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JUNOR JET 27 - YONEZAWA - JAPANRace car style tin friction rocket. Red, white and yellow litho. Yellow tin fin with 27 printed on it. Junor Jet (sic) with a shooting star printed on the side. Four wheels. Pilot under canopy. The rear engine moves in and out. Japan 1950s. Date? The name Junor is a typo. Photo evidence gives a 1960 date.

See also the Space Rocket Car 75 version of this toy.
JUPITER ROCKET - YOSHI - JAPANYoshi's approach to rocket design is quite different from the other manufacturers. This is a green and red jet-like tin friction rocket with two small wings at the rear and two very small tiny stabilizing fins at the front. There is a single tailfin. The friction mechanism is attached below the rear, with no attempt to hide it. Marked JUPITER with a USAF star. Y in Diamond. Box? Date?
JUPITER ROCKET D-119 - HWN - WEST GERMANYA blue, red and yellow lithographed tin friction rocket with circular spark window openings at rear. Bright spray-like color effect. The tailfins extend well beyond the rear. There are spark holes covered in red plastic at the back. Two halves of the pressing are crimped together. Made by Heinrich Wimmer Nuemberg W Germany. There is also a version with UK an USA flags on the nose. 1950s. Wheeled friction action with spark.

This appears to be the same pressing as the Belloni Italian Meteor Bell-310 rocket.
JUPITER ROCKET JP7A - MASUYA - JAPANWGrey, blue and red plane style in friction rocket with yellow detailing This cockpit with litho pilot. Three fins. In the nose is a striker pin which, on impact, releases an arm that enables the rocket to stand up. Marked Jupiter Rocket JP7a. JP 7A version of the Masuya Jupiter-Nike tin friction rocket with standing action. The box art depicts a slightly different version SP-207,
JUPITER ROCKET M5 - MASUYA - JAPANLithographed tin litho M 5 version of the Masuya tin friction rocket with standing action and noise. 11 ins. White with red and yellow detailing. Litho cockpit (unlike the clear plastic canopy of the Lyra copy). Marked Jupiter United States Army. M 5 on the red and yellow tin fins. Masuya Fine Toys The first sighting to date is in a Walgreen Agency Christmas catalog for 1959. Masuya Jupiter-Nike
KOSMOS SPACE ROCKET - MS BRANDENBURG - EAST GERMANYA stubby lithographed tinplate rocket. Silver with four red rocket motors and a large window in one side in which an astronaut can be seen. Marked KOSMOS. A triangular hook device and a cylindrical base are also included.

The base is probably heavily weighted. It has a self-winding spring and a reel inside; when let go the rocket climbs to the top of the line.

KOZMICKE VOZIDLO - OMNIA - CZECHOSLOVAKIAA lithographed tin friction wheeled rocket. Crimped construction. The design is very simplistic: lines and circles hinting at window detail. There are several litho variations. The box art is even more basic with a simple silhouette of the rocket. Cosmic Rocket. Friction action with noise and spark. Czechoslovakia. CSSR c1970
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.
LUKY- ZX-7 ROCKET - MAKER? - JAPANA cute little lithographed tin friction rocket with cockpit detailing. Red and white with a line of white stars on a blue band. The name is a misspelling of Lucky, a detail that adds to the charm. Marked The Moon on reverse side. Friction action with spark. Box? 1950s.
LUNAR 7 ROCKET - NOMURA? - JAPANNomura produced a series of Thunderbird 1 knockoffs, and this is one with a difference: the Lunar 7. The maker hasn't been confirmed yet but the design is very similar to the Wonder-L, Solar-X 7 and Solar-X 8.

It's a friction white tin rocket with blue and red trim. There's a small red plastic nose with a hefty safety button on the tip. The rocket has folding grey plastic wings. Marked Lunar-7

Tin friction rocket with folding wings. There is a blue button on the rocket that allows the wings to extend.
LUNAR PROBE No 1 - LUCKY TOYS - HONG KONGThis is a rocket with clean lines and box artwork that is of good quality. A white plastic friction rocket with a clear red plastic nosecone and a red plastic engine with black cone at the rear. Three chrome plastic engines on fins and matching silver trim. Friction action with spark. Hong Kong 1960s.
M3A LITTLE ATLAS ROCKET - MASUYA - JAPANNike style tin friction rocket. White and silver plane style in friction rocket with red detailing This cockpit with litho pilot. Three fins. In the nose is a striker pin which, on impact, releases an arm that enables the rocket to stand up. Marked ATLAS US Air Force M3A. Masuya Jupiter-Nike
MAI 9 ROCKET - MAKER? - ROMANIAA green tin lithographed rocket with red and black detailing. Litho cockpit. Marked 'MAI' 9 in a circle on the top. There is a serial number on the side which indicates a possible date of 1979. Friction action: two drive wheels and a small plastic tail wheel. Sometimes referred to as Strato Plane. Box?
MARS 3 SPACE ROCKET - NOMURA - JAPANPlastic battery operated rocket with sound and flashing lights. Rocket moves forward with flashing lights. A lever lifts the rocket into a vertical position. German box version shown on the left.
MARS ROCKET 3122 - MASUDAYA - JAPANA large red and white tin lithographed battery operated rocket. 14 ins long. Jet plane style with tin astronaut under a clear dome canopy. Bump and go action. Flashing lights in the wings, spacenoise. The yellow lithographed astronaut slowly lifts his arm up and down. 3122 Mars printed on wings. MT It may be that 3122 is the Masudaya catalog number for this toy in which case this would be from the early 1960s.
MARTE SPACE ROCKET - SAPENA AND BISQUERT - SPAINA large painted wood rocket with side wings, a forward gun turret and rear antenna. The central well contains three large hard rubber spacemen with helmets.

The Marte Space Ship was made in Spain in the 50's. The mostly wood toy measures approx. 22. As the front wheels turn the gun swivels and the rear wheels rotate the antenna.

Featured in "Plastic Toy Figures Made in Spain" by Juan Hermida. The caption reads "Friction space ship in wood, equipped with cannon and rotating radar, made by the craftsmen of Denia, Valencia, Juan Forner Font, late 1950s."
MAYA/KT ROCKET - MAKER? - INDIAFrom India comes this eccentric pair of lithographed tin space rockets. Horizontal friction tin rocket with a clear red plastic nose cone, one tipped with blue paint. The rockets are copiously illustrated with comic animals: Donald Duck, chipmunks etc. There are two drive wheels at the front and two small tail wheels at the back. Friction action with noise and sparks in the nose. Asia

Two versions shown:
Top: Maya Rocket. Marked "Wellcome (sic) you to the capital." at the back.

Bottom: Marked K.T. Rocket.
ME-56 MERCURY ROCKET - DAIYA - JAPANThis is a classic early wheeled rocket from Daiya, and it's their only example of this 1950s design. The lithographed tinplate rocket is brightly decorated in red, yellow and blue with lines of stars and a USAF logo. The three yellow fins have, uniquely, a distinct curve and are marked Mercury. Star shaped holes are cut into the body. 25cm

Plain card box with paper label. Date?
MECHANICAL KIDDY ROCKET - YONE/YONEYA - JAPANAnother reworking of the popular SY/Yoneya Jumping Rocket design. This is a lithographed tin friction rocket with a vinyl child's head. Unusually, there is a small tin propeller on the front. Red and yellow with PLAYLAND wording on the front and the serial R.26 on the tail fin. The box depicts 72 on the rocket. 15cm long

This rocket also formed part of the Super Rocket Ride.
MECHANICAL ROCKET U-2 - PRIFTIS - GREECEMetallic blue and red lithographed friction powered tinplate Space Rocket. The rocket has a red plastic canopy with pilot inside. At the back is a cylindrical yellow plastic structure with three fins. Runs on wide plastic wheels. Friction action with noise and spark. Pi Logo. There are several litho versions of this rocket including the lower one with the elaborate exhaust litho. The maker Ananiades has also been suggested.

MECHANICAL SPACE CRAFT - DAIYA - JAPANThis is a very basic tin and plastic wind up rocket from Daiya. The cylindrical silver rocket has a transparent red plastic nose and a red plastic rotating tail. Markes SPACECRAFT. Window box. 17cm 1970s
METEOR BELL-310 ROCKET - BELLONI - ITALYTin friction rocket. Meteor wording on nose. Bell-310 on tailfin. Believed to be by Belloni, an Italian company. Box? 1950s

This appears to be the same pressing as the German HWN Jupiter D-119

Also shown is an incomplete example (no tail fin) of the Bell 314 rocket.
MOBIL JET - MARUBISHI? TY? - JAPANAn red and white lithographed tin friction space vehicle. The vehicle has an unusual tear drop shape with a yellow tin pilot under a clear dome and two long clear green plastic engine tubes at the back. (Note: this version has the tin bodied astronaut rather than the vinyl head of other versions).

Two wire antennas sweep backwards along the top. Marked Mobil Jet. 8" 20cm. This is a variation of the Marubishi Astro Mobil.

Friction action with noise and spark. The Mobil Jet has an unusual manufacturer's logo: it is marked "Look for good toy" in a circle with a hard to decipher TY (?) inside and Made in Japan.
MOND RAKETA - BERMEWA - GERMANYWooden rockets with metal fins. They are fired from a wooden plunger. A cap is inserted into the end of the plunger opening, the rocket pushed into the plunger. When the plunger is pulled back and released, the rocket will fly off with a bang.

MONDRAKETE MOON ROCKET - GUNTERMAN - WEST GERMANYMondrakete tin wind up space rocket. This red and silver tin rocket comes in two versions.

In one form (top) it has a long metal strip passing through the center. When wound the rocket travels along the metal strip and releases a passenger sitting in a parachute style metal canopy.

A second version (bottom) the rocket has a propeller at the front. When suspended from the ceiling the rocket rotates in the manner of a traditional airship or Zeppelin toy.

W Germany 1950s.
MOON EXPRESS MOON ROCKET XY - NOMURA - JAPANSilver lithographed tin friction space rocket with rear spark windows. Fins marked XY. Early 1950s. Plain box with paper label. The box depicts a sleeker rocket than the one inside. See also the Moon Mars and Rocket Mars variations of this toy.

Image courtesy of Smith House Auctions.
MOON EXPRESS ROCKET - HAJI - JAPANFrom this small Japanese company comes a relatively early rocket with a unique character. This is a blue tin friction rocket with red and yellow trim and litho pilot detailing. 6.5" 16cm The rocket's body tapers more than most and has a rubber safety tip, There are three angular fins which extend slightly beyond the exhaust. The rear of the rocket has a series of spark holes with red inserts. The friction mechanism sits in full view below the tail. Box? Date?
MOON MARS XY ROCKET - NOMURA - JAPANAn early Nomura tin friction rocket with spark windows at the rear. This silver lithographed rocket has a red nose and is covered in boilerplate style rivets. There are shooting stars and planets along with the wording Moon Mars on the sides. Marked XY on the tail fins. Three fins. 11cm Spark windows at rear. Date? Box?

See the XY Moon Express and Rocket Mars versions of this rocket.
MOON RANGER SPACE CAR - KOTA - HONG KONGLarge blue plastic battery operated space rocket with plastic pilot under a clear plastic dome. Four holes in each side aft of the canopy. Red lights in the nose area. This is a Chinese variation of the sonicon style toy operated by a whistle. Marked Kota, Hong Kong

A 1968 Denver Post article says of this toy: "switched whistle that operates a sound-sensitve membrane in the .... The unit switches on power supplied by regular flashlight ..... ignores all sound but the whistle and shuts itself off automatically after 30 seconds. It is made by a Hong Kong .... company"
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

An early example of Masudaya Rocket Racer design. This toy is featured in a 1953 Masudaya advertisement. It was on sale in December 1952.
MOON ROCKET - MAKER? - JAPANEarly tin friction rocket. The odd fins are correct. This is a half-shell rocket. There is no manufacturer's mark on the toy. Box?

There are at least two versions: metallic green, and metallic silver blue.
MOON ROCKET - MASUDAYA - JAPANOne of Masudaya's tin battery operated space ships with a non-fall action. An astronaut pilot sits inside a cockpit with a clear plastic cover. Rear tail fin. A metal rocker in the base detects edges and alters the direction of the rocket. This toy has particularly long red conical engines that run the length of the ship.

Two box versions are shown. There's also a version with two astronauts in the cockpit.

Distinctive Features:
Multicolored litho, light blue, red, pink and yellow.
Astronaut with rotating blue plastic periscope.
Marked Moon Rocket
Curved yellow fin
Three colored lights in either side.
Date: Appeared in the 1963 Masudaya Catalog and Firestone 1963 Gift Catalog. Two box versions shown.
MOON ROCKET - MASUYA - JAPANWhite lithographed tin friction rocket wit red detailing. Three rear fins. A striker pin in the nose releases and arm that enables the rocket to stands up when it hits an object. A door opens and a gangplank descends, revealing a lithographed astronaut standing in the doorway. Marked Moon Rocket. There are at least four litho versions of the Masuya rocket and an Ohta version. MASUYA Cupid Logo.
MOON ROCKET MF-069 - MAKER? - CHINASilver lithographed tin rocket with blue and red trim. Two spark windows at the rear. Friction action with spark. Two rear fins (no upright tail fin) and two smaller forward fins. The rocket has a hinged tin canopy with a printed picture of a dog. The cockpit cover raises when the front nose spike hits an object. Inside the cockpit is a small plush dog. There is a clear connection with Laika, the Russian space dog. MF069 Also known in a red version.

MOON ROCKET XM-12 - YONEZAWA - JAPANVery large metallic blue tin battery operated rocket. 38cm. Two pilots under a clear plastic canopy. The rocket can be steered via the nose wheel. Hatches in the front and rear give access to replace the light bulbs, a possibly unique feature. Lighted spinning engine. The fins are detachable for storage.

"Action lighted spinning rocket engine & Radar lunar scope".

The design of the rocket is clearly inspired by the rocket Luna in the 1950 film "Destination Moon" though the name is a variation of the craft in "Rocket Ship X-M".

Dee also the similar X-12 version of the rocket.

Currently the first sighting is in the 1958 Sears Christmas catalog and in the Lazarus catalog for 1959 .
MOON SHIP LK-1 - CHISTOPOL - RUSSIATin friction space rocket. Cream top, light blue lower. Two large side fins at the rear. Spark window and red plastic engine at the back. Friction action with noise and spark. 1980. USSR
MOON SHIP SUPERSONIC - MASUDAYA - JAPANMarked Super Sonic on the sides and Moon Ship on the tail fin. A metallic blue body with a white canopy and red trim. Red tin pilot under a clear plastic canopy. The box depicts a grey, white and red version of the toy.

"Supersonic non stop action." Large tin battery op Sonicon style spaceship. Bump and go action. Currently the first sighting is in a FAO Schwarz Christmas 1961 Toys Catalog. This rocket does not have an antenna.

This toy uses the pressing for the bulbous Sonicon rocket ship, but has a non-stop action instead of the sound mechanism. Flashing lights in the tail.
MOON-RIDER SPACE SHIP - MARX - ENGLANDBlue and cream lithographed tinplate space rocket. Elaborate litho detailing of pilot and passengers. Marked 745. Yellow tail fin. Two pairs of small side fins at the front and the rear. Large fixed keywound motor. Two large rubber wheels and one small rear wheel. Wind up action with sparks. On/off switch to back. 12" 30cm UK Marx. Circa 1952

Very similar to the Tom Corbett tin wind up spaceship, which in turn is based on the 1934 Buck Rogers Rocket Ship. The original Marx rocketship has been pared down to its essentials here. The side wings have gone along with any astronaut poking out of the top. This changes the scale of the toy.

Box? Date? Moonrider spaceship
NASA SPACESHIP SPACE RANGER 1 - MASUDAYA - JAPANOne of Masudaya's tin battery operated space ships with a non-fall action. An astronaut pilot sits inside a cockpit with a clear plastic cover. Rear tail fin. A metal rocker in the base detects edges and alters the direction of the rocket. This toy has particularly long white conical engines that run the length of the ship.

Distinctive Features:
No astronaut.
Red plastic lights at the back.
White litho with blue trim and a blue cockpit cover.
Large rotating plastic antenna
Marked NASA United States
Curved white fin
Three colored lights in either side.
Picture box with Japanese wording, translates as SPACE RANGER 1
NAVE ESPACIAL NASA - MOLTO - SPAINA green plastic rocket with a clear red rotating nose cone. Based on the Yoshiya Commander Rocket design. Decal details include a cockpit with pilot. NASA wording on the sides. There is a small red light on the top. Friction action with noise and spark. Date?

NAVETA SPATIALA ROCKET - AGATEX - ROMANIAOrange and white tinplate wind up space rocket. Three tail fins and three corresponding fins towards the front of the rocket. A small plastic engine is positioned on the tail fin. Pushing the rocket forward winds the mechanism. The slider allows access to the compartment for replacement of the flint. Box?

Marked LEI 45 NI 34584-79. 79 is probably the year of manufacture.
This is a color variation of the COSMOS-189 ROCKET but there is no obvious logo. 29cm
NIGHT FIGHTER USAF - BANDAI - JAPABNSmall lithographed tinplate space plane. Green with yellow and red accents. Saturn logo at the front and a lithographed spaceman pilot. It is 4 inches long and 5 1/4 wingspan. Borderline space. Box? Date? 1950s
NIKE MISSILE WITH SPARK - DAIYA - JAPANA very long white tinplate and plastic missile. The SAM-A7 rocket comprises three sections that fit together. The tail section has a friction motor with spark windows near the tailfins, the central section has four fins, and the nose consists of a red plastic section with a white plastic tip. The three parts dismantle for storage in the box. Date?
NIKE SAM-A7 SPACE ROCKET - MASUYA - JAPANWhite plane style in friction rocket with red and yellow detailing This cockpit with litho pilot. Three fins. In the nose is a striker pin which, on impact, releases an arm that enables the rocket to stand up. Marked NIKE SAM-A7 US Army. Masuya Jupiter-Nike rocket.
NIKE SR-7 ROCKET - MASUYA - JAPANWhite and bue plane style in friction rocket with red and yellow detailing This cockpit with litho pilot. Three fins. In the nose is a striker pin which, on impact, releases an arm that enables the rocket to stand up. Marked Nike Space Rocket SR-7. Masuya Jupiter-Nike rocket.

The rocket features in a Japanese trade catalogue dated 1966.
NON STOP MOON EXPLORER - MASUDAYA - JAPANMarked Moon Explorer. A red and white battery operated rocket. Featured in the 1963 Masudaya catalog. Remote control rocket advances as antenna turns. Red tinplate pilot.

This toy uses the pressing for the bulbous Sonicon rocket ship, but has a non-stop action instead of the sound mechanism. Flashing lights in the tail.

NON STOP MOON EXPLORER X-5 - MASUDAYA - JAPANMarked X-5 Moon Explorer. Cream and silver grey battery operated rocket. The box depicts a red version and is identical to the box used for the red and white version of the toy. (unless there is a box mismatch here?) Non Stop bump and go action. Red tinplate pilot.

This toy uses the pressing for the bulbous Sonicon rocket ship, but has a non-stop action instead of the sound mechanism. Flashing lights in the tail.

On sale in December 1960.
OCEANIC ROCKET - AUTOMATIC TOY CO - USASimple blue and yellow lithographed tin friction space vehicle. Pull back and release. Two wheels, the tail trails on the ground. "To Wind Draw Backwards". USA Tear shape. Automatic Toy Co. of Staten Island, New York. Also sold with "G-Man Pursuit" and "Transcontinental Rocket" litho variations. Probably sold loose as a bin toy.
ORIENT COMMANDER ROCKET - OMI - INDIABrightly lithographed tin friction rocket. India. Date? Better picture anyone? Based on the Yoshiya Japanese Commander Rocket.
See also the Oriental Air Rocket. Asia
ORIENTAL AIR ROCKET - OMI/HEC - INDIATin friction rocket with bright childlike lithography. 27cm. Blue plastic nose cone. A variation of the Skymaster rocket. India. Copy of A novelty rocket from India. Designed for the young child is this tin friction rocket. Based on the Yoshiya Commander Rocket. Asia

Various litho variations exist.

OMI, the maker, is Oriental Metal Industries of Delhi. HEC is the importer.

PATROL 3160 CAR - MAKER? - JAPANA very small tin rocket car. The orange and white ship has a rounded front and a small tail fin. 3160 is printed on the side. Wind up. There is a small switch mounted underneath. The rubber wheels have metal rims and the indication is that this is part of a larger tracked toy. Date?
PLANET EXPLORER - MASUDAYA - JAPANOne of Masudaya's tin battery operated space ships with a non-fall action. An astronaut pilot sits inside a cockpit with a clear plastic cover. Rear tail fin and two red conical engines on the side. A metal rocker in the base detects edges and alters the direction of the rocket.

Disticnctive Features:
Silver and blue with red detailing.
Large square rotating plastic antenna.
Marked Planet Explorer
Triangular tailfin.
This version does not have lights or portholes in either side.
PLANET EXPLORER M5 ROCKET - LYRA - GREECEA delightful example of a completely misleading box. The box art is a copy of the artwork on the Nomura/Nikko Three Stage Rocket with the name changed to "Planet Explorer". It is claimed to be a Non-Fall toy. The box contents are, however, a simple friction rocket. Brightly colored blue and red tin friction rocket with vinyl pilot head under a clear plastic canopy. M-5 on wings and tailfin. Lyra Greek. M 5 25cm

This is a variation of the JUPITER ROCKET M5 by MASUYA

PLANET ORBITAL 1 CONSTRUCTION SYSTEM - MS BRANDENBURG - EAST GERMANYA tin and plastic construction toy comprising a series of tin rocket sections and plastic nose cones, etc. Battery operated remote control with rotation of the upper sections and flashing lights. Parts marked KXB 70. No 5020. DDR
PLANET SPECIAL - MAKER? - ENGLANDThis is a very small (10cm) blue, red and yellow tin friction rocket with spark aperture at rear. It has simple litho detailing of a cockpit and portholes with passengers. There's a small red fin on top and a large spark window at the back with a red plastic cover. Crimped tin construction with a fin surrounding the toy. Marked No 245 Made in Great Britain

The "New Gyro Sparking Motor" mentioned on the box is simply a friction motor. Muted pastel colors. Early 1950s. Manufacturer not confirmed, possibly Wells-Brimtoy.
PROBE FORCE No 1 - HOVER - HONG KONGVery long grey plastic friction drive rocket spaceship just like the Probe Force Flight 1. The box cover is a colour photograph of the ship flying through space past a huge gas cloud. Hover logo. Based on the Project Sword vehicle and carries SWORD logo on tailfin. A virtually identical toy was produced by Tarheel - all the same except for the maker's logo on the box.
PROBE FORCE No 2, PROJECT SWORD - CENTURY 21 - HONG KONGCentury 21 Toys- This plastic friction space rocket is titled 'Probe Force No.2' on the box. Its plastic, about a foot long and coloured off- white. Has a bit of an XL-5 look to it, but with extra fins. The exhaust area is bright red translucent plastic, as is the cockpit . Has 'made in Hong Kong' on the base.
The box is a one parter of thin card. The 'Star features' on the front and rear are ' Powerful friction drive, realistic siren sound, SWORD insignia.' The Astronaut badge is advertised as being inside with the free Manual. A sheet of thick card came as inner- packaging. 1967
PROBE FORCE No 3, PROJECT SWORD - CENTURY 21 - HONG KONGCentury 21 - chunky plastic space - plane with friction drive and siren sound. The plastic wings are detachable.
Rectangular one - piece box with great artwork showing the ship , painted, zooming through space. 'Star Features' are 'powerful friction drive', 'realistic siren sound' and 'sword insignia'. It states that it is 'Made in Hong Kong for Century 21 Toys limited'. Unusually, the artwork of the ship only appears on two of the four sides. The other two contain a large Project sword emblem and the above manufacturers details on a largely yellow (with some red) background.
RAKIETA KOSMICZNA (SPACE ROCKET) - SRC - POLANDGrey plastic friction rocket with three wheels. Three white tail fins. red nose cap and tail. Friction action. Box?

Spółdzielnia Rzemieślnicza Centrum, Warsaw. A paper slip dates it to 1988.

This is a version of the Lucky Toy Lunar Probe, which is based on the static X-60 rocket that is found on the JR Toy Rocket Transporter.
REX MARS ROCKET FIGHTER SHIP - MARX - GREAT BRITAINThis is a lithographed tinplate rocket based on the original Buck Rogers design. Rex Mars was a Marx in-house royalty free space hero. The design is a direct copy of the American 1951 Rocket Fighter with the addition of Rex Mars wording on the nose. This was produced at the Marx factory in Swansea, Wales, for the British maket. 12" long with a wind up mechanism, sparking action in the tail section and a clicking noise as it moves. C1951 England
ROCKET - ANANIADES PRIFTIS? - GREECELithographed tinplate space rocket, 20 cms. A bulbous design with two tailfins but no upright tail fin. Large celar red plastic dome in the middle. Blure plastic wheels. Lithographed detailing shows astronauts inside a window. Friction action with spark. Marked Rocket. Greek. Date?

The same pressing with different litho was used by Priftis. Pi logo
ROCKET - HWN - WEST GERMANYTin friction space rocket with cage structure on top. Litho detail of a pilot entering the door. This toy uses the same pressing as the Turbojet Bank. It is clearly an adaptation of the earlier bank version: the coin mechanism of the bank has been covered by the cage, but the litho explaining the operation of the coin mechanism is still present. Holes have been added at the tail and the litho varies slightly.

This version does not have the tinplate dome at the front.

Made by Heinrich Wimmer Nuemberg 1950s
ROCKET - MAKER? - RUSSIAPlastic Soviet era space rocket. Three wheels, friction action. Portholes and two side fins. 10 ins long. Two versions shown, the lower one attributed to the Zagorsk Research Institute of Toys. Date? Box?
ROCKET - TATRASMALT - CZECHOSLOVAKIATinplate 16 cm rocket, friction action. Rubber nose. Plain metal fins. Market TM on rear fin. Various colors known. The number on the fin can vary: 264, 364, 464 - the reason is unknown. Box?
Possible 1967 CSSR Czech.
ROCKET 54 - SI? - JAPANBlue lithographed tinplate rocket with red and silver detailing. Litho pilot in cockpit details. Lightning flash on sides. 1950s. Long tailfins. Box? Identical in shape to the X-36 Sparkling Space Ranger by SI. Saturn on the tail fin. Friction action with spark.

ROCKET CAR - WORKRITE PRODUCTS - USAA streamlined wooden space rocket pull toy. Light blue with red fins, Four wheels. First seen in an advertisement in a 1945 Billy & Ruth catalog. 12.5 ins
ROCKET MARS XY - NOMURA - JAPANEarly metalic green tin friction rocket with three fins. Rear spark windows around the tail. Comet detailing on the sides. See also the XY Moon Mars and Moon Express versions. Cragstan logo. The box depicts a sleeker model than the rather stubby one inside. Early 1950s.
ROCKET METEOR - MARUSAN - JAPANThis space toy is certainly a unique piece in many ways and may be the first battery operated rocket.

This is a silver and white patterned tin rocket with a blue nose and red trim. The litho incorporates lots of rivets. It has three red and silver fins that extend well beyond the exhaust. Along the sides are two rows of four red lights or portholes. There may be a light in the nose. At the back is a rod with a propeller at the end. The rocket can be attached to a string and will fly in circles while the lights flash. Date? 1950s styling. Marked SAN

The box art depicts a slightly different style and color of rocket.

This is the same pressing as used on the HIGH SPEED ROCKET THE MOON ZX-8 and UNIVERSAL ROCKET, THE MOON X-1
ROCKET MISSILE - MASUDAYA? - JAPANSomething of a mystery, this rocket has no obvious manufacturer's logo but it is very close in design to the Masudaya Sparkling Rocket V-1. This is a realistic looking light blue and white tin rocket with a V-2 style. USAF and a US Airforce star logo on the side. Interestingly one version of the box has an error, with USAE wording. Three fins. 13" 33cm. Spark windows at the rear. Rubber nose tip. Friction action with noise and spark.

On sale in December 1960.

ROCKET MONEY BANK - MAKER? - JAPANA lithographed tin money box in the shape of a rocket. Space graphics include an astronauts with rifle and riding a USAF rocket. Crimped construction. 10cm
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.
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
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.
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.
ROCKET RIDER - MAKER?Another version of the popular man-riding-a-rocket theme. A white and red plastic rocket with four wheels. A relatively large boy sits astride the rocket holding a steering wheel. "With Sound Signal Friction Drive". Maker?
ROCKET SHIP - MAKER?Futuristic silver lithographed tin push toy of a space rocket. This tear drop shaped rocket has four porthole windows on each side with litho detailing of two astronauts in each. Three rear fins. Hollow metal wheels. The front has a large litho window at the front with pilot and instrument panel being shown. The front is rounded with a Zeppelin like airship style. Date and maker unknown. Maker? Box?

Image courtesy Bergin Toys
ROCKET SHIP - WYANDOTTE - USAPressed steel rocket. USA Wyandotte "Rocket Racer" (no.319) produced by All Metal Products Company in 1935 and 1936 and sold for 10 cents. They would have been shipped bulk with 3 dozen to a carton. Some of the later models came with black rounded wheels on the front. Various color combinations exist
ROCKET SHIP X-4 "VENUS EXPRESS" - MASUDAYA - JAPANAn early Japanese tinplate friction rocket. A silver tinplate rocket with traditional slender lines, three red tail fins and five cut out portholes in each side. Wheeld. Most unusually for one of these early rockets there is a clear plastic nosecone.

This rocket appears in a Masudaya trade advertisement for 1953.
ROCKET SPACE SHIP - KOKYU - JAPANA small red and light blue tin cross between a spaceship and a flying saucer. Brightly lithographed with a blue tin base. Cockpit detailing with portholes on the side. The rocket is perched high on three wheels. There is a picture of a spaceman on the tail fin. Friction action. 4" 10cm

The design of this spaceship has more than a passing resemblance to the Gilmark hard plastic Flying Saucer.

Kokyu, K in a flower logo.
ROCKET SPACE SHIP 305 - AUTOMATIC TOY CO - USARed and white lithographed tin friction space rocket marked 305 on one wing, Rocket Space Ship on the other. Jet plane swallow shape with swept back wings. Friction action with spark. This rocket has window litho detailing. A much copied design. Similar to 306. First sighting: Toy Fair 1952-1953 Planet Toyfair catalog. On sale December 1952. "Shoots Sparks as it Speeds Along"

On sale November 1952 (Philadelphia Enquirer)
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