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TRANSCONTINENTAL ROCKET SHIP NO 1 - AUTOMATIC TOY CO - USASimple red tin friction space vehicle with blue and yellow detailing. Pull back and release. Two wheels, the tail trails on the ground. "To Wind Draw Backwards". Litho variations exist. USA Tear shape. Automatic Toy Co. of Staten Island, New York. Also sold with "G-Man Pursuit" and "Oceanic Rocket" litho variations. Probably sold loose as a bin toy.
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TURBOJET BANK - HWN (Heinrich Wimmer Nurnberg) - WEST GERMANYAn interesting conversion of a rocket into a mechanical bank. This is an orange, red and blue tin lithographed rocket. Circa 1960's. Spring loaded coin launcher shoots coins into the bank. This version has the distinctive tinplate dome at the front and a detailed drawing of a pilot with parachute at the side. Marked Turbo Jet Money Bank

W Germany. The instructions on the rocket are printed in German and English. Box?

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TWO-STAGE EARTH SATELLITE - LINEMAR - JAPANWith Launching Station. An early, complex toy from Linemar, the Japanese arm of Marx. This must be one of the first representations in toy form of the multi-stage rocket. This is a red tinplate rocket divided into two sections: the front has three wheels and two side wings, the rear has just two wheels plus the tailplane and fin.

The toy sits on a tinplate base and the rocket's motor is wound up to speed with a crank handle. A button is pressed to release the rocket and it speeds across the floor for a few feet before it splits in two. The tail section simply topples over as the nose section pulls away.

Newspaper ad dated Nov 1958.
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UNIVERSAL ROCKET, THE MOON X-1 - MARUSAN - JAPANThis is an early, iconic space rocket with classic lines. It employs the propeller drive long associated with wind up airship toys of the early 20th century. Silver and red lithographed tin rocket with celluloid prop. Three red tail fins. Porthole detailing. Marked THE MOON around the base. Wind up spinning propeller. The rocket hangs from a line and moves as the propeller rotates. Date? 1950s. Plain box with paper label. The artwork depicts a streamlied rocket that varies considerably from the traditional one in the box. Plain card box with paper lable. SAN

This is the same pressing as the Marusan HIGH SPEED ROCKET THE MOON ZX-8 and ROCKET METEOR

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UNIVERSE FRICTION ROCKET EXPRESS - MF 030 - CHINAChinese tin friction rocket with wings. Universe wording on one side of fuselage, Rocket Express on the other. ST-101 on wings. Spark windows at rear. Nose point has spring action. There are several sligh litho variations of this rocket. MF030
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UNIVERSE TELEVIBOAT ME777 - CHINAThis is a substantial and ambitious Chinese rocket ship. The 13" 33cm tin lithographed rocket, the one that forms the basis of the Rocket Racer 7, has a large tail fin with a lighted rocket engine at the top. There are additional red lights fitted to the ends of the side wings. A large tin astronaut with a blue vinyl head is fixed on top and he holds a TV camera. Television Boat. Bump and go battery operated action with noise and flashing lights. The rocket stops, the astronaut operates the camera, then the action repeats. ME-777? Judging by the number that survive this was a popular toy.
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US APOLLO PROJECT - 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:
White lithographed tin with a pattern of lines.
Astronaut cadet attached to a wire orbits the ship.
Marked US Apollo Project
Curved white fin
Three colored lights in either side.
Date:1970
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USA NASA APOLLO 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 silver conical engines that run the length of the ship.

Distinctive Features:
Chrome silver lithographed tin with a pattern of lines.
Astronaut cadet attached to a wire orbits the ship.
Marked USA NASA Apollo
Curved silver fin
Three colored lights in either side.
Two box version shown.

Listed in the 1971 Azrak Hamway International catalog.
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USA-NASA GEMINI X-5 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 silver conical engines that run the length of the ship.


Distinctive Features:
Chrome silver lithographed tin with a pattern of lines.
Astronaut cadet attached to a wire orbits the ship.
Marked USAF Gemini
Curved silver fin
Three colored lights in either side.
Date:First sighting 1966 Masudaya Trade Ad in Playthings Magazine
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V-3 ROCKET - HAJI - JAPANHaji's unique take on the toy rocket is this relatively small (14cm) tin friction wheeled rocket with wings. A combination of light blue and dark blue. The rocket's body has a pointed shape with short side wings and a single red rear fin marked CM-548. Crimped construction. There is no tailplane. Box?
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V-3 ROCKET - SUZUKI FOR CRAGSTAN - JAPANA very small 3", simple red and yellow tin friction space rocket with litho cockpit detailing. Crimped construction, metal wheels, toothed front wheel. Marked Cragstan Patent No 369885. Three short fins. V-3 on the side. Probably sold in trade boxes. 1950s.

This rocket is based on the same pressing as the Suzuki XYZ and Scout Rocket and has the same patent number.
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VENUS TRAVELER BOAT ME-771 - MAKER? - CHINAA tin and plastic battery operated space ship. Bright metallic blue metal upper with red trim. Orange plastic lower body. Small plastic dome in the middle with a group of lights attached. Aerofoil plastic tail fin. Bump and go action with noise and flashing light.

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VISPA ROCKET - VISPA - ARGENTINAA bright red and blue lithographed tinplate rocket, three fins, predominantly red with yellow and blue detailing. Holes at the rear for spark windows. Litho cockpit details on the top. Crimped construction of the two halves. Marked VISPA on the side. Friction motor and spark action. This looks like the German HWN rocket pressing. Box?
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WINNER-23 ROCKET - KDP EXELO - JAPANThis is an early lithographed tin rocket. The small (6" 15cm) red and yellow tin battery operated rocket has a pilot under a plastic cockpit canopy. Two engines run along the sides. The small wheels are set very close together. Marked Winner on the tail.

The rocket runs along rubber tubing which is laid on the ground. The front wheels have metal guides which fit over the tubing. Takes single C cell battery. See Round Rocket. Compare with the Asahitoy Round Race rockets. See also the No-1 Rocket Jet. There may be an Asahi connection.

Early brown card box with paper label.
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WONDER-L ROCKET - NOMURA - JAPANThe shape of this rocket betrays the Thunderbird 1 influence. A white plastic battery op rocket with retracting blue wings. Red plastic nose cone. The significance name Wonder-L is not obvious, unless it's simply a wonder.

Battery operated. The rocket moves forward, stops and a metal bar underneath moves down to lift the rocket up. The wings retract and the nose flashes. See Solar-X 7 and Solar-X 8.
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X-12 MOON ROCKET - YONEZAWA - JAPANThis is a rarer version of the Yonezawa XM-12 Moon rocket; the main difference is the red litho on the tail fins. Very 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.

There is also a silver-grey bodied version of the rocket with the same red tailfins.
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X-30 SPACE EXPLORER - HONG KONGBagged version with header card. Blue plastic friction rocket vehicle with pilot under a clear plastic canopy. Red tail Rotating antenna. .
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X-40 SPACE ROCKET - HONG KONGBlue plastic friction rocket with red nose section containing a pilot. Pressing the wings allows the nose cone to separate from the rear body. Thin nose antenna and two additional rotating antennas. There are two box versions, the X-40 Space Rocket and the Thunderflash II Hong Kong
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X-7 MOON ROCKET - MAKER? - JAPANA very small (8cm) early tin friction rocket. Red and green-blue with litho cockpit details. Moon on one side, X-7 on the other. Unusually this rocket has just the two horizontal tail fine, not the upright fin. Three small fins. The wheels are in the middle.

The same pressing as the Atomic Ray X-30.

Probably sold in trade boxes. Japan

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X-950 SPACE ROCKET - ARNOLD - WEST GERMANYThis is a particularly striking looking wheeled rocket from Arnold of Germany. The rocket has a sleek design with three angled tailfins extending well beyond the exhaust. The litho is a vibrant combination of black and red with X-950 in yellow. Along the top are four spark holes covered in red plastic. Rocket advances with spark. The box has impressive artwork showing the rocket in motion but, as is often the case, it has no wording.

Uniquely this rocket has two wheels, one in front of the other. Stability is provided by two bumps on the underside that touch the ground.


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X15 ROCKET NORTH AMERICAN - MAKER? - FRANCEWhite tipplate friction US Air Force rocket with three white fin and a red striker set into the nose. Stand up action. Marked Made in France. Based on the Masuya Jupiter-Nike Rocket pressing. X-15

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X202 ROCKET - COHETE X202 - SPAINRed plastic friction US Air Force rocket with three white fin and a white striker set into the nose. Stand up action. USAF X-202. Based on Masuya Jupiter-Nike Rocket pressing. Juguete No 202

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XYZ ROCKET - SUZUKI - JAPANA very small (3" 7.5cm) early tin friction rocket. Red and green-blue with litho cockpit details. XYZ on one side, Rocket on the other. Three small fins. The wheels are nearer to the back. Marked Suzuki on the base. Pat 369885 Probably sold in trade boxes. See the V-3 and Space Scout rocket. Japan
   
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