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 All toys are vintage and original. We do not sell reproductions.

Everything in this category is robot and space related. There are toys, robots, rockets, space vehicles, space guns and novelties with space related images. I actually collected most of the items in this category and they might be from my own collection. The Japanese produced the most fabulous space toys during the 50's and 60's. I prefered the fantastical over the realistic so that is what you will find here.

 

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CONDITION-PHOTOS-REFUNDS

Read the description carefully as information about condition, working order, size, materials of construction, vintage and my personal opinions and observations will be mentioned there. Sometimes I have a small quantity of an item but usually they are one of a kind.

As far as the photos are concerned, I include views from all angles, try to focus on any defects and generally let you see the toy as if you were inspecting it in person. That said, sometimes photos make things look better and sometimes worse. When a picture is blown up to a large size all kinds of defects seem to jump out at you...like looking at your skin in a magnifying mirror. The actual item seen by the naked eye, especially our aging eyes,often looks better than the photo.

Your satisfaction is always important to me. If you are unhappy about the condition of a toy you get I am happy to give a full refund or exchange it if that is possible. Things do get past my notice sometimes (those aging eyes).

 

Image
Name
Description
Price
Tin Space Navigator Pin on Card

card 3 x 3.25 inches

EX

The litho design on the card for the Space Navigator pin is wonderful with the rocketship, Saturn and Buck Rogers style spaceman . The card is 3 inches by 3.25 inches. The silver metal bas-relief pin is 2.25 inches across. The pin has a planet with Saturn style rings, a small rocketship and feathered wings with the words Space on each one. Made in Japan.

RS-1

$15.

Japanese Tin Yo Yo Astronaut in Spaceship

2 inches (5 cm ) across

VG-EX

This colorful all tin vintage Japanese yoyo shows a boyish astronaut happily waving from his space capsule as it zooms across the starry red sky. The back side has a four color target design. Condition is very good to excellent and the toy works well if you have the skill.

RS-2

$30.

1960's Japanese Tin Super Hero Spinner Top

1 and 5/8 inches (4.3 cm) diameter

EX

This individual tin spinner top is a bit later than the others. The Japanese super hero seen is probably Moonlight Man. Condition is excellent but you'll need your own spinner stick to spin it. Made in Japan, 1960's vintage.

NM-19

$18.

Japanese Monsters Yo Yo Puzzle

1 and 7/8 inch (4.8 cm) diameter

EX-Unused-Original Packaging

This interesting toy is a combination of a yo yo and dexterity puzzle. Made in Japan for the Japanese market, the toy still has the original card and blister pack plastic packaging. The toy is in excellent, unused condition.

One side of the tin yo yo has great image of a Godzilla-like monster fighting with a scaley blue monster. The other side of the yo yo is a dexterity puzzle (tin sides with acetate window) with an image of a long-necked dragon-like monster. You have to place two pink beads in the spaces where his eyes are.

The original card is 3 and 5/8 inches (9cm) wide and 5.25 inches (13.3 cm) tall. The same two monsters are seen at the top of the card, battling it out. The blister pack that covers the yo yo is dirty with bent edges and has been opened.

I am not good with yo yos but it seems to work OK.

NM-46

$20.

Tin 1950's Japanese Space Gun Whistle

2.75 inches (7 cm) wide

EX

I have had this whistle once or twice before but still consider it to be fairly rare. Great litho of a rocket, spaceman and the words Space Gun. The size is smaller than most of the gun shaped whistles at 2.75 inches long. Made in Japan, 1950's vintage. Condition is excellent on this tin whistle.

W-7

$55.

Japanese Tin Whistle-Satellite Over City

2 and 5/8 inches (6.7 cm) tall

This whistle is one of a series of three Japanese tin space themed whistles that are probably the nicest ones they made. The whistle is a bit more than 2.5 inches tall. The litho is very detailed and colorful. This whistle depicts a large satellite in the dark starry sky over a city of tall buildings. Condition is very good to excellent and the whistle has a pleasant tone.

W-30

$30.

Japanese Tin Whistle- Yellow Rocketship RX-58

3.5 inches (9 cm) long

EX

This very colorful yellow rocket shaped tin litho whistle is 3.5 inches long. It is one in a series of three. You can see the pilot in the cockpit, the blast of the exhaust and a glimpse of the stars in space. RX-58 is written on the side. Condition is excellent and the whistle has a nice tone. Made in Japan.

W-8

$30.

Vintage JapaneseTin Friction Space Gun-Silver

7.5 inches (19 cm) long, 4 inches (10.2 cm) tall

EX

This tin Japanese space gun has a beautiful scene of rockets on a planet with mountains, a starry sky and a rocket streaking across it towards anither planet. A window on the grip shows an astronaut in his space suit. A shark-like fin on the top of the gun completes the space motif. Sparks should show through the clear red acetate covered windows in the barrel but a new flint will need to be installed. The friction mechanism works well is heard and a whirring siren like sound is heard when the trigger is pulled. The gun has some light scratches on the tip of the barrel but overall condition is excellent.

RS-14

$145.

Vintage Japanese Tin Navy Rocket Flute Whistle

6.5 inches (16.5 cm) long

VG

This tin Japanese flute whistle has colorful litho showing a Navy rocket blasting into space. You can see bits of the dark starry sky along the edges. The body of the whistle has six holes so that you can attempt to create a tune as you blow the whistle by covering one or more to make different tones. Condition is very good with light scratches.

RS-15

$25.

Vintage Japanese Tin Top- Astronauts

2 inch (5 cm) diameter

EX

The colors on this Japanese tin space top are unusual (almost German looking) but the top is clearly marked Made in Japan. Two astronauts appear to float in space in the center of the top with radiating orange blue and white stripes along the outer edge. It appears that this is a string wound top but you can also just grasp the center post and give the top a spin. Condition is excellent.

RS-18

$45.

Japanese Tin Friction Paradise Space Car-A

4.25 inches (11 cm) long

Fair-Poor

I have two of this vintage Japanese tin friction Paradise space car. Both have various condition issues that would render them parts toys or just an example to have until a better one comes along. It is not the most common or the rarest of these small space litho cars.

This car (A) has wear on the top surface, some scrapes and dings in the litho but the color is good. The bottom is quite rough with scrapes in the paint and a bend in the tin by the front wheels. All wheels are there but the rubber edges of the drive wheels are dried and damaged....missing chunks on both wheels. The friction mechanism does work..

Study the photos carefully. Condition is fair at best.

RS-19

$75.

Japanese Tin Friction Paradise Space Car-B

4.25 inches (11 cm) long

Fair-Poor

I have two of this vintage Japanese tin friction Paradise space car. Both have various condition issues that would render them parts toys or just an example to have until a better one comes along. It is not the most common or the rarest of these small space litho cars.

This car (B) has wear on the top surface, some scrapes and dings in the litho but the color is good. It might be slightly worse than A. The bottom has scrapes and wear but retains more of the paint than car A....which isn't saying much.

All wheels are there but the rubber edge of one of the drive wheels is missing a chunk...the other is intact. The friction mechanism seems to work but is cranky and sometimes sticks.

Study the photos carefully. Condition is fair at best.

RS-20

$75.

Japanese Tin Friction Rocket Racer 3-Vinyl Driver in Box

6 and 5/8 inches (16.8 cm) long,2.75 inches (7 cm) wide

Toy EX, Box Good

This tin Japanese friction rocketship with driver comes in quite a few variations. This is one of the later ones with the vinyl headed driver. Earlier the driver's head was tin and later the toy was copied by the Chinese. This is a number 3 Rocket, I believe there were other numbers too. When pushed forward the rocket rolls along making a loud engine sound (almost like shooting). Another difference is a lack of a tin wheel in the rear. This version just has a tin piece that drags along the surface. Colors are bright, the mechanism works well and overall condition is excellent with only some light scratches. The box is in rough condition with tears on three corners, creases and wrinkles.

RS-29

$235.

Cardboard Space Scene Dexterity Puzzle-Blue

2.25 inches (5.7 cm) diameter

EX

These cardboard and acetate space theme dexterity puzzles are not marked so I cannot be positive they are Japanese. The image inside is the same: a rocket blasts off from the surface as two bubble helmeted space men look on. One is using his own jet pack to fly into the sky. Saturn and another celestial body are seen in the sky. You have to place two round balls in depressions in the puzzle, one in the sky, the other near the bottom of the rocket. The sides of this puzzle are grey and blue. Condition is excellent.

RS-39

$25.

Cardboard Space Scene Dexterity Puzzle-Red

2.25 inches (5.7 cm) diameter

EX

These cardboard and acetate space theme dexterity puzzles are not marked so I cannot be positive they are Japanese. The image inside is the same: a rocket blasts off from the surface as two bubble helmeted space men look on. One is using his own jet pack to fly into the sky. Saturn and another celestial body are seen in the sky. You have to place two round balls in depressions in the puzzle, one in the sky, the other near the bottom of the rocket. The sides of this puzzle are red and white. Condition is excellent.

RS-40

$25.

Japanese Plastic and Paper Litho Telescope

4.5-5 inches (11.5-12.2 cm) tall

EX

This later plastic space telescope has a colorful paper litho body that shows various space vehicles flying above a planet's surface...actually it looks like the moon. A band at the top says Celestial Body. The telescope extends from 4.5 to 5 inches in length. You can actually look through it but you will not see any clearer than with the naked eye. Excellent condition. Made in Japan.

RS-43

$12.

Japanese Hand Held Space PinBall Game

2.75 inches (7 cm) wide

4.25 inches (10.7 cm) tall

VG

This vintage Japanese hand held novelty pin ball game has a tin litho back and a plastic cover. A spring loaded lever on the side sends a small metal ball from the surface of the moon on a tour of the galaxy past stars and planets until it finds a resting place in a numbered slot or returns to the launch area for you to try again.

Condition is fair to good. The back of the tin plate has corrosion along the edges and corners. The rust stains show through on the front in the top corners The tin backing plate colors are still bright and the simple mechanism works well.

NP-17

$25.

Japanese Ultraman Ruler

8 inches (20.5 cm) long

EX-Unused

This unused plastic ruler is still sealed in the original protective plastic sleeve.

Made in Japan for the Japanese market, probably in the 70's. The ruler depicts an image of Ultraman in full color punching a scaley green monster on one side and Ultraman and the same monster in blue only on the other side. It appears to be an applied label.

Condition is unused in the original packaging.

NM-45

$16

Extra Large Vintage Japanese Menko Card- Astroboy-Mighty Atom

4.5 inches (11.3cm) in diameter

This extra large round card is printed in 1950's vintage colors on a mid-heavy weight cardboard. There is no printing on the back.

Depicted on this card is AstroBoy, or Might Atom with a couple of his robot friends

Condition is unused and excellent. This card is new-old stock and never played with by grubby handed children.

JM-35

$12.

Extra Large Vintage Japanese Menko Card-Space Ace

4.5 inches (11.3cm) in diameter

This extra large round card is printed in 1950's vintage colors on a mid-heavy weight cardboard. There is no printing on the back.

I think this boy hero is known as Space Ace. I'm not sure who the two characters in the background are, henchmen or masterminds.

Condition is unused and excellent. This card is new-old stock and never played with by grubby handed children.

JM-21

$12.

1950's Vintage Japanese Uncut Sheet of Menko Cards-Superman, Astronaut

5 and 3/8 inches (14.2 cm) tall and 7 and 7/8 inches (20 cm) wide

Unused Unpunched Excellent

These cards are printed on a heavy cardboard stock with brilliant colors on the front and only blue on the back. Along with Superman and two Japanese robots the other cards show a pilot and a dog (space travelers?) and a comic sword wielding samurai. The image printed on the back of each card is a space rocket ship.

Condition is unused, unpunched and excellent. This card is new-old stock and never played with by grubby handed children.

JM-26

$18.

Uncut Sheet of Batman, Robot, Monster Menko

7 and 7/8 inches (20 cm) wide

5 and 3/8 inches (14.2 cm) wide

EX

This unpunched sheet of six round cards is printed on heavy cardboard stock with brilliant colors on the front and only blue on the back.

Along with Batman and two Japanese robots, the other cards show a monkey and a dog (space travelers?), and a sword wielding Samurai. The image printed on the backs of each card is a space rocketship.

This sheet is unsold old stock from Japan. I love the colors and artwork on these 1950's vintage, unused, unpunched cards.

JM-49

$18.

Lunar Module Space Menko Card

2.75 inches (7 cm) in diameter

VG-EX

This vintage Japanese menko card dates from the time of the American moon landing. It shows a lunar module with the Command Service Vehicle (pardon me if I get these names wrong) in orbit above the moon surface....of course there is some artistic license...red sky with stars, for example. I am not sure how accurate the image of the spaceship is. The usual menko numbers and Japanese characters are seen on the front.

Condition is generally very good to excellent on the fronts of the cards. The backs show numbers written in marker, a marker spot and sometimes a small stamp (somebody's inventory control).

JM-62

$8.

Man Landing on Moon Menko Card

2.75 inches (7 cm) in diameter

VG-EX

This vintage Japanese menko card dates from the time of the American moon landing. It depicts an astronaut standing on the surface of the moon with an American flag. The moon lander vehicle is in the background. The usual menko numbers and Japanese characters are seen on the front.

Condition is generally very good to excellent on the fronts of the cards. The backs show numbers written in marker, a marker spot and sometimes a small stamp (somebody's inventory control).

JM-63

$8.

Un-Cut Sheet of Japanese Kamen Rider and Monster Menko BB

7.25 inches (18.7 cm) wide

12.25 inches (40 cm) tall

EX

This card of 16 uncut vintage Japanese menko cards shows monsters and super hero Kamen Rider battling it out on each card. There are a few different Kamen Riders but all are grasshopper-like and tend to ride a motorcycle.

This vintage sheet-probably 1970's going by the coloring and paper- is in unused condition. The cards are printed on a semi gloss mid weight cardboard: color on the front with gold edging and green only ink on the back. The image on the backs of the cards is of a horned monster or super hero along with the usual numbers and sign language hands.

Condition is excellent, uncut, unused.

JM-61

$22.

Set of Five Vintage Japanese Menko Cards-Anime, Monsters, Kamen Rider, Ultraman

2.5 inches (6.2 cm) tall

1 and 1/8 inches (2.8 cm) wide

EX-Unused

This set of five different vintage Japanese menko cards originally came in a mixed pack. These are the five different cards that were in the pack. There are Kamen Rider, Ultraman and monster images. The backs of the cards show a tank, helicopter, gun, spaceship or rocket..

Each card is a mid weight cardboard with the colorful images on the front and a single color ink (brown) on the back. These cards are old stock in excellent unused condition.

JM-69

$7.

Set of Six Vintage Japanese Menko Cards-Anime Heroes, Monsters, Ultraman

2.5 inches (6.2 cm) tall

1 and 1/8 inches (2.8 cm) wide

EX-Unused

This set of six different vintage Japanese menko cards originally came in a mixed pack. These are the six different cards that were in the pack. They show Ultraman and some other characters I do not know. The backs of the cards show a plane, helicopter, spaceship, battleship or spaceman.

Each card is a mid weight cardboard with the colorful images on the front and a single color ink (brown) on the back. These cards are old stock in excellent unused condition.

JM-70

$9.

Space Rocketship Flying Over City Menko Card

3 inches (7.7 cm) diameter

EX

This beautiful 1950's vintage Japanese menko card shows a rocketship shooting into the sky over a city. The fabulous image and colors make this one of the more desirable of the early menko cards.

JM-77

$10.

Large Spectreman Monster Menko Sheet-40 Cards

10 inches (25.5 cm) high 15 inches (38.5 cm) wide

EX- Uncut

This sheet of vintage Japanese menko cards is extra-large and contains 40 cards. The colorful cards show Spectreman (from the 1971-72 TV series), often battling different monsters. The backs of the cards each show the same wierd character along with the numbers and hand signs.

Condition is excellent, uncut, unused. There is a tiny amount of wear or bending on the corners for the extremely fussy.

JM-78

$30.

Un-Cut Sheet of Japanese Kamen Rider and Monster Menko AA

7.25 inches (18.7 cm) wide

12.25 inches (40 cm) tall

EX

This card of 16 uncut vintage Japanese menko cards shows monsters and super hero Kamen Rider battling it out on each card. There are a few different Kamen Riders but all are grasshopper-like and tend to ride a motorcycle.

This vintage sheet-probably 1970's going by the coloring and paper- is in unused condition. The cards are printed on a semi gloss mid weight cardboard: color on the front with gold edging and green only ink on the back. The image on the backs of the cards is of a horned monster or super hero along with the usual numbers and sign language hands.

Condition is excellent, uncut, unused.

JM-60

$22.

Set of Ten Vintage Japanese Menko Cards-Shogun Warriors, Ultraman, Kamen Rider

3.5 inches (9 cm) in diameter

EX Unused

This set of ten 1970's vintage menko cards is unused. Each card, printed on a light to medium weight cardboard is 3.5 inches in diameter. The very colorful cards are plain cardboard on the back and show various Japanese characters on the fronts. Some pictured are : Ultraman Leo, Kamen Rider and an assortment of Shogun Warriors (that I can never keep straight).

These cards were sold in a box containing separate packages holding a few of each individual card. I put together the sets of ten so you would get one of each image available.

JM-76

$12.

Set of 10

Set of Three Menko-Gigantor, Eightman, Pilot

2 and 7/8 inches (7.2 cm) in diameter

VG

I really love the artwork on these three colorful vintage Japanese menko cards. The characters featured are Tetsujin, Eight Man, and a fighter pilot who I don't know. I believe all three are Japanese super heroes.

The cards are unused and in very good condition. Sold as lot of three.

JM-56

$20.

Set of 3

Vintage Japanese Paper Game Sheet- Gigantor, Space Ace, Mickey Mouse

21 inches (53.5 cm) wide

15 inches (38 cm) tall

EX in Original Sleeve

This vintage Japanese paper game sheet is unused in the original paper sleeve. The light weight paper sheet is folded in thirds. The colorful game sheet has images of various Japanese anime characters : Gigantor, Space Ace, Uchuu Shounen Soran and his space squirrel Chappy, and even Mickey Mouse.

This game was produced for the Japanese market. With the fabulous colors and images it works as art for me.

JP-48

$35.

Vintage Japanese Art in a Paper Game Sheet : Space Boy, Monsters, Space Ships

21 inches (53.5 cm) wide

15 inches (38 cm) tall

EX-Unused

This colorful and attractive vintage Japanese paper game sheet is printed on a light weight paper. The images on this game are all space related with rockets, lunar modules, space stations, flying saucers and a smattering of space monsters. A boyish astronaut or Space Boy appears in many panels....busy fighting off space creatures.

The sheet is folded and unused ( I only unfolded it for the photo). This game was produced for the Japanese market. With the fabulous colors and images it works as art for me.

JP-49

$30.

Vintage Japanese Art in a Paper Game Sheet: Ultraman, Kamen Rider,Monsters

21 inches (53.5 cm) wide

15 inches (38 cm) tall

EX-Unused

This colorful and attractive vintage Japanese paper game sheet is printed on a light weight paper. The images on the game are all Japanese super heroes. I recognize Ultraman and Kamen Rider. They are showing their stuff, battling monsters and generally being heroes.

The sheet is folded and unused ( I only unfolded it for the photo). This game was produced for the Japanese market. With the fabulous colors and images it works as art for me.

JP-50

$25.

Vintage Japanese Art in a Paper Game Sheet: Ultraman, Others

21 inches (53.5 cm) wide

15 inches (38 cm) tall

EX-Unused

This colorful and attractive vintage Japanese paper game sheet is printed on a light weight paper. The images on the game sheet are all Japanese superheroes. I recognize Ultraman but there are others I don't know. They are busy dealing with the monsters.

The sheet is folded and unused ( I only unfolded it for the photo). This game was produced for the Japanese market. With the fabulous colors and images it works as art for me.

JP-51

$25.

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