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Flying Space Saucer - AOSHIN - JAPAN847 viewsBlue lithographed tin battery operaterd flying saucer. Circa 1950's. Advances with mystery action and a blinking light on the robot gunner's head. Beautiful litho saucer with planets and rockets. Large spring loaded gun on top with independent firing buttons. Shoots two wooden missiles with soft rubber tips. ASC
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SPACE STATION, BLUE VERSION - HORIKAWA - JAPAN405 viewsTin battery op space station. Advances with bump and go mystery action as lights blink, gears move, radar dish turns and a space sound is emitted. Each of the compartments is a detailed room. Red and grey plastic antennas have been seen.

Earliest sighting 1965 Pathe film. The later New Space Station dates to 1969.
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X-07 SPACE SURVEILLANT - MASUDAYA - JAPAN335 viewsTear-drop shaped tin battery operated saucer with non fall action and flashing lights.

In this case the front of the spaceship is the pointed end, unlike the sister X-09 vehicle. This toy has a non-fall action: it senses the edge of a table and turns away.

Two box versions: the older on the right with the tin astronaut pilot head, the newer on the left with a pilot with a vinyl head.

The same toy was sold as the rarer CRAGSTAN SATELLITE OUTER SPACE SURVEY SHIP X-07 with just a change to the wording SURVEILLANT on the front.

The earlier version was on sale in December 1962.
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CRAGSTAN FLYING SAUCER - JET SMOKE VERSION - YOSHIYA - JAPAN323 viewsCRAGSTAN FLYING SAUCER - JET SMOKE VERSION - YOSHIYA - JAPAN
Red tinplate flying saucer. The saucer has a central dome with a slightly oriental looking tin astronaut pilot. Behind the astronaut is a spark window crescent shaped section. At the back are two metal exhaust pipes. The saucer has a stop and go action with space noise and flashing lights. It then stops and smoke emerges from the rear jets. Twin angled antennas tipped with plastic. This is similar to FLYING SAUCER WITH SPACE PILOT but lacking the spring antenna. KO

Two box versions are known, one has the Jet Smoke wording and Cragstan logo, the other has this feature crossed out and does not have the Cragstan logo. The smoke version appears in the 1962 Cragstan Industries catalog.
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ASTRO 8 FLYING SAUCER - HAJI / MARUBISHI - JAPAN317 viewsRed tin friction flying saucer. Astronaut under a shallow clear plastic dome. Single rear fin. A spinning disk produces sparks in a series of windows around the edge. The saucer and box have been seen with Haji and Marubishi logos. The concensus is that Haji were the manufacturers and Marubishi were the importer/distributor. 7.5" 19cm diameter. See also the Flying 8 Saucer.

Two versions of the saucer are known: one has a blue vinyl pilot head on tin body and shoulders; the other has a red tin pilot head. A close look at the tin head indicates that there are slight color/litho variations to be found.
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KING FLYING SAUCER - YOSHIYA - JAPAN301 viewsBrightly lithographed tinplate and plastic battery operated saucer. There is an amber plastic central dome which lights up. Marked Space Patrol X-081. Rotates with bump and go combined with a "floating" action: the whole ship tilts. Flashing lights. Unusually the saucer has no astronaut pilot.

The saucer is featured in 1971-72 Victory Merchandise toy catalog. It also appears in newspaper ads dated to November 1970.
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SPACE ROBOT X-103 - ATC - JAPAN297 viewsA small tin friction flying saucer. Central robot pilot with large gun. The robot driver is the same as the driver of the Mercedes for Asahi (ATC). There is no maker's mark on the saucer, just "Made in Japan". The action is unique among saucers: it rolls forward as the outer edge of saucer spins.
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BILLY'S FLYING SAUCER, Z-112 - MASUDAYA - JAPAN282 viewsTin friction saucer with astronaut astride. Circular ridged saucer with extension at the rear and two blue tin fins. Ribbed upper surfaces. The spark window has disappeared. Billy is a neat idea, an astronaut riding a saucer surfboard style. He dramatically alters the scale of the saucer, though the saucer retains the litho control detailing of other versions. Early style rear extension of the body. Z-101 style

Billy also appeared on a rocket. I'm not aware that a Z-112 saucer without Billy on the back was released; he's usually missing.
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Z-101 FLYING SAUCER - MAKER? - ENGLAND282 viewsEarly tin friction saucer with spark window. Circular ridged saucer with early style extension at rear. In virtually all respects this is identical to the Masudaya Z-101. The only difference is that version does not have the pair of fins, nor are there signs of slots to accommodate them. The saucer is marked Made in England on the base. Possiby Wells Brimtoy or Mettoy.

The hole is intended for the spark action. Since the flint arm protrudes through the hole it is unlikely that there was a red gel cover on it. The open spark window is common on English toys.

A similar pressing with the clearly related lithographic details was used by the French SFA company. - W-902 Terre Mars, though a spark aperture has not been cut. Box?
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NEW FLYING SAUCER WITH SPACE PILOT - YOSHIYA - JAPAN281 viewsA development of the earlier Flying Saucer with Space Pilot. This red tinplate battery operated flying saucer has a tin astronaut under a central plastic dome. There is a crescent shaped red spark grill behind the dome. The saucer has a bump and go action with space noise and flashing red and blue lights. The astronaut's hand moves.

The saucer has a distinctive large rear fin with a NASA logo. There are small metal antennas on either side of the dome and a small plastic rotating propeller style antenna at the front. A row of holes and a pattern of hatched litho lines around the base of the dome add to the distinctive appearance of this saucer.

KO. The New Flying Saucer by Yoshiya appears briefly in Santa Claus Conquers The Martians, a low budget kid-fi movie released in 1964.
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APOLLO SPACE PATROL - TPS - JAPAN281 views"With satellite ship". Plastic battery operated saucer. Bump and go action with a ring of square orange and green flashing "neon" lights. The satellite ship is the separate winged structure on top of the structure. Marked X-7 on decals either side of the dome.

Featured in the 1970 Tokyo Playthings Catalog.
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FLYING SAUCER WITH SPACE PILOT - YOSHIYA - JAPAN277 viewsTin battery op saucer with bump and go action with space noise and flashing lights. The box art depicts a blue space background with a cratered moon at the bottom right. The distintive feature of this saucer is the large revolving spiral spring. Twin angled wire antennas tipped with plastic. Cragstan logo. Appeared in the 1960 Sears Christmas catalog:

"Flying Saucer. With its antenna revolving, motors screeching, saucer runs forward until it hits obstacle - then reverses. Pilot moves. 7 1/2 inch diameter. Steel. From Japan. Shipping weight 1 lb. 8 oz.
49 N 4223 - Order 2 "D" batteries at left.......$2.79"
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GE-279 ROCKET - TECHNOFIX - WEST GERMANY274 viewsTin friction rocket saucer. W Germany Original name. "Fliegende Untertasse" (german for : Flying Saucer)
by Technofix company / Germany

Catalog Number 279 listed in an original catalog in 1955 but is not listed in 1959. Slightly different litho designs shown.
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SPACE GIANT FLYING SAUCER - MASUDAYA - JAPAN265 viewsLarge tin battery op three fin saucer. Super Sonic. Wording variation in Masudaya 1963 catalog. Non Stop action. The same pressing as the SPACE SHIP 1 - MASUDAYA
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FLYING SAUCER Z-106 - MASUDAYA - JAPAN261 viewsTin friction saucer with litho details of pilot and passenger. Two side fins and a raised front wheel. MT. Carries a Cragstan logo on the underside. The fins are positioned far closer to the edges than most other saucers.

This saucer has the same pressing as the V100 Space Patrol with Suctorial Missile. This has been dated to 1954 when it was advertised in the Australian Courier Mail newspaper dated 8th December 1954.
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FLYING SAUCER WITH SPACE PATROL X-326 - MASUDAYA - JAPAN261 viewsAn early tin friction flying saucer with spinner prop disk. This is a circular saucer with the ridged effect and headlight details. The saucer has an offset cockpit with litho depicting the crew. There are two tail fins. Marked X-306. Saturn surrounded by stars logo. The spinner is launched by pushing the vehicle forward. Z-101 style.

The saucer was advertised in the Courier News in October 1958.


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NON FALL SPACE PATROL WITH FLOATING SATELLITE X-16 - MASUDAYA FOR AMICO - JAPAN258 viewsOne of Masudaya's large bowl shaped flying saucers. Metallic blue-green tin lithographed battery op saucer with non-fall action. Circular flat colored lights are spaced around the dome. Floating styrofoam ball and flashing lights. See also the X-17 which is a bump and go variation of this saucer in essentially the same box. The wide cup is an addition that must have helped to improved the performance of the ball blowing. Cams underneath the toy detect the edges of surfaces and prevent it from going over the edge.
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SOUCOUPE A REACTION TERRE MARS W-902 - SFA PARIS - FRANCE251 viewsTimeline: First sighted in the 1954 French trade magazine Ge-Ce.. Lithographed Tin. Marked "SFA France" Soucoupe a Reaction, Paris France.

Circular ridged flying saucer with the early style rear extension of the body that serves as a control room with litho window detailing. Two rear tin fins. French flying saucer. This is a copy of the Z-101 by MT. In the 1950s France imposed restrictions on the import of foreign toys, allowing the home producers the opportunity to avoid competition. They obviously decided to use the existing Japanese design. This saucer comes in a version with spoked wheel litho detailing.

A possible manufacturer is Joustra. Slightly larger than the MT Z-101, the Terra Mars is often assumed to be a friction saucer but is a push along toy with no inner mechanism. The Terre Mars has simple thin yellow fins each with 2 tabs. Probably also found on another toy because of the hole in the left fin which has no function, the tab holes are there in the saucer for attaching the thicker fins which have 6 tabs. Slight litho variations are known: look at the detailing on the fins of the two versions shown here
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FLYING SAUCER Z-101 - MASUDAYA - JAPAN249 viewsProbably one of the earliest MT saucers. It certainly has the features that seem to develop in the later toys. It's an early friction saucer with sparking action. There's a hole in the top for the sparking mechanism. The Z-101 molds appear to have been used for French and English versions of the saucer and for Japanese versions such as the X-326 an Z-112. Circular ridged saucer with the early style rear extension of the body. This extension is a control room but its windows have been removed to show the spark action. Two rear tin fins.

Two versions of this toy have been identified: light blue and dark blue. The upper and lower shells on the light blue version (lower right) are crimped together with a lipped edge around the circumference of the saucer. The top shell of the dark blue version overlaps the bottom shell and are held together with tabs.

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X-80 PLANET EXPLORER - MASUDAYA - JAPAN248 viewsSilver and blue lithographed tin battery operated flying saucer. Blue triangular shapes surround the central white plastic dome. Large litho detailing of astronauts space walking on the top. Bump and go mystery action with noise and lighted color dome. Marked X-80 Planet Explorer. The first sighting of the X-80 is in an unidentified wholesale catalog for 1961.
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Z-26 CRAGSTAN FRICTION FLYING SAUCER WITH ASTRONAUT - YOSHIYA - JAPAN240 viewsTin lithographed friction crank action flying saucer. A boxy tin pilot pilot sits under a clear plastic dome. The pilot has Z-26 printed on his chest and this is also printed on the edge.

The Z-26 saucer is the same as the X-15 pressing but with two rear tailfins and a rectangular slightly domed red plastic spark window behind the dome.

The box has an illustration of the Yoshiya X-15 saucer with simply the writing changed to Z-26. In this case the saucer now has the correct number of fins, two, shown on the box.

Produced in silver-grey and a rarer light blue version, both with central a red section moving to a point at the front. The light blue has been seen with red and blue fins.

The box carries the Cragstan distributor's logo. It appears in the 1965 Yoshiya catalog, along with the X-15 Space Commander Ship.

The saucer appears in a newspaper ad dated November 1962.
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CRAGSTAN MYSTERY ACTION SATELLITE - MASUDAYA - JAPAN240 viewsThis is one of Masudaya's large bowl shaped flying saucers. "With astronaut in orbit." Predominantly green lithographed tin battery operated flying saucer. There is a ring of domed flashing colored lights around the saucer's skirt. Bump and go action and flashing lights. Pictures of the crew are projected onto a large white plastic screen. Floating styrofoam astronaut in cup. The coil on the top holds the astronaut when at rest.


This is one of Masudaya's large bowl shaped flying saucers. "With astronaut in orbit." Predominantly green lithographed tin battery operated flying saucer. There is a ring of domed flashing colored lights around the saucer's skirt. Bump and go action and flashing lights. Pictures of the crew are projected onto a large white plastic screen. Floating card astronaut in a styrofoam cup. The coil on the top holds the astronaut when at rest.

This is very similar to the green Satellite X-107. This version has the wording SATELLITE on the front saucer and has litho windows with green backgrounds. The X-107 version has SATELLITE X-107 wording and windows with red backgrounds.

The X-107 version appears in the Sears catalog for 1962, so this would be a similar date.
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X-7 Space Explorer Ship - Masudaya - JAPAN237 viewsX7 lithographed tin battery operated saucer MT. Pilot under a clear domed canopy. A series of six circular colored lights surround the canopy.
Bump and go action with flashing lights. There are at least five variations of the pilot.

The current first sighting is a newspaper ad from November 1960.
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CRAGSTAN FLYING SAUCER, BATTERY OPERATED SAUCER - NGS - JAPAN237 viewsHere are the two box versions of this flying saucer by a little known company, NGS. Red and silver tinplate battery operated flying saucer. Bump and go action with noise and a white plastic dome illuminated with a pattern of stars.

The saucer has an opening door that lifts to reveal a plastic astronaut. White and blue color variations of the plastic astronaut exist. The design is based on Nomura saucers. The angled wire antennas with plastic tips are the style used on Yoshiya saucers.

The saucer pressing is similar to the T28 Gigantor Saucer.

The two versions of this toy are:
Battery Operated Space Ship
Cragstan Flying Saucer
Since the toy has the wording Space Ship it is likely that this is the earlier version. On sale in November 1963

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UFO X05 FLYING SAUCER - MASUDAYA - JAPAN235 viewsLight blue tinplate battery operated flying saucer. The litho comprises a blue background with many small stars and red detailing around the central dome. The dome is molded into the body and is capped with a clear plastic top. A gold astronaut with a Gort style visor sits inside. A ring of colored lights surrounds the dome but they are rectangular rather than circular. Circa 1970. Bump and go action with sound and flashing lights. MT UFOX05
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FORBIDDEN PLANET SPACE SHIP - CHILDS AND SMITH - ENGLAND233 viewsFlying saucer toy. Only known licensed toy from the original film. Donut saucer orbits around a central column. Came with plastic casualty in stretcher. England.

Made by Childs & Smith of Warwickshire. This little known Company trading under the "Nulli Secundus" logo produced a helicopter that flies around on a central pole. The flying saucer is a simple adaptation of the helicopter. The flying saucer itself is an anodised gold doughnut with a propeller fitted inside. It sits on the end of a long tubular arm which in turn pivots on a central pole. The operating circle has a diameter of about eight feet and the height and direction of the torus can be fine tuned, allowing for delicate manoeuvres.

The flying saucer comes complete with a little plastic figure on a stretcher. A hook can be added to the saucer, and the patient can be rescued.
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X-1 SPACESHIP - MAKER? - JAPAN233 viewsAn early lithographed blue and orange tin friction flying saucer. Oval in shape with a pointed front. 9cm This small saucer is a simple half pressing with wheels set in to the open base. Two rear fins are set into the back. Crude litho windows and engine details. Marked X-1. Box? It is hard to categorise this saucer-rocket shape
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SPACE COMMANDER SPACE STATION - NOMURA - JAPAN233 viewsLight blue lithographed tin battery operated flying saucer. Bump and go action with rotating cockpit and flashing lights. A red plastic dome is mounted on the top.

This is effectively the Planet Y Space Station with an octagonal transparent plastic structure and red dome replacing the central portion. The box is is a very striking variation of the Planet Y artwork. The a similar beautiful space station seen from the cockpit of an approaching spaceship.

This design was alos used for the Nyarome flying saucer.
Planet Y dates to 1968.
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SPACE COMMANDER SHIP X-15 - YOSHIYA - JAPAN232 viewsGreen tin friction flying saucer. Crank operated saucer advances with mystery action and spark. X15 KO Green tin pilot under a clear plastic dome.

This saucer has a single lfin though the box art shows a saucer with two fins.

It first appeared in the Yoshiya catalog for 1965 where it was described as a "Power friction flying saucer with sparks" 14cm. A newspaper ad dates this to Sept 1963.

There are two known versions: green/red and red/white.
There are two box versions (shown). The more common box is the one depicting the green saucer on a space background, though this box was used for both versions of the saucer. The red version box carries a Cragstan logo.

The same basic pressing was used for the Z-26 saucer.
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SPACE PATROL SAUCER Versions - TT - JAPAN231 viewsName: Space Patrol, Space Patrol 9, Mechanical Wind Up Space Cruiser
Maker: T.T (Takatoku Gangu Co., Ltd)
Timeline: No solid dates yet
Materials: Lithographed tin with plastic dome
Actions: Wind up bump 'n go and wind up walking action

One of the most popular names for space toys is Space Patrol - nearly every Japanese toy manufacturer made some sort of Space Patrol or Space Explorer back in the 50's and 60's. In fact the only flying saucers ever made by T.T. of Japan were called Walking Wind Up Space Patrol and Wind Up Space Patrol 9. They also did a color variation of the Space Patrol 9 for the toy importer F.E White from New York called Mechanical Wind Up Space Cruiser. They all have their own box design and vary slightly from each other.

The Walking Space Patrol has a very simple yet clever mechanism that allows it to walk on four legs. It really must be seen to be fully understood but a simple crank shaft protruding from the bottom drives an s shaped linkage transferring an elliptical rotation to the legs which creates a walking action. Great play value. The walking Space Patrol comes in all red with white, silver and black details including the great floating astronaut litho that all three variations share.

The Wind Up Space Patrol 9 is the exact same pressing, litho and color scheme as the Walking Space Patrol but with a bump 'n go action (listed as mystery action on the box). The Space Patrol 9 box is the best of the three with a couple of nice planetscapes and faithful renditions of the actual astronaut pilot found at the helm of the toy. The Bump 'n go mechanism on this toy is extremely efficient so just a few winds of the key sends the saucer running around the table top for such a long time that it seems more like a battery op than a wind up.

The third variation is the Mechanical Wind Up Space Cruiser, basically a name change and color variation done for the New York importers F.E White. This toy is the same pressing and litho detail as the other two and the same bump 'n go action as the Space Patrol 9 but the predominant color has been changed to silver for the top half of the toy. This was a common practice back in those days, manufacturers would slightly alter the design of a toy they were already producing to accommodate an importer who wanted a toy they could market as their "exclusive". The managers at T.T had the foresight to depict both the all red and the red/silver variations on the Space cruiser cellophane window style box so that either color scheme could be sold in that box. Not to confuse matters further, but I think it is entirely possible that both variations of the bump 'n go saucer (the all red and the red/silver) were sold in the Space Patrol 9 box as well as the Space Cruiser box. (Fineas J. Whoopie)
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FLYING SAUCER 8 - HAJI - JAPAN230 viewsTin friction saucer with sparks. Two pilot heads under a shallow clear plastic dome. Bump and go action with sparks. Single tail fin. See also the Astro 8 saucer by Marubishi/Haji. 7.5" 19cm diameter.

Versions exist with 8 on the tailfin and with the NASA logo.

First sighted in 1967, though saucer was still on sale in the 1971 Haji catalog.
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VX-1000 FLYING SAUCER - MAKER? - WEST GERMANY222 viewsA most unusual German flying saucer from a so-far unidentified maker. Tin flying saucer with wind up action. Red yellow and blue color scheme. Lithographed alien pilot detailing in the windows that stretch right around the saucer. There is a distinctive large red fin running from the center well beyond the back of the saucer. 13 cm (5") long and 10 cm (4") wide.

This toy has a unique movement: the wind up-mechanism is wound by turning the whole section with the wheels. The saucer moves in a "Cycloid curve" on the floor, which creates special "outer space" feeling.

Marked Made in Western Germany Box? Maker?
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CRAGSTAN SATELLITE OUTER SPACE SURVEY SHIP X-07 - MASUDAYA - JAPAN221 viewsMasudaya design. Teardrop shaped tin battery operated saucer with non fall action and flashing lights.

In this case the front of the spaceship is the pointed end, unlike the sister X-09 vehicle. This toy has a non-fall action: it senses the edge of a table and turns away. There is also a predominantly yellow version. On sale in December 1962.

The same toy was sold as the more common X-07 Space Surveillant with just a change to the wording SURVEY on the front.
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UFO NOAH - PRINCE - JAPAN220 viewsAn unusual flying saucer with a cylindrical center. Details?
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NEW FLYING SAUCER - GREECE219 viewsPlastic battery op saucer with crude pilots. Bump and go action. Greek. The box is the same (I believe) as the Hong Kong version of this saucer.
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SPACE EXPLORER SHIP X-3 - MASUDAYA - JAPAN218 viewsA large lithographed tinplate and plastic flying saucer, 10 inch diameter, 2 inches wider than the usual Masudaya design. Battery operated bump and go action with flashing lights. Two astronauts under a clear plastic central dome. Ring of colored lights. The more usual blue lithovatiation shown here does not have the yellow band shown on the box art. Date?.

Below is the rarer yellow litho variation shoown on the box art.
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Space Explorer Ship X-8 - Masudaya - JAPAN214 viewsA lager 10 inch flying saucer. X-8 tin battery op saucer MT. Bump and go action with flashing lights. The X-8 Space Explorer Ship was sighted in a 1968 Masudaya Catalog (as seen in the Broutin catalog re-print book) where a vinyl headed pilot is shown and the toy is indicated to be "new" to that year's catalog.

The box has X-8 but the saucer has X8 (no hyphen)

Masudaya Catalog #3678
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SPACE SHIP X-7 - MASUDAYA - JAPAN214 viewsA pink and yellow tin and plastic battery operated saucer with a blue base. Vinyl astronaut under a clear dome. Coloured lights positioned around the dome. Bump and go action with flashing lights. English and Japanese box versions.
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L-101 FLYING SAUCER - LTI? - INDIA213 viewsA variation of the Yoshiya tin X-15 flying saucer with friction crank action drive. Green tin pilot with L-101 on chest under a clear plastic dome. Bump and go action. The saucer is marginally smaller than the X-15 and there are other minor differences. Copies seen have hand painted L-101 on the pilot. This version was issued in India. The lower photo shows a modern reproduction based on the L-101. The same pilot appears in the Indian LTI Sparking Tank, so this may be by the same maker. Asia
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Ucan Daire Flying Saucer - Ne-Kur - Turkey211 viewsProbably 1970's and certainly available well into the 1980s, but no solid date as yet. Lithographed tin with plastic dome and spark window. Friction flywheel with sparks U.D-012

The Turkish toy company NE-KUR made some decent space toys in the 1970's, mostly knock offs of Japanese toys from the 1960's. The Ucan Daire or UD 012 flying saucer is based on the Nomura X-505 friction saucer. The wings are different as is the spark window but there is no mistaking that cockpit layout and Asian faced pilot. The body pressing is the same as the X-505 but slightly "thicker" or "inflated" almost as if the X-505 could fit snugly inside the UD-012. The blue tint plastic dome is much more substantial than the Nomura saucers. The wheels are a bit larger than the X-505. Nekur ne Kur

The white variation (below) shares the same box .
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FLYING SAUCER X-3000 - MASUDAYA - JAPAN210 viewsSilver tinplate friction flying saucer saucer with two pilots. The saucer has a clear plastic central dome containing four unusual wheel structures. The silver grey saucer has red and yellow details. There is an old style extension of the saucer body at the back which serves as a control room complete with litho window detailing. There is a tail wheel below. Two red tail fins. Marked X-3000 - Flying Saucer on the top surface. On sale in December 1958.

Better box? See also the Space Pilots version of this saucer. xadded
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SATELLITE X-107 - BROWN VERSION - MASUDAYA - JAPAN210 viewsThis is one of Masudaya's large bowl shaped flying saucers "With astronaut in orbit." Predominantly red-brown lithographed tin battery operated flying saucer. There is a ring of domed flashing colored lights around the saucer's skirt. Bump and go action and flashing lights. Pictures of the crew are projected onto a large white plastic screen. Bump and go action and flashing lights. Floating card astronaut in a styrofoam cup. The coil on the top holds the astronaut when at rest.

The box is the same blue style as one of the two versions used for the green X-107, though the saucer pictured has the correct brown-red color.

Is there a Cragstan version of the brown X-107 saucer?
Appears in the Sears catalog for 1962
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X-505 FLYING SAUCER WITH SPARK - NOMURA - JAPAN208 viewsLithographed red tinflying saucer with a blue center. Pilot under a clear plastic dome and spark windows Action: Friction flywheel with sparks TN

A combination of pilot under central dome, the rear spark windows, the two "headlights" and set of tail fins are classic design elements taken up by other Japanese companies in the early and mid sixties. Nomura saucers seem to have rather thin fragile domes compared to those made by other toy companies and they do crack easily. The astronaut at the helm has an arguably oriental look to him. The Martian Flying Saucer with Sparks (aka Red Man From Space) shares the same body pressing and there were a couple of knock-offs made by the toy company Ne-Kur in the 1970's. An Indian version is also known.

Pictured in the 1962 catalog of the 1st Japan International Toy Fair.
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FLYING SAUCER 7 - MARUBISHI - JAPAN208 viewsTinplate friction saucer with a large red single rear fin. Tin pilot under a shallow clear plastic dome. The saucer has copious litho details of fire and smoke coming out of the "exhaust pipes". Marked Flying 7 Saucer and MAR UBISHI (with space). With Space Noise. 7.5" 19cm diameter.
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SPACE PATROL 2019 SAUCER - YONEZAWA - JAPAN208 viewsToy is tin litho/hard plastic with 8" diameter and height of 6". 1960s by Yonezawa, Japan. Saucer is detailed and marked "Space Patrol 2019." A pair of plastic missiles are attached either side of the dome and under plastic canopy is spaceman with vinyl head. Works with bump and go action, blinking light, rotating rear prop and "space noise." Rear propeller inside a red or yellow fan cowling version. See also the Moon Patrol 11.

This version appears in a 1969 in a Lewis Galoob Toy Catalog
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SATELLITE X-11 FLYING SAUCER - MASUDAYA - JAPAN208 viewsSilver, blue and red lithographed tin battery operated flying saucer based on Masudaya's large bowl shaped design. In this instance half of the bowl has been removed to create a cockpit with a clear plastic cover. Two astronauts sit inside the detailed cockpit while behind them a floating astronaut appears on the black screen behind them. Mystery bump and go action, flashing lights and sound. Date
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Mechanical Spacecraft Jupiter - Ohta - JAPAN207 viewsTin with plastic dome and spark window.
Action: Sparkling, direction changing wind up.

The recognizable logo on the Jupiter flying saucer is a white K inside a black medallion but the name of the manufacturer is Ohta. Not a rare saucer by any standards but a great collectible none the less. From the checkerboard motif around the cockpit and on the pilots helmet which lends a nice mid sixties "Speed Racer" feel to the toy, to the simple yet ingenious method of changing the direction during operation, not to mention the excellent box art, the Jupiter has a lot going for it. One of the most simple yet effective mechanical gimmicks is the over sized wind key. While racing across the table, as the key unwinds and gets to the vertical position it lifts one wheel off of the table momentarily, this allows the opposite wheel left in contact with the table to pivot the saucer around the key until it passes though the vertical position and lets the saucer down again - thus completing a perfect U turn. With a good winding the Jupiter can do several laps back and forth before dying down. Somewhat like a slot car without the track. The frequency of mint in box examples appearing for sale leads me to believe there may have been a warehouse find at some point. The common version is the blue and silver Jupiter, but there is also a white and red variation which is harder to find. While very similar, the litho design does vary in many small details between the two saucers plus one major way - the red and white version reads "Jupitep" instead of Jupiter. Another difference is that the red and white version has plastic drive wheels while the silver and blue has metal wheels. (Fineas J Whoopie)
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UFO FLYING SAUCER - T IN CIRCLE - HONG KONG204 viewsUFO battery op bump and go 7-1/2" plastic saucer. The saucer was cheaply made and has a rubber band inside to rotate the dome color disk. Also the ring stripes are paper . The back has an antenna and a slot with on-off but the design must have been changed because the on-off switch is underneath. The slot seem to have no function. The blue round decal with an A also says NASA. Also a US flag decal. Made in Hong Kong and a T in a circle No. 355, the symbol for manufacturer Tai Hing Metal & Plasticware Fty. Ltd. Late '70s/early '80s. (Phil R)

There are several variations of this saucer, most notably the Moon Ranger Mercury Mark IV
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NON STOP SPACE PATROL WITH FLOATING SATELLITE - MASUDAYA - JAPAN202 viewsThis is one of the Masudaya large bowl shaped flying saucers. Metallic blue tin lithographed battery operated saucer saucer with bump and go action and flashing lights. Flat circular colored lights are mounted around the middle of dome. Floating styrofoam ball. The litho detailing includes a picture of Robby the Robot, though this is not shown on the box art. The earliest sighting is 1960.
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FLYING SAUCER XX7 - HONG KONG202 viewsYellow plastic battery operated flying saucer with bump and go action and flashing lights.The cockpit with red astronaut is built into the side of a central plastic cone. This cone is studded with red and green plastic ovals. Large blue rear plastic fin. Paper decals Flying Sauce XX7. (missing antenna)
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Space Ship X-8 - Masudaya - JAPAN200 viewsX8 MT plastic battery op saucer. Bump and go action with flashing lights.
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SPACE PILOTS - MASUDAYA - JAPAN200 viewsSilver tinplate friction flying saucer saucer with two pilots. The saucer has a plastic dome with the two tin astronaut heads sitting at two large black guns. The silver grey saucer has red and blue details. There is an old style extension of the saucer body at the rear with a tail wheel. Two tail fins carry the wording "Space Pilots" This version is incomplete but the box art indicates the details that are missing. Date? c1950s Better photo? Friction action.

Z-101 shape. This appears to be a variation of the X-3000, though the relatively large size of the astronauts alters the scale of the saucer.
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XX-61 SOUCOUP VOLANTE Flying Saucer - CHR - FRANCE199 viewsTin and plastic battery op. Light blue flying sauce; central plastic dome with plastic astronaut (simply painted plastic and resembling a racing driver). Two long spring antennas protrude from a metal band that crosses the dome. Fitted with a rubber bumper/fender. Ring of flashing lights around the saucer. Bump and go with flashing lights. The battery is a 4.5 volt pack that slides into the plastic battery lid: as the lid is closed the battery terminals touch internal contacts.
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AX1 SPACE SHIP - PIKO - EAST GERMANY199 viewsPlastic battery op bump and go saucer. Blue plastic base with yellow superstructure. Small clear dome with pilot. Large rectangular rotating antenna. Piko (an abbreviation of Pioneer Construction) was a state-owned enterprise in the German Democratic Republic (GDR)

Also in green. East Germany.
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MARTIAN FLYING SAUCER WITH SPARKS Z-01 AKA THE RED MAN FROM SPACE - NOMURA - JAPAN198 viewsMaterials: Lithographed Tin with plastic dome and spark windows.
Action: Friction flywheel with sparks. TN

The Martian Flying Saucer is most notable for its distinctive illustrated box and spinning astronaut pilot. The full bodied astronaut is unique as most flying saucer pilots are merely heads or half torsos protruding above the control panel. During operation the pilot spins in place atop his pinwheel disk as the saucer travels across the table. Also known as The Red Man From Space, the name lithoed on the bottom of the saucer. As with other Nomura friction saucers the dome is fragile and cracks easily. This saucer shares the same basic body pressing as the Nomura X-505 which has been dated to 1962.

Current first sighting is November 1958 in the Kansas City Times.
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FLYING SAUCER - YONEZAWA - JAPAN198 viewsLater plastic battery op saucer. Bump and go action. Green luster finish. Central pitted clear plastic dome with colored light effect. Bump and go action. Lighted cockpit, space noise. Code No 37701 1970s
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SPACE PATROL-7 SAUCER - YOSHIYA - JAPAN196 viewsRed tinplate friction flying saucer. Bump and go action. 5 inch diameter. The saucer has a large central clear plastic dome with a relatively large tin astronaut pilot. There is a small spark window behind the astronaut. Single tin fin the the back with a US flag on it. A pattern of squares and lines borders the dome. Marked Space Patrol 7. Friction bump and go action with spark.
Box marked "Space Patrol-7 with Sparking Engine"

The saucer features in the Yoshiya catalog for 1965, the earliest sighting to date.
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NYAROME SPACE STATION - Nomura - JAPAN196 viewsBattery operated spacetoy, 1960`s. Nyarome is a Japanese manga character, a funny cat created by Fujio Akatsuka who was a pioneer in japanese manga. Bump and go action and in the midsection of the spacestation, a film is shown of Nyarome. TV screen.
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SPACE EXPLORER X-705 - TPS - JAPAN195 viewsA blue tinplate lithographed friction powered space vehicle that is borderline saucer. The shape is most unusual: the vehicle is a flattened oval with a lithographed dome depicting two pilots. Two large wheels are set into the side and two small fins are set on the back. There are two slight wheel litho variations.

A tinplate orbiting space cadet astronaut is attached by a metal wire to the center. Toplay Friction Powered Space Explorer with Flying Space Man.
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SPACE PATROL WITH SUCTORIAL MISSILE V100 - MASUDAYA - JAPAN194 viewsTin friction flying saucer with missile firing gun. Two side fins and a raised front wheel. Litho pilot details. The oddly named "Suctorial" refers to the suction missile that is fired from the large gun at the front. Clips on either side allow for the storage of the wooden darts. The toy comes with an inner box that depicts a space scene featuring the V100 saucer and is designed to be the target. There are two known variations: silver and silver-blue. V-100

The saucer has the same body pressing as the Z-106.
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SPACE SHIP 1 - MASUDAYA - JAPAN193 viewsLarge tin battery op saucer based on non-fall rocket body. See Space Giant. Bump and go action, flashing lights. Super sonic
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FLYING SAUCER BANK - IMAKITA - JAPAN192 viewsLitho'd tin money bank. Rotating globe in the centre.
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MOON PATROL 11 FYLING SAUCER - YONEZAWA - JAPAN191 viewsTin and plastic battery op saucer with large rear propeller inside a red housing. Blue saucer with vinyl pilot head under a circular clear plastic dome that stretches backward. Plastic missiles on either side of the dome. US flag on front. Same pressing as the Space Patrol 2019. 8" 20cm diameter
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SPACE PATROL FLYING SAUCER X-15 - YOSHIYA - JAPAN189 viewsTin lithographed battery operated flying saucer. Bump and go action, noise and flashing lights. A tin astronaut, the rounded style with the Asiatic face, sits under central clear plastic dome. There is a ring of six arc shaped colored plastic windows around the saucer through which a rotating flashing light can be seen. The lithography consists of a dense pattern of stars on a blue background. This is an unusual variation of the Yoshiya battery operated flying saucer pressing. Date?
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SPACECRAFT RANGER - ALPS - JAPAN189 viewsTin and plastic battery op saucer on track. Red and white saucer has plastic astronaut under a clear plastic dome. Red plastic rockets fitted on either side. Saucer travels around a blue plastic track.

Featured in the 1969 M.W. Kasch Distributor Catalog
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SPACE PATROL SAUCER No 9 - TT - JAPAN188 viewsTin wind up saucer. Same pressing as the legged version but with bump and go action. Takatoku.
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NEW SPACE STATION - HORIKAWA - JAPAN187 viewsTin and plastic battery operated space station, donut torus. This is a reworking of the earlier version.

Listed as new in the 1969 Horikawa catalog
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SPACE EXPLORER SHIP X-5 - MASUDAYA - JAPAN185 viewsTin and plastic battery operated flying saucer. Bump and go action with flashing colored lights inside the clear plastic central dome. Pilot and antenna under clear dome. The ring of lights is contained within the clear plastic canopy.

A later version of the Masudaya design. Several variations exist.
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NON STOP SPACE PATROL X-17 - MASUDAYA - JAPAN184 views"With Floating Satellte". A metallic green lithographed tin battery operated flying saucer with bump and go action. It is one of the Masudaya large bowl shaped flying saucers. Flat circular colored lights are mounted around the middle of dome. Floating styrofoam ball and flashing lights. See also the X-16 which is a non-fall variation of this saucer in essentially the same box.
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SPACE SAUCER MERCURY X-1 - YONEZAWA - JAPAN184 viewsTin and plastic battery operated flying saucer. Bump and go action with lighted white color dome. White plastic dish antenna. Pilot under clear blue plastic canopy at front. Lithographed guns at front. 1970s see also the Auto Lunar Brazilian version of this saucer by Estrela. Item No 750. 8" 20cm diameter Marked M-164 on the side wings.
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FLYING SAUCER X-37 - BANDAI? - JAPAN183 viewsThis is perhaps the most unusual of all flying saucers. The bird or plane shaped lithographed tinplate space toy consists of a central saucer shaped disk with a hole in the center. The hole contains a rotating fan. Built in to the disk are wings and a three-fin tail section. The saucer is a combination of green and yellow in a camouflage pattern. One wing carries a USAF logo and the other has the lettering X-37. "Flying Saucer" is printed around the central hole.

Friction action with rotating fan. Box? Date?
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X-324 X-505 PLATILLO VOLANTE FLYING SAUCER - VERCOR/COMANDO - SPAIN182 viewsGreen plastic battery operated flying saucer. The saucer has a green top and a gold base. A central clear plastic dome holds a silver and red astronaut pilot. Two versions are known, the X-324 and the X-505.

The dome of the X-324 is decorated with black stars. The surface of the saucer has rivet detailing and the decal "Shepard". Small angled side fins hint at the KO design origin. X-324 marked on the front. Platillo Volante by Vercor made from 1969 to 1971 X324 Bump and go action.

The virtually identical X-505 version has no decoration but has a NASA decal on the side. It comes in a box with the Comando maker's name and the No 324 marked on the side.
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TETSUJIN T-28 FLYING SAUCER No 2 - NOMURA - JAPAN182 viewsU1600 Highly lithographed tinplate friction powered flying saucer with a rocket engine fin at the rear. An oversize blue tin Tetsujin T-28 robot pilot head and shoulders sits in the center. The Tetsujin saucer was not designed with a dome. The friction motor was not designed to spark. There is a slight litho variation. 1964
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SPACE EXPLORER FLYING SAUCER - ICHIKO - JAPAN182 viewsThis is a distinctive blue tinplate flying saucer. The saucer has a lithographed pattern of blue rectangles. In the center is a clear plastic dome containing a blue vinyl astronaut pilot. He sits at a control panel with four colored lights around him. Four rectangular colored plastic panels surround the dome. At the back of the saucer is a metal extension with plastic rocket motors and a lighted control panel with a space scene. Two small white plastic antennas on the side. Marked SPACE EXPLORER and MOON-1. Bump and go action. The saucer rises on three plastic legs and rotates as lights flash.

This saucer appears in a 1971 Ichiko Catalog.

Ichiko produced two litho variations of this saucer: the light blue/dark blue combination (top) and a light blue/grey version (bottom).

Versions of the saucer have a Yonezawa logo on the base.

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Space Ranger 7 - Chan-Lie - Taiwan181 viewsTin top Saucer with plastic lower section rolls with bump and go action, lights flashing in alternating pattern, along with a pling pling sound as it goes.
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FLYING SAUCER X-3 - MASUDAYA - JAPAN181 viewsThis is a most unusual silver lithographed tinplate saucer wih red and white details. The little circular saucer has an open cockpit at the top occupied by a white vinyl astronaut head. He sits behind one of those old fashioned metal windscreens. There are quaint litho details of portholes and a door. At the back of the saucer are three metal fins: the two horizontal ones are spread out far wider than usual. Flying Saucer wording on the top and X-3 is marked on the tail. There is a large red plastic light on the front. Friction action with noise and spark. 6" 15cm diameter.

This is Masudaya catalog number 3323. Date?
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WALKING SPACE PATROL - TT - JAPAN179 viewsSpace Patroler on box art. Tin wind up flying saucer with walking action on two leg structures. See the No 9 non-walking version.
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FRIENDSHIP NO 7 SAUCER - MASUDAYA - JAPAN178 viewsThis is an unusual space toy, a cross between a flying saucer and a spaceship. The light blue and red tin toy is hemispherical in design with a cockpit window fitted in to one side. A vinyl astronaut pilot sits inside. A wire is fixed to the top center with an orbiting cadet astronaut on the end. Non-fall action with flashing light and rotating astronaut. Masudaya were happy to recycle parts from their other non-fall spaceships to create this more childish saucer.

An X-61 Space Survey variation is shown in the 1963 Masudaya catalog.
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SPACE SURVEY X-09 (RED) - MASUDAYA - JAPAN176 viewsMetallic red and blue pear shaped tin battery operated saucer with bump and go (non-stop) action and flashing side lights.

In this case the front of the spaceship is the blunt end, unlike the sister X-07 vehicle.

Pilot under a clear plastic dome. Marked SPACE SURVEY X-09. Blue version. See also X-07 Red version.

First sighting 1963 in Ward's Christmas Catalog. The saucer had a long production run and many minor variations are known.
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UFO-X2 FLYING SAUCER - DAIYA - JAPAN175 viewsLater tin and plastic battery op saucer with colored plastic dome and two red plastic fins. The saucer has a predominantly plastic feel with a metal upper insert. In termes of design the now plastic dominates. The dome is a deep red transparent colour with a simplified astronaut detailing below. Bright green panels are set into the sides. Mystery action, blinking lights and noise. 1970s Green and red dome versions.
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