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SPACE CAR, RED ROBBY - YONEZAWA - JAPAN484 viewsMetallic blue lithographed tin space car. This large space car has a red tin lithographed Robby robot driver sitting at the wheel. Behind him is a raised circular metal basket structure. The car has springs and small antennas fixed to the top edge, giving the impression of complex mechanism.Battery operated with a stop and go action. A jet of air supports a styrene ball. 9.5" 25cm

There are two versions of this space car:
Early version (top), with a darker blue body and a circular basket that does not have a paddle. Robby's head is fixed in place.

Later version (bottom) which has a lighter blue body and has a long paddle structure inserted in the ball blowing structure. Robby's head moves.

The boxes for both versions are the same: they do not show the paddle addition. Boxes usually have the Yonezawa logo but some have an ACE logo.

This space car uses the same pressing as the Space Car with red Robby driver.

Date? c1955.
TRACTOR WITH VISIBLE LIGHTED PISTON MOVEMENT 1200 - NOMURA SHOWA - JAPAN393 viewsTin battery operated tractor with silver robot driver. Open sided with a moving plastic engine. Forward movement with lighted engine and moving pistons. A tow attachment is fitted at the back. Colour versions include fawn and blue.

Eaton's catalogue 1957
MOBILE SPACE TV UNIT WITH TRAILER, MULTI-LENS VERSION - NOMURA - JAPAN393 viewsAn impressive metallic blue lithographed space toy. The Mobile Space Unit consists of a large tracked vehicle with a TV camera mounted on top. The camera has three lenses on a rotating plate and a TV screen in mounted in the side. A silber tin astronaut with a distinctive cone on his head sits at the camera. The vehicle tows a trailer that holds the two D cell batteries that power the toy. A rotating plastic antenna is attached to the trailer.

Battery operated action: the vehicle advances with mystery action as the lenses on the TV camera rotate, the screens on each side illuminate with a revolving space scene and the antenna on the trailer spins. Rosko distributor. 26cm

This is the more common version of this space toy. The main differentiating features are:

There is a trailer. The driver is a silver astronaut with a cone on his head, the camera support is much thinner , the tracked base is shallow.

SPACE PATROL TANK - SANKEI - JAPAN343 viewsThis is an impressive looking metallic blue lithographed tin space vehicle. The six wheel vehicle has tracks on the rear pair. A tin pilot sits under a clear plastic dome at the front and controls a space gun. Behind him rises a mass of equipment including a tower with a rotating antenna and a lighted rear screen. Battery operated action with movement, firing gun, rotating antenna and lighted space screen.

A newspaper ad dates the friction version to June 1960.

K in three circles: Sankei
BULLDOZER WITH HORN & LIGHT, ROBOTRAC - LINEMAR - JAPAN324 viewsName on box: Bulldozer with horn and light!
Manufacturer: Linemar, Japan
Dimensions: Length - 9.5" Width - 5.75" Height - 6.5"

Actions: Bulldozer moves in bump and go fashion as steering levers move back and forth creating the impression that robot driver is controlling the direction. The rear rubber tread wheels roll along the ground, which in turn cause the front tread wheels to turn, creating the impression that the bulldozer is being propelled by the rubber treads. Intermittently, the horn will sound and the light atop the robot's head will light.
Additional info.: Photo above depicts the yellow color variation. There is also a blue color variation. Variations to the lithography of the robot operator also exist. Stamped into the center of the bump and go plate on the bottom of the toy is the Linemar Toys logo and the word JAPAN.
bulldozer tractor with robot driver. Back and forward action.

Eaton's catalogue 1957. (It appears in adverts in October 1957)

Also shown (bottom) is the BULLDOZER WHICH A ROBOT OPERATES version which has the maker's logo KKS in a diamond (Komoda Shoten)
SPACE SCOUT S-17, WHITE DOME - YANOMAN - JAPAN318 viewsA light blue lithographed tinplate battery operated space vehicle. The vehicle resembles an inflated mattress with long tin fins mounted on the rounded side sections. A yellow tin astronaut pilot sits under a large clear plastic dome and controls a clear plastic lighted gun. At the front is a white dome over a rotating light. Space Scout wording on the sides. There is a metal ring antenna at the back that rotates.

This is the most common version of the toy. A red dome version has been recorded (below). First sighted May Co California, Toy Treasures newspaper supplement, Nov. 24, 1963

There is evidently a connection between Yanoman and Yonezawa. The body of the S-17 is the same pressing as that found on the Rendezvous 7 8.
MOON CAR, MOON SPACE SHIP - NOMURA - JAPAN314 viewsNamed Moon Car on the box, but Moon Space Ship on the toy. This is a reworking of the Robot Space Patrol chariot or sled. Tin battery operated with bump and go action. Robby has been replaced by a transparent plastic lighting dome inside which is a tin litho globe with space graphics. Note that this version does not have a driver.

Appears in the 1958 Sears catalog.
ATLAS MISSILE LAUNCHER - ISI - JAPAN312 viewsMetallic blue lithographed tin battery operated A-198 rocket launcher. This boxy tank-like tracked vehicle has a red launching structure containing a yellow tube which holds the wooden rubber tipped missile. The missiles are stored in clips along the side. Marked ATLAS on one side, A-198 on the door. Radar screen lights and launcher raises and fires missile as vehicle advances. Date?
MARS EXPLORER CAR - KDP EXELO - JAPAN 305 viewsTin battery operated space car with lithographed details. The car's windows and driver are lithographed. The car has a simple forward motion with a flashing rear light that also moves in and out. The front wheels are manually adjusted for steering. The box and toy carry the KDP logo. The toy also has the Exelo logo.

One of a series or related cars: Robby Studebaker, Mars Car, Atom Star, Comet Car, Sparky Joe.
MOBILE SATELLITE TRACKING STATION, CAPE CANAVERAL - YONEZAWA - JAPAN305 viewsSilver and blue lithographed tinplate bus. The Tracking Station truck has a large TV screen set into one side which displays moving scenes of rockets launching. A very large antenna slowly rotates. Forward and backward movement controlled by switches set in the back of the truck. Marked Cape Canaveral, Guided Missile Center C-750. Cragstan logo on the box. 9.5"

Advertised in December 1959.
MOON CAR, MOON PATROL SPACE DIVISION NO. 3 - NOMURA - JAPAN300 viewsTin battery operated. Advances with mystery action as the inner celluloid dome with tin space ships and a planet spins while the illuminated satellite inside the dome circles in the opposite direction. TN sled chariot

Despite having a tin astronaut pilot, the artwork on the box still depicts the driverless Moon Car version of the toy. Circa 1958

FRICTION SPACE PATROL - CRAGSTAN BY ICHIKO - JAPAN298 viewsTin friction open top space car. Two shades of blue lithography with space detailing. Open top car with windshield. Tin stronaut driver holding a gun.

Friction and battery operated versions of this brightly lithoed tin space car are known.
ROBERT THE ROBOT DRIVES HIS MECHANICAL BULLDOZER (WIND UP VERSION) - IDEAL - USA293 viewsName on box: Robert the Robot Bulldozer Dozer No 4063
Name on toy: Ideal Diesel Tractor
Manufacturer: Ideal Toy Corporation, U.S.A.
Dimensions: Length - 9.5", Width - 6.5", Height - 6.5"
Power source: Wind up motor/1 "AA" battery
Actions: Vehicle moves forward with a whistling sound, then backs up. Robert's hands sit atop the steering levers which move back and forth as the dozer changes direction, giving the impression that the robot is actually operating the controls. The robot's head lights up by means of a "AA" battery inside the driver's body. The shovel can either sit up off the ground, resting on the front lip of the bulldozer, or it can scrape along the ground to actually move objects.
Additional info.: *There is also a remote control/hand crank version. It uses the same remote controller and cable unit that Robert the Robot came with. Permanently attached, metal wind up key. Battery fits beneath hat.

This version featured in the Milway of Milwaukee Wholesale Catalog in 1956.
ALPHA 7 SPACE VEHICLE 3500 - GAMA - WEST GERMANY290 viewsPlastic battery op remote control lunar explorer. West Germany. One in related series of space vehicles. 1970s
MARSMAN - MASUDAYA - JAPAN279 viewsAn unusual blue lithographed tin friction space vehicle. The small vehicle has an open cockpit with a tin astronaut behind a windshield. The back of the car is raised up in a tin hump that is covered in space related litho: Saturn, stars, rockets. MARSMAN wording on the top rear.

The box art is primitive but attractive, with a very limited palette of browns and blues. The same pressing was used for other non-space toys. Date?
MECHANIZED ROBOT, ROBBY SPACE PATROL - NOMURA - JAPAN277 viewsA large lithographed tinplate space sled or chariot. The metallic blue vehicle has tweo unoccupied seats. The top half of a Nomura Piston Avtion or Pug Robby sits on top of the front, looking as though his bottom half is enclosed in the sled. Battery operated mystery action with flashing lights. The mechanism is designed so that Robby turns in the direction that the chariot is moving.
Advances with mystery action as Robby turns, his dome lights and the red/green disc lights blink.

This remarkable space toy is a direct copy of the space chariot in the 1956 MGM film "The Forbidden Planet", though it is a unlicensed product.

Name on toy: Space Patrol
Name on box: Mechanized Robot
Globe type on toy and box: na
Pilots: none on toy, none on box
INTERPLANETARY SPACE FIGHTER, SUPER JET V-7 - NOMURA - JAPAN275 viewsTin battery operated space vehicle marked Super Jet V-7. The large spaceship has a resemblance to Supercar but the relatively large astronaut alters the scale. Blue and white tin with red and yellow detailing. The articulated golden astronaut driver sits inside an open cockpit, holding an enormous space cannon. The cannon has a clear plastic windshield. Bump and go action as the gun swivels around and shoots with flashing light.

A newspaper advertisement dates this to December 1963. It also appears in the Nomura Catalog for 1964.

'AURORA' EXPEDITION CAR - YONEZAWA - JAPAN266 viewsA most unusual combination of two linked space exploration tanks. The boxed set comprises two light blue lithographed tin battery operated tanks. The lead tank has a small forward clear plastic dome with driver and has working tracks to provide movement. The second tank is similar in style but has tin litho tracks rather than working ones. It, too, has a small dome with pilot.

The name and box art suggest Arctic exploration but this is regarded as being a space toy. The box has both a Yonezawa and a KDP logo.

See also the Mighty Explorer version of the vehicle.
BUMP N' GO SPACE EXPLORER TANK - YOSHIYA - JAPAN266 viewsRed lithographed tinplate friction space tank. Green tin pilot with X-8 logo under a large clear dome. Pilot's hand moves. There is a distinctive raised square lithographed engine cover at the back. Plastic spark window and large clear plastic pipes at the back. Inertia crank action bump and go mechanism. KO

Featured in the 1965 Yoshiya catalog, item #1005
BATTERY OPERATED BULLDOZER - YOSHIYA - JAPAN265 viewsOrange/yellow tinplate battery operated bulldozer with a blue-grey tin robot driver. ther bulldozer has working rubber tracks and a litho engine panel in the side. Shovel at the front. Marked KO. Forward and backward movement "With automatic shovel action". The robot's eyes light and he works the levers. 7" long. tractor

There are two variations of this dozer: one uses a single D call and has no side track cover. The other, shown, uses two C cells, has a forward/reverse lever and a side track cover.

The bulldozer appears in a 1956 Western Smallware catalog.
M-41 SPACE TANK - MASUDAYA - JAPAN264 viewsThis was a very successful space toy, judging by the large number that have survived. It is a green lithographed tinplate battery operated tank. Clear plastic dome at the front with a tin astronaut pilot. Large plastic dish antenna. Springs at rear with lights. Similar in design to the M-28. Bump and go action with rotating antenna and flashing lights.

Two versions shown: the more common one with spring and a red headed astronaut. Below is a presumably later simplified version with red and green plastic light covers and a yellow vinyl astronaut.

The M-41 dates at least to 1970 when it appears in the Masudaya catalog for that year. It is not listed as a new item, so may be a little earlier.
MOON CAR, MOON SPACE SHIP - NOMURA - JAPAN261 viewsTin battery operated space car chariot/sled. Advances with mystery bump and go action as the dome turns, the two yellow dishes rotate, light flashes and the engine pistons move. No driver included.

Name on toy: Moon Space Ship
Name on box: Moon Car
Globe type: clear dome with electronic equipment
Pilots: none

Appears in a newspaper ad in November 1958.
SPACE SCOOTER - MASUDAYA - JAPAN259 viewsA large metallic blue lithographed tin and plastic battery operated space scooter. The scooter is ridden by a large tin boy astronaut with helmet and backpack.

Bump and go mystery action. Later released by Amico. Inspiration for the design came from the Fireball XL5 Jetmobile.

Listed in the 1971 Azrak Hamway International catalog.

MARVELOUS MIKE TRACTOR- SAUNDERS - USA254 viewsPressed steel battery op bulldozer tractor withot driver. USA

First sighted October 1955.
MOON EXPLORER M-27 - YONEZAWA - JAPAN252 viewsTin battery op vehicle - a tin can on its side - with four legs. Remote control. The remote is in the shape of a plastic rocket. One button makes the vehicle walk and antenna turn. The second button makes the door open and a plastic astronaut with camera emerges. Similar to Moon Detector - Mond Detektor .

Marked M-27. There is a variation with the Cragstan importer's logo on the side. Many boxes carry the Farylight importer's sticker.

Currently the first sighting of the Moon Explorer X-27 (Bean tin) is in Wards catalogue for 1963.
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SPACE RANGER - MARX - USA251 viewsPlastic battery op remote control orbiting spaceship. Tethered flying action.
ROBOT BULLDOZER WITH BLINKING LIGHT - FLARE - JAPAN250 viewsTin battery op bulldozer tractor with robot. Blinking lights. When you push the lever on the right forward, the tractor moves forward, the pistons move up and down and the light on top of the robots head flashes on and off. Pushing the lever backwards reverses the action. The pistons have a distinctive design: they are tin rockers that emerge from the side of the lithographed engine. The robot has a rounded shape

Marked "United Pioneer Company No 115" on the back and "United" on the front.

ROCKET LAUNCHER TRUCK - S&E - JAPAN250 viewsTin friction truck with rocket on elevating trailer gantry. A lithographed tin operator sits at a control panel on the trailer. Detachable rocket has a separate friction mechanism. Suzuki and Edwards Japan Super N-62 N 62
SONAR SPACE PATROL - YONEZAWA - JAPAN248 viewsThis is a large tin battery operated space ship. The silver and blue rocket has a boxy shape with a rounded nose. A clear plastic dome at the front contains colored flashing lights. At the back are two fins with a long domed engine cover between them. There is a long metal on-off switch. The box art depicts a slightly different vehicle: a more slender shape with opening doors in the base.

This toy employs a Sonicon-style whistle steering action, like the Masudaya original. The whistle is a distinctive blue plastic sphere.

Other space toys use this pressing:
Nomura Mars 107 Super Space Patrol
Nomura Sky Patrol
ATOMIC BULLDOZER - PMC - HONG KONG247 viewsPlastic battery operated space tank with articulated robot driver. The yellow plastic dozer has a red blade and side panels. The plastic robot's head is detachable. Spiral pattern spinner under clear dome. Bump and go action. The tracks are black plastic and purely decorative.

On sale in December 1959 (Sydney Morning Herald)

Article #33. Hong Kong. See also the Space Controlled Tractor
ARCTIC EXPLORER SLED - BANDAI FOR SEARS - JAPAN247 viewsA large blue painted catamaran style pressed steel vehicle. with wings and propellers. This unusual vehicle has two long pontoons joined by a red central platform and topped with a futuristic wing-like bridge structure. Engines with propellers are fixed on either side of this wing. The ship carries a helicopter fitted with floats. 19" 47cm.

The scale of the toy is designed to create the impression of a massive vehicle. It is a borderline space piece but has a futuristic appearance that appeals to space collectors.

One of a range of Sears exclusive toys produced by Bandai.

One of a range of Sears exclusive toys produced by Bandai.
SATELLITE LAUNCHING TRUCK XS-126 - YONEZAWA - JAPAN246 viewsTin battery operated truck with tin astronaut driver under a clear plastic dome at the front. Screen at rear. Round radar dish. Shoots spinners from a central unit that can be directed. X5-126 on front turret. Spinners carried on a rear wire extension.
PLANET TANK - MASUDAYA - JAPAN244 viewsJudging by the number that have survived this was a popular space toy. It is a dark blue lithographed tin battery operated non fall tank with green dome and large rotating plastic antenna. Also produced with a blue dome. The tank is most impressive when switched on: bump and go non-fall action with a rotating antenna and a light show inside the dome.

There are two know versions:

1 Marked "Planet Tank" on the side (Top)
2 A less common one (Bottom) marked "Space Patrol".

Both appear to have been released in the same Planet Tank box. The domes can be blue or green.
SPACE PIONEER - MASUDAYA - JAPAN243 viewsA metallic blue and silver lithographed tin battery op space ship. The space ship has large tubular side engines topped with fins. A pilot sits under a clear plastic canopy. Bump and go mystery action. The toy has a fan powered siren which changes in tone, swannee whistle style. "Super Sonic". It is featured in the 1963 Masudaya catalog.
FRICTION SPACE EXPLORER S-3 - USAGIYA for LINEMAR - JAPAN239 viewsTin friction space car with large red astronaut pilot. The pilot's hands move. Imitation tracks at rear. Also sold in a boxed set with the robot headed version. No J-4333

The box art is essentially the same as for the Usagiya Space Patrol version.

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Z-MAN THE BRAIN - JAY ZIMMERMAN - USA238 viewsBlack 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.
ROAD CONSTRUCTION ROLLER - DAIYA - JAPAN235 viewsTin battery op road roller with tin Robby driver. Forward and backward action with flashing lights. Road roller in metallic green with a maroon Robby at the controls. Also in a yellow road roller. Visible moving pistons. 25cm
MOON PATROL XT-978 - TPS - JAPAN235 viewsToplay. Blue lithographed tin battery operated space hovercraft style vehicle with dome with gun and antenna. Bump and go action. See Luna Hovercraft. Reputedly there are two versions: one with gun (shown), one without. 20cm 1970

Featured in the 1970 Tokyo Playthings Catalog.
BATTERY OPERATED SPACE SHIP ME-102 - CHINA234 viewsTin battery operated styrofoam ball blowing vehicle. The flat car shaped vehicle has a rear tail fin and a clear plastic canopy containing a pilot. A tube emerges from the top and a stream of air supports the styrofoam ball. 32cm Red and blue litho versions. This is a copy of the Holdauto design.

Early box and later window box versions shown.

ME 102 ME102
SUPER MOON PATROLER - JUNIOR TOY - JAPAN233 viewsTin and plastic battery operated vehicle Circa 1970s. Advances with mystery stop-go action and engine sound as lights flash. It stops, the hatch opens, and the top part of the patroller spins.

Moon Patroller
INDIAN SCOUT AT_11 - AMARTOY - INDIA 232 viewsLight blue lithographed tinplate battery operated vehicle. Bump and go action with astronaut sitting at a large green gun with clear plastic barrel. Magic white color dome at the front. The tank has the familiar rounded lilo shape with two fins at the back. This is an Indian knock-off version of the Yanoman Space Scout S-17. The serial AT_11 is printed on the inner sides. AT-11. Made by Amartoy of Dehli.

Closer examination has shown that this has not been produced from the same mold but has been designed to resemble the original Japanese piece. The Indian version is slightly smaller and it does not have the rotating antenna. The fins stand vertical, the litho detailing is different and the battery box is plastic rather than tin. Date? Asia
SPACE ROBOT CAR, GOLD ROBBY- YONEZAWA - JAPAN232 viewsMetallic blue lithographed tin space car. This large space car has a gold tin lithographed Robby robot driver sitting at the wheel. Behind him is a cylindrical turret covered with a clear green plastic dome. The gun turret pans from side to side as the gun tips move in and out as a firing sound is emitted with flashing lights. Battery operated with a stop and go action. 9.5" 25cm

This space car uses the same pressing as the Space Car with the red Robby driver. The box carries a FLARE importer's logo.

Date? c1955

MOON EXPLORER - GAKKEN - JAPAN231 viewsA red and blue tin battery operated vehicle. Bump and go action. Bubble dome at front with pilot inside. Lithographed tin track panels on the sides. There is a fan-like structure on the top. See also the Moon Patrol radio controlled version that uses the same pressing.

On sale in December 1970.
CRAGSTAN SPACE MOBILE, LUNAR PATROL - CRAGSTAN - JAPAN229 viewsRed tinplate battery operated vehicle. This is a flat vehicle with a large square plastic canopy containing a tin pilot. Behind the canopy is a circular disc with colored gel divisions. The ship has two rear fins and a rotating metal antenna on a wire. The Space Mobile is marked Lunar Patrol on the sides. 10" 25cm long

The box art depicts an oval antenna but boxed examples seem to have the larger squarer antenna shown here.

Bump and go action with flashing lights and Roar R R noise. There is no obvious manufacturer's mark though the box has a Cragstan distributor's logo. On sale in December 1962
SUPER RADAR TRACTOR T-27 - ICHICO? - JAPAN229 viewsSeal logo. Tin battery op with robot driver and dish antenna.
GIANT ROBOT BULLDOZER - TOMY - JAPAN228 viewsA large (19" 45cm) plastic battery operated radio controlled tractor with robot driver. Silver engine. The tractor is marked DIESEL at the front and GIANT BULLDOZER at the back.

Forward and reverse action with lifting shovel.

Red and yellow versions shown. Japanese language boxes. Is there an English language box?

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X-7 SPACE YANK - YOSHIYA - JAPAN227 viewsBlue 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.
UNIVERSE EXPLORATION CAR, EXPLORER SPACE TANK - LINEMAR - JAPAN225 viewsRemote control tin battery op Space Tank with steering action. Three astronauts, one driving, two with lighted guns. Single searchlight. "Guns revolve and fire, headlight flashes. Vehicle steers right or left." Marked SPACE TANK EXPLORER on the toy.

This was released in 1958. It appears in the Sears Chritmas Book for that year described as Armored Car, and in 1959 as Futuristic Armored Car. The remote control carries the Linemar logo but we do not yet have the maker's name. The art work gives the tank the X-5 wording but this is not present on the toy. It also features a large dinosaur, a stegosaurus. In fact, the artwork bears only a passing resemblance to the actual toy.

Compare with the AHI Space Explorer Tank, a one astronaut version, and Space Tank, the two pilot version.
X-9 SPACE ROBOT CAR - MASUDAYA - JAPAN224 viewsTin 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.

MOON MOBILE SCOUT WAGON EXPLORER - BANDAI FOR SEARS - JAPAN223 viewsLarge blue painted pressed steel space vehicle. This moving platform has a large yellow crane structure at the back and lifts a silver Explorer airplane. Small figures stand behind railings. The scale of the toy is designed to create the impression of a massive vehicle. 12" 30cm

Battery operated forward and backward motion.

One of a range of Sears exclusive toys produced by Bandai. 1961 Sears Christmas Catalog
MOON-DETECTOR - YONEZAWA - JAPAN223 viewsBlue lithographed tin battery operated moon exploration vehicle. Cylindrical body with tracks, resembling a tin can on its side. The front and back have clear plastic domes covering the ends. Inside the forward control area is a grey plastic astronaut driver. Forward and reverse movement with rotating plastic antenna and lighting feelers. The vehicle has two long arms or feelers at the front. They have lighted tips.

There is also a Mond Detektor German market version. This is a variation of the remote control Moon Explorer M-27 vehicle.

First sighting currently 1964.
SUPER RADAR TRACTOR T-27 - ICHIKO - JAPAN222 viewsA red and silver tin battery operated tractor with a silver metal robot driver. Bump and go. Distinctive circular rotating metal antenna dish at the back. Marked T-27 Seal logo.
UNIT 5 AREA RADIATION TESTER - BANDAI FOR SEARS - JAPAN221 viewsA large red painted pressed steel sled-like toy. This battery operated vehicle has opening cargo doors and raising gantry. Sold exclusively by Sears. Working. When in operation, space vehicle runs with mystery action while two lights on rear illuminates. Next the vehicle stops, the back canopy opens, armature with a radar detector raises up, and smoke is emitted from the back of the canopy. The scale of the toy is designed to create the impression of a massive vehicle. 50cm

Currently the first sighting of this toy is in the Sears 1961 Christmas Book.

One of a range of Sears exclusive toys produced by Bandai.
ROBOTANK-Z - VERSION B - Nomura - JAPAN220 viewsTin battery operated robot tank vehicle. Advances with mystery action as the arms move, lights flash and guns make a firing sound. TN The robot carries the Robotank Z wording. Green plastic eyes, talks. Featured in the 1969 Nomura catalog and on sale in late 1969.

There are at least three versions, all of which appear in the Robotank Z box:

VERSION A: ROBOTANK Z : Tin eyes, affixed guns, red semi-spherical dome under the square transparent one, triangular tin litho part over the eyes. Non talking.

VERSION B: ROBOTANK Z : green transparent eyes, affixed guns, orange/pink plastic "crown", spring wire eyebrows. Talking

Phrases: "Robotank z to Mars control: enemy flying sauce-rs sighted in area B. They are preparing to attack you. "
"Mars control to Robotank z: we located the enemy intercept at once. Roger I am attacking with atomic rays 1 and 2."

VERSION C: R-1 : red/orange transparent eyes, moving guns, orange/pink plastic "crown", spring wire eyebrows. Non talking.

VERSION D: R-1 : red/orange transparent eyes, moving guns, orange/pink plastic "crown", spring wire eyebrows. Talking.

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JUPITER ROCKET TRUCK - MARX - USA219 viewsTin friction truck advances with siren. Steel/plastic rocket with spring loaded firing mechanism fires a plastic projectile. "Guided Missile Unit No 10 61432"

On sale November 1958.
SPACE SCOUT X-5 - SUZUKI AND EDWARDS - JAPAN218 viewsTin friction space vehicle. Transparent green plastic canopy with pilot head. S&E Japan. Cragstan logo on box.

low profile air car
ROBOT BULLDOZER - YOSHIYA - JAPAN217 viewsTin battery operated remote control bulldozer with robot driver. Rubber tracks. "Six actions" Forward, reverse; green and red lights. The bulldozer has four distinctive lighted coloured panels on the hood, two green and two red. Box marked KO on end panels.
FLYING JEEP N-135 - ATC - JAPAN215 views"With Two Rotors" US Air Force Space Jeep. U.S. Air Force. Tin friction hovercraft style flying jeep with three drivers. Asahi -Linemar. Three pilots under a clear dome. Two rotors. Comes in generic box depicting a red jeep with one rotor.

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SPACE EXPLORER TANK - TOMURO - JAPAN215 viewsI can find no other space toys by this mystery Japanese company, Tomuro. Their logo is TMR in a diamond. The low profile silver and red tin tank has plenty of detail including imitation tracks. There's SP lettering on the sides and Space Explorer across the front. At the front is a ball shaped cockpit containing a yellow tin astronaut. The cockpit dome is designed to spin around the stationary astronaut, unlike the Yanoman design which spins everything, astronaut and all. Behind the cockpit is a tin box with a rotating dish antenna fitted in the center. Friction action with rotating cockpit and antenna.

The box art has an impressive if rather serious space scene.

Advertised in newspapers in August 1963.

SPACE SURVEY JEEP - TOYMASTER - JAPAN214 viewsBlue lithographed tin friction space jeep with large gun-like telescope. The jeep has a yellow tin astronaut driver. The telescope which has plastic glass on the ends moves side to side as the jeep moves, and lifts up and down manually. Large blue plastic rotating antenna. 7" (17cm) long. Marked "Toymaster Made in Japan."

A newspaper advertisement dates this to October 1960.
SPACE PATHFINDER - MASUDAYA - JAPAN213 viewsBlue and white lithographed tin battery operated vehicle with tracks. Large clear plastic cockpit at the front. Red flashing light on top. This is the same pressing as the Lunar Expedition but it has the piezo control system. Pressing the remote generates a high voltage spark that enables the vehicle to cycle through a series of actions: forward, stop, left, right. The control requires no batteries. Dated to 1967 in a Japanese trade catalog. 35cm

"Radicon Photoelectric Operation System" and "Magic Transmitter". T

Featured in Masudaya's 1969 catalog.
RADIO CONTROLLED MOON PATROL - GAKKEN - JAPAN213 viewsTin battery op radio controlled spaceship. Pilot under front dome. This vehicle uses the same pressing as the bump and go Moon Explorer.
MISSILE LAUNCHER TRUCK - NOMURA - JAPAN212 viewsTin battery op 1958 Chevy truck cab with a launcher back. Truck advances with bump and go action as the light flashes and launcher moves up and down. Rocket pictured is not correct. Box? Name?

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SPACE TANK ME-091 - CHINA211 viewsGreen tin friction space tank with bump and go action. Early versions are predominantly metal, later versions have plastic arms and hub caps. The head has flashing light behind red gel. Light show under lens at the rear section with multi-colored patterns flashing. Robby's arms are attached to levers that move when the bump mechanism activates. Loud 'space noise'.

There is also a light blue version of the tank.

MISSILE CARRYING TRAILER - CRAGSTAN - JAPAN211 viewsMetallic blue pained tin friction truck with missile launcher.
Large rotating plastic antenna (as truck is pushed along. Crank action launching ramp. Shoots a red and white plastic rocket marked X-6-0. Maker?

ROBOT SPACE PATROL CAR X-5 - ATC - JAPAN210 viewsBlue tin friction space car with gold robot driver. Mercedes style car with robot driver advances with siren as the fan blade in the hood opening turns. 21cm
RADAR TRACTOR MYSTERY ACTION - ICHIKO - JAPAN210 viewsTin battery op tractor with robot driver. Lighted engine, revolving lighted dish antenna. Notice also the box variation with the misspelling "RADOR TRACTOR"

On sale in December 1960.
SUPERCAR - YOSHIYA - JAPAN209 viewsRed and white tin friction space car with Mike Mercury under a clear plastic canopy. Based on Gerry Anderson puppet TV series.

First sighted in the 1965 Yoshiya catalog, item #2033
SPACE PATROL TANK X-11 BLUE VERSION - YONEZAWA - JAPAN209 viewsTin battery operated tank. Large antenna. Non fall action, a loud clicking space sound and a cockpit covered by 2 shields with flexibel antennas. In action, the two shields fold open and the mystery lighted cockpit rises up. As the tank moves a loud clicking sound is also emitted and the radar dish rotates. Simultaneously the two halves of the shell "roof" open up and split apart. The cockpit itself then rises out of the interior. It flashes in green and red lights, lowers back into the tank, and the roof sections snap closed The tank has a non-fall action.

See also the green litho version of this tank.

Litho variations shown: dark blue and olive green.
HOLDAUTO - FLIN, INTERKOSMO - HUNGARY208 viewsTin battery operated styrofoam ball blowing vehicle. The flat car shaped vehicle has a rear tail fin and a clear plastic canopy containing a pilot. A tube emerges from the middle and a stream of air supports the styrofoam ball. 32cm Two basic color versions are known: red and blue, though there are several litho variations.

This is one the two original version of a much copied space toy. There is a great diversity of packaging.
MOBILE SCIENCE STATION - BANDAI FOR SEARS - JAPAN208 viewsA large blue painted pressed steel toy. This is a complex arrangement of track driven platform with a track driven trailer. The scale of the toy is designed to create the impression of a massive rig.

The front component has a metal bridge with a tall plastic column behind. The trailer carries a helicopter. Battery operated forward and reverse movement.

One of a range of Sears exclusive toys produced by Bandai.
FLASH SPACE PATROL Z-206 -TPS - JAPAN206 viewsTin hovercraft style battery op vehicle, bump and go action. Green plastic windows. The body is the same as used on the Mercury Explorer but the turret is a tin construction. Plastic prop. This is the first of the line of similarly styled TPS vehicles. Currently dated to 1968. Toplay
SKY PATROL - NOMURA - JAPAN206 viewsThis is a large tin battery operated space ship. The silver and blue vehicle has a boxy shape with a rounded nose. A Tin policeman with a machine gun sits in a forward cockpit. At the back are two fins with a long domed engine cover between them. The fins have lighted jet engines on top There is a long metal on-off switch.

The box art depicts a vehicle that is far more sophisticated than the actual toy. The box artist is clearly the same as the one employed on the sister piece, the Mars 107.

Appears in the Nomura Catalog 1961.
SPACE JET VEHICLE X-001 - BANADI - JAPAN206 viewsTin battery op vehicle. Smoke.
PLANET EXPLORER X-1 SPACE TANK - ALPS - JAPAN204 viewsLight blue lithographed tin battery operated space tank. This is a substantial boxy shaped tank with a small turret capped with a shallow clear plastic dome. There are two black guns emerging from the turret, tipped with red metal. Large rotating plastic mesh antenna. Bump and go action with lighting turret and firing pom pom double barrel guns. Date?
MATADOR ROCKET LAUNCHER - KOKYU - JAPAN204 viewsTin friction truck with pop-up Martin Matador winged missile on trailer. Japan 1950s. K in a flower logo.

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SPACE PATROL TANK - SANKEI - JAPAN203 viewsThis is a simpler version of the blue battery operated Space Patrol Tank. Red lithographed tin space vehicle. This vehicle has four wheels. A tin pilot sits behind a windshield at the front and controls a space gun. Behind him is a simplified structure consisting of a box and a tower with a rotating antenna (this is an incorrect one).

Friction action with sound and rotating antenna. Box? Name? This friction version was advertised in June 1960

K in three circles: Sankei

BADMINTON ROBOT - CHINA202 viewsPrototype design c 2000.
MOON MOBILE ROCKET LAUNCHER - BANDAI FOR SEARS - JAPAN202 viewsA large blue painted pressed steel battery operated rocket launch vehicle. The sled like vehicle has a raising orange gantry on the back that holds a silver rocket. The scale of the toy is designed to create the impression of a massive vehicle. The electric motor provides forward and backward movement, other functions are manual. 12" 30cm

One of a range of Sears exclusive toys produced by Bandai.

1961 Sears Christmas Catalog
M-101 SPACE TANK WITH HELICOPTER - NOMURA - JAPAN202 viewsA lilac-pink tin battery operated space tank. The unusual tank has an oval turret on a low profile body. The turret has circular porthole windows at the front and a larger opening at the back with a clear plastic cover. Pilot and machinery details can be seen inside. Uniquely, an X-217 helicopter attached to a bar moves over the tank. Battery operated with moving helicopter, spinning rotor and flashing lights. Name? Box?

This uses the low profile pressing that was used for the Super Sonic Tank, the Space Tank X-4, and the M-101 Tank. See also the similar turret design of Space Export tank.

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