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INTERCOSMOS PLANETOHOD-2 - MAKER - USSRA deluxe radio control version of the smaller Planetohod. This is a large plastic tracked vehicle with a plastic covered cockpit at the front with four silver pilots inside. At the rear is a large plastic dish antenna. Decal marked INTERCOSMOS on the sides. Radio control battery operated. Box? Maker? Date? Length 27 cm.
INTERPLANETARY SPACE FIGHTER, SUPER JET V-7 - NOMURA - JAPANTin battery operated space vehicle marked Super Jet V-7. The large spaceship has a resemblance to Supercar but the relatively large astronaut alters the scale. Blue and white tin with red and yellow detailing. The articulated golden astronaut driver sits inside an open cockpit, holding an enormous space cannon. The cannon has a clear plastic windshield. Bump and go action as the gun swivels around and shoots with flashing light.

A newspaper advertisement dates this to December 1963. It also appears in the Nomura Catalog for 1964.

J.87 SPACE JEEP - KO - JAPANBrightly lithographed tin friction space jeep. Predominantly red with a light blue inner. Star on the hood. Cylindrical structure at rear. See Star Space Jeep. Box? J87 Indian head graphic on the back. Marked KO on the top.
JET CAR - CRAGSTAN - JAPANAn early lithographed tinplate Japanese space car. Marked Cragstan on the side. 4" 10cm Friction drive. Predominantly blue with red and yellow details. Marked JET CAR and Cragstan.

This is the same pressing as the King Jet Space Car. 1950s. Probably sold in trade boxes.
JET CAR - MAKER? - JAPANAn early lithographed tin space car. The grey and red four wheeled car measures 5 1/2" 13cm. There is a pilot head at the front behind an open tin windshield. Marked JET on the tailfin. A metal device containing a spring is pushed into the back of the rocket and the trigger pressed to send the car running forward.

Box? Date?
JET CAR - YONEZAWA - JAPANTin friction space car. Open top lithographed sedan car with windscreen. Minimal space detailing: Saturn, etc. Plain card box with paper label. 1950s Japan
JET CAR 8 / 123 JET CAR - M IN DIAMOND - JAPANBlue white and red tin friction space car. Litho pilot details. Spark window in front of cockpit. Marked Jet Car 8. A 123 litho variation is also known. Box? Borderline space.
JET RACER SPACE CAR - TKK - JAPANSimilar to King Jet 8. A tin friction futuristic Racing Car - green and yellow tin printed cockpit and exterior with driver. TKK is printed on the base of this toy. (Kitahara attributes this to Yonezawa.) The box carries a substantial Cragstan logo. 30cm. Date circa 1954
JET SPORTS CAR - YOSHI - JAPANBlue and yellow lithograhed tinplate space car with a tin driver. The car has two tailfins and a red spark window positioned between them . Marked JET SPORTS. Friction action with spark. About 7". Date? Box? Marked Y in Diamond, Yoshi?
JUPITER - ANKER - EAST GERMANYPlastic tracked vehicle with a large clear plastic canopy with pilot inside. Attached to the back and lying across the canopy is a large missile launcher with rocket. Battery operated remote control. See also the rocketless version, the Saturn by Anker. Date? Red and blue versions. DDR
JUPITER JEEP - SHIOJI SSS - JAPANTin friction jeep and trailer. Made by S.S.S., Japan. Trailer has scoop mechanism. Reclaim wording on canopy. Same pressing as the MITI-27 Pioneer Space Jeep.
JUPITER ROCKET TRUCK - MARX - USATin friction truck advances with siren. Steel/plastic rocket with spring loaded firing mechanism fires a plastic projectile. "Guided Missile Unit No 10 61432"

On sale November 1958.
JUPITER SPARKLING SPACE CAR - ASAHITOY - JAPANAn early red and cream lithographed space car. Distinctive single rocket engine in the middle of the trunk. Tin driver head, tin windshield. SWIFT wording on the hood. Friction action with sparks from the rear motor. Brown box with paper label. 6.5" ATC

1950s Date?
KING JET RACER - TKK - JAPANToy has King Jet 8 wording. A tin friction drive futuristic Racing Car - blue, racing number 8, detailed tin printed cockpit and exterior with driver. Box marked TKK. Manufacturer details? Two box versions are known.

Currently the earliest sighting of the King Jet 8 is in 1954 in a Western Auto Stores catalog.
KING JET SPACE CAR - CRAGSTAN - JAPANAn early lithographed tinplate Japanese space car. Marked Cragstan on the side. 4" 10cm Friction action.

Date 1950s. Probably sold in trade boxes.

Three versions are shown.
Red, blue and yellow version marked X-300. Litho policeman driver with a blonde passenger.
Green, yellow and red version with animal passengers.
Red and blue Cragstan version with animal passengers

Also shown is a version with cut out panels in the rear, probably to show off a sparking action.

KOSMICKE VOZIDLO FLYING SAUCER - ITES - CZECHOSLOVAKIAFlat oval orlozenge shaped space vehicle. Light wheel at front. Large antenna, flashing lights, sound. Bump and go action. Slight box variations: boxes marked IGLA (not IGRA) or KOH-I-NOOR. Shown in Ites catalog.
KOSMICKY SPACE TANK WITH ROCKET - IGRA - CZECHOSLOVAKIATin battery operated space tank with rocket launching structure on top. Small gun at the front. Tracks. 15cm Eastern European, Czechoslovakia. Name? Box?
KOSMICKY TANK, SPARKING SPACE TANK - IGRA - CZECHOSLOVAKIAPainted tin battery operated space tank with bubble dome. Two long antennas with balls at the end. Light at the front. Tracks. Large rotating yellow plastic antenna. 15cm Eastern European, Czechoslovakia. Jiskcrici = sparking

Show below is an unidentified variation which may original or a knock-up.
L-101 SPACE TANK - LTI - INDIARed lithographed tinplate friction space tank. Green tin pilot with L-101 on his chest under a large clear dome. Angled blue tin fins at the back. This tank has a platform with a dome shaped red plastic spark window at rear. Simple friction action. Tin friction tank with cartoon animal litho. Marked LTI at the front. Inspired by the Yoshiya design. This is probably related to the VTI Indian space tank. Asia
LE CYBERCAR - S.C.D.C - FRANCESimplistic blue plastic space vehicle with two tiny figures under a clear canopy. Spring antennas at opposing corners. Battery operated. The spaceships movement can be controlled with a torch beam

Released in 1957. An improved version was released in 1959.
LE CYBERPAN SPACE VEHICLE - S.C.D.C. HACHETTE - FRANCEWhite plastic remote control plastic battery operated space vehicle. Red plastic base. This odd shaped vehicle resemble a bubble car. Large clear plastic dome, though there is no pilot inside. Forward and backward movement with lighted headlights. 25cm

An improved version was released in 1959.
LIGHTED SPACE VEHICLE - MASUDAYA - JAPANA box shaped metallic blue space tank. The tank has a red tin astronaut pilot under a clear plastic dome at the front. Behind is a chimney like structure with a wire rim that holds the floating ball. The styrofoam ball is supported by a column of air from an internal fan. At the back are two colored lights inside protective metal springs. Battery operated bump and go action with lights and floating satellite. Marked 28905. Date? Ball blowing.

Appears in a newspaper ad dated December 1960.
LIGHTNING JEEP - DAIYA - JAPANTin friction silver space jeep with red tinplate astronaut driver. The jeep has a repeating tiled silver patterned lithographic finish. Rotating rear double barrel gun turret with green conical plastic dome. See also the clear plastic version of this jeep.
LM COMMANDER - YONEZAWA - JAPANLunar Module. Lunar lander style plastic battery operated vehicle with crawling action. Long legged. See also Delta 55.
LOCATOR (LOKAATOR ЛОКАТОР) - NORMA - ESTONIAWhite and red painted tin and plastic space tank. Rectangular design with an angular cockpit at the rear. In the middle is an unusual rotating antenna "reflector" structure. Two simple astronaut heads inside the cockpit. Battery operated. Action?

USSR, Russia
LOOPING SPACE TANK - DAIYA - JAPANBlue lithographed tin battery operated space tank. The tank has a green tinted ribbed plastic dome containing lights and a spiral color wheel. At the front are two small black tin guns. Behind the turret is a thick metal antenna which doubles as a device for allowing the tank to return to an upright position. Litho tack details. Battery operated tumbling action with flashing lights in the dome. The box art has distinctive artwork which includes a gorilla.
LUNA HOVERCRAFT X-1 - TPS - JAPANLightweight aluminum hovercraft style vehicle. Battery operated remote control. A fan raises it off the ground. Same pressing as the Flying Air Car.

Featured in the 1970 Tokyo Playthings Catalog.
LUNA SPACESHIP - MAKER? - CZECHKOSLOVAKIABle, red and white lithographed tin wind up space vehicle. This oval shaped toy has a large central red fin with two smaller side fins. At the front is a plastic arc shaped sensor. E Europe CSSR Czechkoslovakia. The tin form is also used to produce a toy beetle (without the fins).
LUNAR BULLDOZER - NOMURA - JAPANPlastic battery op space dozer with pilot under clear canopy. Mystery bump and go action. Lighted engine. Brightly coloured plastic. The shovel is controlled manually. A late Nomura item.
LUNAR CAT - MAKER?Plastic battery op astronaut sitting in chair-like vehicle. Moon transport astronaut. NASA logo.
LUNAR EXPEDITION - MASUDAYA - JAPANLarge red and white lithographed tin battery operated vehicle with tracks. Same build as the Space Pathfinder. Flashing red light on the top. The big selling feature of this toy is the H Drive, a lever at the back for forward, left and right and backwards, left and right. Dated to 1967 in a Japanese trade catalog. 35cm

See also the Spanish Lunar Expedicion version by Ege.

LUNAR EXPLORATION - ANANIADES - GREECEA tin and plastic space transport vehicle. The boxy vehicle has a blue metal base and a large square plastic cover. Inside are four seated astronauts. In the centre is a set of interconnected colored plastic gears that link to the antenna. Two lights are situated on the dashboard. Battery operated with flashing lights and rotating circular silver plastic antenna. 8.5" 21cm.

This is Greek version of the Masudaya original but does not have the remote control, and the antenna is different.
LUNAR EXPLORER - ALPS - JAPANTin and plastic battery op vehicle. Blue and yellow explorer with detailing, radar to top, blinking lights, go and stop action, opening and lowering front module. Large wheels.
LUNAR JET - HUKI - WEST GERMANYPlastic battery op vehicle.
LUNAR TRANSPORT - MASUDAYA _ JAPANA tin and plastic space transport vehicle. The boxy vehicle has a blue metal base and a large square plastic cover. Inside are four seated astronauts. In the centre is a set of interconnected colored plastic gears that link to the antenna. Two lights are situated on the dashboard. Battery operated remote control with flashing lights and rotating grey plastic antenna. 8.5" 21cm.

First sighted in the 1970 Asahi catalog.

LUNIK 2000 - CALIGARIS - ITALYAstronave Viaggiante. Later plastic battery op space vehicle with bump and go action and lights. Italy
LUNNIK - STRAUME - LATVIAAn unusual yellow plastic spaceship consisting of an angular body with two large segmented wheels and a red plastic tail. The spaceship has a single circular window at the front with the maker's name inside. On top is a clear plastic disk. The lunokhod moves with its tail resting on the ground. Battery operated remote control: forward and backward movement with flashing lights. Marked Lunnik. 40cm. Date? USSR

A second version is shown with tail wheels and an additional rotating plastic antenna.
LUNNIK SPACE CAR - KNIB - USSRA small plastic space car. Very simple in design with a blue body and a central red turret with a clear plastic dome on top. Head and shoulder plastic pilot inside. At the back are three small white plastic fins. The box has a 1975 date, though this may be the date of production rather than the date of origin. Action?
LUNOKHOD SPACE CAR - MAKER? - USSRWhite plastic space saloon car with red base and tail fins. Pilots inside with a screen on the dashboard. Distinctive forked black plastic antenna on the hood. Marked CCCP on the hood. Battery operated with lights and rotating antenna. The roof hinges up. Uses 4.5v batteries. 23cm
LUNOKHOD SPACE CAR - MAKER? - USSR Red plastic space car. Boxy design but with two open cockpits, each with two pilots and a clear plastic windscreen. Large wire at the rear with a plastic dish antenna at the end. 20 cm. Details? Box? Name? Russia
LUNOKHOD SPACE CAR - MAKER? - USSRGrey plastic space car. Angular design with sharp headlight faring and tailfins. Large dome cockpit with a distinctive bulge in the hood in front, pilot inside. Details? Box? Name? Russia
LUNOXHOD - LENINGRAD METALWARE - USSRLarge plastic eight-wheeled buggy or crawler vehicle. The wheels are attached in two independent groups of four. White plastic pilot under a clear canopy. Red light at the front. Distinctive plastic antenna with disks. Drill-like attachment at the rear. A plastic spinner sits on top and can be launched. Leningradskij Metaloizdeli Zavod. 26cm x 13cm
M-101 SPACE TANK WITH HELICOPTER - NOMURA - JAPANA lilac-pink tin battery operated space tank. The unusual tank has an oval turret on a low profile body. The turret has circular porthole windows at the front and a larger opening at the back with a clear plastic cover. Pilot and machinery details can be seen inside. Uniquely, an X-217 helicopter attached to a bar moves over the tank. Battery operated with moving helicopter, spinning rotor and flashing lights. Name? Box?

This uses the low profile pressing that was used for the Super Sonic Tank, the Space Tank X-4, and the M-101 Tank. See also the similar turret design of Space Export tank.

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M-27 SPACE TANK - MASUDAYA - JAPANA tin a nd plastic space tank. Bright blue lithographed tin upper with a blue plastic base. The traditional design of tanks has detailed grey plastic tracks. Battery operated remote control steered movement. Shoots plastic rubber-tipped rocket darts. Japanese market box. 10" 25cm 1970s? Date?
M-29 SPACE TANK - MAKER? - JAPANSimple small blue tin friction space tank. The tank has a square turret with a clear blue plastic spark window in the top. Four very short guns are set in the front. Litho track detailing. Marked M.29 on the sides and 29 on the turret. Friction action with spark.
M-41 SPACE TANK - MASUDAYA - JAPANThis was a very successful space toy, judging by the large number that have survived. It is a green lithographed tinplate battery operated tank. Clear plastic dome at the front with a tin astronaut pilot. Large plastic dish antenna. Springs at rear with lights. Similar in design to the M-28. Bump and go action with rotating antenna and flashing lights.

Two versions shown: the more common one with spring and a red headed astronaut. Below is a presumably later simplified version with red and green plastic light covers and a yellow vinyl astronaut.

The M-41 dates at least to 1970 when it appears in the Masudaya catalog for that year. It is not listed as a new item, so may be a little earlier.
M-41 SPACE TANK, TAIWAN VERSION - MAKER? - TAIWANA Taiwanese version of the original Masudaya M-41 tank. Maker?
MAGIC COLOR MOON EXPRESS - TPS - JAPANRed lithographed tin battery operated train. White magic color dome at the front and a transparent red plastic motor at the rear. Pilot under a clear plastic domed panel. Bump and go action. Also by ATC. See the Space Express version.

Featured in the 1970 Tokyo Playthings Catalog. On sale in December 1970.
MAGIC COLOR SPACE EXPRESS - TPS - JAPANA brightly lithographed tin and plastic battery operated train. White magic color dome at the front and an orange plastic motor at the rear. Four visible gears inside a window on each side. Rotating plastic antenna on the top. Bump and go action with train noise and flashing lights. See the Moon Express version.

MARS EXPLORER CAR - KDP EXELO - JAPAN Tin battery operated space car with lithographed details. The car's windows and driver are lithographed. The car has a simple forward motion with a flashing rear light that also moves in and out. The front wheels are manually adjusted for steering. The box and toy carry the KDP logo. The toy also has the Exelo logo.
MARS JEEP - DAIYA - JAPANSilver tin friction jeep Circa 1950's. The silver jeep has a yellow tinplate astronaut driver. At the back of the jeep is a dome structure with three protruding colored plastic domes. Tin rocket decoration set into the sides. Spiders web antenna. Box has the wording "With Mars Exploration Racer and Atomic Flashlight" Friction with sparking lights. Very similar to the Martian Sensitive Jeep.
MARS JEEP - DAIYA - JAPANTin friction space jeep with canopy. The roof has elaborate space lithography. No driver. Cosmic Patrol wording on windscreen and rear. Red and blue versions shown.

MARS PLANETOKHOD - MAKER? - USSRPlastic tracked vehicle. Large clear plastic canopy with two pilots inside, one is holding a large camera. Rotating red plastic antenna. Battery operated remote control. 25cm CCCP decal. MAPC

One version of the box (top) shows the vehicle with engines on pods at the rear: the toy did not have them.
MARS SPACE TRIP - SANKEI - JAPANThis is quite an intricate toy comprising a central lithographed tin support. It supports a crosspiece, on one end of which is a rocket marked FR-3, on the other is a yellow flying saucer maked FLYING SAUCER 58.

In action the rocket and saucer spin around the central support and their flight is controlled by a flexible wire that alters their flight.

K in a three ring circle. Sankei
MARSMAN - MASUDAYA - JAPANAn unusual blue lithographed tin friction space vehicle. The small vehicle has an open cockpit with a tin astronaut behind a windshield. The back of the car is raised up in a tin hump that is covered in space related litho: Saturn, stars, rockets. MARSMAN wording on the top rear.

The box art is primitive but attractive, with a very limited palette of browns and blues. The same pressing was used for other non-space toys. Date?
MARTIAN SUPERSENSITIVE RADAR PATROL JEEP - DAIYA - JAPANTin battery operated jeep Circa 1950's. The silver jeep has a yellow tinplate astronaut driver. At the back of the jeep is a dome structure with three protruding smaller domes. Round dish antenna. The windscreen is unusual in that it has two clear plastic conical windows set in the screen. Advances with blinking light and turning radar dish. Very similar to the Daiya Mars Jeep.
MARVELOUS MIKE TRACTOR- SAUNDERS - USAPressed steel battery op bulldozer tractor withot driver. USA

First sighted October 1955.
MATADOR ROCKET LAUNCHER - KOKYU - JAPANTin friction truck with pop-up Martin Matador winged missile on trailer. Japan 1950s. K in a flower logo.

Image courtesy of Smith House Auctions
MECHANICAL SPACE CHALLENGER X-300 - ASAKUSA - JAPANAn unusual tin lithographed wind up space boat. The catamaran or hydrofoil boat comprises of a central oval shaped red and silver k tin body resting on a yellow tin platform. On either side are mounted two long red plastic flotation cylinders. A vinyl astronaut sits in the cockpit. X-300 is printed on the sides held in place by metal bands. The wind up toy has four rather simple plastic wheels underneath which double as paddles, so the toy can run on land or on water. Two are driven directly from the motor, the other two are connected by rubber band. The astronaut shown here is not the correct one but is a close fit. His head turns from side to side when the toy runs.

The artist has taken liberties is designing the box; the artwork depicts a much more sophisticated design than the actual toy.

The box has the ATD Asakusa Toys & Dolls logo.

Toy photo Mark Bergin Toys.
MECHANICAL SPACE KIDDY - MAKER? - JAPANA brightly lithographed tin wind up toy. Two gold colored laughing robots sit at either side of a see-saw or teeter-totter with a dome structure separating them Ontop is a three arm rotating antenna. Wind up rocking action. The mouths of the robots open and close as they rock.

Seesaw Robot. See-Saw Robot.

MECHANICAL SPACE TRICYCLE - SUZUKI - JAPANVinyl silver grey robot on a tin wind up tricycle. Bell. Distributors logo, Frankonia, on rear. Made by Suzuki. The robot resembles Robby the Robot from the Forbidden Planet.
MECHANIZED ROBOT, ROBBY SPACE PATROL - NOMURA - JAPANA large lithographed tinplate space sled or chariot. The metallic blue vehicle has tweo unoccupied seats. The top half of a Nomura Piston Avtion or Pug Robby sits on top of the front, looking as though his bottom half is enclosed in the sled. Battery operated mystery action with flashing lights. The mechanism is designed so that Robby turns in the direction that the chariot is moving.
Advances with mystery action as Robby turns, his dome lights and the red/green disc lights blink.

This remarkable space toy is a direct copy of the space chariot in the 1956 MGM film "The Forbidden Planet", though it is a unlicensed product.

Name on toy: Space Patrol
Name on box: Mechanized Robot
Globe type on toy and box: na
Pilots: none on toy, none on box
MERCURY EXPLORER - TPS - JAPANMagic Color Dome. Toplay. Tin battery operated hovercraft style vehicle with spinner. Japan Orange plastic collar beneath the dome.

Featured in the 1970 Tokyo Playthings Catalog.
MERCURY EXPLORER Z-206, VERION 1 - ANANIADES - GREECEBlue tin and plastic battery op hovercraft style vehicle. Mystery color dome and large antenna. Space Patrol wording at front. Based on the earlier TPS version, with the same box art, but different litho detailing and a different antenna. (This also uses the Z-206 serial number of the TPS Flash Space Patrol.) Produced in 1970 in Greece by a company named Ananiadis (after the owner) Greek
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