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DISTANT EARLY WARNING RADAR STATION - MASUDAYA - JAPAN329 viewsA large grey-black lithographed tinplate battery operated tracking station. It has the usual Masudaya rotating plastic antenna and the pylon tower with the flashing light and Morse sound. The novelty feature of this toy is its attempt to recreate a radar cathode ray tube.

One of the three Masudaya space toys using this distinctive pressing:
DISTANT EARLY WARNING RADAR STATION
EXPLORER AND VANGUARD TRACKING STATION
THE SATELLITE TRACKING STATION

Radar N Scope. Radar screen. Morse button. Rotating antenna. Detachable pylon with light. Console.
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EXPLORER AND VANGUARD TRACKING STATION - MASUDAYA - JAPAN326 viewsStructoys / Masudaya Large red lithographed tinplate battery operated radar control center. MT. Satellite rotates around Earth in the central window. Rotating antenna. Morse key operates buzzer and light on pylon. Versions exist with Structoys and Masudaya logos at bottom left of box lid.

One of the three Masudaya space toys using this distinctive pressing:
DISTANT EARLY WARNING RADAR STATION
EXPLORER AND VANGUARD TRACKING STATION
THE SATELLITE TRACKING STATION
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TWO-STAGE ROCKET LAUNCHING PAD, VERSION 2 - NOMURA - JAPAN299 viewsTin battery op rocket launching station. This is the more common light purple version. In this version the rocket is pressed into the silo manually, instead of crank action loader. The launching function is automatically started (battery operated) after pushing down the "launcher" part. A countdown sequence begins, the controller pulls levers, then the rocket launches. This version has extra rockets mounted around the firing tube. Some examples still retain a direction arrow at the point where the crank handle of the earlier version would have been. The earliest sighting of this, the more common version, is in the 1960 Higbee Company catalog. Marked Jupiter on the side.


There is a less common green litho version, the Rocket Launching Station.
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ROCKET LAUNCHING PAD - NOMURA - JAPAN288 viewsTin battery op rocket launching station. This is a green version of the Nomura Two-Stage Rocket Launching Pad. In addition to the litho change there is a completely different box art and name. No date yet but details suggest it is later than the Two-Stage (See Gernot's article in Alphadrome)
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AIR DEFENSE CENTER - CRAGSTAN (MAKER?) - JAPAN274 viewsA tall red lithographed tinplate battery operated console with radar screen and flashing lights.

The 1962 Sears catalog advertises this toy: "Radar scans sky.. warning lights blink.. missles fire! Air Defense Center is busy with action.. has rotating antenna and radar scope; winking lights; moving air speed register and altimeter. 3 rubber-tipped darts. Steel, 12 in. long."

Large oval rotating antenna. The box art depicts a military scene but the actual toy resembles the Masudaya range of similar control centres.
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TWO-STAGE ROCKET LAUNCHING PAD VERSION 1 - NOMURA - JAPAN271 viewsTin battery op rocket launching station. This is the rarer light blue version with a "flatter" finish than the slightly raised litho of the purple version. There are no rocket holder clamps and the litho on the launcher top and base is different. The plate at the bottom of the launcher also has a different shape.

The main difference is the crank handle attached at the front and the presence of an additional button on the launch tube. The crank is used to start the launch sequence mechanically. The later version is started by simply pushing the rocket down. The handle folds flat for storage in the box. It is assumed that this is an earlier version which was unnecessarily complex and dearer to make.

The box is believed to be the same.
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NASA CONTROL CENTER - MASUDAYA - JAPAN260 viewsA large blue and white tinplate battery operated command center console. This is a later example of the Masudaya control center and it has a decidedly less toy-like feel; it offers more realistic computer influenced design.

A command ship orbits the Moon. The object is to dock it with a lunar module. Inspired by NASA's Apollo moon program. Rotating two dish antenna.
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ROCKET LAUNCHING PAD, FIRING COMMAND VERSION - YONEZAWA - JAPAN258 viewsTin battery op rocket launch pad. Countdown clock with lighted screen and "radio signal". Push the firing switch and the countdown meter starts backwards from ten as a radio signal sounds. TV screen shows rocket takeoff.

Two versions of this rocket launch are known, this one with the Firing Command wording has been first sighted in various 1959 catalogs including Aldens.
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ROCKET LAUNCHING PAD, COUNT DOWN VERSION - YONEZAWA - JAPAN246 viewsTin battery op rocket launch pad. Countdown clock with lighted screen and "radio signal". Push the firing switch and the countdown meter starts backwards from ten as a radio signal sounds. TV screen shows rocket takeoff.

Two versions of this rocket launch are known, this one with Count Down wording and one with Firing Command wording. The Firing Command version has been sighted in various 1959 catalogs including Aldens. It is possible that the name later changed to reflect the popular TV countdown sequences.
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ICBM VANGUARD SATELLITE LAUNCHER - REMCO - USA243 viewsPlastic missile launch station. Launches planes and spinner disks.
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THE SATELLITE TRACKING STATION - MASUDAYA - JAPAN242 viewsLarge red lithographed tinplate battery operated tracking station. Behind the screen is a model Earth with an orbiting satellite. Morse button. Rotating antenna. Detachable pylon with light. Console.

One of the three Masudaya space toys using this distinctive pressing:
DISTANT EARLY WARNING RADAR STATION
EXPLORER AND VANGUARD TRACKING STATION
THE SATELLITE TRACKING STATION
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Terra Lune No 262 Meteor Express - Technofix - WEST GERMANY234 viewsHighly lithoed track toy. Two versions, one with additional spinning rocket antenna
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PIONEER 3 STAGE ROCKET WITH LAUNCHER - NOMURA FOR ROSKO - JAPAN234 viewsTin spring loaded rocket launch pad with USAF rocket. 49cm
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TWIRLY WHIRLY ROCKET RIDE - ALPS - JAPAN231 viewsTin battery op fairground ride with spinning capsules. 13.5. Rockets spin & light as they rise. Bell. 1957
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TERRA LUNA with antenna - Technofix - WEST GERMANY230 viewsTin windup track toy. Circa 1953. Early version of the toy that has two satellites spinning in circles as two 1.75" long tin cars are shot around the track. Beautifully litho'd toy has illustrations of space ships on both sides.

Image Smith House Auctions
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ROCKET EXPRESS - TECHNOFIX - WEST GERMANY229 viewsBrightly lithoed tin wind up space toy. Small rocket cars orbit a track arond the Earth against a space port scene. Based on the Terre Lune pressing. West Germany
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MOON PATROL HELICOPTER, MOON SCOUT - MARX - USA225 viewsTin wind up space helicopter. Two rotors. Litho details. An example of a toy given a space theme despite the absurdity of the science.

Image courtesy Smith House auctions.
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MAN-MADE SATELLITE - Swallow Toys/Hoku - JAPAN223 viewsTin battery op Circa 1958. Earth turns as the satellite spins above, Mars spins and the rocket light blinks. Beautifully lithographed base with a lunar landscape on one side and space rockets on two other sides. Is this Hofu?
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SPACE TRIP STATION - YONEZAWA - JAPAN220 viewsA large lithographed tinplate control center combining battery operated and wind up drives. Electro Toy space launch station. Shoots spinners. Approx. 13.5" long. Brightly lithographed console. Lighted space scenes moving across central screen while the top dome with astronaut spins around. Plastic spinners can be launched from the wind up mechanisms at either side.
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UNIVERSE TRAVELLER - MASUDAYA - JAPAN219 viewsWind up tin track toy. Brightly lithoed tin. Two tin rockets move along Technofix style as the wind up mechanism raises and lowers the track. Large rotating antenna.
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UNIVERSE TRAVELLER - Masudaya - JAPAN216 viewsLitho'd tin wind up track toy. Simple clockwork mechanism lifts the track and allows the cars to roll from end to end. An antenna rotates. The same design of toy also appeared as the Dragon Ride circa 1952/3.
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CAPE CANAVERAL ?AK 1100 ROCKET LAUNCH PAD - STRENCO - WEST GERMANY216 viewsTin wind up rocket launch pad. Red and white rocket on blue base with gantry. Rocket approaches the gantyr then launches. Small plastic figure included.
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CONEY ISLAND ROCKET RIDE - ALPS - JAPAN214 viewsA light blue lithographed tn battery operated fairground ride. Circa 1960. Two red, yellow and blue rockets are on either side of a central beam and spin and light as they twirl around the tripod mounted tower. A bell rings. See also the Twirly Whirly variation.

Image Smith House Auctions
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TICK TACK EXPRESS - Phillip Neidemeyer (PN) - WEST GERMANY214 viewsTin wind up track toy. Two wind up cars travel from end to end via a central Station. Technofix style. Space graphics on the box, not on the toy. Borderline space toy.
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SATELLITE IN ORBIT - HORIKAWA FOR CRAGSTAN - JAPAN213 viewsTin battery op space toy. The world turns and a styrofoam ball floats on the stream of air created by the blower. Made in Japan for Cragstan by Horikawa. Serial no 40225
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ROCKET LAUNCHING BASE - MASUDAYA - JAPAN206 viewsTin battery op rocket launch station. Countdown action, plastic rocket launches. Morse buzzer, spinning antenna and lighting pylon.
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GLOBE WITH ORBITING SPUTNIK AND SAUCER 2000 - MS - WEST GERMANY200 viewsW Germany. Tin clockwork globe with orbiting flying saucer and sputnik. MS Chamois Logo 2000
Made by Michael Seidel. Founded 1881 in Zirndorf near Nuremberg. Schopper is also from Zirndorf. It´s possible that those toy companies - Schopper/Fuchs/Seidel - changed toy parts, not unusual for German toy producers.
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LANZA COHETES SPUTNIK - RODADOS BRILLO - ARGENTINA196 viewsTin missile launch toy. A stubby plastic rocket fits inside a launching tube mounted on a rotating platform. Two sentry posts. Marked Rodados Brillo. The term Sputnik is included for topicality: there is no obvious connection.
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SPACE SATELLITES WITH LAUNCHING STATION - MARX - USA196 viewsTin lithographed space launch base with crank powered spinners. See the "Space Satellites with Launching Sites and Rocket" variation.
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SPUTNIK THE MAGNETIC SATELLITE - MAKER? - JAPAN192 viewsTin battery op spinning toy. Central globe holds batteries. Magnetic satellites spin around the outer track, lit by power from the center.
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EARTH AND SATELLITE TOY NAME? - MAKER? - WEST GERMANY192 viewsTin and plastic wind up? Earth ans satellite orbitin a conical stand. West German ?

Image courtesy of Smith House Toys
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MECHANICAL SPACE MOBILE - MARX - JAPAN190 viewsTin lithographed battery operated space train rolls backward and forward over a tinplate lunar style track. Space-Mobile. Track dismantles for storage in box.
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SATELLITE - MAKER? - JAPAN190 viewsTin battery op toy. Batteries housed in central globe. The magnetic satellite spins around the track, lit by power from the central globe.
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DOCKING APOLLO - MASUDAYA - JAPAN187 viewsBrightly lithographed tin and plastic spacecraft and plastic lunar lander. The two craft travel around a figure of eight track with a detailed picture of a moon landing. Tin battery op track toy with Apollo capsule and plastic lander. An imaginative attempt to capture the intricacy of the Apollo moon landing operation.
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RAKETEN BAHN - SPACE ROCKET TRACK - VOITH - WEST GERMANY187 viewsTin track toy. Tin litho launch station propells tin rocket around the track. West Germany. Fritz Voith Zirndorf
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ROCKET CONTROL CENTER - OHTA/AHI - JAPAN185 viewsOhta/AHI battery-operated Rocket Control Centre, endless rotating grey plastic conveyor belt with fixed rockets and Moon Launchers with magnetic moveable rocket, space scenes on base and illuminated green control panel --33cm K Logo
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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 covered a red plastic spark window. Friction action with noise and spark.

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This is a litho variation of the Alps Space Scout X110.
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SPACE-SATELLITE - Phillip Neidemeyer PN - WEST GERMANY184 viewsTin wind up toy. Tin litho toy has overall size of 4x13x5.5" tall. 1960s by Niedermeier, Western Germany. Center unit of the toy which has lever is domed globe showing continents along with large images of a jet plane and ocean liner. Attached to this by rods are a 3.5" long spaceship and 2" diameter satellite both featuring images of the Sputnik 2 dog Laika at windows. Toy works and spins to give appearance of the spacecraft rotating the Earth.
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SKY ROCKET - ARNOLD - WEST GERMANY184 viewsTin wind up space toy. Two levers control the movement of a rocket approaching a docking station. W germany
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MECHANICAL ROCKET EXPRESS - LINEMAR - JAPAN182 viewsTin wind up orbiting train and satellite. Two rocket trains marked SP sit on either side of a central disk rotating on a blue base with space lithography. When wound the trains move round, passing under a tunnel and through a station. A Sputnik satellite orbits above. Honeymoon Express style. 1950s?
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Name? - Maker? - WEST GERMANY181 views1950s tin loop the loop track toy with rocket.
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SPACE TRIP - MASUDAYA - JAPAN181 viewsA metallic blue lithographed tin battery operated track toy. Rotating space station lifts tin rockets and sends them around the track. When turned on and the two sided cars are placed on the top portion of the track, they race to the left where they drop and flip over transferring to the bottom inside section of the track. They then jump over a ramp and disappear into a rotating space station that rotates moving the cars to the top section to repeat the action. During operation a space sound is heard.
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ROCKET CONTROL CENTER - KANTO? - JAPAN178 viewsTin battery op arcade style steering toy with rockets and saucers. Box? K logo Kanto?
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FLY TO THE MOON BY SPACE CAPSULE - Maker? - JAPAN177 viewsA tin and plastic space moon globe. A detailed lunar globe is encased in a light green plastic sphere. It stands on a tin and plastic base with space scenes. A white and red Apollo spaceship is attached to a track on the side of the globe and travels around the moon. Battery operated.
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MOON'S STATION - ANANIADES - GREECE176 viewsTin wind up Honeymoon Express style train travelling around Earth. The two carriage train is fixed to a central disk. As the disk turns it takes the train around, through two tunnels. Saturn. rocket and jet lithography. A rocket and Sputnik style satellite on a wire orbit the central Earth hemisphere. Greek. Possibly by FINO?.
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