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BATTERY OPERATED HIGH-WHEEL ROBOT - YOSHIYA - JAPANBlue tin battery operated remote control robot series 5023. 10" 25cm Walks with lighted chest and head. Six visible turning plastic gears. Plastic hands. A wire antenna with a loop slides through the backpack.

The legs and hands are the same as used on the Planet Robot. KO logo and Made in Japan on backpack, the same as the black versions High-wheel Robot.

The remote control battery holder is a rather flimsy blue plastic which often loses the small molded catches that keep it closed.

This 6 gear, battery operated remote control, blue color variation of this robot was produced by Yoshiya and released in 1965 (it features in a 1965 Yoshiya Catalog). The same gear configuration was used for one of the wind up versions.

Aug 27, 2014
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ALIENI SPAZIALE- CHROMOPLASTO - ITALYA set of seven plastic spacemen. These brightly painted figures all have full face helmets or gas masks giving them an alien appearance. Painted in a combination of blue, red and yellow. Most figures carry futuristic space weapons.

The figures were sold in a cylindrical clear plastic display case. A larger hooded central figure was also included.
Aug 25, 2014
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LEGION SPAZIALE - MAKER? - ITALYA carded set of 45mm hard plastic figures in four poses. The cards contain a random selection of five figures from the four Archer-Premier poses. The quality of these figures is rather variable. The plastic varies enormously in color and definition. They are the specific Tudor Rose combination of poses. The angle of the pistol carrying figure has been altered. Maker and source are unknown but these have appeared in some quantity recently. The name, Space Legion, suggests an Italian origin. The best feature of this set is the backing card with a well drawn space landscape.Aug 25, 2014
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COSMIC ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANSo far only an entry in the 1979 Horikawa catalog, this probably was not produced. This unusual light blue plastic battery operated robot has Sharpshooter style feet with an orange domed squat body. Panel with three windows in the chest. 8.5"Aug 25, 2014
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COMANDOS DEL ESPACIO - REAMSA - SPAINFour plastic figures, a combination of Archer and Premier poses. 4.8cm. Each figure has a clear plastic helmet. These figures do not have bases, unlike an earlier Reamsa set. Items #39 #40 #41 and #42 in the Reamsa catalog. Sold with header card.

Note: the rifle held by #39 does not extend above the shoulder.
Aug 25, 2014
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DESTINATION MOON SET - LIDO - USAA bagged set of space figures and spaceships. The set comprises four Lido spacemen, three spacecraft two large rocket launchers with rocket missiles and other equipment.

The set references the 1950 film Destination Moon, though there is no suggestion that this is authorised merchandise.
Aug 18, 2014
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VIDEO SPACE FLASH RAY BUZZER GUN - MAKER? - USAIt is possible that this gun was never released, but it appears in a the 1952 Blackwell-Wielandy catalog. The bronze colored plastic battery operated space flashlight gun has several unusual features: a wheel-like structure at the back, a series of coils or springs around the barrel, a jet rocket mounted on top and a sliding device in the lens housing. 9"

Box? Photo?
Aug 18, 2014
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ROCKET SHIP KIT - ARCHER - USAA winged V-2 style plastic rocket ship kit comprising nine pieces. The box back includes a cut-out of a launching platform. Window box 7"x15". The cut-out accounts for the destruction of many of the boxes. The similarity of the rocket to the one in the 1950 film Destination Moon is perhaps no coincidence. The ROCKET SHIP AND SPACE MEN SET is featured in the Blackwell Wielandy catalog for 1952.

The rocket was offered in other elusive combinations with Archer figures.
SPACE MEN AND ROCKET SHIP KIT - the seven original Archer figures plus rocket in a window box.
ROCKET SHIP AND SPACE MEN - five figures and rocket in a window box.
Aug 18, 2014
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MEN OF MARS - ARCHER - USAArcher redesigned their original six figures (not including the robot) to create the Men of Mars set. The figures now have ridges on the helmets, exaggerated shoulder and elbow pads, and wide topped boots. The figures have no helmets. They are molded in hard plastic. Each figure comes with a red vinyl weapon and a yellow vinyl Astro-pac.

Apart from the styling the main innovation is the redesign of the figures with a slot hand, to allow the hands to hold separate weapons.

There were three sizes of set:
#719 One figure, two weapons and two Astro-Pacs. Bagged with header card
#749 Three figures, three weapons and three Astro-Pacs. Window box.
#798 Six figures, six weapons and six Astro-Pacs. Window box.

Note: high quality examples are emerging from Mexico. It is still unclear whether these are genuine old examples or re-issues.
Aug 18, 2014
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SATELLITE MEN - ARCHER - USAA re-mold of the Men of Mars figures in soft plastic. (the empty handed figure is not pictured). The set is bagged with a header card entitled "The Satellite Men". These are the figures with the helmet crests, the exaggerated shoulder and elbow pads and the wide topped boots. The open hands allow the fitting of the weapons.

Red, green and light blue colors rather than the metallic colors of the earlier figures. All come with black vinyl Astro-pacs and "the latest scientific weapons", also in black vinyl. The figures do not have helmets.

There were eight figures per bag: that added up to 24 separate items.


R-500 1954-1955
Aug 18, 2014
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LAZER-BLAZER - MATTEL - USAA very large (26", 65cm) plastic bazooka gun. This is a life-size version of the Mat Mason Chemical Gun. Battery operated light action; a crank on the side generates the sound. This gun did not go into production and was only released in small numbers to test the market. 1965Aug 18, 2014
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SPACE GUN - MAKER? - SPAINA hard plastic space gun with eccentric curved styling. One side is red and the other is yellow. There is a lightning bolt on both sides. It measures 5" 12cm long, and has a red transparent trigger. The short barrel widens considerably at the end and is tipped with a relatively large sight.

This "Zoomeray" style gun fires a transparent celluloid coil. When the trigger is pulled it pushes a firing rod out the back of the gun. When it reaches a certain point, it releases the spring loaded rod, which hits a similar plastic tack, with a wide head, attached to the center of the coil. The coil ejects about 2 inches from the barrel then returns instantly. I gives the impression of a red flash from the barrel.

Pistola espacial
Aug 17, 2014
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SMALL SPACEMEN - TUDOR ROSE - ENGLANDTudor Rose produced this set in three sizes. This is the small size set. The figures are based on Archer poses with one Premier pose (the spaceman holding the gun up). Hard plastic in a range of metallic colors. The figures came with clear plastic helmets. Sold lose as bin toys.


This specific combination of poses, three Archer, one Premier, is much copied. This is most probably the origin of the group.

Empty arms held out, looking right (Archer)
Rifle held upright in right arm - rifle does not extend above shoulder (Archer)
Empty arms held out, looking forward (Archer)
Pistol held upright in right hand (Premier)
Aug 15, 2014
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CRACKER JACK SPACEMEN - NOSCO - USAA set of nine flat soft plastic spacemen and alien figures. These spacemen are 1 3/4 ins tall and were produced in a range of colors. The figures were first produced in 1958-9 and released as premiums in boxes of Cracker Jack candy coated popcorn. Marked C and J Co with a mold no.

Figures - top row:
Short gun at waist
Pistol
Arm waving
Running to the left
Arms at sides


Bottom row:
Arm shorter than other
Long rifle
Saluting
Helmet under arm
Sailor Jack and Bingo
Aug 15, 2014
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FERRIOT SPACEMEN MASTERS - FOR THOMAS TOYS - USAA series of masters designed to form the hollow mold for production of the finished plastic models. Here are the seven planned Thomas Toys spacemen. Six made it into production but the seventh, the winged spaceman with the chest dial, was not made. The rocket is the master for the Tomic band shooting gun. It's stand was not produced. Aug 15, 2014
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SPACEMEN - CO-MA - ITALYA set of six hard plastic spacemen, the material is often called bakelite, though it is not. These larger 3" figures are unique poses and have been sculpted well. They were produced in a wide range of metallic colors. All figures came with clear plastic helmets.

The six poses are:
1 Spaceman with handgun, angled arm, shorter hose
2 Spaceman with hip pistol, other hand tucked in
3 Spaceman with rifle to breast
4 Spaceman with handgun, upright arm, longer hose
5 Spaceman with pistol, open arms
6 Spaceman with instrument held up

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Aug 12, 2014
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RUMFORSKERE, SPACEMEN - REISLER - DENMARKA set of four semi-hard plastic spacemen. These are 2.5" hand painted spacemen in poses which, in at least two cases, are close copies of the Thomas/Poplar spacemen. An interesting feature of the set is the fact that the arms of three of the figures are articulated. The high quality figures all had clear plastic helmets. The set has been dated to 1954, a year after the Thomas figures.

Reisler also manufactured three different size Moon craters for mounting the figures.

The set has been reissued by Reisler. The new figures are in white plastic with clear blue helmets.

Original figures are in colored plastic. The set has been
Aug 12, 2014
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SPACEMEN - MAKER? - SPAINA set of for figures, two spacemen and two aliens. The aliens have hands with only three fingers.
These are semi-flat figure made of soft plastic; the size is between 5 and 5.5 cm. They came in yellow, blue, red, green, grey and white. The figures can often be found painted.

These were possibly premiums given away with Pipero detergent. The maker is not yet confirmed but Montaplex and Cosmo have been suggested. Name? Details
Aug 12, 2014
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INTERPLANETARIOS, INTERPLANETARY SPACEMEN - PECH HERMANOS - SPAINFour soft plastic spacemen. These interesting figures are hand painted and have clear plastic helmets. They have unique, original poses. The figures all have a distinctive Sun-like logo painted on the chest. These appear in the Pech Hermanos catalog as items W/1 W/2 W/3 AND W/4. Several colors including semi-transparent plastic.


1960s. Box?
Aug 11, 2014
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SPACEMEN - LAFREDO - SPAINA set of six soft plastic figures, five spacemen and a robot. The 60mm figures are hand painted in silver with brown and green details. The poses are all Archer copies but they have characteristic green painted bases. Did these come with clear plastic helmets?

The standard of the sculpting of these figures is very high. Name? Box? Packaging?

Unpainted versions are also known.
Aug 11, 2014
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CAMYJET SPACEMEN - MAKER? - SPAINA set of six soft plastic spacemen. These 50mm astronauts were premiums given away with the Camy-Jet ice lolly. The quality of the molding is particularly good. Produced in a wide range of colors: green, yellow, grey blue and metallic brown. 1960sAug 11, 2014
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SUPER-SITE MAGIC BULLET GUN - MAKER? - ARGENTINAThis is an Argentinian version of the American Super-Site Magic Bullet space gun. Green hard plastic space gun with a telescopic sight running the full length of the gun. Silver panels in the handle. Click action with a captive reciprocating bullet that peeps out of the barrel when the trigger is pulled. 22cm Marked Industria Argentima

Name? Maker? Box?
Aug 11, 2014
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SPACEMEN, REX MARS STYLE - MAKER? - ARGENTINAA boxed set of eight painted soft plastic figures, one is a spacewoman. The small figures have very flimsy clear plastic space helmets. They are mounted in a window box with a small plastic spaceship fixed behind them. Different sets have different spaceships. These are copies of the Rex Mars playset figures by Marx.

There is no indication on either the figures or the box of a manufacturer, but they originate from Argentina.
Aug 11, 2014
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OUTER SPACE STATION NO 1 SET - COMANSI - SPAINA boxed set of hand painted soft plastic spacemen. Loose Ovni (Invader) figures are fairly common but back in 1969 they were released in rarer painted versions.

Here's a boxed set called Outer Space Station No 1. The quality of the painting is superb. There are 11 gold painted figures in the set all with different poses. There's also an American flag.
Aug 11, 2014
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SPACEMEN - COMANSI FOR PIPERO - SPAINA set of four soft plastic spacemen. These figures may have been premiums. The one holding the camera is a very close copy of the Kellogs spaceman premium produced by Crescent in 1962. The other figures look unique but they appear to have been sculpted to match the camera spaceman. They were offered as premiums in Pipero detergent.

The collars on the figures look as though they were designed for clear plastic helmets. Details?
Aug 11, 2014
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CRACKER SPACEMEN - MAKER? - ENGLANDA set of four hard plastic spacemen. These semi flat metallic plastic figures are about 2 1/4" tall. Though small, the molding is excellent quality. Various colors.

It is claimed that they were gifts in Christmas crackers but the source has not been identified. (Tom Smith, a famous English cracker manufacturer, produced a set with Poplar spacemen in them.)

Maker?
Aug 11, 2014
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VIGIA DEL ESPACIO ROBOTS SET - SEL-MAC - SPAINA boxed set of 6 plastic robots. Each silver and red plastic robot is 3" and constructed from a number of push-fit components: heads, arms, elbows. The robots have articulated arms and clear plastic space helmets with a metal antenna. Each figure has a space gun and space rifle. This is considered to be the first Spanish robot toy. The robot has also been seen in a silver and yellow combination. A blue and Portuguese version is known.

Also sold individually in small boxes. Barcelona. Tentatively dated to 1958.
Aug 11, 2014
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PATRULLA SATURNO - REAMSA - SPAINSaturn Patrol. A carded set of eight semi-hard plastic spacemen. These are copies of the Lido originals. There are two sets of four spacemen - items 42, 43, 44 and 45 in the Reamsa catalog. The figures have numbers in their bases that correspond with these figures.

The gold colored set are called Marcianos (Martians) and the grey are Lunaticos (Moon Men). The set may also have been produced by Capell of Barcelona.
Aug 10, 2014
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WINCO CONDAR'S INTERPLANETARY SPACEMEN - MAKER? - ENGLANDA set of four hard (dense, not brittle) plastic. The oddly-named "Winco Condar's Interplanetary Spacemen" set dated to 1953. The figures are obviously Lido, but there's no manufacturer's name on the card.

It is believed that the figures are a knock-off of Captain Condor, a space hero in a strip from The Lion comic. Winco is an abbreviation of the RAF rank of Wing Commander and "Condar" is clearly a variation of "Codor" designed to avoid copyright issues. Like so many of the early English plastic toys, they were on sale in Woolworths.

The figures were almost certainly made in England rather than imported. After all, why would you import them when it was so easy to make them here? They are made from dense plastic, but are not those hard plastic Lido ones that clink. It's a set that I have long wanted so Christmas has come early.
Aug 10, 2014
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FUTUREMEN SET, SMALL- LIDO - USAThis is the smaller of the two Futuremen window box sets.

A boxed set of eight hard plastic Lido spacemen. The set comprises two large 4" robots, two large 4" spacemen and four smaller "humanoids" spacemen. All the figures have clear plastic helmets: there are two sizes of helmet. The robots do not have helmets.
Aug 10, 2014
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MISSILE PATROL WITH ROCKET LAUNCHER - LIDO - USAA bagged set of space figures and spaceships. The set comprises three Lido spacemen, two spacecraft and the large rocket launcher with rocket missiles.
Aug 10, 2014
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MOON SHOT - LIDO - USAA carded set of soft plastic Lido spaceman. There should also be a plastic pop gun but it is missing. Aug 10, 2014
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CAPTAIN VIDEO INTERPLANETARY SPACEMEN - LIDO - USAA boxed set of 18 Lido spacemen. The set comprises three sets of six hard plastic spacemen in an assortment of primary colors. Window box set with a display card header with elaborate space graphics.

Sets containing a number of chromed plastic figures are known.

Listed in the 1952 Blackwell Weilandy catalog.
Aug 10, 2014
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CAPTAIN SPACE SET - AJAX - USAA boxed set of ten Ajax hard plastic spacemen. "With removable solar antenna hlemets". The figures are in bronze, matallic green and metallic purple, the original Ajax colors. Set 345Aug 10, 2014
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DAN DARE SET - CRESCENT TOYS - ENGLANDA boxed set of seven spacemen and pieces of equipment. The figures are hollow cast lead and are hand painted. This can lead to some variation in the colors of individual items. The equipment is a rocket and rocket launcher. (The top set probably has a missing rocket replaced with a figure).

The sets can vary in their composition and I have shown four combinations. All sets feature Dan Dare in either his space suit or RAF uniform or both. A Treen or Meekon green alien also appears.

All come in the same card box with a graphic display of a rocket launch site with Dan Dare. One or two of the figures are prone to metal fatigue, particularly the rocket launcher.

Aug 10, 2014
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SPACE-MEN - CHERILEA - ENGLANDA set of six soft white plastic spacemen. Hand painted. These figures were moulded using the same moulds designed for the lead hollow cast set of spacemen. The result was figures slightly smaller than the lead figures. Unfortunately this range is particularly susceptible to damage: it is rare to find a figure with its paintwork intact and the figures are prone to become brittle.

54 mm Plastic Spacemen
chrl/035...... Spacemen head turned to side, space gun across waist.
chrl/036...... Kneeling with instruments.
chrl/037...... Robot with raised arms.
chrl/038...... Walking with raised weapon, carrying instruments.
chrl/039...... Walking with no weapons.
chrl/040...... Standing both arms raised, with instruments.

Better picture? I have no information on how these were sold. Box? Packaging.

The six figures ultimately derive from the Archer poses. The plastic used was white and the figures are often marked Cherilea. I have a pink version marked "England".
Aug 10, 2014
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SPACE-MEN - CHERILEA - ENGLANDA carded set of three hollow cast lead spacemen. Silver painted with red details. The figures are a random selection from the Cherilea range, which is ultimately based on the Archer poses.

Two backing cards are known, both with the identical space station graphic. One is marked Cherilea Products but the other does not have the name.
Aug 10, 2014
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SPACEMEN - FOR LINDE - W GERMANYA set of six soft plastic spacemen, includes a spacewoman. The figures all have clear blue space helmets. A copy of the Plasticraft originals. These were offered as premiums in coffee sold by the Autrian Linde company. The figures were probably made in Germany. Available in the silver grey color shown and in a wide range of primary colors.

The gold set with the clear green helmets was sold in a box with a backing card with a stylized background. The name of the set or maker have not been established.
Aug 10, 2014
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SPACEMEN: WOMEN - GLENCOE MODELS - USAReissues of early Archer spacemen and spacewomen using the original molds. These figures are made in hard plastic and in the same color range as the original. The result is that they are very difficult to distinguish from originals. 1991.

To check whether you have original Archer or Glenco figures visit here: http://danefield.com/alpha/forums/topic/8789-archer-spacemen-vs-glencoe-re-issues/?hl=glenco
Aug 10, 2014
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A-OK ASTRONAUT TO THE MOON - A-0K - USACopies of the Ajax spacemen. Grey plastic with clear plastic helmet. hard plastic, but not the brittle type. Individually packaged in bags with header cards. MPC has been suggested as the manufacturer.Aug 10, 2014
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SPACE EXPEDITION SET - PLASTICRAFT - USAA carded set of three plastic spacemen. There are six space figures in the Plasticraft range, including a space woman, and this set comprises a random selection.

There is a distinct collar on each of the figures and this may have been designed for a clear plastic helmet. The carded sets, however, could easily lose these helmets. European copies of the figures do come with plastic helmets.

Various colors.
Aug 09, 2014
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THE MOON MEN - ARCHER - USAThe original Archer spacemen but in soft plastic.

Archer released this set of seven figures: six spacemen and one robot in soft plastic. (the empty handed figure is not pictured) They have the usual Archer poses. Red, green and light blue colors rather than the metallic colors of the earlier figures. All have clear plastic helmets and black vinyl Astro-pacs. They do not have separate weapons.

These were sold in bags with header cards. R-600

1954-1955
Aug 09, 2014
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SPACE MEN TRADE BOX - ARCHER - USATrade box of two dozen Archer hard plastic spacemen. Metallic green, silver and bronze. Counter display box. Aug 09, 2014
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SPACE PEOPLE, SET OF THREE FIGURES - ARCHER - USASmall boxed set of three hard plastic spacemen. The set comprises a space woman with a baby, a space boy and a spaceman. Window box, 5.5x8.5x1.5". Set No 129 1953 Aug 09, 2014
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SPACE PEOPLE, ELEVEN FIGURE SET - ARCHER - USALarger boxed set of eleven hard plastic spacemen. The set comprises three spacewomen, one holding baby, three robots and five spacemen with helmets. Window box, 11.25x13.5x1.5"Aug 09, 2014
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