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INTERPLANET CRUISER X-300 SPACE CRUISER - ALPS - JAPAN728 viewsTin friction rocket based on Pyro plastic original. There is another version of this spaceship with slightly different litho.
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LEVER ACTION ATOMIC ROCKET - MASUDAYA - JAPAN300 viewsA blue, red and black lithographed tin friction. Saturn and stars litho on the large distinctive side panels. Circa 1950's. Push down lever action. Marked Atomic Rocket. The top fin acts as the lever. MT Plain box with paper label.

An early example of the Masudaya Rocket Racer design. The same pressing as the X-3 rocket.

On sale at Macy's December 1953.
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ATOM JET - YKS - JAPAN290 viewsA small, simple blue-green and red tin friction space rocket with a tin astronaut pilot head under a clear plastic canopy. The toy has large rubber wheels and a small tail wheel. There are slots in the front for sound effect. Carries the logo YKS. Single tail fin.

There are two versions of this rocket: one with a pilot behind an open windshield and one with a pilot under a clear canopy. Box?

See also the Star Jet version of this rocket.
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ATOM ROCKET 7 BLUE VERSION - MASUDAYA - JAPAN284 viewsOne of Masudaya's tin battery operated space ships with a non-fall action. An astronaut pilot sits inside a cockpit with a clear plastic cover. Rear tail fin and two red conical engines on the side. A metal rocker in the base detects edges and alters the direction of the rocket.

Distinctive Features:
While very similar to the white version of the Atom Rocket 7 this toy has the usual shorter red conical engines running less than half of the length of the ship.
Light blue and dark blue with red detailing.
Large rotating plastic antenna.
Marked Atom Rocket 7
Triangular tailfin.
This version Has a single teardrop shaped red light on each side.
Spaceship design on tailfin.
Date: First sighting Rike's Toyland of Ohio Toy Catalog 1962
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APOLLO 11 ROCKET - NOMURA - JAPAN255 viewsLater style white plastic battery operated rocket. Red plastic tail fins, a clear plastic engine and nose cone.

"Switch on and APOLLO-11 starts moving. It stops and elevates vertically. It comes down and moves forward. The actions repeat. Light blinks with constant rocket engine sound." Apollo-11 TN
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ATOMIC ROCKET X-1800 - BLUE & WHITE VERSION - MASUDAYA - JAPAN251 viewsOne of Masudaya's tin battery operated space ships with a non-fall action. Rear tail fin and two conical engines on the side. A metal rocker in the base detects edges and alters the direction of the rocket.

Disticnctive Features:
The front cockpit has no astronaut: there is a patterned windshield containing a color light effect.
Light blue and white with red detailing and cream engines
Large grey plastic rotating antenna, though the white antenna (bottom) looks more like the one on the box.
Marked X-1800
Triangular tailfin.
This version does not have lights in either side. The plainer litho detailing with three litho portholes and the fresnel lense-like cockpit cover make this a more serious looking spaceship
The box carries the serial no. 1883 MT/191
On sale in October 1960.
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APOLLO 11 MOON ROCKET - ATC - JAPAN244 viewsThis is a long blue and silver tin and plastic friction rocket. Three red plastic fins and a rotating red plastic nose section. Three wheels. Marked Apollo 11. Asahi Japan. Apollo 11 first landed men on the Moon. 1969-70
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MOON ROCKET XM-12 - YONEZAWA - JAPAN229 viewsVery large metallic blue tin battery operated rocket. 38cm. Two pilots under a clear plastic canopy. The rocket can be steered via the nose wheel. Hatches in the front and rear give access to replace the light bulbs, a possibly unique feature. Lighted spinning engine. The fins are detachable for storage.

"Action lighted spinning rocket engine & Radar lunar scope".

The design of the rocket is clearly inspired by the rocket Luna in the 1950 film "Destination Moon" though the name is a variation of the craft in "Rocket Ship X-M".

Dee also the similar X-12 version of the rocket.

Currently the first sighting is in the 1958 Sears Christmas catalog and in the Lazarus catalog for 1959 .
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ARROW 7 SPACE SHIP - SANKEI - JAPAN229 viewsA red, blue and white rocket. The little lithographed tin friction space ship has a tin astronaut pilot head on top behind a tin windshield. Blue metal wheels. 16cm

Spark window at rear. See also the Arrow Jet 12 version which has a spark hole in front of the pilot rather than at the rear.

Possibly Sankei, the K in three concentric circles logo, manufacturer of the Arrow 12 version.
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MOON ROCKET - MASUDAYA - JAPAN228 viewsOne of Masudaya's tin battery operated space ships with a non-fall action. An astronaut pilot sits inside a cockpit with a clear plastic cover. Rear tail fin. A metal rocker in the base detects edges and alters the direction of the rocket. This toy has particularly long red conical engines that run the length of the ship.

Two box versions are shown. There's also a version with two astronauts in the cockpit.

Distinctive Features:
Multicolored litho, light blue, red, pink and yellow.
Astronaut with rotating blue plastic periscope.
Marked Moon Rocket
Curved yellow fin
Three colored lights in either side.
Date: Appeared in the 1963 Masudaya Catalog and Firestone 1963 Gift Catalog. Two box versions shown.
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ATOMIC RACE CAR X-8 - MITSUHASHI - JAPAN227 viewsThis is a quaint little three wheeled rocket car from the little known Mitsuhasi company. Red and blue tin friction space car with a tin pilot head behind a windshield. The car has a large rear tail fin marked Atomic and two smaller fins alongside..

M in triangle logo. 13cm

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SPACE FRONTIER ROCKET APOLLO 11- YOSHINO - JAPAN225 viewsAlso sold in a virtually identical box as SPACE ROCKET. This is one of the rockets with complex actions designed to reflect the NASA space program. A long silver tin and plastic battery operated rocket with a red plastic nosecone and a large yellow plastic engine at the rear.

Battery operated bump and go action. The rocket stops, the nose cone rotates, and finally an astronaut with camera emerges from the hinged panel on the top.

This toy has been dated to 1969 in a Lewis Galoob Toy Catalog.

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SPACE SHIP X-2 SPARKLING FRICTION ROCKET - MASUDAYA - JAPAN221 viewsAn early lithographed tin rocket. There are two versions of this wheeled rocket, one with a greeny-blue color and one in light brown. body variations. The rocket has three portholes on each side and X-2 on the tail fins. Lithp cockpit detailing. Spark windows at the rear. Friction action with noise and spark.

The rocket has long tailfins that extend beyond the exhaust, allowing the rocket to stand upright. 19cm

This toy is featured in a 1953 Masudaya advertisement.

Image courtesy of Smith House Auctions.
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ATOM BOAT MF 825 - CHINA211 viewsThis rare spaceship is a Chinese take on the Masudaya non-fall design. Marked Atom Boat; the name is a literal translation of the word "ship" as "boat". Blue and white tin friction non-fall rocket with long red cylindrical engines running along the sides. This rocket has a distinctive tall tail fin incorporating an engine. Three plain litho portholes on either side. The astronaut pilot is tin. Friction action with a loud beep noise. it is slightly larger than the Japanese non-fall rockets. MF-825
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APOLLO-X MOON CHALLENGER - NOMURA - JAPAN211 viewsA white plastic battery operated rocket with a detailed blue abd silver front end. The wheeled rocket has a rising action and opening nose. Blinking Light.

Rocket elevates the petals open and the command ship extends. It then retreats and the petals close. 16 ins Currently the first sighting is in a Marshall Field Christmas Catalog for 1970
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ATOMIC ROCKET X-1800 - GREEN & WHITE VERSION - MASUDAYA - JAPAN210 viewsOne of Masudaya's tin battery operated space ships with a non-fall action. Rear tail fin and two red conical engines on the side. A metal rocker in the base detects edges and alters the direction of the rocket.

Disticnctive Features:
The front cockpit has no astronaut: there is a patterned windshield containing a color light effect.
Green and white with red detailing
Large grey plastic rotating antenna, though the white antenna (bottom) looks more like the one on the box.
Marked Atomic Rocket
Triangular tailfin.
This version does not have lights in either side. The plainer litho detailing with three litho portholes and the fresnel lense-like cockpit cover make this a more serious looking spaceship
The box carries the serial no. 1883 MT/191. The other color version was on sale in October 1960, and this is likely to be the same.
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X202 ROCKET - COHETE X202 - SPAIN208 viewsRed plastic friction US Air Force rocket with three white fin and a white striker set into the nose. Stand up action. USAF X-202. Based on Masuya Jupiter-Nike Rocket pressing. Juguete No 202

Image courtesy of Smith House Toys
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HIGH SPEED ROCKET THE MOON ZX-8 - MARUSAN - JAPAN203 viewsThis is an early, iconic space rocket with classic lines. A red and white lithographed tin rocket with silver abd blue trim. Three red tail fins that extend well behind the exhaust. Porthole detailing. Marked THE MOON ZX-8 in a blue strip running the length of the rocket.

The rocket has an unusual propulsion method: there is a string with a hook in the end. The rocket can be suspended and pulled down to allow it to climb back up.

The box art shows the colorful rocket with the wording Rocket Go Into Space. SAN

This is the same pressing as the Marusan UNIVERSAL ROCKET, THE MOON X-1 and ROCKET METEOR.

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Image courtesy Smith House Auctions
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USA-NASA GEMINI X-5 ROCKET - MASUDAYA - JAPAN201 viewsOne of Masudaya's tin battery operated space ships with a non-fall action. An astronaut pilot sits inside a cockpit with a clear plastic cover. Rear tail fin. A metal rocker in the base detects edges and alters the direction of the rocket. This toy has particularly long silver conical engines that run the length of the ship.


Distinctive Features:
Chrome silver lithographed tin with a pattern of lines.
Astronaut cadet attached to a wire orbits the ship.
Marked USAF Gemini
Curved silver fin
Three colored lights in either side.
Date:First sighting 1966 Masudaya Trade Ad in Playthings Magazine
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ATOM ROCKET 7 WHITE VERSION - MASUDAYA - JAPAN193 viewsOne of Masudaya's tin battery operated space ships with a non-fall action. An astronaut pilot sits inside a cockpit with a clear plastic cover. Rear tail fin and two red conical engines on the side. A metal rocker in the base detects edges and alters the direction of the rocket.

Distinctive Features:
This toy is based on the Moon Rocket non-fall pressing with the much longer red conical engines running the length of the ship.
Light blue and white with red detailing.
Large rotating plastic antenna.
Marked Atom Rocket 7
Triangular tailfin.
This version Has a single teardrop shaped red light on each side.
USAF star on the tail

Date: First sighted in newspaper ads in November 1962. Still on sale in Higbee's Toys Catalog 1966
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ATOMIC SPACESHIP WITH SPARKS XX-2 - NOMURA - JAPAN192 viewsThis is an odd rocket from Nomura. The white and red tin friction rocket has three very long odd-shaped fins running down most of the length of the rocket. There are litho portholes with passenger detailing. It is marked XX-2. The strange feature is the spinning red plastic engine device that is attached to the rear. It may represent a rocket exhaust. Friction action with spark and plastic rotating tail assemly.

An advertisement dates this to October 1960 TN
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BATTERY OPERATED MONORAIL ROCKET-SHIP - LINEMAR - JAPAN192 viewsA metallic blue combination of rocket and monorail toy. The Rocket Express tin battery operated monorail travels along spring tensioned between metal pylons; large round extensions on top of the rocket hold the motor drive.

The boxed set comes with two express rockets. Twenty pieces in total. Featured in Aldens Christmas catalog for 1956.
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COHETE LUNAR, BILLY ON ROCKET - GORGO - ARGENTINA188 viewsTwo Argentinian variations of the Masudaya Billy on a Rocket.

Tin friction rocket with astronaut astride. Tin friction rocket with a tin astronaut rider clinging to the back. The rocket has two fins, Billy occupies the place where a third fin would normally be. Marked Cohete Lunar on the sides. There is a small rear wheel. Pull back action with noise
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GE-268 FRICTION SPACE ROCKET - TECHNOFIX - W GERMANY185 viewsRed, cream and white lithographed tin friction space rocket. Litho window detailing. Jet plane swallow shape with swept back wings.Marked GE-268 Friction action with spark. Based on the Automatic Toy Co original. Technofix is the trading name of Gebrüder Einfalt. Marked US Zone. Name? Box?
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FIRE ROCKET X-0077 - YONEZAWA - JAPAN184 viewsThis is a unique rocket design from Yonewawa, a cross between a space rocket and jet plane. The box depicts a pilot sitting under a clear canopy but the toy reveals him perched high above the toy in the open air.

A blue lithographed in friction rocket with red detailing. 38cm long. The large fins resemble wings. Spark windows surround the rear exhaust. Circa 1960. Advances with siren and spark. The spring loaded nose piece launches the plastic astronaut into the air when the rocket bumps into something. This toy may have been inspired by the US X Planes.

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DREAM JET MARS X-300 - MARUSAN - JAPAN184 viewsMarusan didn't have to look far for the inspiration for this space rocket. It's a direct copy of the Pyro X-100 Space Scout though it carries a X-300 serial.

A yellow lithographed tin friction rocket plane. It is a cross between a rocket and a jet plane with rocket motors mounted on the wing tips. Dream is printed on one wing, and Jet on the other. Mars is printed on the sides. The cockpit is contains a molded red plastic spark cover. Friction action with noise and spark. 18cm

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This is a litho variation of the Alps Space Scout X110.
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JUMPING ROCKET RS 45 - SY/YONEYA - JAPAN182 viewsTin wind up. 15cm. Rocket with robot driver hops around as the robot's arms swing. SY logo. Later adapted for the Space Rocket version. R.S. 45 wording on the robot body. loose hanging flat tin arms. Lithographed star scene on nose of rocket. RS-45 Marked SY. 15cm long

The toy appears in a 1964 Japanese exporter's catalog.
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ATOMIC RACER 7 - ALPS - JAPAN182 viewsThis is a most unusual space toy from Alps. A red, blue and yellow lithographed tin friction rocket with wings. The tricycle vehicle has wide rear side fins and a blue upright fin. A yellow astronaut, looking like a biker with helmet and goggles, sits in a cockpit behind a clear plastic windscreen. There is a small red spark window behind the cockpit. The number 7 is printed on the nose. The motorcycle look is emphasised on the box art which shows the rocket travelling around a race track.

Packed in an early 1950s style brown box with paper label and in one case the number S129 overprinted.

This is a variation of the Alps Space Raider with the addition of the pilot behind the windscreen and the extra vertical tailfin. The size of the driver completely alters the scale of the vehicle. Circa 1953
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NON STOP MOON EXPLORER X-5 - MASUDAYA - JAPAN181 viewsMarked X-5 Moon Explorer. Cream and silver grey battery operated rocket. The box depicts a red version and is identical to the box used for the red and white version of the toy. (unless there is a box mismatch here?) Non Stop bump and go action. Red tinplate pilot.

This toy uses the pressing for the bulbous Sonicon rocket ship, but has a non-stop action instead of the sound mechanism. Flashing lights in the tail.

On sale in December 1960.
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MOON EXPRESS MOON ROCKET XY - NOMURA - JAPAN180 viewsTin friction space rocket with rear spark windows. Fins marked XY. 1950s. Plain box with paper label. See also the Moon Mars and Rocket Mars.

Image courtesy of Smith House Auctions.
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SPACE PATROL FIRE BIRD 3 - MASUDAYA - JAPAN179 viewsMarked Fire Bird with the number 3. Metallic green with red detailing. Circa 1961. The box depicts this same color version. Mystery action. Red tinplate pilot. Circa 1955

This toy uses the pressing for the bulbous Sonicon rocket ship, but has a bump and go action instead of the sound mechanism. Flashing lights in the tail.

Tin battery op rocket. Advances with mystery action as the lights blink. Sonicon style. MT Firebird

Image Smith House Auctions
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JUPITER ROCKET D-119 - HWN - WEST GERMANY179 viewsA blue, red and yellow lithographed tin friction rocket with circular spark window openings at rear. Bright spray-like color effect. The tailfins extend well beyond the rear. There are spark holes covered in red plastic at the back. Two halves of the pressing are crimped together. Made by Heinrich Wimmer Nuemberg W Germany. There is also a version with UK an USA flags on the nose. 1950s. Wheeled friction action with spark.

This appears to be the same pressing as the Belloni Italian Meteor Bell-310 rocket.
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BUCK ROGERS POLICE PATROL - MARX - USA178 viewsRocket Police Patrol. Tin wind up rocket ship based on the Buck Rogers 25th Century Rocket Ship Cruiser Tin Litho Windup Space Toy. When wound, the rocket ship moves forward while emitting a shower of sparks out of the exhaust and a space "boing boing" noise is made. On sale in December 1934.

A tin version of Buck sits on top holding a gun mounted in an open cockpit. Features sparking exhaust, space sound, all tin construction with detailed, multi-colored lithography and embossed parts. Tin wind up rocket ship. This design, the tin astronaut with gun, became the preferred style for all future versions of this rocket.
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ROCKET 54 - SI? - JAPAN173 viewsBlue lithographed tinplate rocket with red and silver detailing. Litho pilot in cockpit details. Lightning flash on sides. 1950s. Long tailfins. Box? Identical in shape to the X-36 Sparkling Space Ranger by SI. Friction action with spark.

Image courtesy of Smith House Auctions.
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MOON ROCKET (SPARKLING ROCKET SHIP 3) - MASUDAYA - JAPAN171 viewsSmall lithographed tinplate friction rocket. Red, yellow and blue color scheme. Litho pilot detailing, but there is no windscreen on this model. Red cellophane spark window at rear. Circa 1950's. Friction noise with spark. Plain card box with a paper label. MT Rocket Racer style.

Versions exist with wording (green fin) and without wording (yellow fin). Rocket Ship 3
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An early example of Masudaya Rocket Racer design. This toy is featured in a 1953 Masudaya advertisement. It was on sale in December 1952.
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SONICON ROCKET - MASUDAYA - JAPAN171 viewsTin battery operated remote control rocket advances as antenna turns. Direction controlled by whistle. Complete with two boxed whistles and spare antenna. MT. Two litho versions of this rocket exist: blue/light blue version (top) and the blue/silver patterned version. (bottom)

The mechanism works as follows: an air chamber with an opening and a diaphram above the opening with a conductor across two contacts. When the whistle blows the air in the chamber resonates causing the diaphram to vibrate and open the connection between the contacts which switches a relay causing the wheel assembly to spin in circles until the whistle stops and the ship heads off in whatever new direction the wheels are heading.

On sale in December 1960.
Appears in the Mail Order Gift Catalog for 1961.
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DAN DARE SPACESHIP EAGLE - METTOY - ENGLAND166 viewsRed lithographed tin friction space rocket. Yellow base. Clear plastic canopy. Jet plane swallow shape with swept back wings. Dan Dare logo on wings. Friction action with spark Based on the Automatic Toy Co 306 original design. Featured in the 1953 Mettoy catalog. On sale Nov 1954. Mettoy used the pressing for other versions of the space plane.
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INTERPLANETARY ROCKET - YONEZAWA - JAPAN166 viewsAn elaborately lithographed tinplate and plastic battery operated rocket. The silver rocket has a small red nose cone and a large yellow plastic rocket motor assembly at the rear that rotates. The rocket has a bump and go action the stops. The rocket rises up and the nose assembly opens to reveal the Apollo capsule. This was an effective attempt to reflect in toy form some of the complexity of the Apollo moon landing program.
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ATOM ROCKET - KBN - GERMANY165 viewsA comical approach to the subject, the German company KBN has a clown clinging to the back of a space rocket. Tin friction rocket with a large Bub the Clown figure riding on the top. Bub features in other tin toys. West German

Two color versions shown: silver and yellow rocket
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ROCKET SHIP X-4 "VENUS EXPRESS" - MASUDAYA - JAPAN163 viewsAn early Japanese tinplate friction rocket. A silver tinplate rocket with traditional slender lines, three red tail fins and five cut out portholes in each side. Wheeld. Most unusually for one of these early rockets there is a clear plastic nosecone.

This rocket appears in a Masudaya trade advertisement for 1953.
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SUPER ROCKET SPUTNIK-X - MAKER? - WEST GERMANY162 viewsBrightly lithoed tin friction rocket with sparks. Distinctive V shape. West Germany. Maker?
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EXPLORER ROCKET - MASUDAYA - JAPAN161 viewsA green, gold and red lithographed tin friction rocket. This is a smaller friction version of the battery operated Masudaya non-fall rocket range, though this does not have the non fall feature. Marked Explorer. Red tin pilot under a clear plastic windscreen.

Featured in the 1963 Masudaya catalog.

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PLANET SPECIAL - WELLS BRIMTOY? - ENGLAND160 viewsThere are not many English rockets but here's a rather cute early one. This is a very small (10cm) blue, red and yellow tin friction rocket with spark aperture at rear. It has simple litho detailing of a cockpit and portholes with passengers. There's a small red fin on top and a large spark window at the back with a red plastic cover. Crimped tin construction with a slight flare to the center join that looks like a fin surrounding the toy. Marked No 245 Made in Great Britain

The "New Gyro Sparking Motor" mentioned on the box is simply a friction motor. Muted pastel colors. Early 1950s. Manufacturer not confirmed.
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BUCK ROGERS 25TH CENTURY ROCKET SHIP - MARX - USA157 viewsLithographed tinplate windup rocket ship. Advances with spark. 1934 Louis Marx Buck Rogers 25th Century Rocket Ship Cruiser Tin Litho Windup Space Toy. When wound, the rocket ship moves forward while emitting a shower of sparks out of the exhaust and a space "boing boing" noise is made. Features sparking exhaust, space sound, all tin construction with detailed, multi-colored lithography and embossed parts.

This rocket has a classic retro design consistent with the early Buck Rogers films: sweeping bird like wings and top fin, webbed fin, small tin dome and character graphics derived straight from the Sunday comic strips. Widely on sale in late 1934.

Printed on the bottom of the toy is a picture of Buck Rogers and it reads: Buck Rogers 25th Century, Louis Marx & Co 200-5th Ave NY USA Patented March 15, 1927 1, 621,266 with the early Marx toy logo. 24cm
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PLANET EXPLORER - MASUDAYA - JAPAN156 viewsOne of Masudaya's tin battery operated space ships with a non-fall action. An astronaut pilot sits inside a cockpit with a clear plastic cover. Rear tail fin and two red conical engines on the side. A metal rocker in the base detects edges and alters the direction of the rocket.

Disticnctive Features:
Silver and blue with red detailing.
Large square rotating plastic antenna.
Marked Planet Explorer
Triangular tailfin.
This version does not have lights or portholes in either side.
Date:?
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WONDER-L ROCKET - NOMURA - JAPAN155 viewsThe shape of this rocket betrays the Thunderbird 1 influence. A white plastic battery op rocket with retracting blue wings. Red plastic nose cone. The significance name Wonder-L is not obvious, unless it's simply a wonder.

Battery operated. The rocket moves forward, stops and a metal bar underneath moves down to lift the rocket up. The wings retract and the nose flashes. See Solar-X 7 and Solar-X 8.
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INTERPLANETARY SPACECRAFT ATOM ROCKET-15 - YONEZAWA - JAPAN154 viewsThis is a 32cm white and grey plastic battery operated rocket. It is relatively stubby rocket. The nose has a clear plastic window with a vinyl astronaut inside. The tail is a large red plastic affair, not as good as the one depicted on the box art, but it does have a very impressive lighted engine effect. A pair of red plastic fins run alongside the engine. A large double silver plastic antenna rotates on the top. Bump and go action, flashing engine, rotating antenna and engine noise. The instruction sheet is in Japanese. Date?
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MOON ROCKET - MASUYA - JAPAN152 viewsWhite lithographed tin friction rocket wit red detailing. Three rear fins. A striker pin in the nose releases and arm that enables the rocket to stands up when it hits an object. A door opens and a gangplank descends, revealing a lithographed astronaut standing in the doorway. Marked Moon Rocket. There are at least four litho versions of the Masuya rocket and an Ohta version. MASUYA Cupid Logo.
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ATOMIC SPACESHIP XX-3 - NOMURA - JAPAN152 viewsTin friction rocket with rotating clear red plastic attachment at rear. Sparks.
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MOON SHIP SUPERSONIC - MASUDAYA - JAPAN152 viewsMarked Super Sonic on the sides and Moon Ship on the tail fin. A metallic blue body with a white canopy and red trim. Red tin pilot under a clear plastic canopy. The box depicts a grey, white and red version of the toy.

"Supersonic non stop action." Large tin battery op Sonicon style spaceship. Bump and go action. Currently the first sighting is in a FAO Schwarz Christmas 1961 Toys Catalog. This rocket does not have an antenna.

This toy uses the pressing for the bulbous Sonicon rocket ship, but has a non-stop action instead of the sound mechanism. Flashing lights in the tail.
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UNIVERSAL ROCKET, THE MOON X-1 - MARUSAN - JAPAN152 viewsThis is an early, iconic space rocket with classic lines. It employs the propeller drive long associated with wind up airship toys of the early 20th century. Silver and red lithographed tin rocket with celluloid prop. Three red tail fins. Porthole detailing. Marked THE MOON around the base. Wind up spinning propeller. The rocket hangs from a line and moves as the propeller rotates. Date? 1950s. Plain box with paper label. The artwork depicts a streamlied rocket that varies considerably from the traditional one in the box. Plain card box with paper lable. SAN

This is the same pressing as the Marusan HIGH SPEED ROCKET THE MOON ZX-8 and ROCKET METEOR

Image courtesy of Smith House Auctions.
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BLUE EAGLE SPACE ROCKET - MASUYA - JAPAN151 viewsLong blue and red battery operated tin rocket plane with remote control. Yellow spring loaded nose plunger. Jet plane styling with small fins and a tail fin with elevators on the top edge. Flashing lights at rear. 38cm. This does not have the usualMasuya standing action. Marked Space Rocket of the sides and Blue Eaglke on the tail. Date?
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ASTRO MOBIL - MARUBISHI - JAPAN151 viewsAn red and yellow lithographed tin friction space vehicle. The vehicle has an unusual tear drop shape with vinyl pilot head under a clear dome and two long clear red plastic engine tubes at the back. Two wire antennas sweep backwards along the top. Marked Astro Mobil. 8" 20cm.

Friction action with noise and spark. See the Mobil Jet version.
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TURBOJET BANK - HWN (Heinrich Wimmer Nurnberg) - WEST GERMANY150 viewsAn interesting conversion of a rocket into a mechanical bank. This is an orange, red and blue tin lithographed rocket. Circa 1960's. Spring loaded coin launcher shoots coins into the bank. This version has the distinctive tinplate dome at the front and a detailed drawing of a pilot with parachute boarding at the side. Marked Turbo Jet Money Bank

W Germany. The instructions on the rocket are printed in German and English. Box?

Image courtesy Smith House Auctions
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F.I.54 ROCKET FUSEE - SFA - FRANCE149 viewsA three wheeled tin friction rocket with three fins. Spark windows at the rear. The rocket has very basic geometric line graphics. France. SFA F.I.54 Tin friction space ship with spark and noise. Marked Paris SFA Made in France. 1950s

Two versions are known:
Yellow and blue with a red tail fin
Red and cream with red fins.

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FRIENDSHIP ROCKET #7 - MASUDAYA - JAPAN148 viewsThis is a slight variation of the blue version of the Atom Rocket 7 with a name change and a new box art. One of Masudaya's tin battery operated space ships with a non-fall action. An astronaut pilot sits inside a cockpit with a clear plastic cover. Rear tail fin and two red conical engines on the side. A metal rocker in the base detects edges and alters the direction of the rocket. On the side is an unusual indication of speed: 17,600 MPH.

The box carries Mego Corp wording.

Distinctive Features:
Light blue and dark blue with red detailing.
Large rotating plastic antenna.
Marked Friendship Rocket = 7
Triangular tailfin.
This version Has a single teardrop shaped red light on each side.
Spaceship design on tailfin.
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UNIVERSE FRICTION ROCKET EXPRESS - MF 030 - CHINA148 viewsChinese tin friction rocket with wings. Universe wording on one side of fuselage, Rocket Express on the other. ST-101 on wings. Spark windows at rear. Nose point has spring action. There are several sligh litho variations of this rocket. MF030
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DOCKING ROCKET - DAIYA - JAPAN148 viewsThis is one of Daiya's realistic looking space toys that reflects the latest developments in NASA space exploration. The wheeled silver tin and plastic battery operated rocket is attached by string to a white plastic Lunar Lander docking module.

The space craft moves forward on three wheels, the rear two providing power. The main space craft tows a secondary capsule behind it and whilst moving, reels in this attachment, this accompanied by suitable 'space rocket noise'. When full docking takes place electrical contacts are engaged and lights flash in the secondary craft. The rocket then releases the capsule on its lead, to trail behind some 8-10 inches and then continues as above, on a repeat routine.

Flashing lights, noise and rotating silver or light blue plastic antenna. The main rocket is 30cm long, the whole toy is 42cm.

Listed in the 1971 Azrak Hamway International catalog.
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SPACE FIGHTER X-Y-105 - K LOGO? ALPS DISTRIBUTOR - JAPAN148 viewsThis is a very large (46cm) and impressive spaceship, a classic of the genre. Made by a little known company, possibly Okada or Kukyu, the brightly lithographed tin rocket is a combination of dark blue, light blue and red. There's extensive litho detailing of exhaust pipes and other space features. There's a relatively small cockpit on top with two pilot heads inside; this gives the impression of a big space rocket. Two engines run the length of the sides and there's a small rear fin with tailplanes at the top (missing in the lower example). Two small tin machine guns sit on the top front. Marked SPACEFIGHTER

A newspaper advertisement dates this to December 1954.
Very similar in design to the Jet Fighter. Okada connection? X-Y-105 Label box.
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MOBIL JET - MARUBISHI? TY? - JAPAN146 viewsAn red and white lithographed tin friction space vehicle. The vehicle has an unusual tear drop shape with vinyl pilot head under a clear dome and two long clear green plastic engine tubes at the back. Two wire antennas sweep backwards along the top. Marked Mobil Jet. 8" 20cm. This is a variation of the Marubishi Astro Mobil.

Friction action with noise and spark. The Mobil Jet has an unusual manufacturer's logo: it is marked "Look for good toy" in a circle with a hard to decipher TY (?) inside and Made in Japan.
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ARROW SPARKLING JET 12 - SANKEI - JAPAN146 viewsA small red and blue lithographed tin rocket. The little tin friction space ship has a tin astronaut pilot head on top behind a tin windshield. 16cm

Spark hole in front of pilot. Exhaust pipe at the rear. See also the Arrow 7 version which has a spark window in the tail. Available in two versions, one predominantly yellow, the other blue. 1950s. Plain card box with paper label. K in three concentric circles logo.
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NON STOP MOON EXPLORER - MASUDAYA - JAPAN145 viewsMarked Moon Explorer. A red and white battery operated rocket. Featured in the 1963 Masudaya catalog. Remote control rocket advances as antenna turns. Red tinplate pilot.

This toy uses the pressing for the bulbous Sonicon rocket ship, but has a non-stop action instead of the sound mechanism. Flashing lights in the tail.

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JATO JET ROCKET P-200 - METALMA - BRAZIL145 viewsBrazil has created many space toys and this is an interesting version of the standard tin friction rocket. Jato is the Portugese for Jet. This is a blue and red wheeled rocket with three fins. P-200 serial on the tailfin. There is litho detailing of a cockpit with astronauts. Friction action with noise and spark. Metalma (Matarazzo) 20 cm MM
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SPACE PATROL ROUND ROCKET - ASAHITOY ATC - JAPAN145 viewsThis is an early lithographed tin rocket toy. The small (6" 15cm) green tin battery operated rocket has a pilot head behind a tin windshield. The small wheels are set very close together. Marked SPACE PATROL on the sides.

The rocket runs along rubber tubing which is laid on the ground. The front wheels have metal guides which fit over the tubing. Takes single C cell battery.

Early brown card box with paper label.

See also:
Winner 23 Rocket
Round Race No-1 Jet
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SPACE SHIP NO. X-5 - MASUDAYA - JAPAN144 viewsThe Space Ship No. X-5 of the largest space rockets made by Masudaya in the 1950s. The blue, red and yellow lithographed tin rocket measures 30cm (12 inches) It has three wheels. Three long tail fins extend well behind the rear of the body and enable the rocket to stand elegantly in an upright position. There is simplified litho detailing of windows and a canopy. At the rear are two cellophane spark windows. Friction action with spark and noise.

First sighted in an August 1952 Masudaya Trade ad, and in a 1953 ad.

MT X5, X 5
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US APOLLO PROJECT - MASUDAYA - JAPAN144 viewsOne of Masudaya's tin battery operated space ships with a non-fall action. An astronaut pilot sits inside a cockpit with a clear plastic cover. Rear tail fin. A metal rocker in the base detects edges and alters the direction of the rocket. This toy has particularly long white conical engines that run the length of the ship.


Distinctive Features:
White lithographed tin with a pattern of lines.
Astronaut cadet attached to a wire orbits the ship.
Marked US Apollo Project
Curved white fin
Three colored lights in either side.
Date:1970
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SKY EXPRESS ROCKET - USAGIYA - JAPAN144 viewsThis is an elegant early space rocket that offers a realistic interpretation of mass space travel, a sort of space Boeing. The tin friction wheeled rocket with three fins resembles a jet plane. The red and blue litho has realitic window detailing. There are rectangular spark windows near the rear. Marked SKY EXPRESS. Box?

There is also a version of this pressing called SPACESHIP.
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SPACE SCOUT X110 - K&K/ALPS - JAPAN143 viewsBased on the Pyro hard plastic X-100 Space Scout. It is a fascinating tinplate rendering of the original toy.

A light green/blue lithographed tin friction rocket plane. This is a cross between a rocket and a jet plane. The winged space plane has rocket motors mounted on the wing tips. X100 is printed on the wings and on the sides of the spaceship, as well as the wording Space Scout. The cockpit contains a molded red plastic cover. Friction action with noise and spark. 18cm

This is a litho variation of the Dream Jet Mars. This spaceship has also been seen with a different K&K manufacturer's logo on the tail. This would appear to be the Kamiya Seisakusho comapny. Alps may have been the import agent. Box?

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SPACE ROCKET SOLAR-X 7 - NOMURA - JAPAN142 viewsSilver and red lithographed tin and plastic battery operated rocket with opening wings. The SPACE ROCKET SOLAR-X is battery powered and features lighted nosecone with stop and go lifting action and automatic retracting wings. Marked 7 on the base. 15" long. Fist seen in the 1968 Nomura catalog, though the number on the base is 1 rather than 7.

Lights flash, circular movement, wings open then rocket rises to vertical position. TN Japan

This is a Gerry Anderson Thunderbird 1 knock-off.
See Wonder-L and Solar-X 8.
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ROCKET XB-115 - HORIKAWA - JAPAN142 viewsTin and plastic friction rocket. Friction action with spark. Two similar rockets were produced by Horikawa, Japan in the 1960s. While the body design is similar, detailing is different and one was battery while the other was friction. This is the friction version 11.5" tall tin litho/hard plastic. Toy is marked "XB-115" with space insignia whereas the battery version is marked "Apollo-1000" with US flag. The body has a crimped construction making repair difficult.

Listed as new in the 1969 Horikawa catalog.
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GE-283 SPACE SHIP - TECHNOFIX - W GERMANY142 viewsRed, white and blue lithographed tin friction space rocket. Litho window detailing. Jet plane swallow shape with swept back wings.Marked GE-268 Friction action with spark. Based on the Automatic Toy Co original. Technofix is the trading name of Gebrüder Einfalt. GE 283. West Germany. Black rubber wheels. 25cm long.

Two box versions shown.
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MONDRAKETE MOON ROCKET - GUNTERMAN - WEST GERMANY142 viewsMondrakete tin wind up space rocket. This red and silver tin rocket comes in two versions.

In one form (top) it has a long metal strip passing through the center. When wound the rocket travels along the metal strip and releases a passenger sitting in a parachute style metal canopy.

A second version (bottom) the rocket has a propeller at the front. When suspended from the ceiling the rocket rotates in the manner of a traditional airship or Zeppelin toy.


W Germany 1950s.
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NAVETA SPATIALA ROCKET - AGATEX? - ROMANIA142 viewsOrange and white tinplate wind up space rocket. Pushing the rocket forward winds the mechanism. The slider allows access to the compartment for replacement of the flint. Box? Marked LEI 45 NI 34584-79. Perhaps 79 is the year of manufacture. This is a color variation of the COSMOS-189 ROCKET but there is no obvious logo.
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SPARKLING ROCKET X-6 - MASUDAYA - JAPAN142 viewsMasudaya have taken the tailfins to extremes with this early tin friction rocket. Red, green and yellow rocket with lithographed pilot in a cockpit details. Marked Rocket X-6. The three fins are relatively long and extend far beyond the exhaust. Large spark window openings at the back. 1950s. Plain box with paper label. Long tailfins. 13cm

The body of this rocket is the same as used for the Rocket X-6 with the spark window openings cutting through the original litho.

Image courtesy of Smith House Auctions.
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SUPER ROCKET - DAIYA - JAPAN142 viewsA novel variation of the traditional rocket design from Daiya, turning the rocket into a type of dragster racing car. This light blue tin friction space rocket with a white stripe along the top has two recessed front wheels and a tail wheel. A tin astronaut pilot's head emerges from a lithographed cockpit. In front of him is a large red plastic spark window. There are two slightly angled red fins extending from the rear. They have flame effect litho. Friction action with noise and spark. Part crimped construction. 9" 23cm

Japan 1950s Box?
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M3A LITTLE ATLAS ROCKET - MASUYA - JAPAN141 viewsNike style tin friction rocket. White and silver plane style in friction rocket with red 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 ATLAS US Air Force M3A. Masuya Jupiter-Nike
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'TOMIC ROCKET - WOODETTE - USA141 viewsWhite and red wind up plastic and metal 15 inch rocket with cap in the nose cone. The four rear fins are bare metal. Rolls along and sparks appear in a red plastic window at the back. A cap can be placed inside and will detonate when the rocket hits an obstacle.

Woodette Division of Print-O-Matic Co. Inc, of Chicago, Illinois. Atomic Rocket

First sighted in the Gray Hardware catalog for 1950.
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MARS 3 SPACE ROCKET - NOMURA - JAPAN140 viewsPlastic battery operated rocket with sound and flashing lights. Rocket moves forward with flashing lights. A lever then lifts the rocket into a vertical position. German box version shown on the left.
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ATOMIC ROCKET X201 WITH PROP - MASUDAYA - JAPAN140 viewsA red, white 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 Saturn with a ring of stars on the tail. Marked Atomic Rocket on the sides.

The distinctive feature of the rocket is the spinner launch action. See Satellite Launcher Rocket.

Two box variations are known.

disk, MT. X-201
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KOZMICKE VOZIDLO - OMNIA - CZECHOSLOVAKIA140 viewsA lithographed tin friction wheeled rocket. Crimped construction. The design is very simplistic: lines and circles hinting at window detail. There are several litho variations. The box art is even more basic with a simple silhouette of the rocket. Cosmic Rocket. Friction action with noise and spark. Czechoslovakia. CSSR c1970
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