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ATOMIC RAY PISTOL - TUDOR ROSE - ENGLANDPlastic space gun in bronze or silver-blue and green versions. Shoots a distinctive dart with a forked tail. An elastic band runs top to bottom inside the barrel, just behind the rings - the band actually sticks out of the gun and attaches to small pegs. The dart has that "claw" bit in the rear because it wraps around the rubber band, drawing it back, and then the dart clicks into place. When the trigger is pulled, the dart launches out of the gun. The whole dart actually slides into the barrel -- nothing sticking out, unlike most guns, which leave the front suction cup exposed. English

The gun is decorated with red plastic dials that turn, and other non-working levers. Sold on a brightly decorated backing card, in a bag with an additional header card. The graphics are intentionally similar to Dan.Dare.

A version of the gun in silver with blue control knobs is known. It does not have the Tudor Rose maker's mark. It may be an Australian release. See also the French Le Pistolet Atomic version.
BABY SPACE GUN - DAIYA - JAPANA small (6" 15cm) blue and red tin lithographed space gun with spark windows at base of barrel. Serial no 577001. Friction action with sound and spark. There is a large green Space Rescue spaceship printed on the side of the gun.

There are two versions of this gun:
Top: lighter blue with three long oval spark windows on each side of the barrel. Usually seen in the box with the astronaut with Z-7 on his helmet and the gun held at an angle. This is most likely the earlier version.
Bottom: darker blue with one circular spark window (and a dummy one) on each side of the barrel. Usually seen in the box with much simpler artwork and with the astronaut holding the gun horizontally.

The first sighting is currently the 1960 Eaton's Christmas catalog.

The spaceship litho on the side of the gun is a direct copy of the spaceship on a Dan Dare trading card made by Calvert.

COMET ПОЛЁT FLIGHT SPACE GUN - VEB - EAST GERMANYPlastic spring driven space gun, Planet Gun variant shoots spinners. This is another appearance the ubiquitous spinner gun. See the Dan Dare Planet Gun. 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 Park Plastics design.
DAN DAR SCULPTORCRAFT SET - SEAMER PRODUCTS - ENGLANDBoxed moulding set comprising four rubber moulds: Dan Dare, Digby, Treen and Mekon. Also provided is a pack of plaster of Paris, paints and a brush. Made by Seamer Products of Hull.

Announced in the Eagle in January 1957. More molds were added to the range including Dan Dare and Digby Toby Jugs.
DAN DARE 3-D PAINTING PLAQUES - CASCELLOID - ENGLANDEmbossed pictures of Dan Dare scenes plus a set of paints. July 1955

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DAN DARE AQUA-JET GUN - LONE STAR DCMT - ENGLANDEnglish copy of the Futuristic Products Co Strato Gun. Made by Lone Star, DCMT. This is a chrome silver plastic water pistol space gun with sight. Dan Dare Aqua Jet molded into the handle.

Lone Star created their own molds based on the Futuristic Products Strato Gun. The three round details on the gun are their own contribution. Featured in trade catalogs for 1954. Introduced in the Eagle 6:27 in July 1955.

Described as a Water Jet Repeater. Also available in other colors: purple
DAN DARE ATOMIC JET GUN - DCMT - ENGLANDThere are two versions of this space water gun, both sharing the same box.

First Version (top)
Red diecast metal space water gun. The gun is a re-packaged ATOMIC JET GUN by DCMT which in turn is a reworking of the original Hiller design. The simple addition of a Dan Dare decal to the top is the only change. Dan Dare was depicted using this version of the gun in the Eagle Comic.

Second Version (bottom)
This is a substantial redesign using hard plastic components. Large DAN DARE wording printed on the top. There is a black rubber plug at the back of the reservoir.
The Atomic Jet wording is still present on the sides of the gun. The barrel position has been moved lower and is now part of the trigger. The gun's trigger has been redesigned: it is now yellow plastic and has an additional rod to improve the robustness of the action.

The gun was first announced in the Eagle comic in August 1952. DCMT also traded as Crescent Toys.
DAN DARE BAGATELLE - CHAD VALLEY - ENGLANDA large wooden bagatelle game with a Dan Dare space themed playing surface. Marbles were included. 1950s

Two versions are known:

Top: Dan Dare in RAF uniform stands alongside a rocket ready for launch. Shown with box. An inexpensive bagatelle introduced in Eagle 6:30 July 1955.

Bottom: the De-Luxe bagatelle, 24". A rocket base is depicted with the Anastasia rocket flying overhead. Comes with six steel balls. Introduced in Eagle 6:42 in October 1955. Box?
DAN DARE BELT - CRAFTON - ENGLANDA fabric belt with leather ends. Dan Dare graphics on the side. The belt assembly on the card measures approximately 2.5 inches wide x 8.5 inches long. The belt itself comprises a plastic buckle that incorporates an image of Dan Dare in a spaceman's helmet. Sold in a simple card slip package with a press-out model.

There are at least two versions: one with an Anastasia spaceship cutout and one with cap and shoulder badge cut outs.
DAN DARE BIG GAME HUNT ON VENUS - CHAD VALLEY - ENGLANDA large boxed shooting game consisting five thick cardboard cut-outs of space-like creatures, that are held in position by a series of small wooden blocks and, through use of elastic bands, they can be knocked down when fired at using the enclosed elastic-band firing space gun.

One of the larger (20" by 10.5") of the three Dan Dare shooting games. Glevum Games aka Char Valley
DAN DARE BRACES (SUSPENDERS) - ENGLANDA pair of braces with Dan Dare graphics printed on the fabric. Supplied in a slip case with bright space graphics.
DAN DARE CODE WRITER AND FOUNTAIN PEN - MAKER? - ENGLANDFountain pen with ability to write in invisible ink or normal ink. Identified in a 1955 Dyson & Horsfall catalog. Picture?
DAN DARE COSMIC RAY GUN - PALITOY - ENGLANDRed plastic space gun with flashlight operation. The gun has a large chrome plastic lens housing at the fron and a long telescopic sight. Three color filters can be adjusted to alter the beam. Battery operated. A secret compartment is located in the handle. There is also a yellow version. The box insert draws attention to a number of rather fanciful features. This gun has been widely copied in a variety of guises.

On sale in Late 1953.
DAN DARE DRAUGHTS - CHAD VALLEY - ENGLANDA boxed game of draughts (checkers/dames). The chequered board folds in half. The game comes with red embossed Dan Dare and yellow Mekon wooden pieces. The box lid shows the RAF version of Dan Dare in front of a green planet with blue background.
DAN DARE FILED GLASSES - MAKER? - ENGLANDA pair of black plastic toy binoculars of modest quality. Plastic strap. The box depicts an RAF Dan Dare using the binoculars. The box carries no maker's name. Box 15cmx12cm
DAN DARE FILM STIPS - FOWDEN - ENGLANDPlastic hand held viewer for viewing the roll of Dan Dare Film Stip (and a wide range of other subjects) reels. The boxed set comprises a mottled plastic viewer and a film strip. Two box versions are known: a yellow space themed one, and a plainer RAF based image.
DAN DARE FIRMTREAD SHOES - CHICLE LTD _ ENGLANDBrown leather shoes with Dan dare graphic on the uppers. August 1952.

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DAN DARE FLYING DISCS - CHAD VALLEY - ENGLANDA shove halfpenny game played on a board with Dan Dare space graphics. The object is to knock the discs into one of the The halfpennies are metal discs. The board comes in a very plain brown box. The object is to push the discs into one of the six scoring rows without the disc touching the lines.

DAN DARE GYRO JEEP - JOHILLCO - ENGLANDMetal gyroscope with a metal cut-out of Dan Dare. Known from this announcement in the Eagle in April 1952.

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DAN DARE HELMET - MAKER? - ENGLANDPaper fibre space helmet with acetate visor. Picture? Advertised in March 1955.
DAN DARE HOLSTER - DALTON MANUFACTURING - ENGLANDLeather holster with Dan Dare graphic and badge. Eagle Vol 3:34 November 1952

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DAN DARE INTERPLANETARY DOMINOES - CHAD VALLEY - ENGLANDA boxed set of 28 card dominoes, two sheets of 14. Instead of numbers the pieces have Dan Dare graphics printed on them. The box pictures the RAF version of Dan Dare in a control room. Announced in September 1955.
DAN DARE INTERPLANETARY STAMPS - HORLICKS - ENGLANDSo-called Cinderella (unofficial) stamps depicting Dan Dare related scenes. In March 1953 Lifebuoy Soap ran an advert in the Eagle offering the first of a series of Dan Dare stamps. Each month they issued another set, four in total, and the offer ended in about July. An "Interplanetary Stamp Folder" album was provided to hold the collection.

Leonard True designed the stamps and the album.Shown are two of the four packets. They were color coded and packed in colored envelopes to distinguish the four sets.
DAN DARE JET FLEET - BELL TOY - ENGLANDKnown from this announcement in a March 1952 issue of Eagle comic. A set of five plastic jet planes on a header card. Picture?

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DAN DARE JETEX SPACE SHIP KIT - WYLMOT MANSOUR, JETEX - ENGLANDA balsa wood construction kit to buid a generic space rocket powered by the solid pellet powered Jetex engine. A contemporary review states: "The spaceship, design influenced by Dan Dare the Hulton Press ace space rider—is only part of the kit A launching ramp, complete with a formidable battery of coil springs and triggers, is the other essential half. It has a rotating base, range of inclination and four very necessary "feet" to take the launch reaction. In fact, first operation of the mechanism strikes one rather forcibly as the recoil is akin to a powerful air rifle.
"Ingenious Jetex unit mounting on a slider arranges to lock the parachute hatch while thrust is "on". This is locked too, when loaded on the ramp and ready for firing. When thrust dies "off", the hatch is free to open and a rubber band flings open the nose for a 'chute in bright red nylon to let Dan Dare down with a modicum of safety."

The box graphics are brightly colored with an RAF uniformed Dan Dare watching the rocket. The rocket itself owes little to the Dan Dare comic strips. Dated to 1955.
DAN DARE JIGSAWS - MAKER? - ENGLANDA set of four 200 piece jigsaws. No maker's name is printed on the boxes but these are sometimes referred to as the Woolworths series because they were sold in their stores in the 1950s.

The titles are:
The Anastasia Approaches a Space Station
Dan and Sondar Capture a Space Ship
Interplanetary Space Fleet Headquarters
Dan Dare and his Friends on Mercury
DAN DARE JIGSAWS - THEYDON - ENGLANDA 200 piece boxed jigsaw puzzle with a Dan Dare themed graphic. There are four titles in the series but only the first two relate to Dan Dare:

1. Rescue in Space (Eagle design E21)
2. The Venusian Embassy Reception (Eagle design E22)
DAN DARE JIGSAWS - WADDINGTONS - ENGLANDA set of four 200 piece jigsaws depicting Dan Dare in space. Each box measures

The four titles in the series are:
Design No 601 Space Repairs to the Anastasia
Design No 602 Call to Action
Design No 603 Dan Dare Defies Volta
Design No 604 Dan Dare and Tharl Fight It Out

These were announced in June 1955, Eagle 6:23 Price 1/9
DAN DARE JOLLIBOMS - MAKER? - ENGLANDMetal cannister in the shape of a rocket. Shoots six spacemen into the air. Picture? Announced December 1955.

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DAN DARE LANDING MAT GAME - CHILDS & SMITH - ENGLANDAn add-on for the Dan Dare helicopter game. The circular mats have Dan dare graphics and are used for accurate landing of the helicopter. Also included are Red Cross supplies, air mail bags and an injured person in a stretcher.
DAN DARE MAGNETIC DARTS - CHAD VALLEY - ENGLANDSteel target with Dan Dare graphics. Magnetic darts.
August 1955

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DAN DARE MARTIAN PATROL LAUNCH - MERTON TOY (CUMBRIAN MOULDINGS) - ENGLANDA plastic 9" long hard plastic boat. Key wound action. The boat has futuristic styling with a red plastic antenna at the bow, a small plastic dome in the middle with an antenna, and a Lido Captain Video plastic spaceship at the stern. Colour combinations are known: red/white and blue/white. Introduced in the Eagle 6:22 in June 1955. Boat

There are two versions (apart from colour variations). The earlier, more expensive model had chrome silver components on the deck. In Summer 1957 the model was made less expensive by replacing the chrome silver with coloured plastic. The example shown here is the later, cheaper model.
DAN DARE MILBRO ROLLER SKATES - MILLARD BROTHERS - SCOTLANDMetal roller skates with red upper. Dan Dare graphic. July 1955

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DAN DARE MINIS MINIATURE PRINTS - PAYNES - ENGLANDColour pictures of Dan Dare on silk panels. Part of a range of Eagle characters. October 1952

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DAN DARE MOUNTAINS OF MARS EXPEDITION - CHAD VALLEY - ENGLANDA boxed board game. The box has excellent Dan Dare graphics showing Dan and Digby beginning their climb. The unusual feature of the game is the "mountain" playing surface: three cards interlock to form a pyramid and small pegs mark the progress of players.
DAN DARE OIL PAINTING BY NUMBERS SET - METTOY - ENGLANDDan Dare lends his RAF image to this rather exploitative marketing. Boxed set of pre-drawn, numbered canvases with oil paints. Scenes from the Eagle comic.

Advertised in the Meccano Magazine November 1954.
DAN DARE OUTFIT - MAKER? - ENGLANDDan Dare playsuit. Silver grey fabric with blue collar, cuffs, belt and anklets. Dan Dare themed fabric badge on chest. A felt hemet was avaiable at extra cost. Made by "a famous manufacturer" but not identified.

Announced in July 1952 Eagle 3:16.

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DAN DARE PERISCOPE - HORLICKS - ENGLANDA premium obtainable from the makers of Horlicks, a malted drink. The printed card can be assembled into a working periscope with mirrors ready attached at correct positions. This was available to members of the Horlicks Spaceman's Club.
DAN DARE PICTURE CARD ALBUM - CALVERT - ENGLANDThe album for the 25 card set given away in Calvert's Dan Dare tooth powder. The tooth powder box contained a voucher for purchasing the album. Paper.
DAN DARE PILOT OF THE FUTURE JIGSAWS - PETER PAN - ENGLANDA set of stiff boxed 150 piece jigsaws with Dan Dare themed scenes. The 150 large-piece jigsaws come ready assembled in the boxes. The box covers are economically designed with a main graphic of Dan Dare and friends watching a large TV monitor while the particular jigsaw is displayed on the monitor. On sale in November 1952

Dan Dare Approaches Venus
Dan Dare Repels the Venusians
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 Park Plastics design.

Merit was the trading name of J & L Randall.
DAN DARE PLYWOOD JIGSAW PUZZLES - VALENTINE - ENGLANDA series of large plywood jigsaw puzzles featuring Dan Dare graphics.

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In the series are: (not the correct names)
A Fleet of Rocketships Towing a Space Vehicle
Dan Dare Rescuing a Man on a Rope

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DAN DARE RACE IN SPACE GAME - CHAD VALLEY - ENGLANDSpace themed Dan Dare board game. Box lid depicts a spaceman Dan Dare on a blue background. Simple plastic spaceship counters, dice and shaker. On sale in 1953.
DAN DARE RADIO STATION - MERIT - ENGLANDBased on the Remco Radio Station. This is a large plastic battery-operated radio station with large towers on either side. A working searchlight sits between them. In the center is a meter with moving needle and on either side are dials. Morse buzzer at the bottom right, and notepad on the left.

The set came with two electrically operated walkie talky handsets, Black and red versions of the handsets are known. Remco QX-2 design with three additional decorative buttons.

The use of brighter colors make it look more toy-like than the Remco original.

This was one of the most successful and well-packed toys of the 1950s and survives in large numbers.
DAN DARE RAY GUN - METTOY - ENGLAND 1951Large red and yellow tinplate space rifle with Dan Dare in RAF uniform an the Eagle logo on the stock. Spark windows in the barrel tip. Marked "Dan Dare Ray Gun" Friction action with spark: turning the handle produces machine gun noise.

There are two known boxes. The more common box is predominantly red/yellow. The second is box is predominantly blue. It depicts Dan Dare in RAF uniform on one side and in a spacesuit on the other. It is possible that this is the box for the Australian release.

This is the first the Dan Dare space guns. It was announced in the 1st August 1951 issue of "The Eagle". Available exclusively from Marks and Spencer. The gun rapidly sold out. Also featured in the 1953 Mettoy catalog (bottom)
DAN DARE REMOTE CONTROL HELICOPTER - CHILD & SMITH - ENGLANDAn attempt to cash in on the popularity Dan Dare with re-box of an existing remote control helicopter. The battery driven helicopter is attached to a counterweighted arm and can be made to rotate around a central column. The only change is the use of an RAF related Dan Dare label designed by Leonard True. Leonard was responsible for the design of artwork for several other Dan Dare items. Introduced in the Eagle 6:21 in May 1955. Trading name Nulli Secundus.
DAN DARE ROCKET BALL - GLEVUM GAMES - ENGLANDThe Rocket Ball game consists of a box base subdivided into a grid of four by four cells, each wih a Dan Dare graphic and a score value. A small tube is used to launch balls at the box and the player scores the value of the cell that the ball lands in. Dan Dare in RAF uniform against a space background. 1950s. Glevum Games was taken over by Chad Valley in 1954 and closed in 1956.
DAN DARE ROCKET GUN - MERIT - ENGLANDBlack plastic raygun embossed with Dan Dare wording. Rounded design with oval side moldings. Flared barrel tip. Shoots darts. Produced in black silver and gold - red has also been seen.

Based on the US Plastic Space Patrol Rocket Dart Gun. Introduced in the Eagle 3:35 in December 1952, available exclusively from Marks & Spencer.

Merit was the trading name of J & L Randall.
DAN DARE ROCKET TARGET - CHAD VALLEY - ENGLANDA boxed target game consisting of a circular card target with Dan Dare graphics and a simple wooden canon that shoots rubber tipped darts. Shooting game. Date?
DAN DARE ROTO - METTOY - ENGLANDPlastic spinner launching toy. Pulling a string attached to the hand set launched the large plastic spinner. Item No 8125 in the 1955 Mettoy catalogue. Sold on a header card. Photo?
DAN DARE SCRAPS - MAMELOCK PRESS - ENGLANDA beautifully printed and cut-out set of scraps depicting scenes from the Eagle comic. Prominent are Dan Dare related graphics. Details? The delicate set carries repeated MP initials and the No 1227. The scraps were available for 6d a sheet and a scrapbook for 2/6. Introduced in the Eagle 5:3 in January 1954.
DAN DARE SECRET INK - WYVERN - ENGLANDA small metal tin of secret Ink for the Wyvern fountain pen. Yellow with a white rocket graphic.
DAN DARE SET - CRESCENT TOYS - ENGLANDA boxed set of seven spacemen and pieces of equipment. The figures are hollow cast lead and are hand painted. This can lead to some variation in the colors of individual items. The equipment is a rocket and rocket launcher. (The top set probably has a missing rocket replaced with a figure).

The sets can vary in their composition and I have shown four combinations. All sets feature Dan Dare in either his space suit or RAF uniform or both. A Treen or Meekon green alien also appears.

All come in the same card box with a graphic display of a rocket launch site with Dan Dare. One or two of the figures are prone to metal fatigue, particularly the rocket launcher.

The set was announced in September 1951 in Eagle 2:22. Price 5/-

DAN DARE SET - KENTOYS - ENGLANDA set of six 54mm hand painted plastic spacemen based on the Eagle comic Dan Dare strip. These figures were sold loose in display boxes of 36 figures. There are some color variations.

The figures were originally made by Eaglewall of Dorking. The moulds were later sold to Kentoys who continued to be produced them.

1 Dan Dare. Spaceman in red space suit and silver helmet, holding small space gun in articulated arm
2 Digby. Fat man in yellow space suit with silver helmet and large ray gun.
3 Professor Jocelyn Peabody. Blonde woman in yellow top, brown pants, kneeling and holding equipment.
4 Commander Lex O'Malley. Bearded man in blue naval uniform holding rifle in left hand and bomb in raised right arm.
5 Sir Hubert Guest. Officer in green air force uniform holding a space rifle at waist.
6 Cadet 'Flamer' Spry. Boy in blue suit racing along, perched on one leg with pistol in outstretched arm.
DAN DARE SET - PLAYLAND PRODUCTS - ENGLANDDan Dare plastic figure set circa 1954. Produced by the English company, M. G. Southall Ltd. treading as Playland Products.

The larger than usual set of hand-painted figures comprises:
Dan Dare yellow spacesuit
Digby (the fat guy) in red spacesuit
Sir Hubert Guest in green spacesuit
Sondar ( a Treen-like alien) in gold suit with red shoulders
A Treen with white shoulders
DAN DARE SHOOTING GAME - CHAD VALLEY - ENGLANDA large boxed shooting game consisting five thick cardboard cut-outs of Dan Dare's enemies that are held in position by a series of small wooden blocks and, through use of elastic bands, they can be knocked down when fired at using the enclosed elastic-band firing space gun. Made by Glevum Games aka Chad Valley.

One of the larger (20" by 10.5") of the three Dan Dare shooting games.
DAN DARE SLEEPING SUIT WITH BANK OF UNITED PLANETS MONEY - MILLER - ENGLANDSpace suit styled pyjamas with three Dan Dare banknotes, Issued by the Bank of United Planets in values of 200, 500 and 1000 Novas. Dated to November 1952 when the "Sleeping Suit" was introduced. The ad is from March 1953.

The notes have Leonard True's signature at the bottom. He was responsible for several Dan Dare items including the Interplanetary stamps and the Horlicks spaceship cutout.

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DAN DARE SPACE BAGATELLE -METTOY - ENGLANDClear plastic bagatelle game with a Dan Dare themed background. This bagatelle does not have a plastic lid. Two struts screw into the back to provided an angled playing surface. Primitive ball firing mechanism. Comes with five colored balls. 31cm 12"
DAN DARE SPACE GUN - LONE STAR DCMT - ENGLANDMetal diecast gun, spray pain finish. Cap firing action. The mold was used by Lone Star for a wide range of TV based space guns. The red version is associated with the 1950s box and has Dan Dare molded into the gun. Featured in trade catalogs for 1954 eg "Playthings and Hobbies 1954-55". Introduced in the Eagle 6:27 in July 1955. This is the first appearance of this much copied diecast gun.

The metallic blue version has a Dan Dare decal. The date of the blue version, and the box it came in are not yet established.
DAN DARE SPACE MASK - MAKER?Details based on this October 1954 advert. Appears opaque but can be seen through by wearer.
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DAN DARE SPACE MEN - MERIT - ENGLANDBoxed set of hard brittle plastic spacemen based on the Archer originals. Seven figures, six hard plastic spacemen and the robot in various colors.

These English figures were made from the same molds as the American Archer versions, therefore are identical. All the examples I have see have the sans-serif PAT PENDING wording. Kleeware and Tudor Rose used the molds; Merit must have obtained them from one of these companies. Merit was the trading name of J & L Randall.

Window boxed set with Dan Dare graphics. 1950s
DAN DARE SPACE PATROL PLANE - METTOY? - ENGLANDA brightly lithographed red tinplate airplane with detachable wing. Friction action with spark. Plastic propellor.

Though the plane does not have Dan Dare wording Space Patrol is printed on the wings. The litho in the cockpit depicts characters clearly intended to be Dan dare in RAF uniform. Box. Maker not established but likely to be Wells Brimtoy or possibly Mettoy. 35cm. Date?
DAN DARE SPACE SCOUT - WILLENCE TRADING - ENGLANDFibreglass spaceship pedal car on a metal frame. Announced in April 1959.

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DAN DARE SPACE SHIP BUILDER - A M BARTRAM - ENGLANDA Meccano style spaceship building set comprising rods, panels and pre-shaped rocket components. There are four sets: 0, 1, 2 and 3, each with an increasing number of parts. Boxed with striking space themed Dan Dare graphics. Advertised August 1955.
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