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SOUCOUPE A REACTION TERRE MARS W-902 - SFA PARIS - FRANCETimeline: First sighted in the 1954 French trade magazine Ge-Ce.. Lithographed Tin. Marked "SFA France" Soucoupe a Reaction, Paris France.

Circular ridged flying saucer with the early style rear extension of the body that serves as a control room with litho window detailing. Two rear tin fins. French flying saucer. This is a copy of the Z-101 by MT. In the 1950s France imposed restrictions on the import of foreign toys, allowing the home producers the opportunity to avoid competition. They obviously decided to use the existing Japanese design. This saucer comes in a version with spoked wheel litho detailing.

A possible manufacturer is Joustra. Slightly larger than the MT Z-101, the Terra Mars is often assumed to be a friction saucer but is a push along toy with no inner mechanism. The Terre Mars has simple thin yellow fins each with 2 tabs. Probably also found on another toy because of the hole in the left fin which has no function, the tab holes are there in the saucer for attaching the thicker fins which have 6 tabs. Slight litho variations are known: look at the detailing on the fins of the two versions shown here
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SPACE BOAT ME-780 NEF COSMIQUE - MAKER? - CHINATin battery operated saucer. Brightly colored lithographed flying saucer, deep sided with plastic pilot under a clear central dome. Bump and go action with flashing lights in the saucer side wall. Two box versions are known.

The saucer design is based on the Space Explorer Flying Saucer by Ichiko.

Chinese. ME 780 ME870
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SPACE COMMANDER SHIP X-15 - YOSHIYA - JAPANGreen tin friction flying saucer. Crank operated saucer advances with mystery action and spark. X15 KO Green tin pilot under a clear plastic dome.

This saucer has a single lfin though the box art shows a saucer with two fins.

It first appeared in the Yoshiya catalog for 1965 where it was described as a "Power friction flying saucer with sparks" 14cm. A newspaper ad dates this to Sept 1963.

There are two known versions: green/red and red/white.
There are two box versions (shown). The more common box is the one depicting the green saucer on a space background, though this box was used for both versions of the saucer. The red version box carries a Cragstan logo.

The same basic pressing was used for the Z-26 saucer.
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SPACE COMMANDER SPACE STATION - NOMURA - JAPANLight blue lithographed tin battery operated flying saucer. Bump and go action with rotating cockpit and flashing lights. A red plastic dome is mounted on the top.

This is effectively the Planet Y Space Station with an octagonal transparent plastic structure and red dome replacing the central portion. The box is is a very striking variation of the Planet Y artwork. The a similar beautiful space station seen from the cockpit of an approaching spaceship.

This design was alos used for the Nyarome flying saucer.
Planet Y dates to 1968.
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SPACE CRAFT SFTF-1 ME-050 - MAKER? - CHINATin and plastic spaceship. Tin upper, plastic lower. Paper decal decoration. Large clear dome with vinyl pilot inside. Silver boss on to of the dome. Large plastic engine assembly at the back with pipes connecting to saucer. Battery operated bump and go action with noise. ME050 1970s.
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SPACE EXPLORER FLYING SAUCER - ICHIKO - JAPANThis is a distinctive blue tinplate flying saucer. The saucer has a lithographed pattern of blue rectangles. In the center is a clear plastic dome containing a blue vinyl astronaut pilot. He sits at a control panel with four colored lights around him. Four rectangular colored plastic panels surround the dome. At the back of the saucer is a metal extension with plastic rocket motors and a lighted control panel with a space scene. Two small white plastic antennas on the side. Marked SPACE EXPLORER and MOON-1. Bump and go action. The saucer rises on three plastic legs and rotates as lights flash.

This saucer appears in a 1971 Ichiko Catalog.

Ichiko produced two litho variations of this saucer: the light blue/dark blue combination (top) and a light blue/grey version (bottom).

Versions of the saucer have a Yonezawa logo on the base.

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SPACE EXPLORER SHIP X-3 - MASUDAYA - JAPANA large lithographed tinplate and plastic flying saucer, 10 inch diameter, 2 inches wider than the usual Masudaya design. Battery operated bump and go action with flashing lights. Two astronauts under a clear plastic central dome. Ring of colored lights. The more usual blue lithovatiation shown here does not have the yellow band shown on the box art. Date?.

Below is the rarer yellow litho variation shoown on the box art.
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SPACE EXPLORER SHIP X-5 - MASUDAYA - JAPANTin and plastic battery operated flying saucer. Bump and go action with flashing colored lights inside the clear plastic central dome. Pilot and antenna under clear dome. Note the distinctive feature: the ring of lights is contained inside the clear plastic canopy.

A later version of the Masudaya design. Several variations exist.
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Space Explorer Ship X-8 - Masudaya - JAPANA lager 10 inch flying saucer. X-8 tin battery op saucer MT. Bump and go action with flashing lights. The X-8 Space Explorer Ship was sighted in a 1968 Masudaya Catalog (as seen in the Broutin catalog re-print book) where a vinyl headed pilot is shown and the toy is indicated to be "new" to that year's catalog.

The box has X-8 but the saucer has X8 (no hyphen)

Masudaya Catalog #3678
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SPACE EXPLORER X-705 - TPS - JAPANA blue tinplate lithographed friction powered space vehicle that is borderline saucer. The shape is most unusual: the vehicle is a flattened oval with a lithographed dome depicting two pilots. Two large wheels are set into the side and two small fins are set on the back. There are two slight wheel litho variations.

A tinplate orbiting space cadet astronaut is attached by a metal wire to the center. Toplay Friction Powered Space Explorer with Flying Space Man.
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SPACE GIANT FLYING SAUCER - MASUDAYA - JAPANLarge tin battery op three fin saucer. Super Sonic. Wording variation in Masudaya 1963 catalog. Non Stop action. The same pressing as the SPACE SHIP 1 - MASUDAYA
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SPACE LAB M-50 - MASUDAYA - JAPANTin and plastic battery op single channel radio controlled flying saucer. Japan 1980s. Red and white tin upper, blue plastic base. A shallow central plastic dome houses a small plastic pilot is a control room, giving the impression of a large saucer. There is a long radio antenna attached. The box and instructions are in Japanese. see also the M-50 Space Ship which uses the same pressing.
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SPACE PATROL 2019 SAUCER - YONEZAWA - JAPANToy is tin litho/hard plastic with 8" diameter and height of 6". 1960s by Yonezawa, Japan. Saucer is detailed and marked "Space Patrol 2019." A pair of plastic missiles are attached either side of the dome and under plastic canopy is spaceman with vinyl head. Works with bump and go action, blinking light, rotating rear prop and "space noise." Rear propeller inside a red or yellow fan cowling version. See also the Moon Patrol 11.

This version appears in a 1969 in a Lewis Galoob Toy Catalog
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SPACE PATROL FLYING SAUCER X-15 - YOSHIYA - JAPANTin lithographed battery operated flying saucer. Bump and go action, noise and flashing lights. A tin astronaut, the rounded style with the Asiatic face, sits under central clear plastic dome. There is a ring of six arc shaped colored plastic windows around the saucer through which a rotating flashing light can be seen. The lithography consists of a dense pattern of stars on a blue background. This is an unusual variation of the Yoshiya battery operated flying saucer pressing. Date?
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SPACE PATROL SAUCER - AOSHIN - JAPANSmall (4" 10cm) blue vinyl plastic flying saucer with a metal base. A comic vinyl spaceman's head on top. NASA decal on the front. Wind up action. Space Patrol moulded into the saucer. Japanese language box.
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SPACE PATROL SAUCER No 9 - TT - JAPANRed and white dome shaped lithographed tinplate saucer. White tin pilot under a central plastic dome Same pressing as the legged version but with wind up mystery action. 4.5" Takatoku.
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SPACE PATROL SAUCER Versions - TT - JAPANName: Space Patrol, Space Patrol 9, Mechanical Wind Up Space Cruiser
Maker: T.T (Takatoku Gangu Co., Ltd)
Timeline: No solid dates yet
Materials: Lithographed tin with plastic dome
Actions: Wind up bump 'n go and wind up walking action

One of the most popular names for space toys is Space Patrol - nearly every Japanese toy manufacturer made some sort of Space Patrol or Space Explorer back in the 50's and 60's. In fact the only flying saucers ever made by T.T. of Japan were called Walking Wind Up Space Patrol and Wind Up Space Patrol 9. They also did a color variation of the Space Patrol 9 for the toy importer F.E White from New York called Mechanical Wind Up Space Cruiser. They all have their own box design and vary slightly from each other.

The Walking Space Patrol has a very simple yet clever mechanism that allows it to walk on four legs. It really must be seen to be fully understood but a simple crank shaft protruding from the bottom drives an s shaped linkage transferring an elliptical rotation to the legs which creates a walking action. Great play value. The walking Space Patrol comes in all red with white, silver and black details including the great floating astronaut litho that all three variations share.

The Wind Up Space Patrol 9 is the exact same pressing, litho and color scheme as the Walking Space Patrol but with a bump 'n go action (listed as mystery action on the box). The Space Patrol 9 box is the best of the three with a couple of nice planetscapes and faithful renditions of the actual astronaut pilot found at the helm of the toy. The Bump 'n go mechanism on this toy is extremely efficient so just a few winds of the key sends the saucer running around the table top for such a long time that it seems more like a battery op than a wind up.

The third variation is the Mechanical Wind Up Space Cruiser, basically a name change and color variation done for the New York importers F.E White. This toy is the same pressing and litho detail as the other two and the same bump 'n go action as the Space Patrol 9 but the predominant color has been changed to silver for the top half of the toy. This was a common practice back in those days, manufacturers would slightly alter the design of a toy they were already producing to accommodate an importer who wanted a toy they could market as their "exclusive". The managers at T.T had the foresight to depict both the all red and the red/silver variations on the Space cruiser cellophane window style box so that either color scheme could be sold in that box. Not to confuse matters further, but I think it is entirely possible that both variations of the bump 'n go saucer (the all red and the red/silver) were sold in the Space Patrol 9 box as well as the Space Cruiser box. (Fineas J. Whoopie)
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SPACE PATROL WITH SUCTORIAL MISSILE V100 - MASUDAYA - JAPANTin friction flying saucer with missile firing gun. Two side fins and a raised front wheel. Litho pilot details. The oddly named "Suctorial" refers to the suction missile that is fired from the large gun at the front. Clips on either side allow for the storage of the wooden darts. The toy comes with an inner box that depicts a space scene featuring the V100 saucer and is designed to be the target. There are two known variations: silver and silver-blue. V-100

The saucer has the same body pressing as the Z-106.
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SPACE PATROL X-27 - SHUDO - JAPANThis is a small red and light blue lithographed tinplate flying saucer. A blue tinted plastic dome with astronaut pilot below blends in with the overall shape of the saucer. Marked X-27 Space Patrol. Window box. Wind up with turning action. Date? 5.5" 14cm diameter.
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SPACE PATROL-7 SAUCER - YOSHIYA - JAPANRed tinplate friction flying saucer. Bump and go action. 5 inch diameter. The saucer has a large central clear plastic dome with a relatively large tin astronaut pilot. There is a small spark window behind the astronaut. Single tin fin the the back with a US-Atomic flag on it. A pattern of squares and lines borders the dome. Marked Space Patrol 7. Friction bump and go action with spark.
Box marked "Space Patrol-7 with Sparking Engine"

The saucer features in the Yoshiya catalog for 1965, the earliest sighting to date.
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SPACE PILOTS - MASUDAYA - JAPANSilver tinplate friction flying saucer saucer with two pilots. The saucer has a plastic dome with the two tin astronaut heads sitting at two large black guns. The silver grey saucer has red and blue details. There is an old style extension of the saucer body at the rear with a tail wheel. Two tail fins carry the wording "Space Pilots"
Friction action. The guns sweep from side to side with a firing noise.

The saucer has Z-101 shape. This appears to be a variation of the X-3000, though the relatively large size of the astronauts alters the scale of the saucer.
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Space Ranger 7 - Chan-Lie - TaiwanTin top Saucer with plastic lower section rolls with bump and go action, lights flashing in alternating pattern, along with a pling pling sound as it goes. The box indicates a serial number CL-2001 though the saucer has NASA wording.

Space-Ranger 7
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SPACE RANGER FLYING SAUCER - GLASSLITE - BRAZILWhite tin battery op flying saucer. Ring of lights around a pilot under a clear plastic dome. Yellow plastic antenna under the dome. United States wording. Bump and go action with flashing lights. Very similar to the Taiwan Space Ranger 7. Box?
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SPACE ROBOT X-103 - ATC - JAPANA small tin friction flying saucer. Central robot pilot with large gun. The robot driver is the same as the driver of the Mercedes for Asahi (ATC). There is no maker's mark on the saucer, just "Made in Japan". The action is unique among saucers: it rolls forward as the outer edge of saucer spins.
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SPACE SAUCER - CHEE HANG - HONG KONG Plastic flying saucer with a pilot under clear central plastic dome. Friction motor. Rotating dish antenna. Two rear fins. Usually seen with one more flag decals, Union Jack, Stars and Stripes. The box art is reminscent of other Rosenthal Hong Kong saucers. 1960s. Grey and purple versions.
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SPACE SAUCER MERCURY X-1 - YONEZAWA - JAPANTin and plastic battery operated flying saucer. Bump and go action with lighted white color dome. White plastic dish antenna. Pilot under clear blue plastic canopy at front. Lithographed guns at front. 1970s see also the Auto Lunar Brazilian version of this saucer by Estrela. Item No 750. 8" 20cm diameter Marked M-164 on the side wings.
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SPACE SHIP - MAKER? - KOREA?Tin battery operated flying saucer. Lilac blue with eccentric comic graphics. Pink child under a clear central dome. Ring of flashing colored lights. Bump and go action. Korea? Date? Name? Box?
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SPACE SHIP - X-75 - MIZUNO - JAPANSmall lithographed tinplate flying saucer with a graphic of a pilot under a central clear plastic dome. There are two distinctive conical structures on either side of the sauce. The example shown is missing the rotating objects that would have been there. Wind up bump and go action. Large white plastic key. Box? Picture? Date? Marked witht eh letter "M" inside a circe. Three dark circles area arranged on the circle.
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SPACE SHIP 1 - MASUDAYA - JAPANLarge tin battery operated saucer based with a cockpit that owes much to the non-fall rocket body. Red, blue and white with a blue base. Two tailfins. Two teardrop shaped red lights. See Space Giant. Bump and go action, flashing lights. Super sonic
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SPACE SHIP DB-2 - Maker? - HONG KONGPlastic battery operated saucer. yellow base with red, white and blue markings around a large clear plastic dome. Chrome silver pilot under the dome. Bump and go action. Hong Kong. A newspaper ad dates this to November 1967.
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SPACE SHIP POP POP FLYING SAUCER BOAT - KT - JAPANTin lithographed space ship designed to float on water. The saucer is candle powered using the old pop pop boat technique of heating a metal tube.

The saucer comes in a boxed version with a real compass and in a bagged header card with a litho compass. It was later released as in a plain bagged version as a generic "Pop Pop Boat"



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SPACE SHIP SATELLITE X-11 FLYING SAUCER - MASUDAYA - JAPANSilver, blue and red lithographed tin battery operated flying saucer based on Masudaya's large bowl shaped design. In this instance half of the bowl has been removed to create a cockpit with a clear plastic cover. Two astronauts sit inside the detailed cockpit while behind them a floating astronaut appears on the black screen behind them. Mystery bump and go action, flashing lights and sound. Date?

The box calls this the Space Ship X-11 though the saucer carries the wording Satellite X-17.
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SPACE SHIP X-52 - ANANIADES - GREECETin and plastic battery op flying saucer. Bump and go action with flashing colored lights inside the clear plastic central dome (like the Masudaya X-5). There are at least two versions, one with two astronauts, the other with three. The litho varies as well. Two pilots. Variation of a Masudaya design. Greek. Ananias Ananiades AA
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SPACE SHIP X-7 - MASUDAYA - JAPANA pink and yellow tin and plastic battery operated saucer with a blue base. Vinyl astronaut under a clear dome. Coloured lights positioned around the dome. Bump and go action with flashing lights. English and Japanese box versions.
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Space Ship X-8 - Masudaya - JAPANX8 MT plastic battery op saucer. Bump and go action with flashing lights.
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SPACE SHIP X711 - SOMA - HONG KONGWhite plastic battery op space station. Moving astronaut under blue plastic dome. A reworking of the Rosenthal Thunderbird 5 Space Station. Bump and go action, flashing lights. Appears in Aldens Christmas Catalog for1978
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SPACE SQUAD X-7 - GLASSLITE - BRAZILTin and plastic battery op saucer. Mystery action. Pilot under central clear plastic dome. Ring of flashing colored lights. Identical to the Masudaya original except for the pace Squad wording. X7 Nave Espacial. Box?
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SPACE STATION X-2 - YONEZAWA - JAPANBattery operated tin and plastic flying saucer. Blue top, white base, red central section topped with a plastic color dome. Around the edges are four clear plastic windows. One window contains two plastic spacemen and the others contain chrome plastic equipment. Bump and go action with flashing lights and noise. 8" 16cm diameter. Marked 3507. Yonezawa did not make many flying saucers and this is one of their few examples.
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SPACE STATION, BLUE VERSION - HORIKAWA - JAPANMetallic blue lithographed tinplate battery operated space station. Advances with bump and go mystery action as lights blink, gears move, radar dish turns and a space sound is emitted. Each of the compartments is a detailed room. The blue version has been seen with both red and grey plastic antennas. There are two slight color variations of the red antenna - lighter and darker.

It is evident that the space station was simplified during its run to keep cost down. There are early and late versions which have different levels of detail in each of the rooms.

Engine Room
Version 1: two persons
Version 2: one person

Communication Room
Version 1: 3 chairs
Version 2: 2 chairs

Recreation room
Version 1: 5 chairs - 2 person
Version 2: 3 chairs - one person

Dining room:
Version 1: 8 chairs - 3 persons
Version 2: 6 chairs - 2 persons

Controllers room
Version 1: red and green lamp - table on right side
Version 2: red lamp only - table on left side

Earliest sighting 1965 Pathe film.

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SPACE STATION, RED VERSION - HORIKAWA - JAPANRed lithographed tinplate battery operated space station. Advances with bump and go mystery action as lights blink, gears move, radar dish turns and a space sound is emitted. Each of the compartments is a detailed room. The red version has been seen with both red and grey plastic antennas. There are two slight color variations of the red antenna - lighter and darker.

See the blue version for details of the variations of the contents of the rooms.

Earliest sighting 1965 Pathe film.
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SPACE SURVEY X-09 (BLUE) - MASUDAYA - JAPANMetallic blue pear shaped tin battery operated saucer with bump and go (non-stop) action and flashing side lights. In this case the front of the spaceship is the blunt end, unlike the sister X-07 vehicle.

Pilot under a clear plastic dome. Marked SPACE SURVEY X-09. Blue version. The saucer had a long production run and many minor variations are known.

A version exists (lower picture) with the typo "SPACE SERVEY".
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SPACE SURVEY X-09 (RED) - MASUDAYA - JAPANMetallic red and blue pear shaped tin battery operated saucer with bump and go (non-stop) action and flashing side lights.

In this case the front of the spaceship is the blunt end, unlike the sister X-07 vehicle.

Pilot under a clear plastic dome. Marked SPACE SURVEY X-09. Blue version. See also X-07 Red version.

First sighting 1963 in Ward's Christmas Catalog. The saucer had a long production run and many minor variations are known.
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SPACE SURVEYOR X-12 - MASUDAYA - JAPANThis is a large blue lithographed tinplate battery operated flying saucer. It is the rarest of the Masudaya lage bowl shaped flying saucers. A red light is mounted at the back. This saucer has huge windows cut into the dome. Inside is a revolving inner dome with a sequence of space scenes. These, it is claimed, show weightlessness. Marked X-12 Satellite , but the box has Space Surveyor X-12.. Tin battery op. Bump and go action, flashing light, revolving litho scene behind clear windows. Date? The Masudaya catalog number is 3862.
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SPACECRAFT JUPITER - Ohta - JAPANTin with plastic dome and spark window.
Action: Sparkling, direction changing wind up.

The recognizable logo on the Jupiter flying saucer is a white K inside a black medallion but the name of the manufacturer is Ohta. From the checkerboard motif around the cockpit and on the pilots helmet which lends a nice mid sixties "Speed Racer" feel to the toy, to the simple yet ingenious method of changing the direction during operation, not to mention the excellent box art, the Jupiter has a lot going for it. One of the most simple yet effective mechanical gimmicks is the over sized wind key. While racing across the table, as the key unwinds and gets to the vertical position it lifts one wheel off of the table momentarily, this allows the opposite wheel left in contact with the table to pivot the saucer around the key until it passes though the vertical position and lets the saucer down again - thus completing a perfect U turn. With a good winding the Jupiter can do several laps back and forth before dying down. Somewhat like a slot car without the track. The frequency of mint in box examples appearing for sale leads me to believe there may have been a warehouse find at some point. The common version is the blue and silver Jupiter, but there is also a white and red variation which is harder to find. While very similar, the litho design does vary in many small details between the two saucers plus one major way - the red and white version reads "Jupitep" instead of Jupiter. Another difference is that the red and white version has plastic drive wheels while the silver and blue has metal wheels.
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SPACECRAFT RANGER - ALPS - JAPANTin and plastic battery op saucer on track. Red and white saucer has plastic astronaut under a clear plastic dome. Red plastic rockets fitted on either side. Saucer travels around a blue plastic track.

Featured in the 1969 M.W. Kasch Distributor Catalog
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SPECTREMAN X-15 FLYING SAUCER - MASUDAYA - JAPANA white lithographed tinplate flying saucer based on the Masudaya large bowl shaped flying saucers. Size? Same design pressing as the X-11 saucer, with half of the dome removed to create a cockpit. The cockpit contains a large red and gold vinyl figure of the Japanese superhero Spectreman inside an open cockpit. The saucer has impressive litho of Spectreman fighting a dinosaur.

Friction action. Japanese box. The size of the figure dramatically alters the scale of the saucer.
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STAR SHIP - MAKER?Simple little tin saucer with plastic base. Small plastic rotor. Sold in trade packes. 1970s-80s Maker?
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SUPER KUN FLYING SAUCER - NOMURA - JAPANLithographed tin character saucer based on the Super Kun character (probably devised by Nomura). Based on the same pressing as the Testujin 28 friction saucer that appeared in the 1964 Nomura catalog. c1966.
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TETSUJIN T-28 FLYING SAUCER No 2 - NOMURA - JAPANU1600 Highly lithographed tinplate friction powered flying saucer with a rocket engine fin at the rear. An oversize blue tin Tetsujin T-28 robot pilot head and shoulders sits in the center. The Tetsujin saucer was not designed with a dome. The friction motor was not designed to spark. There is a slight litho variation. 1964
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THE FLYING STAR F5 - MITROPLAST MP - GREECELarge (40cm) red and yellow plastic flying saucer with two engines at the rear joined by a spoiler. Decal detailing of three pilots sitting at the window. Rotating rectangular white antenna. Battery operated radio control with movement and flashing lights.
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THUNDERBIRDS 5 - JR 21TOY, ROSENTHAL - HONG KONGGold plastic battery op International Rescue space station. Moving pilot under plastic dome. Two detachable antennas. Bump and go action, flashing lights.
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TINA FLYING SAUCER X-7 - TINA - INDIALithographed tinplate battery operated flying saucer with a distinctive ribbed plastic dome. Bump and go action with flashing lights. Bump and go action with sound and flashing ring of colored lights, and color effect under the dome. This is a copy of the Masudaya original. Marked Tina Flying Saucer. Asia
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Ucan Daire Flying Saucer - Ne-Kur - TurkeyProbably 1970's and certainly available well into the 1980s, but no solid date as yet. Lithographed tin with plastic dome and spark window. Friction flywheel with sparks U.D-012

The Turkish toy company NE-KUR made some decent space toys in the 1970's, mostly knock offs of Japanese toys from the 1960's. The Ucan Daire or UD 012 flying saucer is based on the Nomura X-505 friction saucer. The wings are different as is the spark window but there is no mistaking that cockpit layout and Asian faced pilot. The body pressing is the same as the X-505 but slightly "thicker" or "inflated" almost as if the X-505 could fit snugly inside the UD-012. The blue tint plastic dome is much more substantial than the Nomura saucers. The wheels are a bit larger than the X-505. Nekur ne Kur

The white variation (below) shares the same box .
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UFMO2 FLYING SAUCER - MTC? - KOREASmall lithographed tinplate flying saucer. Blue and yellow with litho detailing of windows with pilots. Marked UFMO 2. Wind up with erratic movement action. 10cm. Box?
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UFO FLYING SAUCER - T IN CIRCLE - HONG KONGUFO battery op bump and go 7-1/2" plastic saucer. The saucer was cheaply made and has a rubber band inside to rotate the dome color disk. Also the ring stripes are paper . The back has an antenna and a slot with on-off but the design must have been changed because the on-off switch is underneath. The slot seem to have no function. The blue round decal with an A also says NASA. Also a US flag decal. Made in Hong Kong and a T in a circle No. 355, the symbol for manufacturer Tai Hing Metal & Plasticware Fty. Ltd. Late '70s/early '80s. (Phil R)

There are several variations of this saucer, most notably the Moon Ranger Mercury Mark IV
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UFO NOAH - PRINCE - JAPANAn unusual flying saucer with a cylindrical center. Details?
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UFO X05 FLYING SAUCER - MASUDAYA - JAPANLight blue tinplate battery operated flying saucer. The litho comprises a blue background with many small stars and red detailing around the central dome. The dome is molded into the body and is capped with a clear plastic top. A gold astronaut with a Gort style visor sits inside. A ring of colored lights surrounds the dome but they are rectangular rather than circular. Circa 1970. Bump and go action with sound and flashing lights. MT UFOX05
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UFO-X2 FLYING SAUCER - DAIYA - JAPANLater tin and plastic battery op saucer with colored plastic dome and two red plastic fins. The saucer has a predominantly plastic feel with a metal upper insert. In termes of design the now plastic dominates. The dome is a deep red transparent colour with a simplified astronaut detailing below. Bright green panels are set into the sides. Mystery action, blinking lights and noise. 1970s Green and red dome versions.
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UNIDENTIFIED FLYING SAUCERYellow plastic saucer with pilo Details?t under dome.
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VX-1000 FLYING SAUCER - MAKER? - WEST GERMANYA most unusual German flying saucer from a so-far unidentified maker. Tin flying saucer with wind up action. Red yellow and blue color scheme. Lithographed alien pilot detailing in the windows that stretch right around the saucer. There is a distinctive large red fin running from the center well beyond the back of the saucer. 13 cm (5") long and 10 cm (4") wide.

This toy has a unique movement: the wind up-mechanism is wound by turning the whole section with the wheels. The saucer moves in a "Cycloid curve" on the floor, which creates special "outer space" feeling.

Marked Made in Western Germany Box? Maker?
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WALKING SPACE PATROL - TT - JAPANSpace Patroler on box art. Tin wind up flying saucer with walking action on two leg structures. See the No 9 non-walking version.
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WILSON'S FLYING SAUCER FS-1 - WILSON - USABox forms base for this flying saucer. Details? Materials?

The saucer is based on an alleged saucer sighting in 1952. The sighting turned out to be a searchlight reflected on clouds.
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X-07 SPACE SURVEILLANT - MASUDAYA - JAPANTear-drop shaped tin battery operated saucer with non fall action and flashing lights.

In this case the front of the spaceship is the pointed end, unlike the sister X-09 vehicle. This toy has a non-fall action: it senses the edge of a table and turns away.

Two box versions: the older on the right with the tin astronaut pilot head, the newer on the left with a pilot with a vinyl head.

The same toy was sold as the rarer CRAGSTAN SATELLITE OUTER SPACE SURVEY SHIP X-07 with just a change to the wording SURVEILLANT on the front.

The earlier version was on sale in December 1962.
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X-1 SPACESHIP - MAKER? - JAPANAn early lithographed blue and orange tin friction flying saucer. Oval in shape with a pointed front. 9cm This small saucer is a simple half pressing with wheels set in to the open base. Two rear fins are set into the back. Crude litho windows and engine details. Marked X-1. Box? It is hard to categorise this saucer-rocket shape
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X-3 SONIC CONTROL FLYING SAUCER - MAKER? - HONG KONGPlastic battery operated remote control flying saucer. Wireless remote control. Cockpit light flashes. Yellow and white versions. Hong Kong for the Italian market.1980s
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X-324 X-505 PLATILLO VOLANTE FLYING SAUCER - VERCOR/COMANDO - SPAINGreen plastic wind up flying saucer. The saucer has a green top and a gold base. A central clear plastic dome holds a silver and red astronaut pilot. Two versions are known, the X-324 and the X-505.

The dome of the X-324 is decorated with black stars. The surface of the saucer has rivet detailing and the decal "Shepard". Small angled side fins hint at the KO design origin. X-324 marked on the front. Platillo Volante by Vercor made from 1969 to 1971 X324 Bump and go action. The key shaft is just visible inside the dome.

The virtually identical X-505 version has no decoration but has a NASA decal on the side. It comes in a box with the Comando maker's name and the No 324 marked on the side.
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X-505 FLYING SAUCER - MAKER? - INDIAA red lithographed tinplate flying saucer based on Nomura's earlier saucer of the same name. The friction saucer has a set of wheels below, two angled side fins, a red spark panel at the back and an astronaut pilot sitting under a clear plastic dome. The number X-505 is marked on each side. The dome is appreciably taller than the Nomura. Friction action with spark. The construction of the saucers reveal much cost-cutting and reuse of material. Asia

Two versions are known, one (top) with a Yoshiya style square bodied astronaut marked K-8 on the chest. The other (bottom) has the squat rounded Nomura style. The two versions have slight litho differences. Maker? Box?

The same design is also used for later Ne-Kur saucers.
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X-505 FLYING SAUCER WITH SPARK - NOMURA - JAPANLithographed red tinflying saucer with a blue center. Pilot under a clear plastic dome and spark windows Action: Friction flywheel with sparks TN

A combination of pilot under central dome, the rear spark windows, the two "headlights" and set of tail fins are classic design elements taken up by other Japanese companies in the early and mid sixties. Nomura saucers seem to have rather thin fragile domes compared to those made by other toy companies and they do crack easily. The astronaut at the helm has an arguably oriental look to him. The Martian Flying Saucer with Sparks (aka Red Man From Space) shares the same body pressing and there were a couple of knock-offs made by the toy company Ne-Kur in the 1970's. An Indian version is also known.

Pictured in the 1962 catalog of the 1st Japan International Toy Fair.
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X-7 FLYING SAUCER - MASUDAYA- JAPANLater tin and plastic battery operated saucer. Mystery action. Pilot under central clear plastic dome. Ring of flashing colored lights around the cockpit. Japanese box version 2. There are many variations of this 1970s design
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X-7 SPACE EXPLORER SHIP - CLOVER LEAF (CL) - TAIWANLater tin and plastic battery operated saucer. Mystery action. Pilot under central clear plastic dome. Ring of flashing colored lights. Japanese box version. Pilot has a full helmet unlike the pilot depicted on one of the box versions. This is a direct copy, box and all, of the Masudaya flying saucer.
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X-7 SPACE EXPLORER SHIP - MASUDAYA - JAPANMetallic blue lithographed tinplate battery operated saucer MT. Pilot under a clear domed canopy. A series of six circular colored lights surround the canopy. Bump and go action with flashing lights. There are at least five variations of the pilot.

The current first sighting is a newspaper ad from November 1960.

This was a very successful toy that enjoyed a long production run. There are several box designs, and the saucer was altered to reduce production costs. Later versions incorporate more plastic components and the saucer effectively becomes a different toy.

See also the Flying Saucer X-7 version released as an exclusive by Rethel. Oddly there is also a version of this saucer in a box marked "Exclusively for Rethel", though there is nothing different about it.
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X-7 SPACE SHIP, JAPANESE BOX - MASUDAYA - JAPANLater tin and plastic battery op saucer. Mystery action. Pilot under central clear plastic dome. Ring of flashing colored lights. Japanese box version. Pilot has a full helmet unlike the pilot depicted on one of the box versions. Two box versions shown.
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X-80 PLANET EXPLORER - MASUDAYA - JAPANSilver and blue lithographed tin battery operated flying saucer. Blue triangular shapes surround the central white plastic dome. Large litho detailing of astronauts space walking on the top. Bump and go mystery action with a plinking noise and a psychedelic lighted color dome. Marked X-80 Planet Explorer. Masudaya catalog number 3150. Modern Toys.

The first sighting of the X-80 is in an unidentified wholesale catalog for 1961.
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XP-24 FLYING SAUCER - MAKER? - JAPANPrototype hand painted flying saucer. Unoccupied dome with a single lever inside. Battery op. Yoshiya styling. Details?
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XX-61 SOUCOUP VOLANTE Flying Saucer - CHR - FRANCETin and plastic battery op. Light blue flying sauce; central plastic dome with plastic astronaut (simply painted plastic and resembling a racing driver). Two long spring antennas protrude from a metal band that crosses the dome. Fitted with a rubber bumper/fender. Ring of flashing lights around the saucer. Bump and go with flashing lights. The battery is a 4.5 volt pack that slides into the plastic battery lid: as the lid is closed the battery terminals touch internal contacts.
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Z-101 FLYING SAUCER - MAKER? - ENGLANDEarly tin friction saucer with spark window. Circular ridged saucer with early style extension at rear. In virtually all respects this is identical to the Masudaya Z-101. The only difference is that version does not have the pair of fins, nor are there signs of slots to accommodate them. The saucer is marked Made in England on the base. Possiby Wells Brimtoy or Mettoy.

The hole is intended for the spark action. Since the flint arm protrudes through the hole it is unlikely that there was a red gel cover on it. The open spark window is common on English toys.

A similar pressing with the clearly related lithographic details was used by the French SFA company. - W-902 Terre Mars, though a spark aperture has not been cut. Box?
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Z-26 CRAGSTAN FRICTION FLYING SAUCER WITH ASTRONAUT - YOSHIYA - JAPANTin lithographed friction crank action flying saucer. A boxy tin pilot pilot sits under a clear plastic dome. The pilot has Z-26 printed on his chest and this is also printed on the edge.

The Z-26 saucer is the same as the X-15 pressing but with two rear tailfins and a rectangular slightly domed red plastic spark window behind the dome.

The box has an illustration of the Yoshiya X-15 saucer with simply the writing changed to Z-26. In this case the saucer now has the correct number of fins, two, shown on the box.

Produced in silver-grey and a rarer light blue version, both with central a red section moving to a point at the front. The light blue has been seen with red and blue fins.

The box carries the Cragstan distributor's logo. It appears in the 1965 Yoshiya catalog, along with the X-15 Space Commander Ship.

The saucer appears in a newspaper ad dated November 1962.
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ZABAWKA POJAZD KOSMICZNY SPACESHIP - MAKER? - POLANDA unique plastic flying saucer consisting of light blue saucer perched on top of a larger red domed plastic base unit. Colored disks around the top section and white discs around the lower section. Plastic antenna on the top. Action? Details? Made in Katowice, Poland.
   
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