1960s Space Frontier Toy

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Space Frontier Apollo 15 Toy Rocket

This is a battery-operated 19-inch Space Frontier Apollo 15 Rocket. It was manufactured by KY of Japan in the 1960s. Made of tin and plastic, it’s a very dynamic toy. When the switch is turned on, the nose and tail of the rocket turn in opposite directions. It moves on wheels that send it in random directions until it bumps into something (the bump ‘n’ go action), and then the rocket redirects itself. Periodically, a man holding a camera inside the rocket is lifted out of the hatch. He then retreats back into the hatch and the door closes. There is a loud whirring engine sound and lights as well.

The box is shown here, and as most collectors know, the value of a vintage toy always increases when you also have the box. Toys like this rocket were hugely popular in the 1960s at the dawn of the Space Age when mankind first felt the need to explore space.

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Last updated: Jun 18, 2010
Filed under: Retro Images of the Week Tagged with: 1960s Space Toy, Apollo 15 Rocket Toy, KY Japan Tin Toy, Vintage Toys