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DIAN DONG DA FEI CHAN (ROCKET SHIP) - CHINARed white and blue lithographed tin battery operated space ship with vinyl pilot head behind a tin windscreen. The distinguishing feature of this range is the pair of red and green colored plastic spark windows at the front of the rocket. Another variation of the Masudaya Rocket Racer. Other versons have been seen in this box but here the litho on the toy corresponds with the box artwork - eg portholes. Box and spaceship combinations seem to be random: Box has No 8, toy has No 9. etc. Two litho variations shown.

Bump and go action with noise and flashing lights.

Masudaya Rocket Racer design.
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FIRE BIRD 308 ROCKET - MASUDAYA - JAPANA large red and white tin friction space rocket, Rocket Racer style. A tin astronaut pilot head is mounted on top behind a tin and plastic windshield. Marked Fire Bird, 308 at the back. Box? Masudaya Rocket Racer design. Box?

There is also a litho version of this rocket marked Fire Bird 58.

Firebird
Image courtesy Smith House Auctions
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FLYING BOAT 7 ROCKET - CHINATin friction rocket with pilot head behind windshield. Older box has a 5 on the rocket. Later issued as Great Flying Boat. China MF-742 Boat is the translation of ship, as in space ship.
Masudaya Rocket Racer design.
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LEVER ACTION ATOMIC ROCKET - MASUDAYA - JAPANA blue, red and black lithographed tin friction. Saturn and stars litho on the large distinctive side panels. Circa 1950's. Push down lever action. Marked Atomic Rocket. The top fin acts as the lever. MT Plain box with paper label.

An early example of the Masudaya Rocket Racer design. The same pressing as the X-3 rocket.

On sale at Macy's December 1953.
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MOON ROCKET (SPARKLING ROCKET SHIP 3) - MASUDAYA - JAPANSmall lithographed tinplate friction rocket. Red, yellow and blue color scheme. Litho pilot detailing, but there is no windscreen on this model. Red cellophane spark window at rear. Circa 1950's. Friction noise with spark. Plain card box with a paper label. MT Rocket Racer style.

Versions exist with wording (green fin) and without wording (yellow fin). Rocket Ship 3
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An early example of Masudaya Rocket Racer design. This toy is featured in a 1953 Masudaya advertisement. It was on sale in December 1952.
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ROCKET RACER - MAKER? - HONG KONGThis rather stubby plastic rocket appears to be based on the Masudaya Rocket Racer 3 version of the popular design. Yellow and red plastic with green side wings and a pilot head under a clear plastic canopy. Friction action with siren. 1960s.
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ROCKET RACER 3 - MASUDAYA - JAPANA red and white lithograhed tin friction rocket. Distinctive exhaust litho on the sides and the number 3 on the top. This is a rather small, stubby version of the rocket racer design. Tin pilot head behind windscreen. Friction action with noise.

Featured in the 1963 Masudaya catalog. Advertised in the San Antonio Express, September 1964
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ROCKET RACER 7 - MASUDAYA - JAPANRed and yellow lithographed tin friction rocket racer with tin pilot head behind a blue tin windshield. Masudaya Rocket Racer design.
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ROCKET RACER 8 WITH DETONATION - MASUDAYA - JAPANA large red and white lithographed tin friction space rocket, Rocket Racer style. Tin pilot head behind windscreen. Friction action with clicking noise. Marked 8 on the side wings and tail fin. On sale in December 1959.

Masudaya Rocket Racer design.
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ROCKET RACER RRX - MASUDAYA - JAPANAn early lithographed tinplate space car with a tin pilot's head behind a plastic windshield. The pilot sits in an unusual open raised cockpit with litho of a steering wheel. Rear fin. White body with orange, red and blue details. Friction action: non-fall, the third wheel alters the direction when the car reaches the edge. The underside has two wheels with a third wheel at right angles towards the center. One wheel has a rubber tire, the other does not. Marked Rocket Racer RRX. The pressing is the same as the Space Rocket Car X.

Date? 1950s Box? R.R.X.
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Small Flying Boat MF813 - ChinaRed tin lithographed spaceship with pilot under tall plastic dome. Small wings on either side. Friction action with sound. MF 813. The design is a sort of parody of the Masudaya Rocket Racer.
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SPACE BOAT ROCKET 3 ME-078 - CHINAA white lithographed tin battery operated space rocket with red, blue and gold trim. Bump and go action with flashing lights. Vinyl pilot head behind windscreen. A variation of the Masudaya Rocket 9 Space Boat. Unusually this rocket has a small pair of spoked wheels at the rear. Bump and go action with noise and flashing lights. ME 078 Size 13" 32cm Box?

Masudaya Rocket Racer design.
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SPACE ROCKET 9 - MASUDAYA - JAPANLithographed tin friction space rocket racer style. One box version has the error"with Detnation" (sic) clicking noise. Vinyl pilot head behind windscreen. The older green version has a tin astronaut head.

Two box variations are shown, along with three litho variations of the rocket: light blue, darker blue and a green version. Featured in the 1963 Masudaya catalog.

Masudaya Rocket Racer design.
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SPACE ROCKET 9 VARIATIONS - MASUDAYA - JAPANTin friction space rocket racer style. Vinyl pilot head behind windscreen. Used as the basis for a series of Japanese Superhero rockets. Includes Tiger Rocket, Spectreman.

Masudaya Rocket Racer design.
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SPACE ROCKET CAR X - MASUDAYA - JAPANRed tin friction space car with litho details. The friction car has a non-fall action: if the front drops over a surface a wheel positioned at right angles turns it back. " Neither Slipping Nor Tumbling Off". One wheel has a rubber tire, the other does not. The box has a four leaf clover logo in addition to the Masudaya logo. The pressing is the same as the Rocket Racer RRX.

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SUPERSONIC SPEEDSTER ROCKET RACER 5 - MASUDAYA - JAPANA red and yellow/tan lithographed tin friction rocket No 5. Tin pilot head. Windscreen. Masudaya Rocket Racer design.
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