21, 2013
SIREN GUN - RELIABLE - CANADAThis is the same gun as the Man O Mars Screech Gun by Ideal. It is not clear if this is one of Reliable's own creations or a resale of the Ideal model. A version with a Reliable logo has not been identified.

A futuristic style hard plastic space gun. There's a distinctive cylindrical structure on the top which holds the friction driven siren mechanism 7" Produced in several colors. Sold in trade boxes.

First sighting in the 1953 Reliable Plastic Toy catalog.
Jul 21, 2013
ATOMIC WATER GUN (BICYCLE WATER PISTOL) - RELIABLE PLASTICS CO - CANADAA hard plastic brass tipped space water gun, a cross between a pistol and a more classic shape with rings on the muzzle and ribs on the side. 8" 16cm . This gun has a small enclosed trigger. The gun has a ball lever extending down in front of the trigger. This would fit into a clamp and allow the gun to be fixed to a bicycle's handlebars. There is an R in a circle molded into the side. There are several color versions.

First sighting is currently in the 1954 Reliable Plastic Toy catalog. The gun is an adaptation of the Atomic Water Pistol that came out the year before. Sold in a polythene bag with a header card.
Jul 21, 2013
ATOMIC WATER PISTOL - RELIABLE - CANADAA hard plastic space water gun, a cross between a pistol and a more classic shape with rings on the muzzle and ribs on the side. 8" 16cm . This gun has a small enclosed trigger. There is an R in a circle molded into the side and black detailing of parts. There are several color versions. Box? Packaging?

First sighting is currently in the 1953 Reliable Plastic Toy catalog. Sold in trade boxes.

Jul 20, 2013
DINO ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANBy any standards this is a classic robot. At first sight this is a large, boxy tin and plastic black-brown battery operated robot with a little litho detailing. As soon as it is switched on, however, it undergoes an impressive transformation as the head spits in two to reveal a lighted, roaring dinosaur head. The heads snap shut, and the robot walks on. The transformation had been attempted before but never with such success or with such an unlikely subject. It is a design that has been much copied but never bettered. 11" 28cm This appears in the 1970 Horikawa catalog where it is described as new.

This has been reproduced in the original colors and in green. Reproductions have a serial number stamped into the plastic head shells. In addition the plastic heads have a distinctive molding line running around the eyes and mouth. Reproductions do not have this.
Jul 20, 2013
ROBOT RO-2 BUCKET HEAD - MLADOST - BULGARIAOne of three versions of the plastic battery operated stepover robot from Bulgaria. The robot is made of a variety of colors of plastic. The three robots have several parts in common. 7" (17cm) Bulgarian, Soviet, Made by Mladost. 1980s

This robot has distinctive arched feet and the conical head.

The three robots have no specific names and are usually referred to as Cyclops, Bucket Head and Big Ears. They were sold in a generic picture box or window box.

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Jul 20, 2013
ULTRA ACE SPACE GUN - TOMY - JAPANThis is a variation of the Siren Stan for the Japanese market. Blue and white plastic flashlight raygun with siren. Window box with Ultraman graphics. The Tomy trademark is molded into the side of the gun. There's also a cord or lanyard attached to the handle. There is a light at the top front of the gun. Tomy also released the Ziro-Zip version of this gun.Jul 19, 2013
MAGIC RAY GUN - MAKER? - HONG KONGAnother version of the Magic Gun but without the red light in the sight, and with a siren. This gun has a dial set into the bottom of the handle. The box has a Morse Code guide. Probably made by W in a Circle logo company.

Black plastic battery operated flashlight space gun. Red plastic lens housing and a large red plastic rocket shaped sight. White knob on side. Comes in a shaped box.

Space gun based on the Norton-Honer Buck Rogers Sonic Ray. Without fins.

The first sighting so far is in the 1969 M.W. Kasch Distributor Catalog
Jul 18, 2013
GOLDEN PLASTIC SPACE GUN - GOLDEN PLASTIC - ITALYA hard plastic space gun based on the BSM Space Outlaw design. Shoots darts. 13" 17cm Marked Golden Plastic Milano Date? These guns came on cards with colorful space graphics.
Jul 18, 2013
PILOTO DEL ESPACIO REVOLVER SUPER SONICO - SH - ARGENTINAThis is an Argentinian release of the English Space Pilot 3-Colour Super-Sonic Gun by Merit. The big difference is the silver grey color of the plastic. The box is also a straight copy with just a translation of the wording. Grey plastic space gun with flared red plastic lens assembly. Battery operated flashlight with three color lens. The gun has a distinctive red rocket shaped telescopic sight. There are also plastic rocket shaped attachments on either side. Plastic prongs at the back of the barrel. The box attributes many spurious functions to various moldings on the toy. SH Logo.

Argentine space gun based on the Norton-Honer Buck Rogers Super Sonic Ray.
Jul 18, 2013
ROBOTINA - JEFE - SPAINThis is the female counterpart of Jefe's Robotino. Extremely large (23 inch) plastic battery operated remote control. The light blue dome shaped robot combines head and body in one piece. There's a sort of face consisting of a grille and a pair of eyes. It stands on substantial red legs. The robot has various accessories to drive home its female character: apron, cap etc. The ears are particularly unusual cross shaped designs.

Jugetes Espaciales written on the remote. The remote control has 4 buttons, 2 green and 2 red. The green button makes one set of wheels move and the eyes light. The red buttons make the wheels move backwards. The hands can be opened and closed by a lever. Spain. There is as yet no firm date for this robot.
Jul 15, 2013
ATOMIC INTERPLANETAIRE JUNIOR - MAKER? - FRANCEThis is a French copy of the Stevens Jet Junior Space Cap Gun. Silver metal cap firing gun, 6" 15cm long. The left grip swings away to reveal the cap chamber.

The box title makes ambitious claims about the electronic. It is the same box as the one for the other version of this gun.
Jul 10, 2013
SENSACIONAL PISTOLA LANZA BOLAS - MAKER? - SPAINA yellow plastic space gun. The name translates as Sensational Ball Shooting Gun. The gun has a magazine on the top that accepts a number of the plastic balls and a hinged red end cap holds them in place. The balls drop into a flared muzzle and a spring loaded mechanism allows them to be fired. The box has particularly attractive vintage space graphics of rockets and flying saucers flying over a space landscape.Maker? Date? Jul 10, 2013
LE PISTOLET COSMIC - JADALI - FRANCESpace graphics just don't come better than on this French Cosmic Gun. Black plastic raygun with a large bulbous red plastic lens housing on the end of the barrel. This contains red and green filters to alter the color of the beam. Red telescopic sight. Two sets of jagged fins are molded into the barrel. Rayon Sideral "Cosmic" is molded into the side. A belt clip hole is molded into the handle.

There is a version with a yellow lens molding.

Battery operated flashlight action. Based on the Buck Rogers Sonic Ray Gun. Norton-Honer Buck Rogers Sonic Ray. The closest gun to this one is the Lone Star Sonic Beam Gun: it employs the same double set of fins on the barrel, giving a sawtooth appearance.
Jul 10, 2013
MASTER FLYING LA SUPERPERFORADORA DEL ESPACIO - GEYPER - SPAINA delightful and unique combination of flying saucer and space gun. The gun comprises a circular plastic flying saucer with a central dome. Inside are two astronauts and antennas. The saucer has a plastic handle attached to the base so that it can be held in the hand. The saucer has two large engines which accept spring loaded spinners. Seen in grey and light blue versions. The box has Dan Dare inspired artwork which adds to its charm. Geyper's advertising dates this to 1954-6. Superperforadora translates loosely as "Super Punch".Jul 10, 2013
ATOMIC INTERPLANETAIRE - FRANCELe Pistolet Atomic. L'Atomic Interplanétaire. Le pistolet électronique moderne a ailerons. This is an 8" 20cm diecast cap firing space gun with rings on the barrel, side fin and a basic telescopic sight. It is a copy of the Stevens Space Police Neutron Blaster cap gun, but this one is in gold and it lacks the sight on the barrel tip. The casting is rather crude. The ailerons are fins. The box is the same as used for the Junior version. It claims that the gun is electronic but this is clearly not the case.

Silver die-cast metal cap firing gun. 8 ins long.
Jul 10, 2013
SATELLITE GUN - US PLASTICS CO - USAThis is an ambitious variation of the traditional flying spinner gun. The yellow and red plastic space gun has a double action. In the first instance a very large plastic spinner is attached to the top of the gun and a pull on a string sends it into the air. Then a standard spring loaded spinner attached to the front of the gun can aimed at the target. U.S. Plastic Co., Pasadena, CA.

Currently the earliest sighting is in the Weyland Store Toy Fair catalog for 1959.
Jul 08, 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
EAGLE FRICTION TOY (LUNAR LANDER) - ASAHI - JAPANThis Apollo lunar lander module is a combination of vinyl and tin. The base is lithographed blue and red tin with simple wires for legs; they are tipped with red plastic feet. A US flag is printed on the side.The upper module is blue vinyl with a couple of red plastic engines and a small red dish antenna. Paper NASA decals. c1969. 9" 22cm tall. Friction action.Jul 08, 2013
PISTOLA OVNI ESPACIAL (UFO SPACE GUN) - JYESA - SPAINLarge green and white plastic space gun with a chrome silver front cover. Battery powered with siren. Based on the Lincoln Siren Stan design but with the telescopic sight removed. Jyesa have been rather careless in that they have reused the box art for the lighted version despite the fact that there is no light. The artwork shows a red light on the top but this is not present on the actual gun: there's a hole but no wiring. You can see that a light would prevent the toy from fitting into its display tray.

This gun was also sold with the red light feature as the Pistola Spacial Luminosa.

This is the same gun as the Lincoln Siren Stan, though the sight has been removed.
Jul 08, 2013
FLASH RAY GUN - MAKER? - USAThis is a simple pistol shaped aluminum flashlight gun but in the 1950 Miles Kimball catalog it is described as a ray gun emitting "Death rays to Buck Rogers fans", in the words of the advertisement. 5.5" 14cm Battery operated flashlight action. very basic tubular barrel with the same screw cap fittings on the light retainer at he front and battery compartment at the rear. Maker? Box?

Jul 06, 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.
Jul 02, 2013
RIDE-A-ROCKET ROCKET RIDE #260 - CHEIN - USAA reworking of Chein's Space Ride #265 with the emphasis on a carnival clown theme rather than space. 9" light blue lithographed tin lever action space carousel ride with four rockets. This carousel has a round base, a round central cylindrical column and a domed canopy, all covered in fairground images. Four vintage fairground style rockets with different litho detailing, each hangs from a metal rod. Litho rider detail. The toy uses a simple spring activated lever. The musical component is a simple plin-plonk noise.Jun 26, 2013
ROBOT UFO - DURHAM INDUSTRIES - HONG KONGBlue plastic battery operated robot. Distinctive cylindrical body with a decal decoration applied. The vinyl head has a Japanese Shogun style head. This is a reworking of the Robot 2500. Plastic battery operated robot walks with 'heart' flashing on chest and one lighting eye. Natural walking motion with arms and legs moving together. 25cm. Durham are the US importers.
Jun 25, 2013
STAR TREK JET DISK TRACER-SCOPE - RAYLINE PLASTICS - USAGold plastic space rifle with white handle. The machine pistol design has a short telescopic sight with sighting ring on the barrel. Shoots a number of small plastic disks. Blister card mounted, Star Trek graphics. Date?Jun 23, 2013
SATELLITE ORBITING EARTH - GNK - WEST GERMANYA tin and plastic toy depicting a rocket orbiting the Earth. The base of the toy is a white plastic cone containing a clockwork motor. A globe of the Earth is attached and rotates on a spindle. A rocket on a wire in turn orbits the Earth. The rocket has an image of a dog, a clear reference to Leica, set inside. The box has space graphics but has no wording other than the initials GNK. Wind up. Height 11cmJun 22, 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
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