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Terra Lune No 262 Meteor Express - Technofix234 viewsHighly lithoed track toy. Two versions, one with additional spinning rocket antenna
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.

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ROCKET EXPRESS - TECHNOFIX229 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
MAN-MADE SATELLITE - Swallow Toys/Hoku223 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?
UNIVERSE TRAVELLER - MASUDAYA219 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.
UNIVERSE TRAVELLER - Masudaya216 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.
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.
SATELLITE IN ORBIT - HORIKAWA FOR CRAGSTAN213 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
GLOBE WITH ORBITING SPUTNIK AND SAUCER 2000 - MS WEST ERMANY200 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.
SPUTNIK THE MAGNETIC SATELLITE - MAKER?192 viewsTin battery op spinning toy. Central globe holds batteries. Magnetic satellites spin around the outer track, lit by power from the center.
EARTH AND SATELLITE TOY - NAME? MAKER?192 viewsTin and plastic wind up? Earth ans satellite orbitin a conical stand. West German ?

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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.
SATELLITE - MAKER?190 viewsTin battery op toy. Batteries housed in central globe. The magnetic satellite spins around the track, lit by power from the central globe.
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.
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
ROCKET CONTROL CENTER - OHTA/AHI185 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
SPACE-SATELLITE - Phillip Neidemeyer (PN)184 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.
SKY ROCKET - ARNOLD184 viewsTin wind up space toy. Two levers control the movement of a rocket approaching a docking station. W germany
MECHANICAL ROCKET EXPRESS - LINEMAR182 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?
Name? Detail? WEST GERMANY181 views1950s tin loop the loop track toy with rocket.
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.
ROCKET CONTROL CENTER - KANTO?178 viewsK logo Kanto? Tin battery op arcade style steering toy with rockets and saucers.
FLY TO THE MOON BY SPACE CAPSULE - Maker?177 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.
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?.
APOLLO LUNAR LANDER TOY - K LOGO KOKYU173 viewsK Logo. Tin wind up Apollo capsule and lander orbit the moon. The lithographed tinplate toy comprises a square base with a hemispherical red and yellow moon surface. From the center of the cratered moon surface two wires extend, one with an orboting Apollo space capsule, the other has a lunar lander. Wind up rotating action. Japanese box version.
I.C.B.M. LAUNCHING STATION - HORIKAWA173 viewsTin friction rocket launching ramp. Turn crank on base to turn the friction motor on the missile then push the button on the base. The two stage missile is released. When the missile hits the end of the ramp a button automatically triggers the rubber tipped rocket to release. 45cm assembled. ICBM

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STRATO-COPTER MZ-560 - WEST GERMANY153 viewsGerman, 1950s, tinplate wind up toy. Helicopter orbits with flying saucer around a central tower. Excellent box art. HK-560 (proably HUKI) on helicopter which has separate wind up motor for its rotor. See box other version.
SPACE AGE - GLOBE WITH SATELLITES MAKER? JAPAN53 viewsBrightly lithographed tin globe with orbiting satellite and two rockets. Wind up. Possibly Masudaya MT.
GLOBE AND SPUTNIK Nr 1000 - J.G.Sch West Germany50 viewsTin wind up lithographed globe with orbiting sputnik, Made by Johann Georg Schopper GmbH & Co (J.D.Sch) 1960s Michael Seidel is also from Zirndorf. It´s possible that those toy companies - Schopper/Fuchs/Seidel - changed toy parts, not unusual for German toy producers.
STRATO-COPTER - VERSION 2 - HUKI WEST GERMANY27 viewsGerman, 1950s, tinplate wind up toy. Helicopter orbits with flying saucer around a central tower on a building rather than just a tower. Excellent box art. HK-560 on helicopter corresponds with serial number on box art. Helicopter has separate wind up motor for its rotor. See box other version. Stratocopter
MAN-MADE SATELLITE BANK22 viewsTin lithographed bank: satellite attached to Earth globe hemisphere. Wheels on the base. When the toy is pushed along the satellite rotates. Swallow logo, Hoku? Japan 1950s Friction. See the battery op version of this toy.
REMOTE CONTROL SATELLITE - ARNOLD - FRANCE12 viewsHand cranked tin satellite with spinning propellors. Serial No. 5030/295 Sputnik style. Marked Made in France (not Germany)
GLOBE EXPLORER BANK - W TOY - JAPAN10 viewsTinplate battery operated savings bank in shape of a globe of the Earth on a cylindrical base. Rocket and flying saucer attachments. Box depicts orbiting Sputnik satellite. Japan
APOLLO - TECHNOFIX 1971 - WEST GERMAN8 viewsPlastic track toy consisting of a blue base depicting the Earth and the Moon. The wind up plastic Apollo USA module orbits in a figure of eight while spark emerge from the rear. A press of one of two buttons allows the module to orbit the Earth or the Moon separately. West Germany 1971
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