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COUNT DOWN, THE ADVENTURE IN SPACE - LEON STIEF - USASpace board game with a spiritual tone. 1960.
COUNTDOWN - WHITMAN - USASpace board game with an mathematical education theme. 1962
COUNTDOWN SPACE GAME - TRANSOGRAM - USASpace board game. Spinner. The pieces are cardboard rockets on stands. First sighted in October 1961.
COURSE COMET RACE - MAKER? -Space board game. French & English. Date?
DALEK ERAZA BOARD - BELL TOYS - ENGLANDWipeable crayoning set with Dr Who pictures. 1960s. Date?
DALEK OUTFIT - SCORPION AUTOS - ENGLANDBlue and silver vinyl Dalek playsuit with arm pieces. The plastic head with an eye stalk that incorporates a flashing. The head incorporates accurate louvres. This was available from Scorpion Automotives in the 1964, though numbers were (allegedly) limited by a factory fire.
DALEK PLAYSUIT - BERWICK - ENGLANDRed and white vinyl playsuit with a card and plastic head piece. Relatively crude construction with wooden sticks tipped with plastic pieces.
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.

Two box versions are known. The earlier (top) is closer to the Remco original. The later (bottom) version uses brighter colors. This well-packed toy survives in large numbers.
DAN DARE SPACE PATROL PLANE - WELLS BRIMTOY? - ENGLANDA brightly lithographed red tinplate airplane with detachable wing. Friction action with spark. Plastic propeller.

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? Box?
DAN DARE WALKIE-TALKIE SET - MERIT - ENGLANDMerit England, plastic electronic walkie talkie set. Black and red plastic handsets with three function buttons. The devices are claimed to work using "magnetic power" not batteries. Set No Set No 3100. Red versions with black trim are also known, but are less common. A Morse code card was also included.

Remco QX-2 design with three additional decorative buttons.

Advertised in the Meccano Magazine May 1954.

Merit was the trading name of J & L Randall.
DAS RAKETENFLUGZEUG - KLEE? - W GERMANYRocket Plane. Space themed board game. Eine lustige Reise. Clover Leaf. 1950s
DE LA TERRE A LA LUNE - CAPIEPA - FRANCEFrom the Earth to the Moon. Space board game c1970.
DER FLUG INS WELTALL - BUROBEDARF - DDRFLIGHT INTO OUTER SPACE board game. East Germany. 1956. 4 spaceships. Dice.
DESTINATION MOON - HOLDSON - NEW ZEALANDSpace board game with simple counters. 1950s Box and board are separate. Thos Holdsworth and Sons Ltd.
DESTINO MARTE - JUGUETES CEFA - SPAINDestination Mars board game. 1950s Juguetes Cefe, Zaragoza
DIANA LUNAR - MAJUBA - SPAINSpacwe themed target based game. Balls are thrown at a planet shaped target crossed by a lattice of fine wires.
DIE EROBERUNG DES WELTALLS - VIENNA VERLAG - AUSTRIAThe Conquest of Space. Vorstoss zum Mond. Space board game with Linde spacemen figures. Moon landing theme. Date? 1965. German text.
DIE REISE ZUM MOND - KLEE - GERMANYA space board game with box art inspired by the George Melies film, A Trip to the Moon. Dated c1921 and produced by Klee for a margarine factory Eidelsted. Modern copies are available.
DIEGO VALOR CINTURON ANTIGRAVEDAD - MAKER? - SPAINVinyl anti gravity belt. Studded belt with metal badge.
DISTANT EARLY WARNING RADAR STATION - MASUDAYA - JAPANA large grey-black lithographed tinplate battery operated tracking station. It has the usual Masudaya rotating plastic antenna and the pylon tower with the flashing light and Morse sound. The novelty feature of this toy is its attempt to recreate a radar cathode ray tube.

One of the four Masudaya space toys using this distinctive pressing.

Radar N Scope. Radar screen. Morse button. Rotating antenna. Detachable pylon with light. Console.
DOCKING APOLLO - MASUDAYA - JAPANBrightly lithographed tin and plastic spacecraft and plastic lunar lander. The two craft travel around a figure of eight track with a detailed picture of a moon landing. Tin battery op track toy with Apollo capsule and plastic lander. An imaginative attempt to capture the intricacy of the Apollo moon landing operation.
DUBBLE BUBBLE SPACE HELMET - FLEER - USACard premium. Mail away coupon shown. Picture?
АСТРОНАВТЫ ASTRONAUT - MAKER? - USSRAn unusual space game in which the Zodiac constellations and classic Greek mythology feature. Details? Date
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. 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. Leaflets included with the toy date this to 1961.

EARTH AND SATELLITE TOY NAME? - MAKER? - WEST GERMANYTin and plastic wind up? Earth ans satellite orbitin a conical stand. West German ?

Image courtesy of Smith House Toys
EARTH SATELLITE GAME - GABRIEL - USASatellite themed space game. The game contains four plastic 3-stage rockets.

Dated to December 1956.
EL SATELITE, SPUTNIK - RICO - SPAINSilver plastic R-630 rocket with a metal Sputnik spinning top. The green and white Sputnik fits into the rocket and the plunger in the base of the rocket is pressed several times to set it spinning. 1950s.
EL SUPER ROBOT - SPAINMagic Robot game. Small plastic robot in the center is a Dux Astroman.
ELECTRONIC RADIO STATION - REMCO - USAThis is a large grey 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. 1954. The set was copied by Merit in the UK.

Remco electronic design.
ELEKTRO MENSCH! - MAKER? - W GERMANYElectro Man. An electronic question and answer game with a space robot theme. Lights on the robot illuminate to reveal the answers to questions on the left. Several different question cards supplied. Date?
ELROY JETSON SPACE CAR - TRANSOGRAM - USAPlastic pull along space car with an Elroy Jetson pilot. Display carded. 1960s.
EQUIPO PLANETARIO - JEFE - SPAINSilver vinyl playsuit with yellow plastic belt. Comes with a white plastic dart firing space rifle, space pistol in holster and a knife in a sheath.
ESPACO 235 - MAKER? -Space board game. Date?
ESTACION ESPACIAL SPACE STATION - GOFAR - SPAINA most unusual battery operated tin and metal space toy consisting of a 48cm cast metal rocket which acts as a central turret. A bar is suspended from the turret with a plane at one end and a counterweight at the other. A battery control box allows the plane to circle at variable speed. The box art is particularly attractive. Manufactured by Gofar Producciones SA Valencia.

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EXPLORER AND VANGUARD TRACKING STATION - MASUDAYA - JAPANStructoys / Masudaya Large red lithographed tinplate battery operated radar control center. MT. Satellite rotates around Earth in the central window. Rotating antenna. Morse key operates buzzer and light on pylon. Versions exist with Structoys and Masudaya logos at bottom left of box lid. In the Miles Kimball catalog for 1958.

One of the four Masudaya space toys using this distinctive pressing.
EXPLORER KIT - ESQUIRE? - USAA boxed plastic space toy set comprising a compass on a belt, a pair of red hinged goggles and A Pyro Space Control clicker gun.

Alton Evening Telegraph. December 10, 1953
FAHRT INS ALL - HUGO GRAFE - W GERMANYJourney Into Space: board game. Two stage play: training then the flight. Includes a four part board, 6 astronaut figures inside two-piece plastic rockets.
FEMME DES GALAXIES - MASPORO / MASPORT - FRANCESilver plastic and fabric space dress. Details? Date?
FIREBALL XL-5 GAME - MILTON BRADLEY - USASpace themed board game based on the Gerry Anderson TV series. 1963
FIREBALL XL5 MAGIC SRIBBLE BOX - BELL TOY - ENGLANDPlastic magic slate toy with stylus. Gerry Anderson
FLASH GORDON 2 WAY TELEPHONE - MARX - USAA carded set of wire framed walkie talkies with blue center sections. Wire type. Pulp artwork.
FLASH GORDON GOGGLESThe goggles included in the Flash Gordon paysuit. 1951
FLASH GORDON SPACE COMPASS - ESQUIRE NOVELTY - USACarded Flash Gordon wristwatch compass. Spaceman's head and Saturn design.
FLASH GORDON SPACE OUTFIT - ESQUIRE NOVELTY - USACarded Flash Gordon space goggles, belt and wristwatch compass with spaceman's head and Saturn design. "Magic" goggles with one-way lenses. On sale June 1952.
FLASH GORDON SPACE OUTFIT - ESQUIRE NOVELTY CO - USABlue fabric and plastic space suit. Comprises vest with celluloid shoulder extensions, belt, leg pieces and arm pieces. On sale 1951.
FLIEG MIT ZUM MOND! ABENTEUER IM WETRAUM - HAUSSER - W GERMANYFlight to the Moon Space Adventure. Space board game with an Apollo Saturn theme. Includes plastic rocket playing pieces.
FLOATING SATELLITE TARGET GAME - HORIKAWA - JAPANTin battery op shooting game. (See also the Floating Satellite Target game with a rectangular space scene.) A battery powered fan behind the arch shaped space scene supports a floating ping pong ball. Two pistols with darts. First seen in 1960 when it appeared in the Niresk 1960 Book of Gifts

Note the misspelling "sattellite" in the lower version. It's possible that this is the earlier of the two
FLUG ZU DEN PLANETEN - ASRO SPIELE - W GERMANYFlight to the Planets space board game. Details?
FLUG ZUM MOND - MAKER? - W GERMANYFlight to the Moon. Space board game. Details?
FLY TO THE MOON BY SPACE CAPSULE - Maker? - JAPANA tin and plastic space moon globe. A detailed lunar globe is encased in a light green plastic sphere. It stands on a tin and plastic base with space scenes. A white and red Apollo spaceship is attached to a track on the side of the globe and travels around the moon. Battery operated.
FLYING PLATFORM - ARNOLD - W GERMANYHand cranked platform with plastic pilot and spinning propeller. Similar action to the Satellite version.
FLYING SAUCER AEROPLANE NR 132 - J H HOEFLER - WEST GERMANYTin friction plane with spinner. Forward motion launches the disks. Box art of plane with flying saucers. W. Germany. DPs Clover logo with initials JH.
FLYING SUPERCAR - REMCO - USAThis white styrene model with paper decals Supercar is attached to handheld remote control via cable and is battery-operated. Supercar has separate wire-mounted wheels that snap onto front. Remco 1962

Gerry Anderson

GENERAL ELECTRIC SPACE HELMETThis cardboard space helmet was offered free to children who brought their parents along to view a GE refridgerator. The scheme started in May 1953 and was very successful It ran for many years and was copied by other companies.
GLOBE AND SPUTNIK Nr 1000 - J.G.SCH - WEST GERMANYTin wind up lithographed globe with golden orbiting sputnik. Made by Johann Georg Schopper GmbH & Co (J.D.Sch) Michael Seidel is also from Zirndorf. It is possible that those toy companies, Schopper/Fuchs/Seidel, changed toy parts, not unusual for German toy producers. 5" 12cm tall.

The Sputnik association dates this to c1958.
GLOBE EXPLORER BANK - W TOY - JAPANTinplate battery operated savings bank in shape of a globe of the Earth on a cylindrical base. Rocket and flying saucer attachments. Box depicts orbiting Sputnik satellite. Japan
GLOBE WITH ORBITING SPUTNIK AND SAUCER 2000 - MS/SEIDEL - WEST GERMANYW Germany. Tin clockwork globe with orbiting flying saucer and sputnik. MS Chamois Logo 2000
Made by Michael Seidel. Founded 1881 in Zirndorf near Nuremberg. Schopper is also from Zirndorf. It´s possible that those toy companies - Schopper/Fuchs/Seidel - changed toy parts, not unusual for German toy producers.
GREEN HORNET WALKIE TALKIES - REMCO - USAGreen and black walkie talkie set. String. Blister carded. Remco design. 1966
GUERRA A MARTE - ARCO-FALC - SPAINWar On Mars. Space shooting game. A wood and metal spring loaded gun is used to shoot missiles at a colorful space target divided into a number of scoring squares. 1950s.
HAMILTON'S INVADERS HELMET - REMCO - USAIntroduced in Spring 1965.
HELICOPTER ME-632 - CHINAThis is a dark blue lithographed tinplate battery operated space helicopter. This unusual spaceship is a flying wing, with two large helicopter rotors. The brightly lithographed ship has a picture of itself in flight. Two plastic structures hold the rotors and there is a forward plastic control center with two pilots. The spaceship has a two stage action: first it advances with spinning rotors and flashing lights, then it stops and two flaps on the wing open to reveal litho characters beneath. The box has an illustration of the toy flying through space. ME632 ME 632
See also the MF 821 version. MF-821 MF821
HELICOPTER MF-821 - MAKER? - CHINAThis is a dark blue lithographed tinplate friction space helicopter. This is basically a jet airliner with an added rotor. The box has an illustration of the toy flying through space.

See also the ME632 ME 632 version which has similar box art.
HEROIS DO ESPACO - BONECO - BRAZILBlown plastic spaceman in red and blue. Retro styling.
HK-555 PLANE - HUKI - WEST GERMANYTin friction(?) rocket plane. The wings are articulated, allowing a variety of shapes. Huki - West Germany, 50s. Another version exisiting with different litho and colors
I.C.B.M. LAUNCHING STATION - HORIKAWA - JAPANTin friction rocket launching ramp. Turn crank on base to turn the friction motor on the missile then push the button on the base. The two stage missile is released. When the missile hits the end of the ramp a button automatically triggers the rubber tipped rocket to release. 45cm assembled. ICBM

Image courtesy Smith House Auctions
ICBM VANGUARD SATELLITE LAUNCHER - REMCO - USAPlastic missile launch station. Launches planes and spinner disks.
Appears in the Miles Kimball 1958 catalog.
IL PICCOLO ASTRONAUTA - MAKER? - ITALYThe Little Spaceman. Space board game with a distinctive plastic spiral centrepiece. Maker? date?
IM JAHRE 2000 - MAKER? - W GERMANYIn the Year 2000. Space board game with plastic spaceman figure. This is probably the original version, later released as Sputnik.

IRON JAW THE ROBOT MASK - WHEATIES - USACereal cut-out robot mask. c1947
J-15 ESTACION ASTRAL DE AERONAVES - GEYPER - SPAINSpace Aircraft Station. A variation on a space shooting game. Bombs are loaded into a red plastic J-15 spaceship and dropped onto a target board.
JET MAN SPACE OUTFIT - MAKER? - USABlue and red cotton space outfit with yellow Jet Man detailing. Details? Maker?

Advertised in September 1954
JET MORGAN SPACE SUIT - MERIT - ENGLANDBased on the BBC Radio serial "Journey Into Space", this Jet Morgan vinyls suit comprises jacket, trousers, gloves and helmet. Two versions shown, one being harder wearing than the other. c1956 Merit Toys.

The radio series aired in 1953 and again in 1955. The first advert for the suit I can locate is 1958.

JET PILOT GOGGLES - 20TH CENTURY NOVELTY CASTINGS - USAAngular space goggles. metal frames on a leather style backing. 1957
JOURNEY INTO SPACE - SUBBUTEO - ENGLANDA large space board game. The game is based around a "Model World", a spiral track leads to the center. Plastic "rotator spacecraft fleet" spin along the track. The inspiration for the game was a BBC radio programme "Journey into Space".

On sale in 1955.
JOURNEY THROUGH SPACE - CODEG - ENGLANDA space board game. Details? 1950s?
JOURNEY TO THE MOON - GEOGRAPHIA LTD - ENGLANDSpace board game. Moon landing theme. Basic wooden playing pieces. 1950s.
KAZOO SPACE PHONE - MAKER? - HONG KONGCheap dime store plastic walkie talkie set. String. Blister carded. 1960s
KAZOO SPACE PHONE - MAKER? - HONG KONGA single walkie talkie set sold as a kazoo. Bagged with header card,. 1960s. dime store
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