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ORION VIII RUUMSCHIFF - ARNOLD - WEST GERMANYTin flying saucer, actually flies. This thin gauge tin saucer has an orange plastic center and the wording Orion VIII 5555 printed around the edge. A long wire attaches a three arm propeller to a hand held crank.
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OVNI - JEFE - SPAINPlastic battery op remote control flying saucer. White plastic saucer with central orange plastic dome. Remote control allows steering. Fires a missiles from torpedo tubes. Spain Articulo No 800 Date?
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PALART FLYING SAUCER - PALART - POLANDLight blue plastic flying saucer with a pilot under an off-center clear plastic canopy. Clear plastic engine tubes at the back. Battery operated bump and go action and flashing light. Distinctive plastic antenna. Decal marked PALART WROCLAW. Box? Eastern Europe.
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PATRULHA DO ESPACO FLYING SAUCER (SPACE PATROL) - METALMA - BRAZILBlue and red tin battery op flying saucer. Bright geometric lithography. This saucer does not have the ring of lights around the rim, though the lithography includes appropriate circles; this made for a cheaper toy. Light show under a white plastic color dome. Bump and go action with flashing lights.
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PLANET EXPLORER X-80 - RTC RAJA TOY COMPANY - INDIA This is a copy of the Masudaya X-80 original. Silver and blue lithographed tin battery operated flying saucer. Blue triangular shapes surround the central white plastic dome. Large litho detailing of astronauts space walking on the top. Bump and go mystery action with noise and lighted color dome. Marked X-80 Planet Explorer. The box is predominantly blue rather than the green of the original, and there are a few details that differ. Some examples have a 1963 manufacturing date stamped on the base.? Asia
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PLANET Y SPACE STATION - NOMURA - JAPANGold/brown colored lithographed tinplate and battery operated flying saucer. This 9" diameter spaceship has a unique design that tries to capture the scale of a space station. A central cylindrical body is surrounded by a donut shaped ring. A small plastic astronaut sits under a clear plastic dome surrounded by a circle of red lights. The station has a bump and go action, the cockpit spins round and the lights flash. The toy appears in the 1968 Nomura catalog; the picture shows different color lights.

The disparity between the box art and the toy is enormous. The artwork depicts a beautiful slender, and impractical spinning wheel space station while the actual saucer perhaps fails to deliver the promise.

There are two litho versions of the original brown saucer: one with a blue themed central body including a long blue rectangular winow, and a red themed version.

The design forms the basis of a number of novelty Japanese character saucers but this is the original release.
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PLANETARNI VOZIDLO PLANETARY SHIP - ITES? - CZECHOSLOVAKIACircular light blue plastic flying saucer with eight panels surrounding a shallow central clear yellow plastic dome. Each of the panels contains a yellow light or a colored transparent panel. Alternate panels have a small wire antenna. Under the dome are two small plastic pilots. Emerging from the center of the dome is a rectangular plastic rotating antenna. Battery operated bump and go action with noise and flashing lights. The window box has an ITES logo and Koh-I-Noor
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ROTO-BOLIDE INTERPLANETAIRE - BOURNAY - FRANCEThis is a substantial box containing a board game. It consists of a plastic flying saucer orbiting a model of the Eiffel Tower mounted on a cardboard litho hemisphere of the world. Game mat depicts various countries. Fly Around the World. There is a second version of this game with a rocket and Sputnik rather than a flying saucer.

First sighted in the 1955 Jeux et Jouets catalog.
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SATELLITE FLEET - TPS - JAPANLithographed tin chain of four flying saucers. The first saucer pulls the train of three smaller saucers. It is in a tradition of similar toys such as the duck pulling ducklings.

There are two versions versions of this toy. The earlier version is a wind up toy with a yellow color, it is marked with an X and has a rotating antenna.

The later version is a friction toy in silver and red and is marked with a star and SS12. It does not have an antenna.

The boxes for both versions are basically the same but have Mechanical or Friction wording. A Cragstan logo box is also known.

The toy has been reproduced with the unfortunate typo "UFO Stace Shit". It is red with UFO printed on the smaller satellites.
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SATELLITE X-107 - BROWN VERSION - MASUDAYA - JAPANThis is one of Masudaya's large bowl shaped flying saucers "With astronaut in orbit." Predominantly red-brown lithographed tin battery operated flying saucer. There is a ring of domed flashing colored lights around the saucer's skirt. Bump and go action and flashing lights. Pictures of the crew are projected onto a large white plastic screen. Bump and go action and flashing lights. Floating card astronaut in a styrofoam cup. The coil on the top holds the astronaut when at rest.

The box is the same blue style as one of the two versions used for the green X-107, though the saucer pictured has the correct brown-red color.

Is there a Cragstan version of the brown X-107 saucer?
Appears in the Sears catalog for 1962
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SATELLITE X-107 GREEN VERSION - MASUDAYA - JAPANThis is one of Masudaya's large bowl shaped flying saucers. "With astronaut in orbit." Predominantly green lithographed tin battery operated flying saucer. There is a ring of domed flashing colored lights around the saucer's skirt. Bump and go action and flashing lights. Pictures of the crew are projected onto a large white plastic screen. Floating card astronaut in a styroform cup. The coil on the top holds the astronaut when at rest.

This is very similar to the green Cragstan Mystery Action Satellite. This version has the wording SATELLITE X-107 on the front saucer and has litho windows with red backgrounds. The Cragstan version has just SATELLITE wording and windows with green backgrounds. Appears in the Sears catalog for 1962

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SD-7 FLYING SAUCER - MAKER? - JAPANA very small (2") silver lithographed flying saucer with red and blue detailing. Japan. One of many such small pieces which may have been accessories for larger toys.
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SELENIUM - INEGRA - SPAINPlastic battery operated bump and go flying saucer with styrene ball blowing action. The saucer has a distinctive plastic chimney at the back. White plastic with red plastic dome and circular windows. Flashing lights. 26cm

The box depicts a different design in red plastic with a clear plastic dome. Nave exploradora del espacio. Date?
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SKY PATROL FLYING SAUCER - YOSHIYA - JAPANWhite, blue and red tinplate battery operated flying saucer. This is the familiar Yoshiya flying saucer pressing in an unusual white based clolor scheme with a blue base and a red trim. A crescent shaped spark window is positioned at the back of the dome. Two angled antennas tipped with plastic. The Asiatic rounded tin astronaut pilot sits under a clear plastic dome. The other unique feature of this saucer is the multicolored set of nine plastic gears set into a clear plastic assembly. This is described as the "Transparent Machine". Bump and go action with noise and flashing light. First sighting currently Polsky's catalog for 1966, with an unconfirmed catalog listing in 1965.
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SOUCOUPE A REACTION TERRE MARS W-902 - SFA PARIS - FRANCETimeline: First sighted in the 1954 French trade magazine Ge-Ce.. Lithographed Tin. Marked "SFA France" Soucoupe a Reaction, Paris France.

Circular ridged flying saucer with the early style rear extension of the body that serves as a control room with litho window detailing. Two rear tin fins. French flying saucer. This is a copy of the Z-101 by MT. In the 1950s France imposed restrictions on the import of foreign toys, allowing the home producers the opportunity to avoid competition. They obviously decided to use the existing Japanese design. This saucer comes in a version with spoked wheel litho detailing.

A possible manufacturer is Joustra. Slightly larger than the MT Z-101, the Terra Mars is often assumed to be a friction saucer but is a push along toy with no inner mechanism. The Terre Mars has simple thin yellow fins each with 2 tabs. Probably also found on another toy because of the hole in the left fin which has no function, the tab holes are there in the saucer for attaching the thicker fins which have 6 tabs. Slight litho variations are known: look at the detailing on the fins of the two versions shown here
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SPACE BOAT ME-780 NEF COSMIQUE - MAKER? - CHINATin battery operated saucer. Brightly colored lithographed flying saucer, deep sided with plastic pilot under a clear central dome. Bump and go action with flashing lights in the saucer side wall. Two box versions are known.

The saucer design is based on the Space Explorer Flying Saucer by Ichiko.

Chinese. ME 780 ME870
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SPACE COMMANDER SHIP X-15 - YOSHIYA - JAPANGreen tin friction flying saucer. Crank operated saucer advances with mystery action and spark. X15 KO Green tin pilot under a clear plastic dome.

This saucer has a single lfin though the box art shows a saucer with two fins.

It first appeared in the Yoshiya catalog for 1965 where it was described as a "Power friction flying saucer with sparks" 14cm. A newspaper ad dates this to Sept 1963.

There are two known versions: green/red and red/white.
There are two box versions (shown). The more common box is the one depicting the green saucer on a space background, though this box was used for both versions of the saucer. The red version box carries a Cragstan logo.

The same basic pressing was used for the Z-26 saucer.
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SPACE COMMANDER SPACE STATION - NOMURA - JAPANLight blue lithographed tin battery operated flying saucer. Bump and go action with rotating cockpit and flashing lights. A red plastic dome is mounted on the top.

This is effectively the Planet Y Space Station with an octagonal transparent plastic structure and red dome replacing the central portion. The box is is a very striking variation of the Planet Y artwork. The a similar beautiful space station seen from the cockpit of an approaching spaceship.

This design was alos used for the Nyarome flying saucer.
Planet Y dates to 1968.
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SPACE EXPLORER FLYING SAUCER - ICHIKO - JAPANThis is a distinctive blue tinplate flying saucer. The saucer has a lithographed pattern of blue rectangles. In the center is a clear plastic dome containing a blue vinyl astronaut pilot. He sits at a control panel with four colored lights around him. Four rectangular colored plastic panels surround the dome. At the back of the saucer is a metal extension with plastic rocket motors and a lighted control panel with a space scene. Two small white plastic antennas on the side. Marked SPACE EXPLORER and MOON-1. Bump and go action. The saucer rises on three plastic legs and rotates as lights flash.

This saucer appears in a 1971 Ichiko Catalog.

Ichiko produced two litho variations of this saucer: the light blue/dark blue combination (top) and a light blue/grey version (bottom).

Versions of the saucer have a Yonezawa logo on the base.

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SPACE EXPLORER SHIP X-3 - MASUDAYA - JAPANA large lithographed tinplate and plastic flying saucer, 10 inch diameter, 2 inches wider than the usual Masudaya design. Battery operated bump and go action with flashing lights. Two astronauts under a clear plastic central dome. Ring of colored lights. The more usual blue lithovatiation shown here does not have the yellow band shown on the box art. Date?.

Below is the rarer yellow litho variation shoown on the box art.
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SPACE EXPLORER SHIP X-5 - MASUDAYA - JAPANTin and plastic battery operated flying saucer. Bump and go action with flashing colored lights inside the clear plastic central dome. Pilot and antenna under clear dome. Note the distinctive feature: the ring of lights is contained inside the clear plastic canopy.

A later version of the Masudaya design. Several variations exist.
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Space Explorer Ship X-8 - Masudaya - JAPANA lager 10 inch flying saucer. X-8 tin battery op saucer MT. Bump and go action with flashing lights. The X-8 Space Explorer Ship was sighted in a 1968 Masudaya Catalog (as seen in the Broutin catalog re-print book) where a vinyl headed pilot is shown and the toy is indicated to be "new" to that year's catalog.

The box has X-8 but the saucer has X8 (no hyphen)

Masudaya Catalog #3678
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SPACE EXPLORER X-705 - TPS - JAPANA blue tinplate lithographed friction powered space vehicle that is borderline saucer. The shape is most unusual: the vehicle is a flattened oval with a lithographed dome depicting two pilots. Two large wheels are set into the side and two small fins are set on the back. There are two slight wheel litho variations.

A tinplate orbiting space cadet astronaut is attached by a metal wire to the center. Toplay Friction Powered Space Explorer with Flying Space Man.
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SPACE GIANT FLYING SAUCER - MASUDAYA - JAPANLarge tin battery op three fin saucer. Super Sonic. Wording variation in Masudaya 1963 catalog. Non Stop action. The same pressing as the SPACE SHIP 1 - MASUDAYA
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SPACE LAB M-50 - MASUDAYA - JAPANTin and plastic battery op single channel radio controlled flying saucer. Japan 1980s. Red and white tin upper, blue plastic base. A shallow central plastic dome houses a small plastic pilot is a control room, giving the impression of a large saucer. There is a long radio antenna attached. The box and instructions are in Japanese. see also the M-50 Space Ship which uses the same pressing.
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SPACE PATROL 2019 SAUCER - YONEZAWA - JAPANToy is tin litho/hard plastic with 8" diameter and height of 6". 1960s by Yonezawa, Japan. Saucer is detailed and marked "Space Patrol 2019." A pair of plastic missiles are attached either side of the dome and under plastic canopy is spaceman with vinyl head. Works with bump and go action, blinking light, rotating rear prop and "space noise." Rear propeller inside a red or yellow fan cowling version. See also the Moon Patrol 11.

This version appears in a 1969 in a Lewis Galoob Toy Catalog
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SPACE PATROL FLYING SAUCER X-15 - YOSHIYA - JAPANTin lithographed battery operated flying saucer. Bump and go action, noise and flashing lights. A tin astronaut, the rounded style with the Asiatic face, sits under central clear plastic dome. There is a ring of six arc shaped colored plastic windows around the saucer through which a rotating flashing light can be seen. The lithography consists of a dense pattern of stars on a blue background. This is an unusual variation of the Yoshiya battery operated flying saucer pressing. Date?
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SPACE PATROL MERCURY REDSTONE - RICO - SPAINThe plastic flying saucer has a bright metallic finish. The battery operated flying saucer has a red astronaut under central clear plastic dome. A ring of flashing colored lights surrounds the dome in the Masudaya style. . Bump and go action. Plain red box with Rico name. Silver and blue versions shown. 20cm x 12cm

Redstone was the rocket that carried Alan Shepard's Mercury 3 capsule into space in 1961. Sold in a plain red box with Rico name.
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SPACE PATROL SAUCER - AOSHIN - JAPANSmall (4" 10cm) blue vinyl plastic flying saucer with a metal base. A comic vinyl spaceman's head on top. NASA decal on the front. Wind up action. Space Patrol moulded into the saucer. Japanese language box.
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SPACE PATROL SAUCER No 9 - TT - JAPANRed and white dome shaped lithographed tinplate saucer. White tin pilot under a central plastic dome Same pressing as the legged version but with wind up mystery action. 4.5" Takatoku.
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SPACE PATROL SAUCER Versions - TT - JAPANName: Space Patrol, Space Patrol 9, Mechanical Wind Up Space Cruiser
Maker: T.T (Takatoku Gangu Co., Ltd)
Timeline: No solid dates yet
Materials: Lithographed tin with plastic dome
Actions: Wind up bump 'n go and wind up walking action

One of the most popular names for space toys is Space Patrol - nearly every Japanese toy manufacturer made some sort of Space Patrol or Space Explorer back in the 50's and 60's. In fact the only flying saucers ever made by T.T. of Japan were called Walking Wind Up Space Patrol and Wind Up Space Patrol 9. They also did a color variation of the Space Patrol 9 for the toy importer F.E White from New York called Mechanical Wind Up Space Cruiser. They all have their own box design and vary slightly from each other.

The Walking Space Patrol has a very simple yet clever mechanism that allows it to walk on four legs. It really must be seen to be fully understood but a simple crank shaft protruding from the bottom drives an s shaped linkage transferring an elliptical rotation to the legs which creates a walking action. Great play value. The walking Space Patrol comes in all red with white, silver and black details including the great floating astronaut litho that all three variations share.

The Wind Up Space Patrol 9 is the exact same pressing, litho and color scheme as the Walking Space Patrol but with a bump 'n go action (listed as mystery action on the box). The Space Patrol 9 box is the best of the three with a couple of nice planetscapes and faithful renditions of the actual astronaut pilot found at the helm of the toy. The Bump 'n go mechanism on this toy is extremely efficient so just a few winds of the key sends the saucer running around the table top for such a long time that it seems more like a battery op than a wind up.

The third variation is the Mechanical Wind Up Space Cruiser, basically a name change and color variation done for the New York importers F.E White. This toy is the same pressing and litho detail as the other two and the same bump 'n go action as the Space Patrol 9 but the predominant color has been changed to silver for the top half of the toy. This was a common practice back in those days, manufacturers would slightly alter the design of a toy they were already producing to accommodate an importer who wanted a toy they could market as their "exclusive". The managers at T.T had the foresight to depict both the all red and the red/silver variations on the Space cruiser cellophane window style box so that either color scheme could be sold in that box. Not to confuse matters further, but I think it is entirely possible that both variations of the bump 'n go saucer (the all red and the red/silver) were sold in the Space Patrol 9 box as well as the Space Cruiser box. (Fineas J. Whoopie)
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SPACE PATROL WITH SUCTORIAL MISSILE V100 - MASUDAYA - JAPANTin friction flying saucer with missile firing gun. Two side fins and a raised front wheel. Litho pilot details. The oddly named "Suctorial" refers to the suction missile that is fired from the large gun at the front. Clips on either side allow for the storage of the wooden darts. The toy comes with an inner box that depicts a space scene featuring the V100 saucer and is designed to be the target. There are two known variations: silver and silver-blue. V-100

The saucer has the same body pressing as the Z-106.
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SPACE PATROL X-27 - SHUDO - JAPANThis is a small red and light blue lithographed tinplate flying saucer. A blue tinted plastic dome with astronaut pilot below blends in with the overall shape of the saucer. Marked X-27 Space Patrol. Window box. Wind up with turning action. Date? 5.5" 14cm diameter.
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SPACE PATROL-7 SAUCER - YOSHIYA - JAPANRed tinplate friction flying saucer. Bump and go action. 5 inch diameter. The saucer has a large central clear plastic dome with a relatively large tin astronaut pilot. There is a small spark window behind the astronaut. Single tin fin the the back with a US-Atomic flag on it. A pattern of squares and lines borders the dome. Marked Space Patrol 7. Friction bump and go action with spark.
Box marked "Space Patrol-7 with Sparking Engine"

The saucer features in the Yoshiya catalog for 1965, the earliest sighting to date.
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SPACE PILOTS - MASUDAYA - JAPANSilver tinplate friction flying saucer saucer with two pilots. The saucer has a plastic dome with the two tin astronaut heads sitting at two large black guns. The silver grey saucer has red and blue details. There is an old style extension of the saucer body at the rear with a tail wheel. Two tail fins carry the wording "Space Pilots" This version is incomplete but the box art indicates the details that are missing. Date? c1950s Better photo? Friction action.

Z-101 shape. This appears to be a variation of the X-3000, though the relatively large size of the astronauts alters the scale of the saucer.
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Space Ranger 7 - Chan-Lie - TaiwanTin top Saucer with plastic lower section rolls with bump and go action, lights flashing in alternating pattern, along with a pling pling sound as it goes. The box indicates a serial number CL-2001 though the saucer has NASA wording.

Space-Ranger 7
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SPACE RANGER FLYING SAUCER - GLASSLITE - BRAZILWhite tin battery op flying saucer. Ring of lights around a pilot under a clear plastic dome. Yellow plastic antenna under the dome. United States wording. Bump and go action with flashing lights. Very similar to the Taiwan Space Ranger 7. Box?
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SPACE ROBOT X-103 - ATC - JAPANA small tin friction flying saucer. Central robot pilot with large gun. The robot driver is the same as the driver of the Mercedes for Asahi (ATC). There is no maker's mark on the saucer, just "Made in Japan". The action is unique among saucers: it rolls forward as the outer edge of saucer spins.
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SPACE SAUCER - CHEE HANG - HONG KONG Plastic flying saucer with a pilot under clear central plastic dome. Friction motor. Rotating dish antenna. Two rear fins. Usually seen with one more flag decals, Union Jack, Stars and Stripes. The box art is reminscent of other Rosenthal Hong Kong saucers. 1960s. Grey and purple versions.
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SPACE SAUCER MERCURY X-1 - YONEZAWA - JAPANTin and plastic battery operated flying saucer. Bump and go action with lighted white color dome. White plastic dish antenna. Pilot under clear blue plastic canopy at front. Lithographed guns at front. 1970s see also the Auto Lunar Brazilian version of this saucer by Estrela. Item No 750. 8" 20cm diameter Marked M-164 on the side wings.
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SPACE SHIP - MAKER? - KOREA?Tin battery operated flying saucer. Lilac blue with eccentric comic graphics. Pink child under a clear central dome. Ring of flashing colored lights. Bump and go action. Korea? Date? Name? Box?
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SPACE SHIP 1 - MASUDAYA - JAPANLarge tin battery operated saucer based with a cockpit that owes much to the non-fall rocket body. Red, blue and white with a blue base. Two tailfins. Two teardrop shaped red lights. See Space Giant. Bump and go action, flashing lights. Super sonic
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SPACE SHIP DB-2 - Maker? - HONG KONGPlastic battery operated saucer. yellow base with red, white and blue markings around a large clear plastic dome. Chrome silver pilot under the dome. Bump and go action. Hong Kong. A newspaper ad dates this to November 1967.
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SPACE SHIP POP POP FLYING SAUCER BOAT - KT - JAPANTin lithographed space ship designed to float on water. The saucer is candle powered using the old pop pop boat technique of heating a metal tube. Water is expelled from the tube by the heat of the candle, it then cools and the water is drawn back in. The cycle repeats with a distinctive popping noise. Made by KT which is probably Komatsudo Toy. Sold in a bag with a header card. Date?
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SPACE SHIP SATELLITE X-11 FLYING SAUCER - MASUDAYA - JAPANSilver, blue and red lithographed tin battery operated flying saucer based on Masudaya's large bowl shaped design. In this instance half of the bowl has been removed to create a cockpit with a clear plastic cover. Two astronauts sit inside the detailed cockpit while behind them a floating astronaut appears on the black screen behind them. Mystery bump and go action, flashing lights and sound. Date?

The box calls this the Space Ship X-11 though the saucer carries the wording Satellite X-17.
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SPACE SHIP X-52 - ANANIADES - GREECETin and plastic battery op flying saucer. Bump and go action with flashing colored lights inside the clear plastic central dome (like the Masudaya X-5). There are at least two versions, one with two astronauts, the other with three. The litho varies as well. Two pilots. Variation of a Masudaya design. Greek. Ananias Ananiades AA
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SPACE SHIP X-7 - MASUDAYA - JAPANA pink and yellow tin and plastic battery operated saucer with a blue base. Vinyl astronaut under a clear dome. Coloured lights positioned around the dome. Bump and go action with flashing lights. English and Japanese box versions.
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Space Ship X-8 - Masudaya - JAPANX8 MT plastic battery op saucer. Bump and go action with flashing lights.
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SPACE SHIP X711 - SOMA - HONG KONGWhite plastic battery op space station. Moving astronaut under blue plastic dome. A reworking of the Rosenthal Thunderbird 5 Space Station. Bump and go action, flashing lights. Appears in Aldens Christmas Catalog for1978
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SPACE SQUAD X-7 - GLASSLITE - BRAZILTin and plastic battery op saucer. Mystery action. Pilot under central clear plastic dome. Ring of flashing colored lights. Identical to the Masudaya original except for the pace Squad wording. X7 Nave Espacial. Box?
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SPACE STATION X-2 - YONEZAWA - JAPANBattery operated tin and plastic flying saucer. Blue top, white base, red central section topped with a plastic color dome. Around the edges are four clear plastic windows. One window contains two plastic spacemen and the others contain chrome plastic equipment. Bump and go action with flashing lights and noise. 8" 16cm diameter. Marked 3507. Yonezawa did not make many flying saucers and this is one of their few examples.
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SPACE STATION, BLUE VERSION - HORIKAWA - JAPANMetallic blue lithographed tinplate battery operated space station. Advances with bump and go mystery action as lights blink, gears move, radar dish turns and a space sound is emitted. Each of the compartments is a detailed room. The blue version has been seen with both red and grey plastic antennas. There are two slight color variations of the red antenna - lighter and darker.

It is evident that the space station was simplified during its run to keep cost down. There are early and late versions which have different levels of detail in each of the rooms.

Engine Room
Version 1: two persons
Version 2: one person

Communication Room
Version 1: 3 chairs
Version 2: 2 chairs

Recreation room
Version 1: 5 chairs - 2 person
Version 2: 3 chairs - one person

Dining room:
Version 1: 8 chairs - 3 persons
Version 2: 6 chairs - 2 persons

Controllers room
Version 1: red and green lamp - table on right side
Version 2: red lamp only - table on left side

Earliest sighting 1965 Pathe film.

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SPACE STATION, RED VERSION - HORIKAWA - JAPANRed lithographed tinplate battery operated space station. Advances with bump and go mystery action as lights blink, gears move, radar dish turns and a space sound is emitted. Each of the compartments is a detailed room. The red version has been seen with both red and grey plastic antennas. There are two slight color variations of the red antenna - lighter and darker.

See the blue version for details of the variations of the contents of the rooms.

Earliest sighting 1965 Pathe film.
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SPACE SURVEY X-09 (BLUE) - MASUDAYA - JAPANMetallic blue pear shaped tin battery operated saucer with bump and go (non-stop) action and flashing side lights. In this case the front of the spaceship is the blunt end, unlike the sister X-07 vehicle.

Pilot under a clear plastic dome. Marked SPACE SURVEY X-09. Blue version. The saucer had a long production run and many minor variations are known.

A version exists (lower picture) with the typo "SPACE SERVEY".
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SPACE SURVEY X-09 (RED) - MASUDAYA - JAPANMetallic red and blue pear shaped tin battery operated saucer with bump and go (non-stop) action and flashing side lights.

In this case the front of the spaceship is the blunt end, unlike the sister X-07 vehicle.

Pilot under a clear plastic dome. Marked SPACE SURVEY X-09. Blue version. See also X-07 Red version.

First sighting 1963 in Ward's Christmas Catalog. The saucer had a long production run and many minor variations are known.
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SPACE SURVEYOR X-12 - MASUDAYA - JAPANThis is a large blue lithographed tinplate battery operated flying saucer. It is the rarest of the Masudaya lage bowl shaped flying saucers. A red light is mounted at the back. This saucer has huge windows cut into the dome. Inside is a revolving inner dome with a sequence of space scenes. These, it is claimed, show weightlessness. Marked X-12 Satellite , but the box has Space Surveyor X-12.. Tin battery op. Bump and go action, flashing light, revolving litho scene behind clear windows. Date? The Masudaya catalog number is 3862.
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SPACECRAFT JUPITER - Ohta - JAPANTin with plastic dome and spark window.
Action: Sparkling, direction changing wind up.

The recognizable logo on the Jupiter flying saucer is a white K inside a black medallion but the name of the manufacturer is Ohta. From the checkerboard motif around the cockpit and on the pilots helmet which lends a nice mid sixties "Speed Racer" feel to the toy, to the simple yet ingenious method of changing the direction during operation, not to mention the excellent box art, the Jupiter has a lot going for it. One of the most simple yet effective mechanical gimmicks is the over sized wind key. While racing across the table, as the key unwinds and gets to the vertical position it lifts one wheel off of the table momentarily, this allows the opposite wheel left in contact with the table to pivot the saucer around the key until it passes though the vertical position and lets the saucer down again - thus completing a perfect U turn. With a good winding the Jupiter can do several laps back and forth before dying down. Somewhat like a slot car without the track. The frequency of mint in box examples appearing for sale leads me to believe there may have been a warehouse find at some point. The common version is the blue and silver Jupiter, but there is also a white and red variation which is harder to find. While very similar, the litho design does vary in many small details between the two saucers plus one major way - the red and white version reads "Jupitep" instead of Jupiter. Another difference is that the red and white version has plastic drive wheels while the silver and blue has metal wheels.
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SPACECRAFT RANGER - ALPS - JAPANTin and plastic battery op saucer on track. Red and white saucer has plastic astronaut under a clear plastic dome. Red plastic rockets fitted on either side. Saucer travels around a blue plastic track.

Featured in the 1969 M.W. Kasch Distributor Catalog
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SPECTREMAN X-15 FLYING SAUCER - MASUDAYA - JAPANA white lithographed tinplate flying saucer based on the Masudaya large bowl shaped flying saucers. Size? Same design pressing as the X-11 saucer, with half of the dome removed to create a cockpit. The cockpit contains a large red and gold vinyl figure of the Japanese superhero Spectreman inside an open cockpit. The saucer has impressive litho of Spectreman fighting a dinosaur.

Friction action. Japanese box. The size of the figure dramatically alters the scale of the saucer.
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STAR SHIP - MAKER?Simple little tin saucer with plastic base. Small plastic rotor. Sold in trade packes. 1970s-80s Maker?
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TETSUJIN T-28 FLYING SAUCER No 2 - NOMURA - JAPANU1600 Highly lithographed tinplate friction powered flying saucer with a rocket engine fin at the rear. An oversize blue tin Tetsujin T-28 robot pilot head and shoulders sits in the center. The Tetsujin saucer was not designed with a dome. The friction motor was not designed to spark. There is a slight litho variation. 1964
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THE FLYING STAR F5 - MP - GREECELarge (40cm) yellow plastic flying saucer with two engines at the rear joined by a spoiler. Decal detailing of three pilots sitting at the window. Rotating square white antenna. Battery operated radio control with movement and flashing lights.
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THUNDERBIRDS 5 - JR 21TOY, ROSENTHAL - HONG KONGGold plastic battery op International Rescue space station. Moving pilot under plastic dome. Two detachable antennas. Bump and go action, flashing lights.
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TINA FLYING SAUCER X-7 - TINA - INDIALithographed tinplate battery operated flying saucer with a distinctive ribbed plastic dome. Bump and go action with flashing lights. Bump and go action with sound and flashing ring of colored lights, and color effect under the dome. This is a copy of the Masudaya original. Marked Tina Flying Saucer. Asia
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