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SPACE GUARD PILOT - ASAKUSA - JAPANPlastic battery op vehicle with bum and go action. Billy Blastoff knock off. One of a range of similar vehicles: Space TV Pilot, Space Guard Pilot, Space Radar Pilot. Large gun.
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SPACE JEEP - MAKER? - JAPANTin friction space jeep. No driver. Red body, black star, blue litho canopy. Japan. No manufacturers logo. Similar in design to the Daiya Mars Jeep.
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SPACE JEEP - MAKER? - JAPANA small early tin friction space jeep with gun on hood. 3.5" Driver. Metal wheels. Saturn litho on side and star on hood. Sparks. Box? Maker? It is possible that the number plate on the jeep, PD1954, is a reference to the date.
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SPACE JEEP - SANS? ICHIMURA? - JAPANLithographed tin friction space jeep with canopy. Red and blue versions known. Space Jeep wording and flying saucer litho design on the roof (which links it to the Universe Space Jeep) The logo appears to be SANK but the manufacturer has not yet been identified. Red and blue versions. Box? 4.25"

Featured in the 1967 Ichimura catalog. Item #20192

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SPACE JEEP - TAKATOKU TT - JAPANBlue tin friction jeep with space litho. A goofy looking space boy is printed on the roof. Space Jeep printed on the hood. Tin canopy. Friction action. Marked T.T. Box?
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SPACE JET CAR - SANYO? - JAPANSmall tin friction space car. Blue, red and yellow litho with white a rocket printed on the roof. SpaceJet wording on the front. Space cockpit litho detailing. See also the Atom XZ-7 version of this toy. 4.5" Possibly by Sanyo.
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SPACE JET VEHICLE X-001 - BANADI - JAPANTin battery op vehicle. Smoke.
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SPACE MISSILE TANK - DAITO - JAPANSmall red and silver lithographed tin friction space tank. The tank has a central turret topped with a clear plastic dome that contains a Japanese character vinyl head. The most unusual feature of this tank is the large transparent green rocket shaped plastic gun attached to the turret. Japanese character under clear bubble dome. Variations of the driver head exist: the black as shown and a white one.
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SPACE MOTORCYCLE - MAKER?Plastic friction plastic motorcycle with grey plastic driver.
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SPACE PACER, JAPANESE BOX VERSION - NOMURA - JAPANEight legged battery op plastic space vehicle. Claw grabbers at front. Pilot at front behind clear screen. Radar dish.
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SPACE PATHFINDER - MASUDAYA - JAPANBlue and white lithographed tin battery operated vehicle with tracks. Large clear plastic cockpit at the front. Red flashing light on top. This is the same pressing as the Lunar Expedition but it has the piezo control system. Pressing the remote generates a high voltage spark that enables the vehicle to cycle through a series of actions: forward, stop, left, right. The control requires no batteries. Dated to 1967 in a Japanese trade catalog. 35cm

"Radicon Photoelectric Operation System" and "Magic Transmitter". T

Featured in Masudaya's 1969 catalog.
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SPACE PATROL - HORIKAWA - JAPANTin battery op vehicle wiith policeman driver and large double barrel gun. 9" long mostly tin litho toy c. late 1950s by Horikawa, Japan. Marked "Space Patrol". Pilot is seated behind double barrel gun which has plastic cover. Also has detailed control panel with TV screen showing space scene. Works and travels around with bump-and-go action. As gun unit moves, lights and produces a firing sound.
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SPACE PATROL - LINEMAR - JAPANMetallic blue lithographed tinplate friction space car with large square robot pilot. Coiled antenna. Marked Space Explorer S-3. Imitation tracks at rear. This space car was also sold in a boxed set with the astronaut version of the toy.

Image: Christies. Better photo?
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SPACE PATROL 713 WITH CRANK SIREN - MASUDAYA - JAPANTin friction space car No 713 with vinyl pilot head. 32cm. Crank activated siren at rear. One of a series of cars based on the same pressing. Crimped construction.

Image courtey of Smith House Auctions.
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SPACE PATROL 713? WITH CRANK SIREN - MASUDAYA - JAPANTin battery op car with vinyl driver head and siren. Details? Box? TM Japan This looks like a metallic blue variation of the red Space Patrol 713. Crimped construction,
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SPACE PATROL CAR - BANDAI - JAPANFuturistic silver battery operated space car. The 12 inch open top sports car has two white plastic astronaut drivers, each behind a small plastic windscreen. The back of the car has a red plastic engine cover. A rotating red plastic antenna is positioned in the center of the hood. Two small machine guns are fitted to the front headlamp positions. Bump and go action with noise, rotating antenna and flashing visible engine.

This toy is featured in the 1968 Bandai catalog.
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SPACE PATROL CAR - DAIYA - JAPANPlain white open top tin friction car with two astronauts. There is also a red version of this toy.
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SPACE PATROL CAR - ICHIKO/ROYAL - JAPANSmall tin friction space car. Two shades of blue lithography with space detailing on the hood, Space Patrol on the trunk. Saturn graphic on the roof. 5.5" long. Much of the litho detailing is identical to that on other Ichiko space cars.

At least two variations are known: one has two divisions in side windows, the other has four; the litho also varies slightly.

Marked Japan. There is a license plate 2884 on the back.

Possibly sold as a bin toy. Sold as part of the Satellite Vehicles set by Royal, a group of space toys in October 1959.
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SPACE PATROL CAR - MAKER? - JAPANTin friction space car. Two tone blue lithographed tinplate space saloon car covered in space scenes: Saturn, rockets etc. Friction. Maker? Box?
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SPACE PATROL CAR - NOMURA - JAPANLight blue tinplate battery operated space car with a large red tinplate Robby style robot driver. The robot sits at a large gun held in a circular clear plastic mounting. Various engine detailing has been added to the car, including a cylindrical disk on the front grille. There is a mismatch between the rather sleek, dark colored car on the box art and the more rounded lines of the actual space car. Based on a Studebaker design.
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SPACE PATROL CAR - YOSHIYA - JAPANRed tinplate space car with a large clear plastic dome containing a light blue tinplate astronaut driver. The pilot has the female looking face of other Yoshiya toys. Inertia friction drive, a crank is wound underneath the car. A metal four armed spinning antenna protrudes from the dome. The automobile is a reworking of a much used design with distinctive futuristic wings at the back. KO Box? Early 1960s.
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SPACE PATROL CAR R-10 - NOMURA - JAPANMetallic blue, silver and red tin battery operated Volkswagen Beetle. VW convertible with tin astronaut driver. There is a large plastic rocket engine at the back. Wire antenna at rear. The car advances with engine noise, flashing rear light (working), and moving light in the plastic panel. TN R10

The car appears in the 1968 Nomura Catalog.
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SPACE PATROL CAR WITH LIGHTING GUN - NOMURA - JAPANA conventional shaped blue and white lithographed tinplate car with an oversized red tinplate astronaut firing a large red tipped gun. The astronaut has two clear plastic air tanks on his back which contain a red liquid. The gun is a large cannon fitted to the car's hood. Bump and go action, the gun moves with the astronaut's hands attached, flashing lights and noise. Marked Space Patrol on the side. The box art depicts a red and white car. TN.

Advertised in the Salt Lake Tribune October 1962
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SPACE PATROL CAR WITH RADIO OPERATOR - ATC - JAPANSilver and grey lithographed tin friction action spaceship boat with wheels. Blue underside. This is not intended to float. Astronaut pilot under a clear plastic dome. Metal rod antenna. Large rear fin. Porthole litho detailing. Friction action with clicking sound. Asahi Toy Company Date?

The same pressing as the boat version, the SPACE SHIP WITH MOVING RADAR
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SPACE PATROL CAR XX-01 - AOSHIN - JAPANA metallic blue lithographed tin battery operated vehicle. This is a Lincoln Ventura Batmobile knock-off design. The car has an opaque orange canopy with antennas molded in place and tipped with metal ends. A red plastic engine cover is positioned at the rear. There are two tailfins with XX-01 lettering. A white plastic bird or bat style rocket is mounted in the center of the hood and can be fired by pressing a button. Bump and go action with noise and flashing engine light.

1966 or later.
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SPACE PATROL FRICTION CAR WITH SIREN - ICHIKO - JAPANTin friction space car with siren effect. Blue lithography with space detailing. Square robot head driver. Based on the Ichiko Dream Car. Open top car with headrest. Note that this is the correct head: the robot head in the Kitahara collection is an inexact replacement. Date.
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SPACE PATROL FRICTION POWERED - MASUDAYA - JAPANBlue lithographed tin battery operated vehicle, bump and go with a blue and red light lights on either side. Oblong body with a single rear fin and a relatively large clear plastic dome at the front containing a head and shoulders tin astronaut. NASA logo on the fin. The same pressing as the Masudaya vehicles. 7 ins

Friction action with a space siren noise. Two plastic light covers, one on either side. These covers have been seen in red and blue: they are evidently designed for the battery operated version (PADAR RADAR SCOUT PIONEER ) of this pressing but here are decorative.

The Masudaya number suggests a date in the late 1960s.

Masudaya number 3521
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SPACE PATROL MOTORBIKE X5 - USAGIYA - JAPANTin friction motorbike with orange vinyl astronaut.
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SPACE PATROL ROCKET - MASUDAYA - JAPANTinplate battery operated rocket with bump and go action. The rocket has an oversized Snoopy style dog astronaut vinyl head in a clear dome. The dog is pointing a TV camera with lights and movement.

See also the earlier child version of this toy with gun. Date?

Animal, knock off
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SPACE PATROL SUPER CYCLE B-557 - BANDAI - JAPANMetallic blue lithographed tin friction motorcycle with spark. Circa 1950's. Advances as the antenna turns. Motorbike. Green plastic rider. Working compass on handlebars. Red plastic tail light and spark windows above the rear wheel. Silver antenna over front wheel. The box depicts a rider wearing a clear cylindrical helmet that is missing from this example. B-557 Space Patrol printed on the sides. Japanese and English box versions.

A newspaper ad dates this to November 1958.

See also the red B17 Flying Spaceman version.
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SPACE PATROL TANK - SANKEI - JAPANThis is a simpler version of the blue battery operated Space Patrol Tank. Red lithographed tin space vehicle. This vehicle has four wheels. A tin pilot sits behind a windshield at the front and controls a space gun. Behind him is a simplified structure consisting of a box and a tower with a rotating antenna (this is an incorrect one).

Friction action with sound and rotating antenna. Box? Name? This friction version was advertised in June 1960

K in three circles: Sankei

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SPACE PATROL TANK - SANKEI - JAPANThis is an impressive looking metallic blue lithographed tin space vehicle. The six wheel vehicle has tracks on the rear pair. A tin pilot sits under a clear plastic dome at the front and controls a space gun. Behind him rises a mass of equipment including a tower with a rotating antenna and a lighted rear screen. Battery operated action with movement, firing gun, rotating antenna and lighted space screen.

A newspaper ad dates the friction version to June 1960.

K in three circles: Sankei
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SPACE PATROL TANK SP45 - HOPE - JAPANLooking at this friction space tank you would have to say that Hope, a little known manufacturer, either didn't have a decent designer or they were trying to save on production costs. This is a very traditional army tank, metal turret, gun, army green etc. They have added the wording SPACE PATROL and S.P.45 but there the space theme ends. Friction action with siren.

The box art is much better, the artist has depicted an (inaccurate) blue tank travelling across a well drawn space landscape. SP-45 Date?
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SPACE PATROL TANK X-11 BLUE VERSION - YONEZAWA - JAPANTin battery operated tank. Large antenna. Non fall action, a loud clicking space sound and a cockpit covered by 2 shields with flexibel antennas. In action, the two shields fold open and the mystery lighted cockpit rises up. As the tank moves a loud clicking sound is also emitted and the radar dish rotates. Simultaneously the two halves of the shell "roof" open up and split apart. The cockpit itself then rises out of the interior. It flashes in green and red lights, lowers back into the tank, and the roof sections snap closed The tank has a non-fall action.

See also the green litho version of this tank.

Litho variations shown: dark blue and olive green.
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SPACE PATROL WITH ONE ASTRONAUT, SPACE JET - ATC - JAPANA light blue lithographed tinplate boat-shaped spaceship. This battery operated space car has a clear plastic dome with a red light and, as the box makes clear, one astronaut, with a yellow helmet. There are two yellow tail fins at the rear. The shape is vaguely similar to the other ATC boat designs such as the Florida Air Boat, though the sides are much larger. Bump and go action with flashing light. Date? Asahi
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SPACE PIONEER - MASUDAYA - JAPANA metallic blue and silver lithographed tin battery op space ship. The space ship has large tubular side engines topped with fins. A pilot sits under a clear plastic canopy. Bump and go mystery action. The toy has a fan powered siren which changes in tone, swannee whistle style. "Super Sonic". It is featured in the 1963 Masudaya catalog.
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SPACE PIONEER N-0721 - BANDAI - JAPANA rare little oddity from Bandai, a company that didn't create many space tanks. This is a small orange-red lithogrpahed battery operated tank with blue and white track detailing. The distinguishing feature is the relatively large bubble cockpit canopy that covers most of the top of the tank. Inside is a simple vinyl astronaut head and a steering wheel. Behind the astronaut is a lighted red plastic insert. Two angled wire antennas at the side. Versions are known with white head and orange heads. Date? Battery operated bump and go action with noise and light. 25cm
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SPACE PLATFORM with Realistic Spaceman - LINEMAR - JAPANCylindrical shaped vehicle. Grey vinyl spaceman pilot, spinning radar dish. Tin bump and go battery operated action. USAF 113251 . Based on the Pawnee flying platform first flown in 1958. A futuristic jeep.

See also the Flying Jeep. Marked Army.

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SPACE RACE CAR - YANOMAN - JAPANTin friction S-10 space car with spiral candy stripe litho cylinders on either side. Possible Usagiya connection? S10

Image courtesy Smith House Auctions
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SPACE RADAR CAR 5 - CHINAWhite tinplate space car with a plastic base. The wind up space car has two pairs of hinged legs that turn to create a walking action. The silver radar dish acts as the winding key. Marked Space 5 on the top. MS-883

The disk and plastic base can be in either green or red, giving a total of four possible combinations.

. 6" 15cm
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SPACE RADAR JEEP - DAIYA - JAPANA military green jeep with a GI driver. The space component is a brightly lithographed space radar screen mounted at the back. Friction powered with rotating antenna.

Date?
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SPACE RADAR PILOT - ASAKUSA - JAPANPlastic battery op vehicle with bum and go action. Billy Blastoff knock off. One of a range of similar vehicles: Space TV Pilot, Space Guard Pilot, Space Radar Pilot. TV camera.
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SPACE RADAR SCOUT PIONEER - MASUDAYA - JAPANRed and white lithographed tin friction spaceship. Instead of the usual fin, this version has two circular plastic radar dishes mounted in the rear which turn as the spaceship is pushed along. Oblong body with and a relatively large clear plastic dome at the front containing a head and shoulders tin astronaut.

Yellow tin pilot under a clear dome.
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SPACE RANGER - MARX - USAPlastic battery op remote control orbiting spaceship. Tethered flying action.
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SPACE RESEARCH STATION - NORMA - ESTONIAKUU UURIMIS JAAM. A box shaped flat blue tinplate space car or tank with a large white colored plastic dome on the top. Three small red lights are set around the collar of the dome. A white plastic rocket and antenna fit into holes at the back. 20cm x 15cm. Battery operated bump and go action with lighted dome with color effect.

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SPACE ROBOT CAR, GOLD ROBBY- YONEZAWA - JAPANMetallic blue lithographed tin space car. This large space car has a gold tin lithographed Robby robot driver sitting at the wheel. Behind him is a cylindrical turret covered with a clear green plastic dome. The gun turret pans from side to side as the gun tips move in and out as a firing sound is emitted with flashing lights. Battery operated with a stop and go action. 9.5" 25cm

This space car uses the same pressing as the Space Car with the red Robby driver. The box carries a FLARE importer's logo.

Date? c1955

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SPACE ROBOT PATROL CAR - ASAHITIOY - JAPANSilver tin friction Mercedes style space car with gold robot driver advances with siren and sparking gun. Blue gun. ATC

Image courtesy Smith House Auctions.
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SPACE ROCKET - MAKER? - USSRHemispherical globe with a gold plastic rocket attached to a wire rotating around the center. A rectangular plastic antenna is attached at the top. The rocket has a red light in the tail. Battery operated remote control action: the light in the rocket illuminates as it moves. 18cm tall. Date? Box? Name?
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SPACE ROCKET CAR 75 - YONEZAWA - JAPANTin battery op space car "With Action of Jet Propulsion" - flashing rear red light.

See also the Junior Jet 27 version of this toy.
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SPACE ROCKET CAR X - MASUDAYA - JAPANRed tin friction space car with litho details. The friction car has a non-fall action: if the front drops over a surface a wheel positioned at right angles turns it back. " Neither Slipping Nor Tumbling Off". One wheel has a rubber tire, the other does not. The box has a four leaf clover logo in addition to the Masudaya logo. The pressing is the same as the Rocket Racer RRX.

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SPACE ROCKET PATROL CAR - COURTLAND - USARed and yellow lithographed tin friction space car with long undulating red plastic canopy. Litho detailing of engine exhausts. "Long running friction motor". Marked Space Rocket Patrol. USA

The earliest sighting of the space car is in a Toy fair catalogue for 1952-3.
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SPACE ROCKET PLANE - MAKER? - USSRA lithographed tin space vehicle, jet plane styling. Rectangular yellow body with orange delta wings. Blue tin canopy and blue tailplane. Distinctive metal handles at the back. Lever on the side. Name? Maker? Details? Box?
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SPACE SCOOTER (PROTOTYPE) - YOSHIYA - JAPANBlue and silver lithographed tinplate vehicle has a large NASA logo on the hood. Marked Space Scooter. There's a large plastic dome on top containing a tin astronaut working the controls. This 6" 15cm toy has a friction crank operated mystery action. KO Box?

This is featured in the 1965 Yoshiya catalog as #1085 SPACE SCOOTER., though there is no evidence that it was released.
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SPACE SCOOTER - MASUDAYA - JAPANA large metallic blue lithographed tin and plastic battery operated space scooter. The scooter is ridden by a large tin boy astronaut with helmet and backpack.

Bump and go mystery action. Later released by Amico. Inspiration for the design came from the Fireball XL5 Jetmobile.

Listed in the 1971 Azrak Hamway International catalog.

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SPACE SCOOTER, SNOOPY - AMICO/MASUDAYA - JAPANA large metallic blue lithographed tin and plastic battery operated space scooter. The scooter is ridden by a large tinbeagle with vinyl helmet and backpack. This is a Snoopy from Peatnuts knock-off. Unauthorised, making use of the existing boy astronaut version of the toy. Bump and go mystery action. First released by Masudaya, later by Amico.

There are two color versions of the spacesuit: yellow and blue.

Inspiration for the design came from the Fireball XL5 Jetmobile.

Listed in the 1971 Azrak Hamway International catalog.
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SPACE SCOUT S-17, WHITE DOME - YANOMAN - JAPANA light blue lithographed tinplate battery operated space vehicle. The vehicle resembles an inflated mattress with long tin fins mounted on the rounded side sections. A yellow tin astronaut pilot sits under a large clear plastic dome and controls a clear plastic lighted gun. At the front is a white dome over a rotating light. Space Scout wording on the sides. There is a metal ring antenna at the back that rotates.

This is the most common version of the toy. A red dome version has been recorded (below). First sighted May Co California, Toy Treasures newspaper supplement, Nov. 24, 1963

There is evidently a connection between Yanoman and Yonezawa. The body of the S-17 is the same pressing as that found on the Rendezvous 7 8.
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SPACE SCOUT X-5 - SUZUKI AND EDWARDS - JAPANTin friction space vehicle. Transparent green plastic canopy with pilot head. S&E Japan. Cragstan logo on box.

low profile air car
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SPACE SERIES ELEGANT MINIATURES - LINEMAR - JAPANBoxed set of six diecast space vehicles from the Linemar Elegant Miniatures series. 1960s?
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SPACE SHIP EXPRESS - IRWIN - USAAn early and unusual design of rocket ship; at its heart is a circular design with motors extending to form a sort of horseshoe shape. The plastic friction space ship has two oange dials, one to choose the destination planet and the other to chose the propulsion mode (Atomic, Stratos or Atmos) Friction action with sparks. USA There are several color combinations.

The earliest sighting is in the 1952 Blackwell Wielandy catalog.
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SPACE SHIP KX 2000 - SLJ - FRANCELarge plastic battery op remote control space ship with central dome. Yellow top red base. French 1960s
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SPACE SHIP SS-18 - SUZUKI & EDWARDS - JAPANSuzuki and Edwards tin friction space car. A simple friction powered lithographed tinplate vehicle. Litho engine detailing. Clear green plastic canopy over a pilot's head. Also seen with a blue canopy.

Two box versions: one marked S&E (top) one with an NA logo (middle) and one by Mitsuhashi, M in Triangle (bottom).
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SPACE SHIP WITH MOVING RADAR - ATC - JAPANSilver and grey lithographed tin friction crank action spaceship boat with propeller. Intended to float. Red underside. The boat has two hydrofoils at the front and a large rectangular rotating plastic antenna. Large rear fin. Porthole litho detailing. Friction crank action. Asahi Toy Company Date? Similar to the ATC FLORIDA AIR BOAT REGULUS
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SPACE SHIP WITH SPINNING BALL COCKPIT - YANOMAN - JAPANYM logo. Tin friction space ship with spinning ball cockpit. The detailing looks like the production version of the S-15 prototype. Serial No 5513 The tank has the familiar rounded lilo shape with two fins at the back. 6.5"
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SPACE SHIP X-200 - YANOMAN - JAPANA red and white lithographed tinplate battery operated space vehicle. The vehicle resembles an inflated mattress with long tin fins mounted on the rounded side sections. A tin astronaut pilot sits under a large clear plastic dome and controls a clear plastic lighted gun. At the front is a red dome over a rotating light. X-200 and Space Ship wording on the sides. This version does not have the metal ring antenna. This is a later revision of the original S-17 Space Scout vehicle with a cylindrical red front light instead of the usual white dome, and no metal antenna.

Featured in the 1970 Yanoman catalog where it is described as a new item. The toy pictured i the catalog has the dome shaped light and the metal antenna of the Space Scout and as such may be a photo of a prototype. The late date probably accounts for its rarity.
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