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Ucan Daire Flying Saucer - Ne-Kur - TurkeyProbably 1970's and certainly available well into the 1980s, but no solid date as yet. Lithographed tin with plastic dome and spark window. Friction flywheel with sparks U.D-012

The Turkish toy company NE-KUR made some decent space toys in the 1970's, mostly knock offs of Japanese toys from the 1960's. The Ucan Daire or UD 012 flying saucer is based on the Nomura X-505 friction saucer. The wings are different as is the spark window but there is no mistaking that cockpit layout and Asian faced pilot. The body pressing is the same as the X-505 but slightly "thicker" or "inflated" almost as if the X-505 could fit snugly inside the UD-012. The blue tint plastic dome is much more substantial than the Nomura saucers. The wheels are a bit larger than the X-505. Nekur ne Kur

The white variation (below) shares the same box .
UFMO2 FLYING SAUCER - MTC? - KOREASmall lithographed tinplate flying saucer. Blue and yellow with litho detailing of windows with pilots. Marked UFMO 2. Wind up with erratic movement action. 10cm. Box?
UFO FLYING SAUCER - T IN CIRCLE - HONG KONGUFO battery op bump and go 7-1/2" plastic saucer. The saucer was cheaply made and has a rubber band inside to rotate the dome color disk. Also the ring stripes are paper . The back has an antenna and a slot with on-off but the design must have been changed because the on-off switch is underneath. The slot seem to have no function. The blue round decal with an A also says NASA. Also a US flag decal. Made in Hong Kong and a T in a circle No. 355, the symbol for manufacturer Tai Hing Metal & Plasticware Fty. Ltd. Late '70s/early '80s. (Phil R)

There are several variations of this saucer, most notably the Moon Ranger Mercury Mark IV
UFO NOAH - PRINCE - JAPANAn unusual flying saucer with a cylindrical center. Details?
UFO X05 FLYING SAUCER - MASUDAYA - JAPANLight blue tinplate battery operated flying saucer. The litho comprises a blue background with many small stars and red detailing around the central dome. The dome is molded into the body and is capped with a clear plastic top. A gold astronaut with a Gort style visor sits inside. A ring of colored lights surrounds the dome but they are rectangular rather than circular. Circa 1970. Bump and go action with sound and flashing lights. MT UFOX05
UFO-X2 FLYING SAUCER - DAIYA - JAPANLater tin and plastic battery op saucer with colored plastic dome and two red plastic fins. The saucer has a predominantly plastic feel with a metal upper insert. In termes of design the now plastic dominates. The dome is a deep red transparent colour with a simplified astronaut detailing below. Bright green panels are set into the sides. Mystery action, blinking lights and noise. 1970s Green and red dome versions.
UNIDENTIFIED FLYING SAUCERYellow plastic saucer with pilo Details?t under dome.
VX-1000 FLYING SAUCER - MAKER? - WEST GERMANYA most unusual German flying saucer from a so-far unidentified maker. Tin flying saucer with wind up action. Red yellow and blue color scheme. Lithographed alien pilot detailing in the windows that stretch right around the saucer. There is a distinctive large red fin running from the center well beyond the back of the saucer. 13 cm (5") long and 10 cm (4") wide.

This toy has a unique movement: the wind up-mechanism is wound by turning the whole section with the wheels. The saucer moves in a "Cycloid curve" on the floor, which creates special "outer space" feeling.

Marked Made in Western Germany Box? Maker?
WALKING SPACE PATROL - TT - JAPANSpace Patroler on box art. Tin wind up flying saucer with walking action on two leg structures. See the No 9 non-walking version.
WILSON'S FLYING SAUCER FS-1 - WILSON - USABox forms base for this flying saucer. Details? Materials?

The saucer is based on an alleged saucer sighting in 1952. The sighting turned out to be a searchlight reflected on clouds.
X-07 SPACE SURVEILLANT - MASUDAYA - JAPANTear-drop shaped tin battery operated saucer with non fall action and flashing lights.

In this case the front of the spaceship is the pointed end, unlike the sister X-09 vehicle. This toy has a non-fall action: it senses the edge of a table and turns away.

Two box versions: the older on the right with the tin astronaut pilot head, the newer on the left with a pilot with a vinyl head.

The same toy was sold as the rarer CRAGSTAN SATELLITE OUTER SPACE SURVEY SHIP X-07 with just a change to the wording SURVEILLANT on the front.

The earlier version was on sale in December 1962.
X-1 SPACESHIP - MAKER? - JAPANAn early lithographed blue and orange tin friction flying saucer. Oval in shape with a pointed front. 9cm This small saucer is a simple half pressing with wheels set in to the open base. Two rear fins are set into the back. Crude litho windows and engine details. Marked X-1. Box? It is hard to categorise this saucer-rocket shape
X-3 SONIC CONTROL FLYING SAUCER - MAKER? - HONG KONGPlastic battery operated remote control flying saucer. Wireless remote control. Cockpit light flashes. Yellow and white versions. Hong Kong for the Italian market.1980s
X-324 X-505 PLATILLO VOLANTE FLYING SAUCER - VERCOR/COMANDO - SPAINGreen plastic battery operated flying saucer. The saucer has a green top and a gold base. A central clear plastic dome holds a silver and red astronaut pilot. Two versions are known, the X-324 and the X-505.

The dome of the X-324 is decorated with black stars. The surface of the saucer has rivet detailing and the decal "Shepard". Small angled side fins hint at the KO design origin. X-324 marked on the front. Platillo Volante by Vercor made from 1969 to 1971 X324 Bump and go action.

The virtually identical X-505 version has no decoration but has a NASA decal on the side. It comes in a box with the Comando maker's name and the No 324 marked on the side.
X-505 FLYING SAUCER - MAKER? - INDIAA red lithographed tinplate flying saucer based on Nomura's earlier saucer of the same name. The friction saucer has a set of wheels below, two angled side fins, a red spark panel at the back and an astronaut pilot sitting under a clear plastic dome. The number X-505 is marked on each side. The dome is appreciably taller than the Nomura. Friction action with spark. The construction of the saucers reveal much cost-cutting and reuse of material. Asia

Two versions are known, one (top) with a Yoshiya style square bodied astronaut marked K-8 on the chest. The other (bottom) has the squat rounded Nomura style. The two versions have slight litho differences. Maker? Box?

The same design is also used for later Ne-Kur saucers.
X-505 FLYING SAUCER WITH SPARK - NOMURA - JAPANLithographed red tinflying saucer with a blue center. Pilot under a clear plastic dome and spark windows Action: Friction flywheel with sparks TN

A combination of pilot under central dome, the rear spark windows, the two "headlights" and set of tail fins are classic design elements taken up by other Japanese companies in the early and mid sixties. Nomura saucers seem to have rather thin fragile domes compared to those made by other toy companies and they do crack easily. The astronaut at the helm has an arguably oriental look to him. The Martian Flying Saucer with Sparks (aka Red Man From Space) shares the same body pressing and there were a couple of knock-offs made by the toy company Ne-Kur in the 1970's. An Indian version is also known.

Pictured in the 1962 catalog of the 1st Japan International Toy Fair.
X-7 FLYING SAUCER - MASUDAYA- JAPANLater tin and plastic battery operated saucer. Mystery action. Pilot under central clear plastic dome. Ring of flashing colored lights around the cockpit. Japanese box version 2. There are many variations of this 1970s design
X-7 SPACE EXPLORER SHIP - CLOVER LEAF (CL) - TAIWANLater tin and plastic battery operated saucer. Mystery action. Pilot under central clear plastic dome. Ring of flashing colored lights. Japanese box version. Pilot has a full helmet unlike the pilot depicted on one of the box versions. This is a direct copy, box and all, of the Masudaya flying saucer.
X-7 SPACE EXPLORER SHIP - MASUDAYA - JAPANMetallic blue lithographed tinplate battery operated saucer MT. Pilot under a clear domed canopy. A series of six circular colored lights surround the canopy. Bump and go action with flashing lights. There are at least five variations of the pilot.

The current first sighting is a newspaper ad from November 1960.

This was a very successful toy that enjoyed a long production run. There are several box designs, and the saucer was altered to reduce production costs. Later versions incorporate more plastic components and the saucer effectively becomes a different toy.

See also the Flying Saucer X-7 version released as an exclusive by Rethel. Oddly there is also a version of this saucer in a box marked "Exclusively for Rethel", though there is nothing different about it.
X-7 SPACE SHIP, JAPANESE BOX - MASUDAYA - JAPANLater tin and plastic battery op saucer. Mystery action. Pilot under central clear plastic dome. Ring of flashing colored lights. Japanese box version. Pilot has a full helmet unlike the pilot depicted on one of the box versions. Two box versions shown.
X-80 PLANET EXPLORER - MASUDAYA - JAPANSilver 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 a plinking noise and a psychedelic lighted color dome. Marked X-80 Planet Explorer. Masudaya catalog number 3150. Modern Toys.

The first sighting of the X-80 is in an unidentified wholesale catalog for 1961.
XX-61 SOUCOUP VOLANTE Flying Saucer - CHR - FRANCETin and plastic battery op. Light blue flying sauce; central plastic dome with plastic astronaut (simply painted plastic and resembling a racing driver). Two long spring antennas protrude from a metal band that crosses the dome. Fitted with a rubber bumper/fender. Ring of flashing lights around the saucer. Bump and go with flashing lights. The battery is a 4.5 volt pack that slides into the plastic battery lid: as the lid is closed the battery terminals touch internal contacts.
Z-101 FLYING SAUCER - MAKER? - ENGLANDEarly tin friction saucer with spark window. Circular ridged saucer with early style extension at rear. In virtually all respects this is identical to the Masudaya Z-101. The only difference is that version does not have the pair of fins, nor are there signs of slots to accommodate them. The saucer is marked Made in England on the base. Possiby Wells Brimtoy or Mettoy.

The hole is intended for the spark action. Since the flint arm protrudes through the hole it is unlikely that there was a red gel cover on it. The open spark window is common on English toys.

A similar pressing with the clearly related lithographic details was used by the French SFA company. - W-902 Terre Mars, though a spark aperture has not been cut. Box?
Z-26 CRAGSTAN FRICTION FLYING SAUCER WITH ASTRONAUT - YOSHIYA - JAPANTin lithographed friction crank action flying saucer. A boxy tin pilot pilot sits under a clear plastic dome. The pilot has Z-26 printed on his chest and this is also printed on the edge.

The Z-26 saucer is the same as the X-15 pressing but with two rear tailfins and a rectangular slightly domed red plastic spark window behind the dome.

The box has an illustration of the Yoshiya X-15 saucer with simply the writing changed to Z-26. In this case the saucer now has the correct number of fins, two, shown on the box.

Produced in silver-grey and a rarer light blue version, both with central a red section moving to a point at the front. The light blue has been seen with red and blue fins.

The box carries the Cragstan distributor's logo. It appears in the 1965 Yoshiya catalog, along with the X-15 Space Commander Ship.

The saucer appears in a newspaper ad dated November 1962.
ZABAWKA POJAZD KOSMICZNY SPACESHIP - MAKER? - POLANDA unique plastic flying saucer consisting of light blue saucer perched on top of a larger red domed plastic base unit. Colored disks around the top section and white discs around the lower section. Plastic antenna on the top. Action? Details? Made in Katowice, Poland.
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