Yonezawa - XM-12 Moon Rocket
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Somethimes you have these special days. You see a toy and immediately you know you have something special in hand. When I travelled through Italy last summer I was pointed to an old toyshop more than a year agoo. I decided to drive more than 400 km ofcourse to visit it. The drive was not for nothing, the shop looked like a collectors heaven. New old tin toys which were never sold, lying on shelves collecting dust. Cars, rockets, bears, robots, dolls, animal, all tin toys, most of them mint in box, never sold and left in the shop which was closed for over 29 years. The owner died and now the family had to clean out the shop so that it could be sold. Like I said before, a collectors dream...
Unfortunately not many robots and spacetoys were left. I found some rare lunar toys, which I will list later, I found a mint in box Knight in Armor and this beauty....
The most desirable battery operated rocket was build in the year 1956 by Yonezawa in japan and is called XM-12 Moon Rocket. this batteryoperated rocket just has it all and must have given the children in the fifties lots of playfun. Yonezawa`s Moon Rocket has a few uncommon features that you never see with any other spacetoy... A special hatch in the nosesection of the rocket that can be opened so that you can replace the bulb in the nosesection. at the rear, where the enigine is located, there is also a hatch that can be opened to replace the enginelights. There are 2 astronauts hidden under a clear canopy that are behind a beautiful lit dashboard.
Further the rocket has a GO and GO function and can be steered by the nosewheel. you switch it on and it starts to ride in the desired direction.
The engine is beautiful lit with a sort of rotating drum at the inside that lights the gels between the detachabel fins.... as you can see, there is enough to explore with, around and about the XM-12
And now the Condition: I can be short: MINT in MINT Box, nothing more to add. even the plastic case to take the batteries easy out is still present.
The rocket was stored away since the day it entered the shop and was never taken out of the box again. Even the fins were never attached before, I was the first one to click them to the rocket.
I have seen a LOT of beautifull toys in my life allready but this one is really one of the most mint toys I ever had in my hands.
A friend of mine in Brussels would say: Rare like Sjiet and yes it really is. You will never see this rocket in this condition again, EVER !
Enjoy the pictures