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LUNAR EXPLORER DELTA 55 - YONEZAWA - JAPANPlastic battery op long legged Lunar Explorer space vehicle. Rotating antenna and flashing lights. 21 Century Space Series. See also th LM Commander. Also pictured is the Japanese market version of the box.

Featured in the 1969 M.W. Kasch Distributor Catalog
'AURORA' EXPEDITION CAR - YONEZAWA - JAPANA most unusual combination of two linked space exploration tanks. The boxed set comprises two light blue lithographed tin battery operated tanks. The lead tank has a small forward clear plastic dome with driver and has working tracks to provide movement. The second tank is similar in style but has tin litho tracks rather than working ones. It, too, has a small dome with pilot.

The name and box art suggest Arctic exploration but this is regarded as being a space toy. The box has botha a Yonezawa and a KDP logo.

See also the Mighty Explorer version of the vehicle.
1001 UTOPISCHES FAHRZEUG UTIOPIAN VEHICLE SPACE CAR - PIKO - DDRPlastic space car. Angular design with a cylindrical top. Cockpit and driver at the front of the cylinder. Two prominent streamlined headlight farings on the hood. Battery operated bump and go action. Marked CCCP on the side, though the toy was manufactured in the DDR (GDR). The great feature of this toy is the beautiful, imaginative artwork depicting a Dali-like scene. The space toy is one of a so-called UTOPIAN series of space vehicles. East Germany

A second box with carrying handle variation is shown below

Several color combinations. 23cm
1008 UTOPISCHES FAHRZEUG UTIOPIAN VEHICLE SPACE CAR - PIKO - DDRThe second plastic space car in the Utopian series. More rounded design with an egg-shaped clear plastic canopy and pilot inside. Distinctive wite plastic grid pattern on the top. Rear spring antenna. Battery operated bump and go action. The great feature of this toy is the beautiful, imaginative artwork depicting a Dali-like scene. East Germany
A-1 CAR SPACE PATROL - ASAKUSA - JAPANThis is a very large low profile, rectangular tin lithographed space vehicle. The red and cream car has two rear fins at the sides and a tail fin. At the front is a clear plastic dome containing a tin astronaut. The astronaut sits behind a cylindrical red plastic cockpit light. A small chrome front bumper contains two amber lights. Marked A-1 Car at the front and Space Patrol on the sides. Battery operated bump and go action with a flashing red light in the cockpit.

An early example carried the Emperors date 40-9-8 which is eight of September 1965.

AEROMOBIL - OMNIA - CZECHOSLOVAKIABlue oval tinplate lithographed battery operated space vehicle with pilot under a small clear plastic dome at the front. Two cylindrical mock engines. Large rear tailfin with plastic engine assembly at top. Battery operated. CSSR. Czech. Two wire antennas with beads.
AERONAVA COSMICA BC 63 - METALOGLOBUS - ROMANIACosmic Aircraft. Tin lithographed wind up spaceship. This is an unusual cross between a jet plane and a spaceship, The deep sided red metal body is capped with a brightly lithographed jet plane top. The plane has two rear wings, two smaller front fins and a tail fin with Saturn graphics. At the front is a large clear canopy containing a yellow-green tin astronaut driver, similar to the Yoshiya astronauts. The wings are marked B.C. 63 Bump and go action with noise and spark. BC63 1965
AIR CAR - TOY MASTER - JAPANBlue lithographed tinplate borderline space car, hovercraft style. Low profile with four fans set in the corners of the car. Green plastic canopy. Pegasus wording on the side. Friction action, fans turns with noise. Low profile car

Advertisement dating October 1962

ALPHA 7 SPACE VEHICLE 3500 - GAMA - WEST GERMANYPlastic battery op remote control lunar explorer. West Germany. One in related series of space vehicles. 1970s
APOLLO A-1 CELL CONTROL TOY - ASAKUSA - JAPANA large metallic blue lithographed tinplate spaceship. The spaceship has a rounded design with a large clear canopy on the top surmounted by a blue plastic structure incorporating a tail fin. Two other angled fins are fitted at the rear. The vehicle is controlled by using a cine camera-like remote control to shine a light at the sensor emerging from the cockpit. Marked Space Patrol Apollo A-1.

Image courtesy Morphys Auction.

Size 16.5 ins 40cm
ARCTIC EXPLORER SLED - BANDAI FOR SEARS - JAPANA large blue painted catamaran style pressed steel vehicle. with wings and propellers. This unusual vehicle has two long pontoons joined by a red central platform and topped with a futuristic wing-like bridge structure. Engines with propellers are fixed on either side of this wing. The ship carries a helicopter fitted with floats. 19" 47cm.

The scale of the toy is designed to create the impression of a massive vehicle. It is a borderline space piece but has a futuristic appearance that appeals to space collectors.

One of a range of Sears exclusive toys produced by Bandai.

One of a range of Sears exclusive toys produced by Bandai.
ARCTIC MISSILE TRACKING STATION - BANDAI FOR SEARS - JAPANA large pressed metal Arctic explorer vehicle. This complex vehicle is a massive half-tracked truck with a forward cockpit and an assembly of equipment on a rear platform, including a satellite dish and a jet engine styled attachment on wires. Unusually the front wheel consists of one long roller, presumably to avoid sinking into snow.

Battery operated forward and backward motion.

This is a borderline space toy but its futuristic appearance appeals to many space toy collectors.

One of a range of Sears exclusive toys produced by Bandai.
ATLAS MISSILE LAUNCHER - ISI - JAPANMetallic blue lithographed tin battery operated A-198 rocket launcher. This boxy tank-like tracked vehicle has a red launching structure containing a yellow tube which holds the wooden rubber tipped missile. The missiles are stored in clips along the side. Marked ATLAS on one side, A-198 on the door. Radar screen lights and launcher raises and fires missile as vehicle advances. Date?
ATOM NEW SPACE TANK - YOSHIYA - JAPANThis space toy claims to be a space tank but looks much more like a space car with its charming rounded lines. The box name may actually be ATOM IN SPACE CAR. It uses some components from Yoshiya's friction tanks. The red lithographed tinplate vehicle has porthole detailing and a large atom symbol on the hood. Marked Atom New Space Tank. There's a large plastic dome on top containing a yellow tin astronaut working the controls. This 6" 15cm toy has a friction crank operated mystery action. KO Box? Date?

A toy similar to this is featured in the 1965 Yoshiya catalog as #1085 SPACE SCOOTER.
ATOM SPACE CAR - MAKER? - JAPANBlue and red tinplate four-wheeled space car with star detailing. Cockpit with canopy at the front, pilot head inside. Wings are set in the sides with vertical fins in each wing. Spark window at the back. Marked ATOM on the nose. Friction action with spark. 7" 18cm Box? Date?
ATOM XZ-7 - MAKER? - JAPANSmall tin friction space car. Rear fin. Blue, red and yellow litho with white candy stripes. Space cockpit litho detailing.

See also the SpaceJet version of this toy.

Smith House Auctions
ATOMIC BOAT X-90 - ET CO - JAPANRed and white lithographed tin speed boat with robot driver. Silver block head robot with coil on his head. Crank action friction engine. The boat has an unusually positioned plastic prop at rear, pointing upward, in addition to the main screw. Two rear fins. Friction crank action. See also the Marusan Robot Speed Boat No 7

The box art depicts a man at the wheel, not a robot. This box accompanied the version without a robot driver.
ATOMIC BULLDOZER - PMC - HONG KONGPlastic battery operated space tank with articulated robot driver. The yellow plastic dozer has a red blade and side panels. The plastic robot's head is detachable. Spiral pattern spinner under clear dome. Bump and go action. The tracks are black plastic and purely decorative.

Article #33. Hong Kong. See also the Space Controlled Tractor
ATOMIC CONTROL CAR - DAIYA - JAPANLight blue tin friction space jeep with space litho. No driver, though one appears on the box art. Yellow metal wheels. A working compass is fitted behind the seat.
ATOMIC SPACE PIONEER X-7 - MASUDAYA - JAPANA most unusual light blue lithographed tin friction tank with red pilot. There is copious space detailing: rockets, stars, engines. The unique feature of this tank like vehicle is the clear plastic hopper filled with colored beads that are shaken as the tank moves. This inverted cone structure sits behind a clear plastic dome with a red tin astronaut inside. The pilot is none other than Billy, the Masudaya astronaut found clinging to a rocket and a flying saucer, therefore sometimes called Billy's Space Car. Modern Toys.
ATOMIC TRAIN - VACO - WEST GERMANYBoxed train set. Friction drive with engine sparking mechanism. Engine plus two carriages all based on the same pressing. Friction mechanism sold as "Can not overwind". Six feet of track.
AUTO PLANETARIUM DEL SR ROBOT - GORGO - ARGENTINAFriction plastic Buick Elektra Toy Car with odd yellow plastic robot. Details. Gorgo, Argentina.
AX2 - PIKO - DDRBlue plastic space car. Angular design with sloping sides and a yellow plastic top. Small clear cockpit with pilot. Rectangular rotating chrome antenna, red plastic rod antenna and a silver box structure to one side. 29cm Battery operated bump and go action. 1960s. Date? GDR Mondauto.
AYHHNK-1 DREAM-1 - META МЗТА - CZECHOSLOVAKIARed hemispherical plastic Sputnic style satellite with three small dome windows. A pilot sits behind each bubble. Large plastic antenna on the top. Friction action? Marked CCCP
B17 FLYING SPACEMAN FRICTION WITH SIREN, ATOM SUPER CYCLE - BANDAI - JAPANRed lithographed tin friction motorcycle with siren. Circa 1950's. Advances with engine noise. Motorbike. Green plastic rider with a white vinyl cape. Atom wording on side. There is an S logo that clearly relates to the Superman theme of this bike. B17 marked on the box. The box depicts a Superman-style rider wearing a clear cylindrical helmet that is missing from this example. This version has a litho compass rather than a real one. bike supercycle. Date?

See also the Space Patrol Super Cycle B-557 and the Space Giant.
BADMINTON ROBOT - CHINAPrototype design c 2000.
BATMAN CAR WITH SIREN - YANOMAN - JAPANA small six inch red lithographed tinplate car with a large vinyl figure of Batman. The car has copious litho detailing including bat logos and a pattern of concentric circles with a design that I can't work out on top of the car. Batman is manufactured in green vinyl with a blue cape. The car bears a resemblance to the S-17 Space Scout shape though it is much smaller. Friction action with siren noise. Featured in the 1970 Yanoman catalog where it is described as a new item. bat man.

BATMAN TANK - YONEZAWA - JAPANRed lithographed tinplate tank with blue detailing. The tank has a rotating turret with two Ack-Ack guns. A vinyl Batman head emerges from the turret. Friction action with spark. 1960s

BATMAN TIPPER TRUCK - MAKER? - JAPANRed tin friction tipper truck with Batman logo and retailing on the tipper. Japan 1960s.
BATTERY OPERATED BULLDOZER - YOSHIYA - JAPANOrange/yellow tinplate battery operated bulldozer with a blue-grey tin robot driver. ther bulldozer has working rubber tracks and a litho engine panel in the side. Shovel at the front. Marked KO. Forward and backward movement "With automatic shovel action". The robot's eyes light and he works the levers. 7" long. tractor

The bulldozer appears in a 1956 Western Smallware catalog.
BATTERY OPERATED SPACE SHIP ME-102 - CHINATin battery operated styrofoam ball blowing vehicle. The flat car shaped vehicle has a rear tail fin and a clear plastic canopy containing a pilot. A tube emerges from the top and a stream of air supports the styrofoam ball. 32cm Red and blue litho versions. This is a copy of the Holdauto design.

Early box and later window box versions shown.

ME 102 ME102
BUDDY "L" ROBOTOY TRUCK - BUDDY - USAA large 21" pressed steel truck. Red and green paint. Electric powered, it connects to the mains and runs off a transformer that plugs into the roof. Actions include forward, reverse, raising and lowering of the dump section and working headlights. Not obviously a space toy but this truck has a litho panel in the window depicting a robot driver, making it one of the earliest toys to have a robot theme.

Described as new in a 1932 catalog.
BULLDOZER WHICH A ROBOT OPERATES (BOX VERSION 1) - KKS - JAPANTin battery operated bulldozer with robot driver. This is an earlt version of Robotrac. See the other KKS (Komoda Shoten) box. This looks to be the earliest version. No reference to Robotrac on the box art. Bulldozer wording on the toy. Box depicts the blue version of the bulldozer.
BULLDOZER WITH HORN & LIGHT, ROBOTRAC - LINEMAR - JAPANName on box: Bulldozer with horn and light!
Manufacturer: Linemar, Japan
Dimensions: Length - 9.5" Width - 5.75" Height - 6.5"

Actions: Bulldozer moves in bump and go fashion as steering levers move back and forth creating the impression that robot driver is controlling the direction. The rear rubber tread wheels roll along the ground, which in turn cause the front tread wheels to turn, creating the impression that the bulldozer is being propelled by the rubber treads. Intermittently, the horn will sound and the light atop the robot's head will light.
Additional info.: Photo above depicts the yellow color variation. There is also a blue color variation. Variations to the lithography of the robot operator also exist. Stamped into the center of the bump and go plate on the bottom of the toy is the Linemar Toys logo and the word JAPAN.
bulldozer tractor with robot driver. Back and forward action.

Eaton's catalogue 1957. (It appears in adverts in October 1957)

Also shown (bottom) is the BULLDOZER WHICH A ROBOT OPERATES version which has the maker's logo KKS in a diamond (Komoda Shoten)
BUMP N' GO SPACE EXPLORER TANK - YOSHIYA - JAPANRed lithographed tinplate friction space tank. Green tin pilot with X-8 logo under a large clear dome. Pilot's hand moves. There is a distinctive raised square lithographed engine cover at the back. Plastic spark window and large clear plastic pipes at the back. Inertia crank action bump and go mechanism. KO

Featured in the 1965 Yoshiya catalog, item #1005
CAPTAIN BOAT - MITSUHASHI - JAPANA brightly lithographed tinplate speedboat. 25cm Crank action drives the plastic propeller. A tin pilot head emerges from the top of this speedboat. A closer look reveals its Captain Scarlet connection: the letters SPV on the side, the circular Spectrum logo on the top and the name, Captain. Made by Mitsuhashi (M in a triangle) in the 1960s.
CHAR LUNAIRE - FJ FRANCE JOUETS - FRANCEA French packaging variation of the Hungarian Holdauto Space Car. Tin battery operated styrofoam ball blowing vehicle with non stop action. The flat car shaped vehicle has a rear tail fin and a clear plastic canopy containing a pilot. A tube emerges from the middle and a stream of air supports the styrofoam ball. 32cm
CIRCUS FRICTION BUMP ACTION CAR WITH TUMBLING CLOWN (CIRCUS 8) - ATC - JAPANRed and white lithographed tin friction bump action car with a green and white tumbling clown robot. The square headed robot has a coil antenna. Marked with Circus and the number 8 in a circle. Mercedes. The tumbling action starts when the space car hits an object. Asahi

A newspaper ad dates this to September 1960

Image courtesy Smith House Auctions
COMANDOS DEL ESPACIO 76 - EGE - SPAINA large lithographed tinplate and plastic space vehicle. 35cm. Pilot inside a square plastic canopy. The truck-like tracked vehicle has two large orange plastic doors on the top. These open to reveal a pair of red plastic guns. Battery operated bump and go action with lighted firing gun. This appears in the 1977 Ege catalog, though the name clearly suggests a 1976 date.
COMMAND CAR - EXELO - JAPANMetallic blue lithographed in friction space jeep. "Sparkling Friction Toy". Metal wheels. The tin driver is a military figure with white helmet rather than a spaceman. Gun mounted on the hood. Television wording on the back and TVN on the hood. Robot logo on the sides. Early style brown box with label, though there is no maker's mark on the box. The jeep is marked EXELO at the back. 16cm

Note that the litho indicates that a battey operated version may have been planned. The well at the back of the jeep could have held batteries.
COMMANDER TANK - BANDAI FOR SEARS - JAPANA large pressed metal space tank in military green. Battery operated forward and backward motion. Operating lights. Missiles fit into magazines and are fired using a rear trigger. This example is missing its aerials. This is a bordeline space toy but its futuristic appearance appeals to many space toy collectors.

One of a range of Sears exclusive toys produced by Bandai.
COMMUNICATION TRUCK - MASUDAYA - JAPANTin friction truck with a pair of battery operated Morse code style radio sets. The two sets detach from the truck and are connected by a wire.
COSMOS - MAKER? - RUSSIAPlastic battery operated space car. Clear plastic dome with a red plastic pilot lying inside. Distinctive small red plastic light on the hood. Simple bump and go action with flashing red light. 23cm. Colors: orange. Name? Box?
CRAGSTAN ATOMIC JET PLANE - SN - JAPANA large white tinplate plane with very small wings positioned at the back. The plane has a "jet action" which consists of small colored springs moving in and out of the engine ports. Pilot under a clear plastic cockpit. Friction action. Date? SN in a Circle logo.

CRAGSTAN SPACE MOBILE, LUNAR PATROL - CRAGSTAN - JAPANRed tinplate battery operated vehicle. This is a flat vehicle with a large square plastic canopy containing a tin pilot. Behind the canopy is a circular disc with colored gel divisions. The ship has two rear fins and a rotating metal oval antenna on a wire. The pace Mobile is marked Lunar Patrol on the sides. 10" 25cm long

Bump and go action with flashing lights and Roar R R noise. There is no obvious manufacturer's mark though the box has a Cragstan distributor's logo. On sale in December 1962
CRAGSTAN SPACE TANK, MARS PATROL NO 17 - YANOMAN - JAPANOrange-red and white lithographed tin friction spaceship with astronaut and spinning / rotating ball cockpit. 6.5" The tank has the familiar rounded shape with two fins at the back. At the front is a unique tin sphere which spins around to reveal a cockpit with tin astronaut driver. A metal panel is fitted to top rear, along with a wire antenna. Friction action with spinning ball cockpit and sparks. Marked Mars Patrol on the sides.

There are red and orange versions. The red (earlier?) version in the landscape picture box has two added silver metal parts on the upper front above the bumper. These are not present on the orange Cragstan plainer box version and are replaced by simple litho detail.

Advertisement dating November 1962

YM logo, See also the S-15 prototype of this space vehicle.

Two box versions shown: top Cragstan logo, bottom box 5513.
CRUISER - CHINABlue tin wind up space vehicle with three-arm rotor on top. Clear plastic window at rear with visible gears. Blue top, red base. Clockwork action. Number MS 881 MS881
DAN DARE SPACE PATROL PLANE - METTOY? - ENGLANDA brightly lithographed red tinplate airplane with detachable wing. Friction action with spark. Plastic propellor.

Though the plane does not have Dan Dare wording Space Patrol is printed on the wings. The litho in the cockpit depicts characters clearly intended to be Dan dare in RAF uniform. Box. Maker not established but likely to be Wells Brimtoy or possibly Mettoy. 35cm. Date?
DELTA 8 GAMA 3560 - GAMA - WEST GERMANYPlastic battery op remote control space buggy vehicle. Tracks. Large rear wheels. West Germany. One in related series of space vehicles. 1970s
DELTA BIRD - NOMURA - JAPANTriangular grey battery operated spaceshio wuth two rear fin and a central plastic cylindrical dome. Bump and go action with flashing lights. 21 cm Red and green dome versions shown. Featured in the 1979 Nomura catalog. Decal details 7 Delta Bird
DYNA-SOAR, PROJECT SWORD - CENTURY 21 - HONG KONGCentury 21 – a futuristic stealth- like blue plastic space jet. It is friction driven and has a see- through cockpit with seated golden astronaut. 'Dyna - Soar' appears in white lettering on both sides of the fuselage. Two hard- wire antennae can be retracted from the wings. Cool. That strange diamond and MR initials appears on the base of the craft, along with the number 202 and the words ' Made in Hong Kong'. 1967
ВЕЗДЕХОД (ATV) - MAKER? - USSRLarge red plastic tracked vehicle with a plastic covered cockpit at the front with two blue plastic pilots inside. At the rear is a large red oval plastic dish antenna. Remote control battery operated. Name? Made in Moscow. 1984.

A variation of the PLANETARY-3 design.
ВЕздеход MARS - MAKER? - USSRTracked vehicle, buggy or crawler. The entire top of the vehicle is covered with a clear plastic canopy. A stalk with a light on the end is fitted to the top of the canopy and a rotating plastic antenna is set in the center. Marked Mapc, MARS at the front. ВЕздеход translates as All Terrain Vehicle. ATV. Phote? Details? Maker?
ВЕздеход ALL TERRAIN VEHICLE - MAKER? - USSRLarge tin and plastic eight-wheeled buggy or crawler vehicle. Orange and yellow tin top, red plastic base. Bubble canopy at the front with no pilot inside. The wheels are attached in two independent groups of four. Two angled plastic antennas emerging from the either side of the canopy. Battery operated Name? Maker?

ВЕздеход translates as All Terrain Vehicle. This is one of several variations of this design. Marked Moscow. "Souvenir Kremlin Tower" 1975.
ВЕздеход B4 - MAKER? - USSRLarge orange tin and plastic eight-wheeled buggy or crawler vehicle. The wheels are attached in two independent groups of four. Blue canopy. Hook at the back. Two angled plastic antennas emerging from the hood. Battery operated Name? Maker? ВЕздеход translates as All Terrain Vehicle.
ИТЕРКОСМОС, INTERCOSMOS - MAKER? - USSRLarge plastic tracked vehicle with a large clear blue dome at the front with two pilots inside. At the rear is a large silver plastic dish antenna. Marked INTEPKOCMOC. Remote control battery operated. Action? Maker? Date? Russia

Also shown is the radio control version.
КОСМИЧЕСКАЯ, SPACE MARS - MAKER? - USSRRed plastic space car with white pilot head under a clear plastic canopy. Silver conical motor with light at the rear. Marked MARS on the sides. Two antennas. Battery operated. Acton? Date? Russia
КОСМОХОД KOSMOKHOD - MAKER? - USSRA three-wheeled plastic buggy type space vehicle with a pilot under a round plastic dome. A hook-like device is attached to the front. Two small side antennas and a lrger rotating silver antenna. Friction action. Various colors: red, blue. Russia
Луноход LUNOKHOD - MAKER? - USSRPlastic battery operated space vehicle. An eight wheeled vehicle. An accurate copy of the original Russian moon rover. Silver chrome. Many variations exist.
НЕПТУН PLANETOKHOD NEPTUNE - MLADOST - BULGARIAUnusual eight-legged plastic space vehicle. Brightly colored plastic: red body, yellow "head" with two lights and a perforated white cap hinged on top of a blue disk. Three large antennas. Battery operated walking action with rotating antenna. Insect. Made by Mechanized Toys Ltd of Silistra, Bulgaria.
ПЛАИЕТОХОД KOSMICKÝ PLANETOKHOD - MAKER? - USSRLarge, elaborate tin and plastic space vehicle. Battery operated remote control. The ten-wheel tracked space vehicle has a large clear plastic canopy covering a three-man crew. At the back is a raised plastic area with two large searchlights and a clear plastic dome containing a small rotating antenna. Two long wire antennas run down either side. Possibly by Pasak

Forward and backward motion, steering, lighted lamps and rotating antenna. 26cm 10" Several color variations: blue/yellow, red/yellow Russia
ПЛАИЕТОХОД PLANETARY-3 PLANETOKHOD - MAKER? - USSRLarge plastic tracked vehicle with a plastic covered cockpit at the front with two silver pilots inside. At the rear is a large plastic dish antenna. Marked INTERCOSMOS. Remote control battery operated. Maker? Date? Colors: yellow, red

ПЛАИЕТОХОД PLANETOKHOD - STRAUME - LATVIAPlastic boat shaped space vehicle. Two rear fins. Angular canopy at the back with two red pilots underneath. In the center is a flat white disc that gives a magic color dome display. Battery operated bump and go action. 12" Small plastic antenna.

Made at the Straume factory, Riga, Latvian SSR in 1970’s. Various colors: yellow body, green or red trim.

Russia, USSR
ПЛАИЕТОХОД PLANETOKHOD SPACE TANK - MAKER? - USSRA white plastic space tank with a red base incorporating simulated tracks. There is a large blue plastic dome in the center. Rotating white plastic antenna. Battery operated bump and go action with lights in the dome. Date?

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