Horikawa – Space Station Red Variation.
Horikawa Space Station was build in Japan in the early 1960`s and was made in 2 versions, red and blue. It comes with mystery bump&go, space sound, rotating antenna, 5 bays with blinking lights, engine room and more more more.
The space station has 5 different bays: engine room, rest and recreation room, dining room, communication room, and controllers room. All the bays are highly detailed with lightning and little people in them. The engine room shows the real internal engine running, very nice to see in action.
This is the first version Horikawa made and it’s totally made out of Lithographed tin. They build a second version in the late 1960`s that had only 4 bays and was made out of tin and plastic, called NEW space station.
When you take a good look at this space toy you know immediately why not much survived. Although its made out of tin, its “fragile” and could easily loose parts or got damaged during playing, lets face it, it was made to PLAY WITH 🙂 The complex structure make these toys almost impossible to repair. Once taken apart you will have a hard job to put it back together because of the many little tin tabs that hold the toy together. This can only be done by an expert so many space stations that did not work anymore were simply thrown away because nobody could repair them.
The condition of this red Horikawa Space Station is excellent to near mint, no flaws to mention and some minor play wear is keeping the toy from higher grading. I inspected the toy several times but it really looks as it was hardly been played with at all. All the bays windows are perfect, no cracks or breaks. Clean battery compartments, no rust and the toy works fine and strong with all the lights, sounds and actions.
This example is accompanied by its original box in excellent condition. There is some storage wear mostly around the corners and a few minor tape repairs at the corners as well. Overall an above average example of this toys box.
Horikawa Space Station in RED is an extremely scarce space toy in this condition with its original box. You will have a hard job to find a nicer example of this ultra scarce red variation.
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