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I’m a 51-year-old Aspergic CAD-Monkey. Sardonic, cynical and with the political leanings of a social reformer, I’m also a toy and model figure collector, particularly interested in the history of plastics and plastic toys. Other interests are history, current affairs, modern art, and architecture, gardening and natural history. I love plain chocolate, fireworks and trees but I don’t hug them, I do hug kittens. I hate ignorance, when it can be avoided, so I hate the 'educational' establishment and pity the millions they’ve failed with teaching-to-test and rote 'learning' and I hate the short-sighted stupidity of the entire ruling/industrial elite, with their planet destroying fascism and added “buy-one-get-one-free”. I also have no time for fools and little time for the false crap we're all supposed to pretend we haven't noticed, or the games we're supposed to play. I will 'bite the hand that feeds' to remind it why it feeds.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

R is for Rocket . . . USA!

That rocket I posted from Terranova the other month, which I thought might be MP for Mars Patrol . . . it was MP for Mars Patrol!

1998; 25mm Space Aliens; 25mm Space Figures; 28mm War Gaming Figures; After The Bomb Mutants; Age of Innocence; America's Space Age; Complete Strategist Manhattan; Dark Horse Miniatures; DHM; Friction Action; Friction Toy; Futurama; Go Into Space; Ian Lungold; Japanese Toys; M P 1 Rocket; Made In Japan; Manhattan Model Store; Mars Patrol; Masudaya Japan; Metal Toy; Metal Toy Soldiers; MP; MP for Mars Patrol; MP Mars Patrol; MP Military Police; MP Space Rocket; MP-1; Rocket USA; Role Playing Pieces; Set 178; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space Warriors; Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; The Day the Earth; Tin Plate Toys; Tin Toy; Tin-Plate Novelties; TMNT; USA; Whitemetal Space Figures; Close-up of ship with TMNT Figures
I based my assumptive presumption of a guess on the fact that the tail logo seemed to graphically represent two similar planets orbiting a larger sun, at similar -but different - distances from it!

1998; 25mm Space Aliens; 25mm Space Figures; 28mm War Gaming Figures; After The Bomb Mutants; Age of Innocence; America's Space Age; Complete Strategist Manhattan; Dark Horse Miniatures; DHM; Friction Action; Friction Toy; Futurama; Go Into Space; Ian Lungold; Japanese Toys; M P 1 Rocket; Made In Japan; Manhattan Model Store; Mars Patrol; Masudaya Japan; Metal Toy; Metal Toy Soldiers; MP; MP for Mars Patrol; MP Mars Patrol; MP Military Police; MP Space Rocket; MP-1; Rocket USA; Role Playing Pieces; Set 178; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space Warriors; Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; The Day the Earth; Tin Plate Toys; Tin Toy; Tin-Plate Novelties; TMNT; USA; Whitemetal Space Figures; General vies of ship and box
Turns out it is a modern reproduction of an original tin-plate toy, although reproduction isn't the correct phrase, it's a re-issue from the original Masudaya moulds, commissioned by Rocket USA who set themselves up to source the Japanese toys of the 1950's and 1960's, committed to issuing toys from . . .

"America's Space Age of Innocence: a time when space exploration and robotics were in the beginning stages and every man, woman and child was full of fanciful notions about robots, space travel and galaxies beyond."

1998; 25mm Space Aliens; 25mm Space Figures; 28mm War Gaming Figures; After The Bomb Mutants; Age of Innocence; America's Space Age; Complete Strategist Manhattan; Dark Horse Miniatures; DHM; Friction Action; Friction Toy; Futurama; Go Into Space; Ian Lungold; Japanese Toys; M P 1 Rocket; Made In Japan; Manhattan Model Store; Mars Patrol; Masudaya Japan; Metal Toy; Metal Toy Soldiers; MP; MP for Mars Patrol; MP Mars Patrol; MP Military Police; MP Space Rocket; MP-1; Rocket USA; Role Playing Pieces; Set 178; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space Warriors; Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; The Day the Earth; Tin Plate Toys; Tin Toy; Tin-Plate Novelties; TMNT; USA; Whitemetal Space Figures; Underside of ship with markings trade marks etc...
My cursory search has also thrown up licensed toys with Futurama and The Day the Earth Stood Still themes.

I don't know if they are still going, gone bust or just don't have a website, however, you can still get the MP-1, but in a different box - here and they'll be watching the orange Mekon carefully for announcements of forthcoming tariffs, if they are!

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