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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.
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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 relatively 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
Date: There is no confirmed date yet, but the box carries the serial no. 1883 MT/191 which suggests a date no later than 1963.
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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 was the spaceflight that landed the first humans 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
Date: There is no confirmed date yet, but the box carries the serial no. 1883 MT/191 which suggests a date no later than 1963.
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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 an authentic Christmas 1963 photograph. 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. Date? 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. Date.
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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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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.

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.
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NON STOP MOON EXPLORER X-5 - MASUDAYA - JAPAN181 viewsMarked X-5 Moon Explorer. Cream and silver grey battery operated rocket. Circa 1961. 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.
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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.

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. Date? 1930s 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 EXPRESS ROCKET SHIP M-201172 viewsTin lithoed friction rocket M-201 with jet plane styling. Japan. Maker? See also the Moon Rocket X-1105 and the SR-1007.
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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
Rocketetship

An early example of Masudaya Rocket Racer design. This toy is featured in a 1953 Masudaya advertisement.
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SONICON ROCKET - MASUDAYA - JAPAN171 viewsTin battery op Circa 1961. 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.
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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 op 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. and capsule opens. 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. MT
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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 viewsTin windup. Circa 1934. 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. The general shape is also the forerunner of the Masudaya Rocket Racer line of space toys.

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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