Antique Vintage Moon Rocket XM-12 Tin Toy by Yonezawa. YONEZAWA XM-12 MOON ROCKET in outstanding ORIGINAL working condition. One of the fins is missing its original white foot on the tip, the other two are still intact. 15 1/2" in length, 7 1/2 in width and 5 1/2" in height. The research I have found on the web for this is copied below.Very large tin battery op rocket. Two pilots under a clear plastic canopy. The rocket can be steered via the nosewheel. Hatches in the front and rear give access to replace the light bulbs, a possibly unique feature. The fins are detachable for storage.
Action lighted spinning rocket engine & Radar lunar scope. Currently the first sighting is in the 1958 Sears Christmas catalog and in the Lazarus catalog for 1959. This object is on display in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.
This wheeled metal Moon Rocket toy is a "tin toy" manufactured in Japan for export to Western markets. The toy's maker, Yonezawa Toys, Co. Was one of the biggest manufacturers of tin toys, which often carried space themes. In post-WWII Japan, producing metal toys began as a way to tap into an international market for "penny toys" or cheap playthings, but developed by the late 1950s into a industry manufacturing creatively-designed, complex toys with moving parts and/lights that competed successfully with Western toymakers.
Toys like this one tapped into the American space craze while also showcasing its battery-powered features. The item "Antique Vintage Moon Rocket XM-12 Tin Toy by Yonezawa" is in sale since Wednesday, April 17, 2019. This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Robots, Monsters & Space Toys\Space Toys\Pre-1970". The seller is "rjhust" and is located in Hot Springs, South Dakota.
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