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3-HULL SPACESHIP - POPLAR PLAYTHINGS - WALESA small three-hulled spaceship. Hard plastic. Silver with bronze engine and bronze with silver engine. Used on Polplar's space sets.

This is a copy of the Gilmark Supersonic Jetmobile. The silver and bronze semi-transparent plastic is characteristic of the English Poplar version. Included in a several carded sets of spacemen and spaceships.
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4 SPACE SHIPS THE SPACE FLEET OF THE FUTURE - PYRO - USALarge boxed set of four Pyro spaceships, all in grey plastic. The ships are held in a vacu-formed red plastic tray molded for the wheel base of each ship.

X-100 Space Scout
X-200 Space Ranger
X-300 Space Cruiser
X-400 Space Explorer

The set was on sale in November 1957
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A-WING SPACESHIP #4 - MARX - USAHard plastic delta wing spaceship. 5" 12.5cm Marked with Marx logo and the number 4 on the base. Sold loose.
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AEROCAR - PLAS-TEX - USARed plastic space car. Low, rounded design with tailfin and tailplane. Plastic windscreen and clear plastic headlights. Push along. 7.5" 19cm.

On sale December 1947: San Bernadino County Sun
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ALCA 234 - ALCA CAPEL - SPAINA copy of the Tudor Rose Space Flyer. Superficially similar to the Pyro X-100 but there are significant differences. The spaceship has a distinctive long sharp tail fin, though the length of this does appear to vary.

The factory had difficulty ensuring that the wheels would stay in place, so most examples have had the wheel supports manually welded to ensure a tight fit.

Usually silver, though bronze examples are know.

Made by Alca Capel of Barcelona. 1950s
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ASTRONAUT PILOT WINGS - 20TH CENTURY VARIETIES - USACarded wing shaped metal pin with built in compass. Marked Space Pilot.
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ATOMIC DEFENSE SET - ARCHER - USAA set consisting of one Archer Defense Truck and three of the interchangeable weapons that can be mounted on the rear of the truck. This set has the searchlight, the radar tracker and the rocket tracker.

On sale in December 1953
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ATOMIC MOON ROCKET - GILMARK - USAA hard plastic spaceship. This spaceship has a particularly long top dorsal fin. Small side wings. Two rows of windows. A three tube engine is mounted on the back. Marked ATOMIC MOON ROCKET on the top. Plastic wheels.
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ATOMIC SPACE GUN - TUDOR ROSE - ENGLANDSmall red plastic space gun with red tip. Shoots spinners. A reissue of the US Space Gun with 3 Flying Disks or spinners. Display box. Based on the US Plastic Co spinner design.

Image courtesy Vectis Auctions
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ATOMIC SPACE SHIP - MAKER? - AUSTRALIALarge, detailed hard plastic spaceship. Marked Atomic Space Ship on the sides. Based on the Tudor Rose original, possibly from original moulds or imported. This version has no maker's mark, but was located in Australia.

Green, blue
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AUTO CARRIER WITH 4 CARS - ARCHER - USAA set containing plastic push along car transporter with four plastic autos. Blue cab and red trailer. A blue plastic ramp is included.
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AUTO ESPACIAL GERATOMIC - MIRIM - ARGENTINASilver hard plastic space car with gold painted details, a copy of the Pyro Pyrotomic Energiser. GERATOMIC molded into the sides.

Sold in a box. Date?

One of two Argentinian Pyro copy space cars
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AUTO ESPACIAL SUPER BOMBEIRO - MIRIM - ARGENTINASilver hard plastic space car with gold painted details, a copy of the Pyro Fire Control Vehicle. Sold in a box. Date?

One of two Argentinian Pyro copy space cars
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AVARUUS PISTOLI - LASTVAL - FINLANDSmall red and blue plastic space gun, shoots green spinners. This version has a small rear fin, smooth handle and concave trigger. Based on the US Plastic design. The spinners have no outer ring. Finnish
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BUZZ COREY'S SPACE PATROL WRIST WATCH - USAWrist watch with Space Patrol wording on the dial. Boxed set contains a domed space compass. On sale December 1953.
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CAPTAIN CONDOR SPACE PATROL WRIST WATCH - ENGLANDSpac Patrol wristwatch. The boxed set includes a domed compass. Based on the Buzz Corey Space Patrol wrist watch. The only significant change is the use of the striking Captain Condor graphics on the box. Captain Condor was a comic book hero from the Lion comic.
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Captain Video Lido Boxed Space ShipsFour boxed releases of the Captain Video spaceships. These are simple plastic ships with two hols for the addition of a range of accessories: antennas, guns, sails etc. They can be linked together. They are available in a wide range of colors. Innumerable combinations of color and accessorries are possible.

The spaceships are:
1 Pursuit Ship
2 Rocket Tank
3 Atomic Cannon
4 Troop Transport


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CAPTAIN VIDEO SPACE SET - TECHNI-PLASTE - FRANCEAmn unusual carded set consisting of a Lido spaceship along with four hard plastic copies of Lido spacemen and aliens. The spaceship is the standard Captain Video Troop Transport with only one accessory. (There is only space for one accessory on the card.) It's marked Lido so it is a Lido repackaging. The figures are metallic hard plastic. It dates from the early 1950s.
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CAPTAIN VIDEO SUPERSONIC SPACE SHIPS PLAYSET - LIDO DUMONT - USAA boxed set of four Lido spaceships and accessories. The set comprises:
Troop Transport, Pursuit Ship, Rocket Tank, and Atom Cannon. They can link together to form a train

The earliest sighting is in the 1952 Blackwell Wielandy catalog..
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CLAMSHELL SPACESHIP #3 - MARX - USAHard plastic spaceship. This ship has a quite unique design: the short wings run the length of the ship and are angled down. A complex fin runs along the top, giving the spaceship an odd, three-armed shape that has been likened to a clamshell. Marx logo and the number 3 molded into the underside. Sold loose.

5" 12.5cm
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COSMIC SPACE SET - US PLASTIC CO - USASet comprises two of the familiar spinner-shooting rayguns and a pair of microphones. This guns in this boxed set have a small rear fin, smooth handle and concave trigger.

The spinner shooting guns are the original versions of this much copied space gun.

The walkie talkies are string type with a retractable antenna feature. Mouthpiece for siren noise. The set was being discounted in December 1953 so predates this.
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CRAGSTAN GREAT ASTRONAUT - ALPS - JAPANTin battery op 1962. Advances with walking motion, moving arms, and a rotating color wheel as a space scene plays on the chest screen. Removable antenna acts as the on-off switch. TV. Based on the very popular Television Spaceman. The space scene in the chest is the same. The dome is appreciably larger than the Television Spaceman and the battery door has been replaced by a highly litho'd alternative. Only produced in an all-tin version. The first sighting of this robot was in 1962, a year after the Television Spaceman. Oddly the picture is of a Great Astronaut but a Television Spaceman is described.

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DAD DARE HORLICKS ROCKET - ENGLANDA large red hard plastic rocket-shaped cup. Divides near the top. Available as a Horlicks mail away premium in the early 1950s. xadded
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DAN DARE PLANET GUN - MERIT - ENGLANDThe original Dan Dare 1950s (and well into the 60s) issue of the small plastic space gun with three spinners. Green and red versions with black plastic spring assemblies. The guns carry the Planet Gun wording and the Dan Dare name and logo ( a circle with a vertical oval inside). The guns have distinctive side bumps suggesting fins. This version has a small rear fin, smooth handle and concave trigger. Based on the US Plastic design.

Merit was the trading name of J & L Randall.
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DEFENSE TRUCK WITH SOUND BEAM - ARCHER - USAHard plastic space vehicle with a cylindrical rotating grey plastic siren attachment at the back. Friction drive. Name? Box?

Was this item sold in a box? There are three boxed motorized trucks. There is no reference (yet) to a boxed version of this truck. The sound beam attachment was not included in any of the sets.

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DESTINATION MOON SET - LIDO - USAA bagged set of space figures and spaceships. The set comprises four Lido spacemen, three spacecraft two large rocket launchers with rocket missiles and other equipment.

The set references the 1950 film Destination Moon, though there is no suggestion that this is authorised merchandise. Date?
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DOUBLE GUN SPACESHIP #1 - MARX - USAHard plastic spaceship consisting of a large wing with a fuselage attached to the leading edge. The spaceship has two large cannons positioned on the wings. A tailfin is attached to each of these guns. 4 1/2" 11cm.

Marked with Marx logo and the number 1 on the base. Sold loose.
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DUPERITE AERO CAR - MOULDED PLASTICS - AUSTRALIAThis hard plastic space car has a low, rounded profile with a tailfin and tailplanes.

The space car is a copy of the American Plas-Tex Aero Car. This is a modified design to give the car a friction drive. The quality of the molding gives less detail than the original with a less glossy finish.

'Duperite' is a variety of plastic compound that is resistant to water but not so good at withstanding heat, so many examples are warped.

The Australian version (bottom) is marked Duperite and has an exposed metal engine housing plate. The version at the top is probably a Hong Kong copy of the Australian friction version.

Date?

Various colors.

This is a much modified design to give the car a friction drive. 'Duperite' is a variety of plastic compound that is resistant to water but not so good at withstanding heat, so many examples are warped.
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ПОЛЁT FLIGHT SPACE GUN - VEB - EAST GERMANYPlastic spring driven space gun, shoots spinners. This is another appearance the ubiquitous spinner gun. Based on the US Plastic spinner design.

Produced in Annaberg-Buchholz in Saxony, East Germany. A very plain box with Russian Cyrillic script. Produced 1973-1975. Black body, yellow muzzle. Probably in other colors. The box name is ПОЛЁT or "FLIGHT".

Based on the US Plastic spinner design.
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ПОЛЁT, FLIGHT SPACE GUN - MOSCOW - USSRPlastic spring driven space gun, shoots spinners. This is another appearance the ubiquitous spinner gun based on the US Plastic design.

Produced in Moscow. A very plain box with Russian Cyrillic script. Dated 1975. Black body, red muzzle. Probably in other colors. The box name is ПОЛЁT or "FLIGHT".

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FIREBALL JETMOBILE - GILMARK - USAHard plastic spaceship. Tailplanes with mudguards. Two rows of windows. Angular tailfin.

Called The Fireball in the Gilmark Jetmobile set.
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FLASH GORDON SOLAR COMMANDO SET - PREMIER PRODUCTS - USACarded set of one hard plastic Premier spaceship and three plastic Premier spacemen. various color combinations. Blister carded.
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FLASH GORDON SPACE COMPASS - ESQUIRE NOVELTY - USACarded Flash Gordon wristwatch compass. Spaceman's head and Saturn design.
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FLASH GORDON SPACE OUTFIT - ESQUIRE NOVELTY - USACarded Flash Gordon space goggles, belt and wristwatch compass with spaceman's head and Saturn design.
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FLASH GORDON SPACE ROCKET SQUADRON - PREMIER PRODUCTS - USAA carded set of five Premier hard plastic spaceships.

Includes four assorted 5" long rockets and one 9" long rocket, assorted colors including metallics. Copyright 1952. On sale December 1952.
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FLASH JETMOBILE - GILMARK - USAA hard plastic spaceship. Small side wings and rear tailplanes with mudguards. Single row of windows.

Called The Flash in the Gilmark Jetmobiles set.
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FLYING SAUCER - GILMARK - USAA hard plastic flying saucer shaped spaceship. Separate top fins and rear engine. Prominent front canopy. Marked FLYING SAUCER on the top. Plastic wheels.
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FUTURAMIC ATTACK TRANSPORT XP-19 - IDEAL - USAFuturistic spaceship transporter. The long plastic vehicle has a cockpit at the front and a large cargo bay behind. Two small guns are mounted on top. Marked SPACE FIGHTER TRANSPORT on the sides. Comes with three small simple plastic spaceships. Box? Item number 4866 in the Ideal catalog for 1954-5

The advert reads:
Futuristic space ship with ramp for three space vehicles
Simulated driver at controls
Space machine guns mounted to front and back of transport
Space cars fit into transport by means of grooved ramp which firmly holds cars in place. Transport 11 3/4" long. Cars 2 1/2" long.
Sturdy plastic construction
In assorted colors
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FUTURE CAR - MOLDEX? - AUSTRALIAThis car is based on the Marx Future Car. There are some differences - the wheels are cast metal which had a thin layer of rubber to provide traction. The car has rubber. There is also a white cap placed at the top of the car, also the driver doesn't appear to be a "space" driver but rather a figure out of a racing car.

The car has an interesting friction mechanism: when you psch the car forward a small triangular cog rotates and flicks a little brass strip which acts as a drum stick against piece of cardboard?. At the same time a crudely cut tinplate cog rotates against a worm gear which turns a large horizontally mounted flywheel which has a rough underside. This strikes against a flint which sends sparks out the back of the car.
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JETMOBILES SET - GILMARK - USASet of three hard plastic Gilmark spaceships. The ships are mounted on a backing card inside a flat box.

The three models are called:
The Flash
The Supersonic
The Fireball
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LARGE SPACE CAR - RELIABLE - CANADAAt 6" this is large only in comparison with the smaller Reliable space cars. A hard plastic space car. Auto style with a central dorsal ridge and fins over the rear wheelguards. This version has struts at the corner of the windshield. Various colors. 6"

featured in the 1953 Reliable Plastic Toy Catalog.
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MAGNET COMPASS GAME - JAPAN
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MARS ATOMIC SUPER ROCKET - GILMARK - USAA hard plastic spaceship. Long curved top fin, side wings. One row of windows and a prominent cockpit structure at the front. Marked MARS ATOMIC SUPER ROCKET on the top. Plastic wheels.
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MASTER GUN - GEYPER - SPAINPlastic spring driven space gun, shoots spinners. This is another appearance the ubiquitous spinner gun. The gun has Master Gun molded on the sides and has a distinctive finned muzzle. The box art and name are similar to the Geyper Master Flying Gun. The art work owes much to the Dan Dare Planet Gun.

There are two box versions, both with the same picture though the style of drawing alters. The top version has a harsher, comic book look while the lower (probably the older) has a more naturalistic style.

Based on the US Plastic spinner design.
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MYSTERE 5 - PLASTIMAR - FRANCEA distinct variation of the Pyro X-400 Space Explorer. This hard plastic spaceship is very similar in design but has significant differences: the vertical rear fins have become side fins and a much longer ridge now runs along the top. This is a friction version with the mechanism fitted inside the ship. Box?
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NAVIGAZIONE SPAZIALE SET - CO-MA - ITALYA bagged space set comprising a 7" plastic space rocket that snaps apart in the middle. It contains a small red plastic astronaut pilot. The ship is made from soft plastic to survive impact. It comes with a slingshot and an instruction sheet.
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Penguin Satellite Launcher Gun - EnglandPlastic spring action satellite launcher space gun. 1950s. Another outing for the US Plastic Co original design, though there is a distinct difference in the molding of the sides. Date?
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PLANET GUN - MERIT - ENGLANDLate picture box issue of the small plastic space gun with spinners. Green and red versions with black plastic spring assemblies. The guns still carry the Planet Gun wording and the Dan Dare wording and logo from the 1950s Dan Dare Planet Gun, long after the license had expired. It is impossible to distinguish between the old and the new guns. This version has a small rear fin, smooth handle and concave trigger. Based on the US Plastic spinner design.

Still listed in the Merit catalogue for 1977. Merit was the trading name of J & L Randall.
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PYROTOMIC FIRE CONTROL CAR - KLEEWARE - ENGLANDA copy of the Pyro original. Hard grey plastic.

Marked Kleeware Made in England in a circle.
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PYROTOMIC WHISTLE - PYRO - USAA small hard plastic whistle in the shape of a spaceship with a pilot sitting in an open canopy. Marked Pyrotomic. Sold loose. Produced in a wide range of colors.
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RADAR ROBOT - KY YOKOTA - JAPANSmall 3 1/4 inch Japanese wind-up metal and plastic robot with rotating radar with Japanese box. Turning arm alters direction.
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RAYMOBILE DEFENSE TRUCK - ARCHER - USAHard plastic space vehicle with a rotating grey plastic gun-like attachment at the back. Friction drive. Boxed with bronze plastic Moon Boy astronaut figure who can be attached to the bumper. A chrome plastic version has been seen but not authenticated. 10"

Sold loose, in individual boxes, in sets of one truck and three attachments and in the large Archer space sets.

One of a group of three motorized Archer defense trucks. Box?

On sale in June 1953
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ROBOT (REMOTE CONTROL EASEL BACK ROBOT) - YONEZAWA - JAPANLithographed battery operated remote control tinplate Easel back robot. Circa 1958. Advances with stepping motion. Light blue version with a distinctive yellow and black edged circle in the chest panel. There is some rivet detailing but appreciably less extensive than on other versions. 6" tall. The remote holds a single C cell. There is a small coiled spring antenna on the head.

The lighted eyes version was on sale in March 1957.

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ROCKET BANK - TUDOR ROSE - ENGLANDA large hard plastic rocket-shaped money bank. A copy of the Foster Grant US original. 10". Marked Tudor Rose.

Colors: gold, red/yellow detailing
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ROCKET CAR - IDEAL - USAHard plastic space car with long rocket tubes on either side. Unusual tail fin. 4" Assorted colors.

Sold loose as part of the Novelty Car Assortment. Dated to 1953
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ROCKET CAR - KLEEWARE - ENGLANDHard plastic. Open cockpit with driver. Several colors: blue. red, grey, gold Sold loose as a Woolworth's bin toy.

This is a copy of the Pyro Rocket Car.
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ROCKET CAR - PLASTICRAFT - USAA large (10") hard plastic space car. Open cockpit with two stylized pilots. Silver painted details. Push along.

There were two color variations, yellow (being more common) and red. The bottom is marked "Plasticraft MFG. CO., Arlington N.J., Made In U.S.A."

On sale in November 1954.
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ROCKET CAR - TUDOR ROSE - ENGLANDHard plastic rocket car, resembling a land speed car. This is one of the six additional space vehicles designed by Tudor Rose. Sold unboxed.

Colors: blue
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ROCKET SHIP - KLEEWARE - ENGLANDHard plastic spaceship. Side engines with mudguards. Rear fin. Colors: red, silver

This is a copy of the Pyro Rocket Ship.
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ROCKET SHIP KIT - ARCHER - USAA winged V-2 style plastic rocket ship kit comprising nine pieces. The box back includes a cut-out of a launching platform. Window box 7"x15". The cut-out accounts for the destruction of many of the boxes. The similarity of the rocket to the one in the 1950 film Destination Moon is perhaps no coincidence. The ROCKET SHIP AND SPACE MEN SET is featured in the Blackwell Wielandy catalog for 1952.

The rocket was offered in other elusive combinations with Archer figures.
SPACE MEN AND ROCKET SHIP KIT - the seven original Archer figures plus rocket in a window box.
ROCKET SHIP AND SPACE MEN - five figures and rocket in a window box.
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ROCKET SPACE SHIPS - MAKER? - HONG KONGFour simple plastic spaceships on a backing card. These are soft plastic copies of the Greyshaw Space Raider Squadron spaceships. Crown Colony. 1960s

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ROCKETSHIP - MAKER? - ARGENTINAGrey hard plastic spaceship. A copy of the Pyro Rocketship original. Marked Industria Argentina. Maker?
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SATELLITE FINDER COMPASS - NEMO - USAWristwatch compass. Elaborate radio station design with lightning strikes.
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SCOPEMOBILE DEFENSE TRUCK - ARCHER - USAHard plastic space vehicle with a rotating cylindrical grey plastic Atomic Siren attachment at the back. Friction drive. Boxed with bronze plastic Moon Boy astronaut figure who can be attached to the bumper.

Sold loose, in individual boxes, in sets of one truck and three attachments and in the large Archer space sets.

One of a group of four Archer defense trucks.
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