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PATROL 3160 CAR - MAKER? - JAPANA very small tin rocket car. The orange and white ship has a rounded front and a small tail fin. 3160 is printed on the side. Wind up. There is a small switch mounted underneath. The rubber wheels have metal rims and the indication is that this is part of a larger tracked toy. Date?
PLANET EXPLORER - MASUDAYA - JAPANOne of Masudaya's tin battery operated space ships with a non-fall action. An astronaut pilot sits inside a cockpit with a clear plastic cover. Rear tail fin and two red conical engines on the side. A metal rocker in the base detects edges and alters the direction of the rocket.

Disticnctive Features:
Silver and blue with red detailing.
Large square rotating plastic antenna.
Marked Planet Explorer
Triangular tailfin.
This version does not have lights or portholes in either side.
PLANET EXPLORER M5 ROCKET - LYRA - GREECEA delightful example of a completely misleading box. The box art is a copy of the artwork on the Nomura/Nikko Three Stage Rocket with the name changed to "Planet Explorer". It is claimed to be a Non-Fall toy. The box contents are, however, a simple friction rocket. Brightly colored blue and red tin friction rocket with vinyl pilot head under a clear plastic canopy. M-5 on wings and tailfin. Lyra Greek. M 5 25cm

This is a variation of the JUPITER ROCKET M5 by MASUYA

PLANET ORBITAL 1 CONSTRUCTION SYSTEM - MS BRANDENBURG - EAST GERMANYA tin and plastic construction toy comprising a series of tin rocket sections and plastic nose cones, etc. Battery operated remote control with rotation of the upper sections and flashing lights. Parts marked KXB 70. No 5020. DDR
PLANET SPECIAL - MAKER? - ENGLANDThis is a very small (10cm) blue, red and yellow tin friction rocket with spark aperture at rear. It has simple litho detailing of a cockpit and portholes with passengers. There's a small red fin on top and a large spark window at the back with a red plastic cover. Crimped tin construction with a fin surrounding the toy. Marked No 245 Made in Great Britain

The "New Gyro Sparking Motor" mentioned on the box is simply a friction motor. Muted pastel colors. Early 1950s. Manufacturer not confirmed, possibly Wells-Brimtoy.
PROBE FORCE No 1 - HOVER - HONG KONGVery long grey plastic friction drive rocket spaceship just like the Probe Force Flight 1. The box cover is a colour photograph of the ship flying through space past a huge gas cloud. Hover logo. Based on the Project Sword vehicle and carries SWORD logo on tailfin. A virtually identical toy was produced by Tarheel - all the same except for the maker's logo on the box.
PROBE FORCE No 2, PROJECT SWORD - CENTURY 21 - HONG KONGCentury 21 Toys- This plastic friction space rocket is titled 'Probe Force No.2' on the box. Its plastic, about a foot long and coloured off- white. Has a bit of an XL-5 look to it, but with extra fins. The exhaust area is bright red translucent plastic, as is the cockpit . Has 'made in Hong Kong' on the base.
The box is a one parter of thin card. The 'Star features' on the front and rear are ' Powerful friction drive, realistic siren sound, SWORD insignia.' The Astronaut badge is advertised as being inside with the free Manual. A sheet of thick card came as inner- packaging. 1967
PROBE FORCE No 3, PROJECT SWORD - CENTURY 21 - HONG KONGCentury 21 - chunky plastic space - plane with friction drive and siren sound. The plastic wings are detachable.
Rectangular one - piece box with great artwork showing the ship , painted, zooming through space. 'Star Features' are 'powerful friction drive', 'realistic siren sound' and 'sword insignia'. It states that it is 'Made in Hong Kong for Century 21 Toys limited'. Unusually, the artwork of the ship only appears on two of the four sides. The other two contain a large Project sword emblem and the above manufacturers details on a largely yellow (with some red) background.
RAKETE - BING - WEST GERMANYA beautiful and unique rocket. This is a brightly lithographed blue and red rocket that looks just like an airship. There's no name that I am aware of so Bing Rakete or Rocket will have to do.

It is a tinplate wind up rocket with a propeller at the front. The most striking feature is the stylised red and yellow tin representation of the rocket's flame trail. It is hinged for storage. The toy has a spark window with red cover at the back to provide real sparks.

Germany The rocket is intended to hangs from a string in the manner of similar dirigible or airship toys. Zeppelin. The box is a plain card one with a paper label. It has a space scene every bit as charming as the rocket.
RAKETE GE-268 SPACE ROCKET - TECHNOFIX - W GERMANYRed, cream and white lithographed tin friction space rocket. Litho window detailing. Jet plane swallow shape with swept back wings.Marked GE-268 Friction action with spark. Based on the Automatic Toy Co original. Technofix is the trading name of Gebrüder Einfalt. Marked US Zone. As usual with many German space toys, there is no name on the box.

This version has a simple hole in the top. The flint is not replaceable.

Released in 1952: Technofix archive.
REX MARS ROCKET FIGHTER SHIP - MARX - GREAT BRITAINThis is a lithographed tinplate rocket based on the original Buck Rogers design. Rex Mars was a Marx in-house royalty free space hero. The design is a direct copy of the American 1951 Rocket Fighter with the addition of Rex Mars wording on the nose. This was produced at the Marx factory in Swansea, Wales, for the British maket. 12" long with a wind up mechanism, sparking action in the tail section and a clicking noise as it moves. C1951 England
ROCKET - ANANIADES PRIFTIS? - GREECELithographed tinplate space rocket, 20 cms. A bulbous design with two tailfins but no upright tail fin. Large celar red plastic dome in the middle. Blure plastic wheels. Lithographed detailing shows astronauts inside a window. Friction action with spark. Marked Rocket. Greek. Date?

The same pressing with different litho was used by Priftis. Pi logo
ROCKET - HWN - WEST GERMANYTin friction space rocket with cage structure on top. Litho detail of a pilot entering the door. This toy uses the same pressing as the Turbojet Bank. It is clearly an adaptation of the earlier bank version: the coin mechanism of the bank has been covered by the cage, but the litho explaining the operation of the coin mechanism is still present. Holes have been added at the tail and the litho varies slightly.

This version does not have the tinplate dome at the front.

Made by Heinrich Wimmer Nuemberg 1950s
ROCKET - TATRASMALT - CZECHOSLOVAKIATinplate 16 cm rocket, friction action. Rubber nose. Plain metal fins. Market TM on rear fin. Various colors known. The number on the fin can vary: 264, 364, 464 - the reason is unknown. Box?
Possible 1967 CSSR Czech.
ROCKET 54 - SI? - JAPANBlue lithographed tinplate rocket with red and silver detailing. Litho pilot in cockpit details. Lightning flash on sides. 1950s. Long tailfins. Box? Identical in shape to the X-36 Sparkling Space Ranger by SI. Friction action with spark.

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ROCKET CAR - WORKRITE PRODUCTS - USAA streamlined wooden space rocket pull toy. Light blue with red fins, Four wheels. First seen in an advertisement in a 1945 Billy & Ruth catalog. 12.5 ins
ROCKET MARS XY - NOMURA - JAPANEarly metalic green tin friction rocket with three fins. Rear spark windows around the tail. Comet detailing on the sides. See also the XY Moon Mars and Moon Express versions. Cragstan logo. The box depicts a sleeker model than the rather stubby one inside. Early 1950s.
ROCKET METEOR - MARUSAN - JAPANThis space toy is certainly a unique piece in many ways and may be the first battery operated rocket.

This is a silver and white patterned tin rocket with a blue nose and red trim. The litho incorporates lots of rivets. It has three red and silver fins that extend well beyond the exhaust. Along the sides are two rows of four red lights or portholes. There may be a light in the nose. At the back is a rod with a propeller at the end. The rocket can be attached to a string and will fly in circles while the lights flash. Date? 1950s styling. Marked SAN

The box art depicts a slightly different style and color of rocket.

This is the same pressing as used on the HIGH SPEED ROCKET THE MOON ZX-8 and UNIVERSAL ROCKET, THE MOON X-1
ROCKET MISSILE - MASUDAYA? - JAPANSomething of a mystery, this rocket has no obvious manufacturer's logo but it is very close in design to the Masudaya Sparkling Rocket V-1. This is a realistic looking light blue and white tin rocket with a V-2 style. USAF and a US Airforce star logo on the side. Interestingly the box has an error, with USAE wording. Three fins. 13" 33cm. Spark windows at the rear. Rubber nose tip. Friction action with noise and spark.

On sale in December 1960.

ROCKET MONEY BANK - MAKER? - JAPANA lithographed tin money box in the shape of a rocket. Space graphics include an astronauts with rifle and riding a USAF rocket. Crimped construction. 10cm
ROCKET RACER - MAKER? - HONG KONGThis rather stubby plastic rocket appears to be based on the Masudaya Rocket Racer 3 version of the popular design. Yellow and red plastic with green side wings and a pilot head under a clear plastic canopy. Friction action with siren. 1960s.
ROCKET RACER 3 - MASUDAYA - JAPANA red and white lithograhed tin friction rocket. Distinctive exhaust litho on the sides and the number 3 on the top. This is a rather small, stubby version of the rocket racer design. Tin pilot head behind windscreen. Friction action with noise.

Featured in the 1963 Masudaya catalog. Advertised in the San Antonio Express, September 1964
ROCKET RACER 7 - MASUDAYA - JAPANRed and yellow lithographed tin friction rocket racer with tin pilot head behind a blue tin windshield. Masudaya Rocket Racer design.
ROCKET RACER 8 WITH DETONATION - MASUDAYA - JAPANA large red and white lithographed tin friction space rocket, Rocket Racer style. Tin pilot head behind windscreen. Friction action with clicking noise. Marked 8 on the side wings and tail fin. On sale in December 1959.

Masudaya Rocket Racer design.
ROCKET RIDER - MAKER?Another version of the popular man-riding-a-rocket theme. A white and red plastic rocket with four wheels. A relatively large boy sits astride the rocket holding a steering wheel. "With Sound Signal Friction Drive". Maker?
ROCKET SHIP - MAKER?Futuristic silver lithographed tin push toy of a space rocket. This tear drop shaped rocket has four porthole windows on each side with litho detailing of two astronauts in each. Three rear fins. Hollow metal wheels. The front has a large litho window at the front with pilot and instrument panel being shown. The front is rounded with a Zeppelin like airship style. Date and maker unknown. Maker? Box?

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ROCKET SHIP - WYANDOTTE - USAPressed steel rocket. USA Wyandotte "Rocket Racer" (no.319) produced by All Metal Products Company in 1935 and 1936 and sold for 10 cents. They would have been shipped bulk with 3 dozen to a carton. Some of the later models came with black rounded wheels on the front. Various color combinations exist
ROCKET SHIP X-4 "VENUS EXPRESS" - MASUDAYA - JAPANAn early Japanese tinplate friction rocket. A silver tinplate rocket with traditional slender lines, three red tail fins and five cut out portholes in each side. Wheeld. Most unusually for one of these early rockets there is a clear plastic nosecone.

This rocket appears in a Masudaya trade advertisement for 1953.
ROCKET SPACE SHIP - KOKYU - JAPANA small red and light blue tin cross between a spaceship and a flying saucer. Brightly lithographed with a blue tin base. Cockpit detailing with portholes on the side. The rocket is perched high on three wheels. There is a picture of a spaceman on the tail fin. Friction action. 4" 10cm

The design of this spaceship has more than a passing resemblance to the Gilmark hard plastic Flying Saucer.

Kokyu, K in a flower logo.
ROCKET SPACE SHIP 305 - AUTOMATIC TOY CO - USARed and white lithographed tin friction space rocket marked 305 on one wing, Rocket Space Ship on the other. Jet plane swallow shape with swept back wings. Friction action with spark. This rocket has window litho detailing. A much copied design. Similar to 306. First sighting: Toy Fair 1952-1953 Planet Toyfair catalog. On sale December 1952. "Shoots Sparks as it Speeds Along"

On sale November 1952 (Philadelphia Enquirer)
ROCKET TRAIN RAKETENBAHN GE-271 - TECHNOFIX - W GERMANYA lithographed tinplate monorail train. The wind up futuristic train straddles a highly decorated oval tinplate track. Dated 1953 in the Technofix archive.
ROCKET X-200 - MASUDAYA - JAPANThis is a rarely seen version of the wheeled tin friction rocket from Masudaya. A silver, red and yellow rocket with three porthole windows in each side. An astronaut can be seen in the first window and equipment in the other two.
Three long red fins with a distinctive notch in the tail fin. Box? Date? 1950s

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ROCKET X-6 - MASUDAYA - JAPANEarly tin friction rocket. 9cm Litho details. The box carries elaborate patent details and a "Registration of Association". The same body is used for the Sparkling Rocket with the longer tail fins. The oval design on the side is a reference back to the wing panels of the old rocket design.

The Registration of Association No 350 may have been an early attempt to protect the design. The box has a formidable number of patents, possibly fictitious.

First sighted in an August 1952 Masudaya Trade ad, and in a 1953 ad.
ROCKET XB-115 - HORIKAWA - JAPANTin and plastic friction rocket. Friction action with spark. Two similar rockets were produced by Horikawa, Japan in the 1960s. This is a friction toy 11.5" tall tin litho/hard plastic. Toy is marked "XB-115" with space insignia. It comes in a triangular box and a less common rectangular box.

See also the version marked "Apollo-1000" with US flag.

The body has a crimped construction making repair difficult.

Listed as new in the 1969 Horikawa catalog.
ROCKET XL9 SPACESHIP - JR 21 - HONG KONGWhite plastic friction rocket with siren. A copy of the Project Sword Space Probe No 3. Also released as the NASA Probe Force No 3. A virtually identical toy was released by Hover/Hoover, only the box logo differs.
ROUND RACE NO-1 JET ROCKET - ASAHITOY KDP - JAPANThis is an early lithographed tin rocket toy. The small (6" 15cm) yellow and orange tin battery operated rocket has a pilot under a plastic cockpit canopy. The wheels are set very close together. Marked No-1 JET on the sides. Wind up action.

The rocket runs along rubber tubing which is laid on the ground. The front wheels have metal guides which fit over the tubing.
Lacks battery op switch of Winner 23. Wind up. Marked Asahitoy and KDP.

Early brown card box with paper label.
S S SPACE ROCKET FRICTION VERSION - YOSHIYA - JAPANDark blue lithographed friction tinplate space rocket with two large rocket engines with tailfins mounted on either side of a central fuselage. The litho shows copious star detailing. There is a large red plastic engine at the back of the body and smaller green plastic covers on the engines. A pilot head is mounted inside a central tin canopy with clear windscreen. Marked S-301 on the fins. Friction action with noise and spark. S S SPACE ROCKET SUPER SONIC SPACE ROCKET S301 See also the battery operated version of this rocket. Date?

Litho variations shown.
SATELLITE LAUNCHER ROCKET - MASUDAYA - JAPANSilver and red lithographed tin friction rocket. Marked Satellite Launcher. Three red tailfins. Two wheels with a friction action that launches a spinner prop disk. Patent 60449. See Atomic Rocket. Long tailfins with notch.
SATELLITE ROCKET MF 108 SFTF / SPACE ROCKET - MAKER?- CHINALithographed tin friction jet rocket plane. Friction action with sparks in the large engines mounted on the upper surface of the wings. When the rocket hits an obstacle the nose retracts and the tin cockpit springs open. 1070 MF108 Marked with an STFT logo.

Two box versions are shown.
SCOUTING ROCKET X-20 - MASUDAYA - JAPANThis is a most eccentric rocket. It resembles a plane that has lost its wings. Light blue, white and yellow lithographed tin friction rocket. The vehicle has a tail fin and a large yellow tailplane with the lettering X-20. Unusually a substantial red spark window is set into the fin. Two pilots sit in a forward tin cockpit with a clear plastic windscreen. USAF logo on the side. MT

Friction action with noise and sparks in the tail window. Box? Date?
SKY EXPRESS ROCKET - USAGIYA - JAPANThis is an elegant early space rocket that offers a realistic interpretation of mass space travel, a sort of space Boeing. The tin friction wheeled rocket with three fins resembles a jet plane. The red and blue litho has realitic window detailing. There are rectangular spark windows near the rear. Marked SKY EXPRESS. Box?

There is also a version of this pressing called SPACESHIP.
SKYMASTER ROCKET - HEC? - INDIAA novelty rocket from India. Designed for the young child is this tin friction rocket. If you look hard enough you can see traces of its origin in the Yoshiya Commander Rocket. This is a very brightly decorated rocket with the cartoon lithography popular on many Indian toys. Cylindrical plastic nose. Spinning structure on top of body. Same body and litho as the ORIENTAL AIR ROCKET by HEC. Made by OMI Oriental Metal Industries, Delhi. Asia
SKYRAY SPACESHIP - MAKER? - JAPANA small blue lithographed space plane based on the pressing for the Douglas Skyray F4D jet fighter. This version has no tail fin. There is a litho canopy depicting the pilot. The wings have graphics of guns, stars and Saturn. Friction action. Marked Made in Japan. 10cm x 14cm
Small Flying Boat MF813 - ChinaRed tin lithographed spaceship with pilot under tall plastic dome. Small wings on either side. Friction action with sound. MF 813. The design is a sort of parody of the Masudaya Rocket Racer.
SMALL MOONSHIP MF-883 - CHINAThis is a delightfully original space rocket from China. This red, white and green tin friction spaceship has curved wings encompassing an oval body. The wings sweep right back and are tipped with red plastic engines. It's a sort of curved delta wing style. A pilot sits under cockpit dome at the front. There are red plastic light domes on top of each wing. Marked MF 883 on the wings. This is also the factory serial number for the toy. Friction action with noise and spark.
SOLAR ROCKET - MARX - USAA large RED plastic rocket with a fluted tail and small side wings. A plastic spinner fits on top. Friction action sends the spinner flying.
SONICON ROCKET - MASUDAYA - JAPANTin battery operated remote control rocket advances as antenna turns. Direction controlled by whistle. Complete with two boxed whistles and spare antenna. MT. Two litho versions of this rocket exist: blue/light blue version (top) and the blue/silver patterned version. (bottom)

The mechanism works as follows: an air chamber with an opening and a diaphram above the opening with a conductor across two contacts. When the whistle blows the air in the chamber resonates causing the diaphram to vibrate and open the connection between the contacts which switches a relay causing the wheel assembly to spin in circles until the whistle stops and the ship heads off in whatever new direction the wheels are heading.

On sale in December 1960.
Appears in the Mail Order Gift Catalog for 1961.
SONICON WHISTLE AND ANTENNABoxed set of spares provided with Sonicon rockets.
Space Boat MF 895 - ChinaBlue lithographed tin and plastic friction rocket boat. Tin body with litho star detailing, red plastic wings with yellow mudgards. Black textured base with two drive wheels and a small nose wheel. Pilot under canopy. Boat is the translation of ship, as in space ship.

Two box versions shown.
SPACE BOAT No 3 MF-847 - MAKER? - CHINAThe styling of this rare Space Boat is quite unique for a Chinese toy and is reminiscent of Japanese vehicles. This silver tinplate friction space ship with a red upper section. There's a rounded front with a clear plastic dome containing an astronaut pilot. There are two fins at the back. It is marked Space Boat with a No 3 at the back. Friction action with spark. MF847 Date?

SPACE BOAT ROCKET 3 ME-078 - CHINAA white lithographed tin battery operated space rocket with red, blue and gold trim. Bump and go action with flashing lights. Vinyl pilot head behind windscreen. A variation of the Masudaya Rocket 9 Space Boat. Unusually this rocket has a small pair of spoked wheels at the rear. Bump and go action with noise and flashing lights. ME 078 Size 13" 32cm Box?

Masudaya Rocket Racer design.
SPACE CADET- TOM CORBETT SPARKLING SPACE SHIP - MARX - USALithographed tinplate wind up rocket ship. Marked Polaris. First seen in the Sears Christmas Book for 1952. The ad wording reads:
"Tom Corbett Space Ship. Authentic reproduction of "Polaris," rocket space ship of Tom Corbett, popular TV personality. Made of sturdy steel. All-over lithographed design shows Tom Corbett at the controls with other space cadets. Cadet insignias on rocket. Sparks shoot from tail exhaust when space ship scoots along floor. Long running keywind motor. Has front and rear side fins, rudder. Raised dummy observation domes. Two large side wheels, 1 small rear wheel. 49 N 5669 - 12" long."

This is similar to the Marx England Moon-Ride, and both based on the 1934 Buck Rogers Rocket Ship. The original design has been pared down by removing the wings and simplifying the cockpit.
SPACE CAPTAIN ROCKET - DAIYA - JAPANThe box art gives the impression that this is going to be a realistic NASA rocket but actual toy is not. The stubby silver cylindrical rocket has a clear red plasic nose and a yellow plastic rotating engine at the rear. In the middle of the rocket is a hole containing a vinyl astronaut head. Battery operated bump and go action with a lighted spinning tail and space noise. 27cm.
SPACE FIGHTER X-Y-105 - K LOGO, ALPS DISTRIBUTOR - JAPANThis is a very large (46cm) and impressive spaceship, a classic of the genre. Made by a little known company with a letter "K" inside a gear circle. the brightly lithographed tin rocket is a combination of dark blue, light blue and red. There's extensive litho detailing of exhaust pipes and other space features. There's a relatively small cockpit on top with two pilot heads inside; this gives the impression of a big space rocket. Two engines run the length of the sides and there's a small rear fin with tailplanes at the top (missing in the lower example). Two small tin machine guns sit on the top front. Marked SPACEFIGHTER

A newspaper advertisement dates this to December 1954.

Very similar in design to the Jet Fighter. X-Y-105 Label box.
SPACE FRONTIER ROCKET APOLLO 11- YOSHINO - JAPANAlso sold in a virtually identical box as SPACE ROCKET. This is one of the rockets with complex actions designed to reflect the NASA space program. A long silver tin and plastic battery operated rocket with a red plastic nosecone and a large yellow plastic engine at the rear.

Battery operated bump and go action. The rocket stops, the nose cone rotates, and finally an astronaut with camera emerges from the hinged panel on the top.

This toy has been dated to 1969 in a Lewis Galoob Toy Catalog.

Yoshino regularly updated this rocket by simply changing the number on the side: 11, 12 & 15 are known. The boxes were altered.

SPACE JET FIGHTER X-1 - YONEZAWA - JAPANThis is a Yonezawa copy of the Pyro hard plastic X-200 Space Ranger. This is a green-blue friction tin rocket jet with red and yellow detailing. It is a cross between a rocket and a plane. It has two short wings tipped with large engines, and the distinctive Pyro tailfin. The rocket sits on a box shaped friction drive mechanism. Uniquely a USAF star logo is cut into the sides to display the spark action. Box?

See also the Spark Rocket Fighter version of this rocket.

SPACE PATROL - ASC - JAPANAoshin decided to cash in on the Jerry Anderson Thunderbird popularity with this outrageous knock-off of the Thunderbird 2 rocket. This has, of course, made it a very sought after toy. Green tin battery operated spaceship. Mystery action, flashing lights and noise. battery operated mystery action with noise and flashing lights. 1967-8
SPACE PATROL CAR - MASUDAYA - JAPANTinplate battery operated rocket with bump and go action. Lithographed tin top, blue plastic base.The rocket has an oversized vinyl child astronaut head. The astronaut fires a red plastic gun with lights and sound.

See also the Snoopy knockoff version of this rocket.
SPACE PATROL FIRE BIRD 3 - MASUDAYA - JAPANMarked Fire Bird with the number 3. Metallic green with red detailing. Circa 1961. The box depicts this same color version. Mystery action. Red tinplate pilot. Circa 1955

This toy uses the pressing for the bulbous Sonicon rocket ship, but has a bump and go action instead of the sound mechanism. Flashing lights in the tail.

Tin battery op rocket. Advances with mystery action as the lights blink. Sonicon style. MT Firebird

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SPACE PATROL ROBOT ON ROCKET ( Z MAN) - OHTA - JAPANThere are a few space toys based on a robot riding a rocket and this is Ohta's version of the comic theme. It is a wonderfully executed toy. A red boxy robot with a yellow head encased in a square helmet (Why? He's a robot!) sits astride a tin rocket with a friction mechanism fixed below the back . He's holding on to handlebars and his legs are attached to the front wheel so that he looks as though he's pedalling. Marked Z Man, K in Circlel logo. The box has the delightful error "Robbot" (sic). Tin friction robot astride rocket.

SPACE PATROL ROCKET - SUZUKI - JAPANA very small (3" 7.5cm) red, orange and blue lithographed tinplate rocket. Pilot litho. Marked Space Scout. Crimped construction, metal wheels, toothed front wheel. Friction action with noise.
Possibly sold in trade boxes. This is the same pressing as the XYZ and V-3 rocket.

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SPACE PATROL ROUND ROCKET - ASAHITOY ATC - JAPANThis is an early lithographed tin rocket toy. The small (6" 15cm) green tin battery operated rocket has a pilot head behind a tin windshield. The small wheels are set very close together. Marked SPACE PATROL on the sides.

The rocket runs along rubber tubing which is laid on the ground. The front wheels have metal guides which fit over the tubing. Takes single C cell battery.

Early brown card box with paper label.

See also:
Winner 23 Rocket
Round Race No-1 Jet
SPACE RAIDER X-21 - ALPS - JAPANA brightly lithographed tinplate spaceship. The red, blue and yellow litho has design has a large amount of space detailing: a cockpit with astronauts, portholes, guns, rocket engines and lightning flashes. Space Raider is printed on the sides. The spaceship is unusual in that it has two horizontal rear fins but no upright fin, giving the ship a flat apperance. There are two red spark windows set into the back edge. Friction action with noise and spark. 9" (22cm)

See the similar pressing, the Atomic Racer 7 by Alps. Box? Advertised in October 1953.
SPACE ROCKET - TOYMASTER - JAPANThis is an unusual and rare rocket fron a little known company. It is a long wheeled rocket with two giant whisker-like antennas attached to the front, reminiscent of the Space Whale. The white and red lithographed rocket has a long clear plastic canopy near the front with no less than three astronauts inside. There's a spark window behind the three rear fins. It's marked Space Rocket. The maker is Toymaster
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