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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.

Box?
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AEROMOBIL - OMNIA - CZECHBlue 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.
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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.
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ALPHA 7 SPACE VEHICLE 3500 - GAMAPlastic battery op remote control lunar explorer. West Germany. One in related series of space vehicles. 1970s
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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
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ARCTIC EXPLORER SLED - BANDAIFor Sears. Catamaran style tin battery op vehicle with wings and propellors. Blue pressed steel with a red central platform. Rotating dish antenna. Borderline space.
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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?
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ATOM SPACE CAR - MAKER?Cross between a car and plane style spaceship. Tin friction.
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ATOM XZ-7 - JAPANSmall tin friction space car. Litho detailing.

Smith House Auctions
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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.
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ATOMIC BULLDOZER - PMC - HONG KONGPlastic battery op space tank with articulated robot driver. Spiral pattern spinner under clear dome. Bump and go action. Hong Kong. See also the Space Controlled Tractor
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ATOMIC CONTROL CAR - DAIYALight 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.
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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.
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AUTO PLANETARIUM DEL SR ROBOT - GORGOFriction plastic Buick Elektra Toy Car with odd yellow plastic robot. Details. Gorgo, Argentina.
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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
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BADMINTON ROBOTPrototype.
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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. Box? Sighted in a 1970s Yanoman catalog. bat man.

FRICTION PLANET PATROL TANK pressing.
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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
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BATTERY OPERATED SPACE SHIPTin battery op styrofoam ball blowing (original of Holdauto) vehicle.
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BC 63 SPACESHIP - MAKER? - COUNTRY?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

Maker unknown. Box? Date? Probably 1960s.
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BUCK ROGERS LEAD FIGURES - BRITAINSHollow cast lead figures include Buck Rogers, Robot, ???. England 1930s
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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.
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BULLDOZER WHICH A ROBOT OPERATES (VERSION 2) - KKS - JAPANA second box version of his battery operated bulldozer with robot driver. This has the KKS (Komoda Shoten) logo in a diamond. Bulldozer wording. Later issued as Robotrac,
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BULLDOZER WITH HORN & LIGHT, ROBOTRAC - LINEMAR - JAPANName on box: Bulldozer with horn and light!
Name on toy: Robotrac
Nickname:
Manufacturer: Linemar, Japan
Dimensions: Length - 9.5" Width - 5.75" Height - 6.5"
Timeline date: 1957
Power source: 2 "D" cell batteries
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.
This is a variation of the Bulldozer Which a Robot Operates by KKS.
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CAPTAIN ROBOT - YONEZAWAPlastic battery op robot and separate six-wheel vehicle. Docking action. 21st Century Space logo.
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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

Image courtesy Smith House Auctions
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COMMAND CAR - JAPAN 1950sTin friction space jeep. "Sparkling Friction Toy" Gun on hood. Television wording. Yon? TVN on hood. No makers mark on toy or box.
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Commander Tank - Sears Bandai - JapanLarge pressed metal space (borderline) tank. 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.
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COMMUNICATION TRUCK - MASUDAYATin friction truck with a pair of battery op walky talkies.
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CRAGSTAN FIRE BIRD III 0- CRAGSTANWhite tin battery op futuristic space car with two pilots. Bump and go action with flashing lights.

Firebird 3
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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.
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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
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DAN DARE WALKIE TALKIE SET - MERIT RANDALL - ENGLANDMerit England, plastic electronic walkie talkie set.
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DELTA 55 LUNAR EXPLORER - 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
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DELTA 8 GAMA 3560 - GAMAPlastic battery op remote control space buggy vehicle. Tracks. Large rear wheels. West Germany. One in related series of space vehicles. 1970s
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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. 1970s. Decal details 7 Delta Bird
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Details?Plastic bulldozer tractor.
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DYNA-SOAR - PROJECT SWORD - CENTURY 21Century 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
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EL SUPER ROBOTMagic Robot game. Small plastic robot in the center is a Dux Astroman.
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ELECTRIC TRACTOR - RUSSIAPlastic battery op tractor with bump and go action. Light on the engine. Plastic robot driver. Paper decal engine details. The box indicates a date of 1984-1988. Made by a Russian company with the stylized AM logo identified as the Leningrad Metalware Factory. Note the square or "boxy" shape of this version, compared with the rounder version.
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ELEGANT MINIATURES MARS ROCKET 119 - LINEMARDiecast rocket.
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ELEGANT MINIATURES SUPER SONIC MOON SHIP 120 - LINEMARDiecast spaceship.
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EXPLORATION TRAIN - SANKEI - JAPANA blue and silver lithographed tin battery operated space train comprising a futuristic engine and three carriages.

The rocket shaped engine has a red plastic dome at the front and tailfin at the rear. One carriage, the Transmitter Car, has a box like control center, the Radar Car carries a large dish antenna and the Missile Carrier car has a rocket mounted on the top. Twelve track sections provided.

Possible Yonezawa connection?
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EXPLORER SPACE CAR - SANYO - JAPANSimple red lithographed tin friction space car. 5" Litho detailing of astronauts behind a windscreen. Blue base. See also the Paradise Car version. Japan 1950s Box?
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FIRE BIRD 111
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FIREFLY XYZ MARK III SPACESHIP - HONG KONGMulticolored plastic friction spaceship. Futuristic vehicle with two fins and a a pilot under a central clear plastic dome. Small rotating plastic antenna at the back. Seen in a variety of colors. Hong Kong 1960s
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FLASH SPACE PATROL Z-206 -TPS - JAPANTin hovercraft style battery op vehicle, bump and go action. Green plastic windows. The body is the same as used on the Mercury Explorer but the turret is a tin construction. Plastic prop. This is the first of the line of similarly styled TPS vehicles. Currently dated to 1968. Toplay
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FLASH SPACE PATROL Z-206 GREEK VERSION - ANANAIDES - GREECEBlue lithographed tin hovercraft style battery oeratedp vehicle, bump and go action. Red plastic windows. Chrome silver plastic antenna. Very similar to the Japanese FLASH SPACE PATROL Z-206 by TPS on which it is based. Greece
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FLORIDA AIR BOAT REGULUS - ATC - JAPANLithographed tinplate battery operated space boat, intended to float. This silver, white and blue boat has litho detailing of windows with astronauts and portholes along the side. Red tin hull with two hydrofoils at the front. The boat has a substantial rear assembly that holds the electric motor and propellor. A switch is positioned at the front. Regulus wording on the side. Similar body to ATC SPACE SHIP WITH MOVING RADAR. Hydroplane, prop drive. Date?
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FLYING AIR CAR - TPS - JAPANLightweight aluminum hovercraft style vehicle. Battery op remote control. A fan raises it off the ground. Dish antenna. Same pressing as Luna Hovercraft. Also sold simply as Hover Craft. Toplay
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