Toy Robots and Space Toys
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LUNAR EXPLORER DELTA 55 - YONEZAWA - JAPANPlastic battery op long legged Lunar Explorer space vehicle. Rotating antenna and flashing lights. 21 Century Space Series. See also th LM Commander. Also pictured is the Japanese market version of the box.

Featured in the 1969 M.W. Kasch Distributor Catalog
1001 UTOPISCHES FAHRZEUG UTIOPIAN VEHICLE SPACE CAR - PIKO - DDRPlastic space car. Angular design with a cylindrical top. Cockpit and driver at the front of the cylinder. Two prominent streamlined headlight farings on the hood. Battery operated bump and go action. Marked CCCP on the side, though the toy was manufactured in the DDR (GDR). The great feature of this toy is the beautiful, imaginative artwork depicting a Dali-like scene. The space toy is one of a so-called UTOPIAN series of space vehicles. East Germany

A second box with carrying handle variation is shown below

Several color combinations. 23cm
1008 UTOPISCHES FAHRZEUG UTIOPIAN VEHICLE SPACE CAR - PIKO - DDRThe second plastic space car in the Utopian series. More rounded design with an egg-shaped clear plastic canopy and pilot inside. Distinctive wite plastic grid pattern on the top. Rear spring antenna. Battery operated bump and go action. The great feature of this toy is the beautiful, imaginative artwork depicting a Dali-like scene. East Germany
A-1 CAR SPACE PATROL - ASAKUSA - JAPANThis is a very large low profile, rectangular tin lithographed space vehicle. The red and cream car has two rear fins at the sides and a tail fin. At the front is a clear plastic dome containing a tin astronaut. The astronaut sits behind a cylindrical red plastic cockpit light. A small chrome front bumper contains two amber lights. Marked A-1 Car at the front and Space Patrol on the sides. Battery operated bump and go action with a flashing red light in the cockpit.

An early example carried the Emperors date 40-9-8 which is eight of September 1965.

AEROMOBIL - OMNIA - CZECHOSLOVAKIABlue oval tinplate lithographed battery operated space vehicle with pilot under a small clear plastic dome at the front. Two cylindrical mock engines. Large rear tailfin with plastic engine assembly at top. Battery operated. CSSR. Czech. Two wire antennas with beads.
AERONAVA COSMICA BC 63 - METALOGLOBUS - ROMANIACosmic Aircraft. Tin lithographed wind up spaceship. This is an unusual cross between a jet plane and a spaceship, The deep sided red metal body is capped with a brightly lithographed jet plane top. The plane has two rear wings, two smaller front fins and a tail fin with Saturn graphics. At the front is a large clear canopy containing a yellow-green tin astronaut driver, similar to the Yoshiya astronauts. The wings are marked B.C. 63 Bump and go action with noise and spark. BC63 1965
AIR CAR - TOY MASTER - JAPANBlue lithographed tinplate borderline space car, hovercraft style. Low profile with four fans set in the corners of the car. Green plastic canopy. Pegasus wording on the side. Friction action, fans turns with noise. Low profile car

Advertisement dating October 1962

ALPHA 7 SPACE VEHICLE 3500 - GAMA - WEST GERMANYPlastic battery op remote control lunar explorer. West Germany. One in related series of space vehicles. 1970s
APOLLO A-1 CELL CONTROL TOY - ASAKUSA - JAPANA large metallic blue lithographed tinplate spaceship. The spaceship has a rounded design with a large clear canopy on the top surmounted by a blue plastic structure incorporating a tail fin. Two other angled fins are fitted at the rear. The vehicle is controlled by using a cine camera-like remote control to shine a light at the sensor emerging from the cockpit. Marked Space Patrol Apollo A-1.

Image courtesy Morphys Auction.

Size 16.5 ins 40cm
ARCTIC EXPLORER SLED - BANDAI FOR SEARS - JAPANA large blue painted catamaran style pressed steel vehicle. with wings and propellers. This unusual vehicle has two long pontoons joined by a red central platform and topped with a futuristic wing-like bridge structure. Engines with propellers are fixed on either side of this wing. The ship carries a helicopter fitted with floats. 19" 47cm.

The scale of the toy is designed to create the impression of a massive vehicle. It is a borderline space piece but has a futuristic appearance that appeals to space collectors.

One of a range of Sears exclusive toys produced by Bandai.

One of a range of Sears exclusive toys produced by Bandai.
ARCTIC MISSILE TRACKING STATION - BANDAI FOR SEARS - JAPANA large pressed metal Arctic explorer vehicle. This complex vehicle is a massive half-tracked truck with a forward cockpit and an assembly of equipment on a rear platform, including a satellite dish and a jet engine styled attachment on wires. Unusually the front wheel consists of one long roller, presumably to avoid sinking into snow.

Battery operated forward and backward motion.

This is a borderline space toy but its futuristic appearance appeals to many space toy collectors.

One of a range of Sears exclusive toys produced by Bandai.
ASTRA SPACE CAR - NORMA - ESTONIAA 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 red 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. A variation of the KUU UURIMIS JAAM
Name? Box?

Russia USSR
ATLAS MISSILE LAUNCHER - ISI - JAPANMetallic blue lithographed tin battery operated A-198 rocket launcher. This boxy tank-like tracked vehicle has a red launching structure containing a yellow tube which holds the wooden rubber tipped missile. The missiles are stored in clips along the side. Marked ATLAS on one side, A-198 on the door. Radar screen lights and launcher raises and fires missile as vehicle advances. Date?
ATOM XZ-7 - MAKER? - JAPANSmall tin friction space car. Rear fin. Blue, red and yellow litho with white candy stripes. Space cockpit litho detailing.

See also the SpaceJet version of this toy.

Smith House Auctions
ATOMIC BOAT X-90 - ET CO - JAPANRed and white lithographed tin speed boat with robot driver. Silver block head robot with coil on his head. Crank action friction engine. The boat has an unusually positioned plastic prop at rear, pointing upward, in addition to the main screw. Two rear fins. Friction crank action. See also the Marusan Robot Speed Boat No 7

The box art depicts a man at the wheel, not a robot. This box accompanied the version without a robot driver.
ATOMIC BULLDOZER - PMC - HONG KONGPlastic battery operated space tank with articulated robot driver. The yellow plastic dozer has a red blade and side panels. The plastic robot's head is detachable. Spiral pattern spinner under clear dome. Bump and go action. The tracks are black plastic and purely decorative.

Article #33. Hong Kong. See also the Space Controlled Tractor
ATOMIC CONTROL CAR - DAIYA - JAPANLight blue tin friction space jeep with space litho. No driver, though one appears on the box art. Yellow metal wheels. A working compass is fitted behind the seat.
ATOMIC TRAIN - VACO - WEST GERMANYBoxed train set. Friction drive with engine sparking mechanism. Engine plus two carriages all based on the same pressing. Friction mechanism sold as "Can not overwind". Six feet of track.
AUTO PLANETARIUM DEL SR ROBOT - GORGO - ARGENTINAFriction plastic Buick Elektra Toy Car with odd yellow plastic robot. Details. Gorgo, Argentina.
AX1 SPACE SHIP - PIKO - EAST GERMANYPlastic battery operated bump and go saucer. Blue plastic base with yellow superstructure. Small clear dome with pilot. Large rectangular rotating antenna. Piko (an abbreviation of Pioneer Construction) was a state-owned enterprise in the German Democratic Republic (DDR)

Also in green. East Germany.
AX2 - PIKO - DDRBlue plastic space car. Angular design with sloping sides and a yellow plastic top. Small clear cockpit with pilot. Rectangular rotating chrome antenna, red plastic rod antenna and a silver box structure to one side. 29cm Battery operated bump and go action. 1960s. Date? GDR Mondauto.
AYHHNK-1 DREAM-1 - META МЗТА - CZECHOSLOVAKIARed hemispherical plastic Sputnic style satellite with three small dome windows. A pilot sits behind each bubble. Large plastic antenna on the top. Friction action? Marked CCCP
B17 FLYING SPACEMAN FRICTION WITH SIREN, ATOM SUPER CYCLE - BANDAI - JAPANRed lithographed tin friction motorcycle with siren. Circa 1950's. Advances with engine noise. Motorbike. Green plastic rider with a white vinyl cape. Atom wording on side. There is an S logo that clearly relates to the Superman theme of this bike. B17 marked on the box. The box depicts a Superman-style rider wearing a clear cylindrical helmet that is missing from this example. This version has a litho compass rather than a real one. bike supercycle. Date?

See also the Space Patrol Super Cycle B-557 and the Space Giant.
BADMINTON ROBOT - CHINAPrototype design c 2000.
BATMAN CAR WITH SIREN - YANOMAN - JAPANA small six inch red lithographed tinplate car with a large vinyl figure of Batman. The car has copious litho detailing including bat logos and a pattern of concentric circles with a design that I can't work out on top of the car. Batman is manufactured in green vinyl with a blue cape. The car bears a resemblance to the S-17 Space Scout shape though it is much smaller. Friction action with siren noise. Featured in the 1970 Yanoman catalog where it is described as a new item. bat man.

BATTERY OPERATED BULLDOZER - YOSHIYA - JAPANOrange/yellow tinplate battery operated bulldozer with a blue-grey tin robot driver. ther bulldozer has working rubber tracks and a litho engine panel in the side. Shovel at the front. Marked KO. Forward and backward movement "With automatic shovel action". The robot's eyes light and he works the levers. 7" long. tractor

The bulldozer appears in a 1956 Western Smallware catalog.
BATTERY OPERATED SPACE SHIP ME-102 - CHINATin battery operated styrofoam ball blowing vehicle. The flat car shaped vehicle has a rear tail fin and a clear plastic canopy containing a pilot. A tube emerges from the top and a stream of air supports the styrofoam ball. 32cm Red and blue litho versions. This is a copy of the Holdauto design.

Early box and later window box versions shown.

ME 102 ME102
BUCK ROGERS LEAD FIGURES - BRITAINS FOR J DILLE - USAHollow cast lead figures include Buck Rogers, Dr Huer, Wilma, Ardala, 'Killer' Kane and the Mekano Man robot. England Designed by Britains as premiums for the US J Dille company.

Advertised in "Buck Rogers Solar Scout" dated 1936. The Buck Rogers radio serial was sponsored by Cream of Wheat in 1935.
BULLDOZER WHICH A ROBOT OPERATES (BOX VERSION 1) - KKS - JAPANTin battery operated bulldozer with robot driver. This is an earlt version of Robotrac. See the other KKS (Komoda Shoten) box. This looks to be the earliest version. No reference to Robotrac on the box art. Bulldozer wording on the toy. Box depicts the blue version of the bulldozer.
BULLDOZER WITH HORN & LIGHT, ROBOTRAC - LINEMAR - JAPANName on box: Bulldozer with horn and light!
Manufacturer: Linemar, Japan
Dimensions: Length - 9.5" Width - 5.75" Height - 6.5"

Actions: Bulldozer moves in bump and go fashion as steering levers move back and forth creating the impression that robot driver is controlling the direction. The rear rubber tread wheels roll along the ground, which in turn cause the front tread wheels to turn, creating the impression that the bulldozer is being propelled by the rubber treads. Intermittently, the horn will sound and the light atop the robot's head will light.
Additional info.: Photo above depicts the yellow color variation. There is also a blue color variation. Variations to the lithography of the robot operator also exist. Stamped into the center of the bump and go plate on the bottom of the toy is the Linemar Toys logo and the word JAPAN.
bulldozer tractor with robot driver. Back and forward action.

Eaton's catalogue 1957. (It appears in adverts in October 1957)

Also shown (bottom) is the BULLDOZER WHICH A ROBOT OPERATES version which has the maker's logo KKS in a diamond (Komoda Shoten)
CIRCUS FRICTION BUMP ACTION CAR WITH TUMBLING CLOWN (CIRCUS 8) - ATC - JAPANRed and white lithographed tin friction bump action car with a green and white tumbling clown robot. The square headed robot has a coil antenna. Marked with Circus and the number 8 in a circle. Mercedes. The tumbling action starts when the space car hits an object. Asahi

A newspaper ad dates this to September 1960

Image courtesy Smith House Auctions
COMMAND CAR - EXELO - JAPANMetallic blue lithographed in friction space jeep. "Sparkling Friction Toy". Metal wheels. The tin driver is a military figure with white helmet rather than a spaceman. Gun mounted on the hood. Television wording on the back and TVN on the hood. Robot logo on the sides. Early style brown box with label, though there is no maker's mark on the box. The jeep is marked EXELO at the back. 16cm

Note that the litho indicates that a battey operated version may have been planned. The well at the back of the jeep could have held batteries.
COMMANDER TANK - BANDAI FOR SEARS - JAPANA large pressed metal space tank in military green. Battery operated forward and backward motion. Operating lights. Missiles fit into magazines and are fired using a rear trigger. This example is missing its aerials. This is a bordeline space toy but its futuristic appearance appeals to many space toy collectors.

One of a range of Sears exclusive toys produced by Bandai.
COMMUNICATION TRUCK - MASUDAYA - JAPANTin friction truck with a pair of battery operated Morse code style radio sets. The two sets detach from the truck and are connected by a wire.
COSMONAUT - VR? - USSRWindup astronaut with a clear dome. Pot-bellied pin walker astronaut with a red woollen space suit. 1960s. Came in a plain brown box with a VR logo.
COSMOS - MAKER? - RUSSIAPlastic battery operated space car. Clear plastic dome with a red plastic pilot lying inside. Distinctive small red plastic light on the hood. Simple bump and go action with flashing red light. 23cm. Colors: orange. Name? Box?
COSMOS-189 ROCKET - AGATEX - ROMANIALight blue tin wind up space rocket. Three fins at the tail and three corresponding fins towards the front Nose on spring, red spark windows at the back. Pushing the rocket forward winds the mechanism. Marked with the Agatex logo on the wings. The rocket has a slider that opens a cover on the friction mechanism allowing access to the flint. 19cm Box?

See also the NAVETA SPATIALA ROCKET version of the rocket.
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.

CRAGSTAN SPACE MOBILE, LUNAR PATROL - CRAGSTAN - JAPANRed tinplate battery operated vehicle. This is a flat vehicle with a large square plastic canopy containing a tin pilot. Behind the canopy is a circular disc with colored gel divisions. The ship has two rear fins and a rotating metal oval antenna on a wire. The pace Mobile is marked Lunar Patrol on the sides. 10" 25cm long

Bump and go action with flashing lights and Roar R R noise. There is no obvious manufacturer's mark though the box has a Cragstan distributor's logo. On sale in December 1962
CRUISER - CHINABlue tin wind up space vehicle with three-arm rotor on top. Clear plastic window at rear with visible gears. Blue top, red base. Clockwork action. Number MS 881 MS881
CTAPT-1 (STAR-1) BLAST OFF ROCKET - MAKER? - USSRA Russian version of the standing rocket design. This is a blue tin friction wheeled rocket with three large delta shaped tailfins. The graphics are fairly simple lines. The nose is a plastic plunger: when it strikes an object an arm swings down and lifts the rocket. The maker's logo is a small boy. Date? Maker? Russia
DELTA 8 GAMA 3560 - GAMA - WEST GERMANYPlastic battery op remote control space buggy vehicle. Tracks. Large rear wheels. West Germany. One in related series of space vehicles. 1970s
DELTA BIRD - NOMURA - JAPANTriangular grey battery operated spaceshio wuth two rear fin and a central plastic cylindrical dome. Bump and go action with flashing lights. 21 cm Red and green dome versions shown. Featured in the 1979 Nomura catalog. Decal details 7 Delta Bird
DYNA-SOAR, PROJECT SWORD - CENTURY 21 - HONG KONGCentury 21 – a futuristic stealth- like blue plastic space jet. It is friction driven and has a see- through cockpit with seated golden astronaut. 'Dyna - Soar' appears in white lettering on both sides of the fuselage. Two hard- wire antennae can be retracted from the wings. Cool. That strange diamond and MR initials appears on the base of the craft, along with the number 202 and the words ' Made in Hong Kong'. 1967
АСТРОНАВТЫ ASTRONAUT - MAKER? - USSRAn unusual space game in which the Zodiac constellations and classic Greek mythology feature. Details? Date
ВЕздеход MARS - MAKER? - USSRTracked vehicle, buggy or crawler. The entire top of the vehicle is covered with a clear plastic canopy. A stalk with a light on the end is fitted to the top of the canopy and a rotating plastic antenna is set in the center. Marked Mapc, MARS at the front. ВЕздеход translates as All Terrain Vehicle. ATV. Phote? Details? Maker?
ВЕздеход ALL TERRAIN VEHICLE - MAKER? - USSRLarge tin and plastic eight-wheeled buggy or crawler vehicle. Orange and yellow tin top, red plastic base. Bubble canopy at the front with no pilot inside. The wheels are attached in two independent groups of four. Two angled plastic antennas emerging from the either side of the canopy. Battery operated Name? Maker?

ВЕздеход translates as All Terrain Vehicle. This is one of several variations of this design. Marked Moscow. "Souvenir Kremlin Tower" 1975.
ВЕздеход B4 - MAKER? - USSRLarge orange tin and plastic eight-wheeled buggy or crawler vehicle. The wheels are attached in two independent groups of four. Blue canopy. Hook at the back. Two angled plastic antennas emerging from the hood. Battery operated Name? Maker? ВЕздеход translates as All Terrain Vehicle.
ИТЕРКОСМОС, INTERCOSMOS - MAKER? - USSRLarge plastic tracked vehicle with a large clear blue dome at the front with two pilots inside. At the rear is a large silver plastic dish antenna. Marked INTEPKOCMOC. Remote control battery operated. Action? Maker? Date? Russia

Also shown is the radio control version.
КОСМИЧЕСКАЯ, SPACE MARS - MAKER? - USSRRed plastic space car with white pilot head under a clear plastic canopy. Silver conical motor with light at the rear. Marked MARS on the sides. Two antennas. Battery operated. Acton? Date? Russia
КОСМОХОД KOSMOKHOD - MAKER? - USSRA three-wheeled plastic buggy type space vehicle with a pilot under a round plastic dome. A hook-like device is attached to the front. Two small side antennas and a lrger rotating silver antenna. Friction action. Various colors: red, blue. Russia
Луноход LUNOKHOD - MAKER? - USSRPlastic battery operated space vehicle. An eight wheeled vehicle. An accurate copy of the original Russian moon rover. Silver chrome. Many variations exist.
НЕПТУН PLANETOKHOD NEPTUNE - MLADOST - BULGARIAUnusual eight-legged plastic space vehicle. Brightly colored plastic: red body, yellow "head" with two lights and a perforated white cap hinged on top of a blue disk. Three large antennas. Battery operated walking action with rotating antenna. Insect. Made by Mechanized Toys Ltd of Silistra, Bulgaria.
ПЛАИЕТОХОД KOSMICKÝ PLANETOKHOD - MAKER? - USSRLarge, elaborate tin and plastic space vehicle. Battery operated remote control. The ten-wheel tracked space vehicle has a large clear plastic canopy covering a three-man crew. At the back is a raised plastic area with two large searchlights and a clear plastic dome containing a small rotating antenna. Two long wire antennas run down either side. Possibly by Pasak

Forward and backward motion, steering, lighted lamps and rotating antenna. 26cm 10" Several color variations: blue/yellow, red/yellow Russia
ПЛАИЕТОХОД PLANETARY-3 PLANETOKHOD - MAKER? - USSRLarge plastic tracked vehicle with a plastic covered cockpit at the front with two silver pilots inside. At the rear is a large plastic dish antenna. Marked INTERCOSMOS. Remote control battery operated. Maker? Date? Colors: yellow, red

ПЛАИЕТОХОД PLANETOKHOD - STRAUME - LATVIAPlastic boat shaped space vehicle. Two rear fins. Angular canopy at the back with two red pilots underneath. In the center is a flat white disc that gives a magic color dome display. Battery operated bump and go action. 12" Small plastic antenna.

Made at the Straume factory, Riga, Latvian SSR in 1970’s. Various colors: yellow body, green or red trim.

Russia, USSR
ПЛАИЕТОХОД PLANETOKHOD SPACE TANK - MAKER? - USSRA white plastic space tank with a red base incorporating simulated tracks. There is a large blue plastic dome in the center. Rotating white plastic antenna. Battery operated bump and go action with lights in the dome. Date?

РОБОТ ТРАКТОР, ELECTRIC TRACTOR - LENINGRAD METALWARE - USSRPlastic battery op tractor with bump and go action. Light on the engine. Plastic robot driver. Paper decal engine details. The box indicates a date of 1984-1988. Made by a Russian company with the stylized AM logo identified as the Leningrad Metalware Factory. Note the square or "boxy" shape of this version, compared with the rounder version.
РОБОТ ТРАКТОР, ROBOT TRACTOR - LENINGRAD METALWARE - USSRPlastic battery operated tractor with rounded profile. Large rear tin lithographed wheels. Plastic robot driver. There is small knob on the top of the tractor and a plastic antenna at the back. Two versions, at least: green with white robot; red with light green robot. Russia. Comes in a plain box marked simply "Tractor" Russia
РОБОТ ROBOT - ZVEZDA - USSRA small lemon yellow wind up robot with stepover feet. 8cm Four distinctive circular dials in the chest. This is a Russian release of the TPS Mini Walking Robot. Dated 1985 on the box.

Often referred to as a pogot.

Zvezda, ЗВезд translates as "Stars".
РОБОТ, ROBOT - MAKER? - USSRRussian Robot. Plastic battery op remote control version. Pedestal. Takes special size 'Russian' batteries. With its original box. Often referred to as a pogot. Russia
РОБОТ, SILVER ROBOT - MAKER? - USSRChrome silver plastic wind up robot with stepover feet. Blue plastic chest and other retailing.Spring antennas with red plastic tips. Yellow eyes. Box version 2. The back of the box carries the date Oct 17-296-75. Several box variations. Often referred to as a pogot. Russia
Робин ROBIN ROBOT - MAKER? - USSRPink plastic robot radio. Blocky static design with red plastic eyes. Tuning and volume dials in the chest and lower body. Date? Russia
СПУТНИК SPUTNIK MUSIC BOX - MAKER? - USSRBlue lithographed tinplate wind up musical box with space scenes. The tin box has a globe set into front with a channel surrounding it. A miniature space capsule orbits when a top lever is pulled. Makes a simple rhythmic plink-plonk noise. Russia 1950s The toy has beautiful fantastical lithography drawn from Russian folklore: witches on broomsticks, people flying on birds etc. USSR, Eastern Europe.

It is possible that the graphics relate to a 1956 Russian film called Старик Хоттабыч a fantasy comedy film produced in the USSR by Lenfilm in 1956 based on a children's book of the same name by Lazar Lagin.

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