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UZAY TANKI SPACE TANK UZ 707 NE-KUR - TURKEYBlue tin hovercraft style battery op vehicle with turret. Red plastic windows in the turret. Bump and go action. Rear fins. The design is the same as used on the Flash Space Patrol Z-206 including the plastic propeller on the turret. There is at least one other Turkish variation of this pressing with a red light on the turret instead of a rotor. Turkish. Date?
V-17 SPACE TANK - N IN CIRCLE, NIPPON KOGEI - JAPANSmall tin friction space tank with lithoed tin dome showing picture of pilot. Large metal dish antenna. 10cm. Two antenna types are known , one with a cut out shape, the other with a solid black background.

There is a boxed version with an N in a circle logo (Nippon Kogei). The tank was also sold in a plastic bag with a header card marked Texas Toys 39c. Header card marked "Crow Wholesale Distributing Company, Kilgore"
V-3 ROBOT TANK - YOSHIYA - JAPANTin friction tank with tin Robby driver. Mystery action. Crank powered. Two litho versions of the tin friction tank are known: the basic shape remains the same but there are major differences between the litho decoration of the chassis and the face plate of Robby. V 3

On sale in December 1958.
VEHICULE SPATIALE RAUMFAHRZEUG - REEL - ITALYTin battery operated tracked vehicle with orange plastic gizmo under a clear plastic dome. Silver with lithographed panels depicting astronauts at front. Marked 5 BASE ANTI UFO 5. The box is designed for German and Italian (or Romanian?) markets.

Dated to 1979.
WEATHER FORECASTER CAR - MAKER? - JAPANBorderline space, but only because of the name. In every other respect it's a classic.
WIND UP SPACE TANK - TAKATOKU TT - JAPANA small tin wind up space tank. The turning of the key alters its direction. Marked T.T. on base. Takatoku
WIND UP SPACE VEHICLE - MAKER?Early tin space shaped vehicle with rear tail fin. Wind up.
X NO 2 CAR - ISHIZUKA? - JAPANA small blue lithographed tinplate space car with a driver's head behind an open windscreen. Marked X Car X.2

Wind up non fall action provided by a third wheel at right angles to the driving wheels. Box? Date?
X-17 SPACE TANK - MIHASHI? - JAPANThe X-17 is a small (11cm) light grey lithographed tin friction tank with track detailing. It has small rounded turret with printed window details, and there's a large spark window at the back covered with red plastic. Eagle/condor logo at the front. Wire antenna at the side. Box? This tanks is similar to the Space Export, but has a simpler design.

M in triangle.
X-2 SPACE TANK - LINEMAR - JAPANMetallic blue lithographed tinplate space tank. Turret marked X-2. 500317 A plastic spinner attaches to an lug extending from the turret; forward motion allows it to fly off. Friction action with flying spinner. Box? Date?

See the similar X-8 Space Tank
X-3 ATOM CAR - SK SHINTO? - JAPANThis is an early Japanese three wheeled rocket space car. Red, green and yellow lithographed tin friction car with a tin pilot head behind a windshield. The car has a large rear tail fin marked Atom and two smaller fins alongside. Marked X-3. Maker? Box? 1950s. SK in a diamond logo.

This is the same pressing as the Mitsuhashi X-8 Atomic car. See also the MT Space Patrol Car.

M in triangle logo. 13cm
X-7 SPACE TANK - MAKER? - JAPANSmall (4.5 inch) blue lithographed tin space tank. The tanks has a relatively long black tin gun. Marked X-7 on the turret and "Space Tank" on the top rear. Star design on turret. Friction action; the barrel retracts into the turret. Maker?

Possibly sold as a bin toy. Sold as part of the Satellite Vehicles set by Royal, a group of space toys in October 1959.
X-7 SPACE YANK - YOSHIYA - JAPANBlue lithographed tin friction space tank. The tank has a clear plastic dome at the front containing a red tin astronuat pilot with a yellow head. There is a distinctive raised square lithographed engine cover at the back. Litho tracks and exhaust detail 15cm KO. Bump N' Go Space X-7 Tank. Friction crank bump and go action.
X-9 SPACE ROBOT CAR - MASUDAYA - JAPANTin battery operated vehicle with a large robot diver. 19cm Advances with mystery action as robot driver steers as the lighted popcorn popper tosses around the multicolor balls. Appears in the 1963 Masudaya catalog.

Z-MAN THE BRAIN - JAY ZIMMERMAN - USABlack plastic battery operated vehicle with oversize red robot driver with a white helmet. Shoots missiles. Comes with four cardboard targets. Four variations are shown including the 1957 Holiday Distributing Co. version which showing a differently styled toy called "Z-Brain rocket Launcher". This is was one of the earliest programmable robots, with switches in its head that can be set manually to determine what course the Z-man will take. 14" long.

First seen in the Sears Christmas Book for 1956.
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