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SPACE CAR (Early Version)- YONEZAWA484 viewsYonezawa Space Car with the fixed robot head. This version did not come with the vertical fin. Notice the body color is much bluer than the later version.
MOBILE SPACE T.V. UNIT WITH TRAILER - NOMURA393 viewsThis is the later, more common version of this space toy. Tin battery op vehicle. Advances with mystery action as the lenses on the TV camera rotate, the screens on each side illuminate with a revolving space scene and the antenna on the trailer spins. Rosko distributor.

See also the earlier Space T.V. Unit with the green astronaut driver. 26cm
Tetsujin 28 Patrol Car - Nomura345 viewsTin battery operated, bump and go mystery action toy. The eyes light up. 10 inches long.
SPACE SCOUT S-17 - WHITE DOME - YANOMAN 1963318 viewsA light blue lithographed tinplate battery operated space vehicle. The vehicle resembles an inflated mattress with long tin fins mounted on the rounded side sections. A yellow tin astronaut pilot sits under a large clear plastic dome and controls a clear plastic lighted gun. At the front is a white dome over a rotating light. Space Scout wording on the sides. There is a metal ring antenna at the back that rotates.

This is the most common version of the toy. A red dome version has been recorded (below). First sighted May Co California, Toy Treasures newspaper supplement, Nov. 24, 1963

There is evidently a connection between Yanoman and Yonezawa. The body of the S-17 is the same pressing as that found on the Rendezvous 7 8.
MOON CAR - MOON SPACE SHIP - NOMURA314 viewsNamed Moon Car on the box, but Moon Space Ship on the toy. This is a reworking of the Robbt Space Patrol chariot or sled. Tin battery op with bump and go action. Robby has been replaced by a transparent plastic lighting dome inside which is a tin litho globe with space graphics. No driver leaves this vehicle looking rather empty.
ATLAS MISSILE LAUNCHER - ISI - JAPAN312 viewsMetallic blue lithographed tin battery operated A-198 rocket launcher. This boxy tank-like tracked vehicle has a red launching structure containing a yellow tube which holds the wooden rubber tipped missile. The missiles are stored in clips along the side. Marked ATLAS on one side, A-198 on the door. Radar screen lights and launcher raises and fires missile as vehicle advances. Date?
Mobile Satellite Tracking Station - CRAGSTAN305 viewsBattery Operated. Lighted Screen with Moving Scenery.
MOON CAR (MOON PATROL SPACE DIVISION NO. 3) - Nomura - JAPAN300 viewsTin battery op Circa 1955. Advances with mystery action as the inner celluloid dome with tin space ships and a planet spins while the illuminated satellite inside the dome circles in the opposite direction. TN sled chariot

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ALPHA 7 SPACE VEHICLE 3500 - GAMA290 viewsPlastic battery op remote control lunar explorer. West Germany. One in related series of space vehicles. 1970s
MARSMAN - MASUDAYA279 viewsTin friction space vehicle. Blue tin with space detailing.
Litho'd tinplate. Marsman wording on the top rear. Green astronaut pilot behind windscreen. Primitive artwork on the box.
MECHANIZED ROBOT (ROBBY SPACE PATROL) - Nomura - JAPAN277 viewsTin battery op Circa 1955. Advances with mystery action as Robby turns, his dome lights and the red/green disc lights blink. Sled chariot

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INTERPLANETARY SPACE FIGHTER, SUPER JET V-7 - NOMURA275 viewsTin battery op vehicle with bump and go action. Astronaut with large gun.
MOON EXPLORER M-27 - YONEZAWA 1963273 viewsTin battery op vehicle - a tin can on its side - with four legs. Remote control. The remote is in the shape of a plastic rocket. One button makes the vehicle walk and antenna turn. The second button makes the door open and a plastic astronaut with camera emerges. Similar to Moon Detector - Mond Detektor .

Marked M-27. There is a variation with the Cragstan importer's logo on the side. Many boxes carry the Farylight importer's sticker.

Currently the first sighting of the Moon Explorer X-27 (Bean tin) is in Wards catalogue for 1963.
MOON CAR (MOON SPACE SHIP) - Nomura261 viewsTin battery op space car chariot/sled. Advances with mystery bump and go action as the dome turns, the two yellow dishes rotate, light flashes and the engine pistons move. No driver included.
SPACE SCOOTER - MASUDAYA259 viewsTin and vinyl battery op space scooter with boy astronaut. Bump and go mystery action. Later released by Amico. Fireball XL-5 similarity.
MOON EXPLORER M-27 - Yonezawa - JAPAN252 viewsTin battery op vehicle. Circa 1970. Moon vehicle advances with a walking motion as the antenna rotates and the light inside the rear dome lights and turns. Push the red button and the door opens and a cameraman comes out on a spacewalk. Toy also makes a space noise.
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SPACE RANGER - MARX251 viewsPlastic battery op remote control orbiting spaceship. Tethered flying action.
SONAR SPACE PATROL - YONEZAWA - JAPAN248 viewsThis is a large tin battery operated space ship. The silver and blue rocket has a boxy shape with a rounded nose. A clear plastic dome at the front contains colored flashing lights. At the back are two fins with a long domed engine cover between them. There is a long metal on-off switch. The box art depicts a slightly different vehicle: a more slender shape with opening doors in the base.

This toy employs a Sonicon-style whistle steering action, a copy of the Masudaya original.

Other space toys use this pressing:
Nomura Mars 107 Super Space Patrol
Nomura Sky Patrol
ARCTIC EXPLORER SLED - BANDAI247 viewsFor Sears. Catamaran style tin battery op vehicle with wings and propellors. Blue pressed steel with a red central platform. Rotating dish antenna. Borderline space.
SPACE PIONEER - MASUDAYA 1963243 viewsTin battery op space ship. Bump and go mystery action. "Super Sonic". It is featured in the 1963 Masudaya catalog.
FRICTION SPACE EXPLORER S-3 - LINEMAR - JAPAN239 viewsTin friction space car with large red astronaut pilot. The pilot's hands move. Imitation tracks at rear. Also sold in a boxed set with the robot headed version. No J-4333

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Z-MAN THE BRAIN238 viewsFirst seen in the Sears Christmas Book for 1956.

Plastic battery op vehicle with oversize driver. shoots missiles. Comes with four cardboard targets. Four variations are shown including the 1957 Holiday Distributing Co. version which showing a differently styled toy called "Z-Brain rocket Launcher".
MOON PATROL XT-878 - TPS - JAPAN235 viewsToplay. Blue lithographed tin battery op space hovercraft style vehicle with dome with gun and antenna. Bump and go action. See Luna Hovercraft. Reputedly there are two versions: one with gun (shown), one without. 20cm 1970
BATTERY OPERATED SPACE SHIP234 viewsTin battery op styrofoam ball blowing (original of Holdauto) vehicle.
SUPER MOON PATROLER - JUNIOR TOY - JAPAN233 viewsTin and plastic battery op vehicle Circa 1970's. Advances with mystery action and engine sound as lights flash . It stops, the doors pop open, and the top part of the patroler spins.
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INDIAN SCOUT AT_11 - AMARTOY - INDIA 232 viewsLight blue lithographed tinplate battery operated vehicle. Bump and go action with astronaut sitting at a large green gun with clear plastic barrel. Magic white color dome at the front. The tank has the familiar rounded lilo shape with two fins at the back. This is an Indian knock-off version of the Yanoman Space Scout S-17. The serial AT_11 is printed on the inner sides. AT-11. Made by Amartoy of Dehli.

Closer examination has shown that this has not been produced from the same mold but has been designed to resemble the original Japanese piece. The Indian version is slightly smaller and it does not have the rotating antenna. The fins stand vertical, the litho detailing is different and the battery box is plastic rather than tin. Date? Asia
SPACE ROBOT CAR - Yonezawa - JAPAN232 viewsMetallic blue lithographed tin battery op car Circa 1955. Gold colored tin Robby style driver pilots space car as lights under dome spin, gun turret pans from side to side as the gun tips move in and out as a firing sound is emitted.
MOON EXPLORER - GAKKEN231 viewsTin battery op vehicle. Bump and go action. Dome at front. See also the Moon Patrol radio controlled version that uses the same pressing.
CRAGSTAN SPACE MOBILE, LUNAR PATROL - maker?229 viewsTin battery op vehicle. Bump and go action. Roar R R noise. No manufacturer's mark. Cragstan were a distributor. Clear square turret with pilot. Rectangular antenna.
X-9 SPACE ROBOT CAR - MASUDAYA - JAPAN224 viewsTin battery op vehicle Circa 1955. 19cm Advances with mystery action as robot driver steers as the lighted popcorn popper tosses around the multicolor balls.
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MOON MOBILE SCOUT WAGON EXPLORER - BANDAI223 viewsLarge pressed steel space crane. Sears special. Battery op with plane.
MOON DETECTOR - YONEZAWA - JAPAN223 viewsBlue lithographed tin battery operated moon exploration vehicle. Cylindrical body with tracks, resembling a tin can on its side. The fron t and back have clear plastic domes covering the ends. Inside the forward control area is a grey plastic astronaut driver. Forward and reverse movement with rotating plastic antenna and lighting feelers. The vehicle has two long arms or feelers at the front. They have lighted tips. Also sold as Mond Detektor. This is a variation of the remote control Moon Explorer vehicle. Date?
UNIT 5 AREA RADIATION TESTER - BANDAI221 viewsPressed steel sled like battery op vehicle with opening doors and raising gantry. Sold exclusively by Sears. Working. When in operation, space vehicle runs with mystery action while two lights on rear illuminates. Next the vehicle stops, the back canopy opens, armature with a radar detector raises up, and smoke is emitted from the back of the canopy. 50cm

Currently the first sighting of this toy is in the Sears 1961 Christmas Book.
SPACE SCOUT X-5 - SUZUKI AND EDWARDS218 viewsTin friction space vehicle. Transparent green plastic canopy with pilot head. S&E Japan. Cragstan logo on box.
SPACE PATHFINDER - MASUDAYA213 viewsSee Lunar Exploration. Tin battery op vehicle with tracks. "Radicon Photoelectric Operation System".
RADIO CONTROLLED MOON PATROL - GAKKEN213 viewsTin battery op radio controlled spaceship. Pilot under front dome. This vehicle uses the same pressing as the bump and go Moon Explorer.
SUPERIOR SPACE PORT - T COHN212 viewsTin space set with plastic spacemen. Space Drome. USA
MISSILE CARRYING TRAILER - CRAGSTAN211 viewsTin friction truck with missile launcer. Large crank turn antenna. X-?? rocket. Maker?
ROBOT SPACE PATROL CAR X-5 - ATC210 viewsBlue tin friction space car with gold robot driver. Mercedes style car with robot driver advances with siren as the fan blade in the hood opening turns. 21cm
SUPERCAR - YOSHIYA209 viewsTin friction space car with Mike Mercury. Based on Gerry Anderson puppet TV series of the early 1960s.
HOLDAUTO - LIM, INTERKOSMO208 viewsTin battery op styrofoam ball blowing vehicle. Blue
MOBILE SCIENCE STATION - BANDAI208 viewsFor Sears. Pressed steel battery op two part vehicle with helicopter.
Yonezawa206 viewsRobby style robot in tin battery op space car
BUCK ROGERS LEAD FIGURES - BRITAINS206 viewsHollow cast lead figures include Buck Rogers, Robot, ???. England 1930s
FLASH SPACE PATROL Z-206 -TPS - JAPAN206 viewsTin hovercraft style battery op vehicle, bump and go action. Green plastic windows. The body is the same as used on the Mercury Explorer but the turret is a tin construction. Plastic prop. This is the first of the line of similarly styled TPS vehicles. Currently dated to 1968. Toplay
SKY PATROL - NOMURA - JAPAN206 viewsThis is a large tin battery operated space ship. The silver and blue vehicle has a boxy shape with a rounded nose. A Tin policeman with a machine gun sits in a forward cockpit. At the back are two fins with a long domed engine cover between them. The fins have lighted jet engines on top There is a long metal on-off switch.

The box art depicts a vehicle that is far more sophisticated than the actual toy. The box artist is clearly the same as the one employed on the sister piece, the Mars 107.
SPACE JET VEHICLE X-001 - BANADI206 viewsTin battery op vehicle. Smoke.
BADMINTON ROBOT202 viewsPrototype.
MOON MOBILE ROCKET LAUNCHER - BANDAI202 viewsPressed steel battery op rocket launch vehicle. Sears exclusive
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